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Guided Night Run around the Helvellyn Edges - 12th December 2018

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Wednesday 12th December 2018

Bookings Open
Friday 5th October 2018
Bookings Close
Saturday 8th December 2018
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £30.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

Helvellyn Edges Night Run with Silva UK - Extreme, technical, magical and ethereal all in one.


Come and join us  and Silva UK for a magical and highly technical night run around the Helvellyn Edges. Striding and Swirral Edge are wonderful in the day, severe in the grips of winter, but combine winter and night and you get something really magical.... assuming the weather doesn't get in the way! 

What to expect
A professionally guided night run around the Edges of Helvellyn. This all depends on the weather and conditions on Striding and Swirral Edges, but if we can't make the loop due to conditions then the backup plan will still excite!

Expect it to be dark, expect us to light up the mountains with Silva Exceed 2XT's, Trail Speed 3XT's and Trail Runners, expect it to be epic, expect it to be exciting and expect it to be extreme.

How will it work?
We'll meet in Glenridding at 18:15 at Mountain Run HQ, where we'll have a quick chat, make sure everyone is geared up correctly and then we'll be heading off up Mire's Beck to start Striding Edge by 18:30. You will be guided expertly by our team at Mountain Run. We will be roughly 4 hours, could be less and be back in Glenridding by 22:30, just in-time for the PUB!

Who is it for?
Any runner who has dreamed of spicing their 'running life' up a little and heading out into the mountains to have some extreme fun (safely we hasten to add) around the Edges of Helvellyn.

Trail runners, Ultra runners, Mountain/Fell runners and Sky runners are all welcome. Road runner? No worries, we'll look after you all the same. Don't forget, we're all in one happy family.

**You will need to have had some experience of running at night, some experience of running over technical terrain and some experience of running in foul weather conditions. [If you’re unsure, just give us a call before you book]

What's included?

  • Expert guiding service
  • Silva Headlamps and Packs to test out. 
  • Extreme Terrain
  • Darkness
  • Fun
  • Tea, Coffee & Cake

Guided run program

Date: 12th December 2018
Meeting Time: 18:15
Start Time: 18:30

Meeting place: Mountain Run HQ; Ullswater Visitor Centre, Glenridding, CA11 0PD


  • 18:15 - Meet and greet with Tea, Coffee and Cake
  • 18:20 - get set up with Silva Headlamps and Packs
  • 18:30 - Setting off from Mountain Run HQ
  • 21:30 to 22:30 - Arrive back in Glenridding at Mountain Run HQ

Route: Set off from Mountain Run HQ, heading out of Glenridding via Mire's Beck. We take the main track to the summit of Birkhouse Moor and then head along the blunt ridge-line to meet up with Striding Edge. We summit Helvellyn and then bear left and descend Swirral Edge taking in Catstycam on route. Depending on the group and weather conditions we will descend either the NE or NW side of Catstycam and take the main track back into Glenridding, keeping to the technical trails until we reach Glenridding once again.

Bad Weather Route: Set off from Mountain Run HQ heading out of Glenridding and up the valley to the Helvellyn YHA. From here we take the zig-zag's above to Sticks Pass via epic trails. We then summit Raise and over the top, descending back into the Glenridding Valley via the zig-zag path between Whiteside and Raise, then back down the valley taking the Southerly side and technical trails back into Glenridding.

What equipment to bring?
Please bring the following and make sure you have everything, although we have some spare kit, we don't have everything:

  • Full waterproof cover (Jacket and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if your not sure. [Winter weight, not your thinnest 'race proofs']
  • 1 spare warm top, not cotton please. Wool or synthetic will be fine
  • Primaloft or similar type of jacket/smock [primaloft trousers are advisable to carry as well]
  • Full length running tights - Autumn/Winter weight
  • Fell or Mountain Running Shoes - with good grip [not old and worn].
  • Survival Bag - we advise a Blizzard Survival Bag
  • Whistle
  • Sealskin/Neoprene socks will be a bonus in cold/wet weather.
  • 2 x Hat & Gloves
  • Race Pack/Vest to carry it all in
  • Hill food & water [small hot flask advisable].

** If there is snow on the ground then we will have axes, micro-spikes and helmet's available to use

Meet your guide for the night 
Charlie Sproson: Your Guided Night Running Expert.
Charlie is the main man behind Mountain Run, as well as being the Race Director of Lakes Sky Ultra & Scafell Sky Race.
See our About Us page to find out more.

Accommodation: We recommend the following great hotels right in the centre of Glenridding:
Glenridding Hotel
Inn on the Lake

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