Scottish Barefoot Run & Conference

The second Scottish Barefoot Run & Conference will take place on Saturday September 14th 2013 from 11:00 am until 7:00pm.

“Based on the New York City Barefoot Run, a free run around the main sites of Scotlands Capital. Hosted by Colin McPhail and Donnie Campbell who are building on the success of last years event. This year we have Mr Lee Saxby coming along for the run and also our keynote speaker. Lee is recognised globally as one of the worlds top barefoot running coaches. His claims to fame are in teaching Daniel Lieberman (Harvard) and Chris MacDougall (Author) how to run naturally.”

Event will include:

  • 11.00am The Scottish Barefoot RUN. Course as last year 5.25miles.
  • 13.00 Lunch at the venue Bruntsfield Links.
  • 14.30 Conference Featuring Keynote Speaker Lee Saxby and other prominent speakers from the barefoot world. Venue TBA
  • 17.30 Golf Tavern for a few Barefoot Merlots

Amendments may be made to the timetable which is in draft just now. A donation to the nominated charity, The British Heart Foundation (Scotland), is requested from those attending the event.

Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running

Anyone with an interest in minimalist/barefoot running will likely have heard of Harvard University Professor Dan Lieberman and Chris McDougall, Author of Born to Run. However, you may not have heard of Lee Saxby.

Here’s what Dan Lieberman and Chris McDougall have to say about Lee:

“I’ve never seen anyone better able to diagnose and correct a runner’s form, and he has that ability — special to good coaches — to translate his advice into words that make sense and which you can follow.” (Dan Lieberman)

“The first time I saw Lee Saxby was the last time I ever had a running injury.” (Chris McDougall)

With comments like these, you know that you should take note of what the author has to say and, it just so happens, you can have a read of exactly what Lee does have to say thanks to ‘Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running’ a completely free 32 page eBook introduction to minimalist running.

“Lee Saxby is at the forefront of applied barefoot science. He has been coaching movement for 20 years and has spent the last 10 years coaching barefoot technique to help runners overcome injury and increase performance. The coaching drills he uses are based on a deep understanding of the biomechanics of movement and his extensive practical experience with athletes of all abilities from beginner to elite levels.”

The eBook consists of 5 chapters which cover everything from evolution to human locomotion, body posture (kinematics) and the subsequent loading of the body’s structure (kinetics) to a look at proprioceptive feedback from the feet and tips on how best to transition to minimalist running.

  • We Have Forgotten How To Run
  • The Human Foot Is An Evolutionary Masterpiece
  • Proprioception: Our Sixth Sense
  • Footwear That Makes Sense
  • Reawaken Your Innate Barefoot Running Skill

Head on over to and you will find a variety of additional resources, from videos to an iPhone/iPad app.

Since the recent inaugural Scottish Barefoot Run reawakened my interest in minimalist running, I have been looking at improving not only my technique but my knowledge and understanding of the issues involved. ‘Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running’ is insightful, concisely written and easy to read and has helped me on the road to fully appreciating the importance of the foot.

When I started reading the document, after being pointed in the right direction by Lee’s colleague Ben Le Vesconte, I did not expect to find myself squatting, a movement that, with my tight legs, I find does not come easily to me. However, squatting is cited as one of the stages of transition, aiding balance, strength and flexibility and, as such, I now find myself attempting to ‘master squatting’ with the ultimate aim of improving my running.

If you read only one thing today, make sure it’s ‘Proprioception – Making Sense Of Barefoot Running’.