A Weekend Running Course

La'al Barn, South Lakeland Kirkby-in-Furness

Is there a new way into running based on our ancient ancestry as natural runners? This course offers an in-depth exploration to open up and introduce such a possibility. Over the last 27 years the Natural Running course has developed and led interest into the incredible capacities of the extraordinary human foot.  Discover on the course a new dimension to enrich your running experience and to develop your awareness and enjoyment of injury-free running

There are short breaks in the morning and afternoon, time for questions and discussion and individual attention to your running.

The course will be taken by John Woodward.

Time: The course begins at 10.00am on Saturday and ends at 4.00pm on Sunday – please plan to arrive and leave for these times. It can be disruptive if people arrive late/leave early.

Location: The course is based in and around the La’al Barn, Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria, O/S Outdoor Leisure Map 6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) 1:25,000 Grid Ref: 227 827.

The Venue: The La’al Barn is a purpose built teaching centre of local stone with a vaulted barn roof, mezzanine floor, wood-burning stove and toilet/shower facilities.  Built over two years by John Woodward and local craftspeople, it is just 40 metres from John’s home. Located on the Duddon Estuary there is a wealth of varied running terrain and spectacular scenery just outside the door.

Course size:  The size of the group is small to ensure individual attention. A minimum of 4 people is needed to make the course viable.  If this minimum number is not reached 4 weeks before the start of the course we reserve the right to cancel the course and your course fee will be returned.

Travel to the La’al Barn:

By Car – Exit off the M6 at Junction 36 signposted to Kendal.  Look for the left slip road to the roundabout and take the A590 signposted to Barrow-in-Furness.  Take the right turn-off at Greenodd onto the A5092 signposted to Workington.  There is a steep downhill into Grizebeck, at the bottom turn left at the garage onto the A595.  Two miles on at the cross-roads turn right by the Burlington Inn signposted to the railway station and down the hill to the bottom.  The La’al Barn is the stone building on the right-hand side opposite the railway station. Postcode is: LA17 7UA.

By Train – Take the mainline to Lancaster Station and change onto the Furness line which takes you to Ulverston railway station. Ulverston railway station provides a more extensive timetable, including Sundays for North and South mainline connections. We are happy to pick up and return participants to Ulverston with advance notice. Please contact us if you wish to use this service so that we can arrange times.

There is also a station at Kirkby-in-Furness, just across from the venue, but the timetable is more limited. If you need train timetables or other information on travel please do not hesitate to contact us.  Please check if there are any engineering works on the line before booking your tickets.

Parking: There is on-street parking by the Barn.

Fees: A non-refundable deposit of £100 secures your place on the course.

The balance of the fee is payable 2 weeks before the start of the course.  The full fee is £190.

(Please make cheques payable to John Woodward.)

The course fee includes:

  • Lunch Saturday and Sunday
  • Snacks on Saturday and Sunday
  • All tuition fees

Accommodation: The course fee does not include accommodation. You will need to make your own arrangements for staying in the area.  A list of local accommodation possibilities is available. Download Accommodation list

Meals: Included in the course fee are snacks and lunch on Saturday & Sunday.

Saturday evening meal: It’s very convivial if all participants gather together for a Saturday evening meal, a venue can be chosen on Saturday.

Shower: A shower is available at the Barn.

Other information: Kirkby has a small village shop/post office at the crossroads on the A595.

Nearby Broughton-in-Furness is a charming lakeland village with pubs/cafes, small shops, bank and a tourist information office.  Ulverston is a small town, on the opposite side of the peninsula, has a range of shops, restaurants/cafes, banking facilities, supermarket, tourist information office and accommodation.

If you have any particular items you need for your stay please ensure you bring them with you.

The surrounding countryside is very beautiful and unspoilt but remember it is also a working environment.  Please follow the country code.

Security and emergencies: We will have available a first aid kit containing as well as standard equipment extra items (i.e. insect repellent, essential oils, etc.) for your use.

Please ensure that your valuables are safe and secure.

Missed sessions: If you are unable to attend all of the course as scheduled we are unable to make provision to either catch up on missed group sessions or individual lessons.  There is no refund for missing any part of the course.

Liability: While all fair and reasonable steps are taken to help you while on the course, please note that the Natural Running Course cannot be liable for personal injury, damage, loss or theft of property.  Please ensure your valuables are secure at all times and that you have adequate insurance cover.

John’s mobile: On the course weekend contact can be made with John’s mobile 07814011926


Date: 10th June 2017 - 11th June 2017

Time: Start 10.00am Saturday & finish 4.00pm Sunday

Cost: £190 includes tuition, lunches, snack (accommodation/evening meals not included)

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