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Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th October 2019

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Bookings Open
Thursday 8th August 2019
Bookings Close
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 18:00
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £250.00   

includes full board accommoadation

Course Organiser - Charles

Ultra Mountain/Trail Running Skills Weekend | Patterdale YHA | 11-13 October 2019


An immersive weekend of ultra training in the heart of the Lake District, with expert coaches and elite runners.

£250 | Full Board Accommodation | Location - Patterdale YHA | 11th to 13th October 2019 | Extra Day's guided running on 14th - with supplement

“Thanks for a great weekend, I learnt a lot from all your team and all the other folk on the course so I'm now massively inspired to do my first ultra” Julie T (Ultra Mountain/Trail Skills Weekend 2018)

Course Program: 

Friday 11th October

  • 16:00 - Early arrival time
  • 16:30 - Social 15km to 20km guided run with Charlie Sproson from Mountain Run
  • 18:00 - Later arrival time
  • 18:15 - Social 5km to 10km guided run with Nicky Sproson from Nics Nordic Walks
  • 19:45 - Dinner at the YHA
  • 21:00 - Film or easy listening talk/chat with film [Special Guest TBC - you will not be disappointed]

Saturday 12 October:

  • 06:00 - "Run to Swim" or if weather is bad, "Wake up Run"
  • 06:30 to 07:30 - Session 1: Yoga for running form and flexibility for Ultra and Mountain runners with Inspired Life Yoga - Session delivered by Shelley Barlow
  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Breakfast at Patterdale YHA
  • 09:30 to 12:30 – Session 2: Nordic Walking and Running with Poles - session lead by Nicky and Charlie Sproson with Kim Collison.  Wake your muscles up with some light Nordic Walking around the valley. Nicola will show you the benefits of Nordic Walking, the Nordic Running Style, Double Polling and much more, then Mountain Run will take over and explain how to make the transition to 'Running with Poles' for Ultra Distances and Mountain Travel. Once you have the skills working their magic, we will then go for a short run (3 to 7km) to get this ingrained in to your muscle memory and mind. - Remember, you can't run before you can walk, so the walking cycle is essential to good efficient travel. 
  • 12:45 to 13:15  - Lunch at Patterdale YHA - Supplied by Nic's Nordic Walks
  • 13:30 to 17:30 – Session 3: Navigation for Ultra/Mountain Runners with Mountain Run - Session lead by Charlie Sproson and Kim Collison, who both are Elite Mountain Marathon winners. Learn the tricks of the trade with a map and compass; understand the value of route recce's, and hear about all the most common ultra/mountain running navigational errors, so you can be sure you don’t make them on the big day! 

       ** There will be 2 sessions billed here; Session 3a: Basic Navigation for Ultra Runners; how to navigate for ultra distance races like the L100, Arc of Attrition, South Downs Way and many more....             ** Session 3b: Intermediate Navigation for Mountain Runners; how to navigate for the UK Big 3, the BGR, the PBR and the RR plus tips on navigation for events such as The Spine (Winter and                       Flare),. Spine Challenger, Dragon's Back Race, Cape Wrath Ultra, GL3D and other such races.

       *** There is a guided run session to book on, if you would prefer a run rather than navigation, this will incur a £20 supplement fee and must be booked at the time of booking the course

  • 18:30 to 19:30  - Dinner at Patterdale YHA
  • 20:00 to 20:45 - Talk by Paul Teirney on his recent and epic Wainwright record
  • 21:00 - Relax and chat in the Patterdale YHA

Sunday 13 October:

  • 06:00 to 06:30 - Run to Swim or Wake up Run
  • 06:45 to 07:45 - Session 4: Yoga - Strength and Conditioning for Ultra and Mountain Running with Inspired Life Yoga - Session lead by Shelley Barlow
  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Breakfast at Patterdale YHA
  • 09:15 to 13:15 - Session 5: Running Form and Natural Movement Skills with Missing Link Coaching Paul Tierney, Missing Link coach and record holder of the prestigious Wainwright's Record, will take you through a session focused on mobility, running technique and how to improve running specific hill strength
  • 13:30 to 14:15 - Lunch at Patterdale YHA - Supplied by Nic's Nordic Walks
  • 14:15 to 16:30 - Session 6: How to train for Ultra Running with Damian Hall - Damian has had a run of good luck?? Or is it that Damian know's exactly how to train for Ultra Distance and Mountain Running? He has placed highly in many world class ultra distance races such as a 12th overall in the UTMB 2017, then 5th overall in 2018 in the same race. In 2019 Damian decided to have a crack at the Paddy Buckley Round in Wales (almost solo) and took the '10 year standing record' and reset it by over 10 minutes. He is also the holder of the FKT (fastest known time) for the South West Coastal Path and holds the FKT with Beth Pascal for the Cape Wrath Trail. Damian Hall seems to know a thing or two about ultra running. A regular face at the Mountain Run Ultra Weekend, this year Damian joins us to share his experiences of how to train for some of the world’s most iconic races, followed by Q&A.
  • 16:45 to 18:30 - Blow the cobwebs of the weekend away with a guided trail run around the local fells of Patterdale. Session lead by Charlie (mountain run), Paul Teirney and Damian Hall - other Special Guests may feature here [TBC]. 

Monday 14th October:  - ** There is a supplement to pay for this day and will require an extra nights accommodation (£30 B&B plus £40 extra for the day)

  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Easy morning start with Breakfast at Patterdale YHA
  • 09:30 to 14:30 - Guided run around the Patterdale/Glenridding Valley's offering a real 'Tour de Force' of the area's using some of the epic Lakes Sky Ultra route, re-developed for 2019. The run will be lead by Charlie from Mountain Run and Nics from Nics Nordic Walks with the possibility of some other fell/trail running stars [special guests TBC]

What's included: 

  • Two nights' accommodation at the Patterdale Hall (note: this is single-gender premium dormitory accommodation)
  • Home cooked and hearty food all weekend – breakfast, lunch (supplied by Nics Nordic Walks) and dinners, with brews and cake thrown in
  • Notes to take home so you can review what you’ve learned
  • Fun with like minded people and the chance to make friends for life!
  • Two full days of training with world-class tutors and coaches
  • Extra Friday afternoon if you can make it in time for the early run
  • Social run Friday evening
  • Special Guest Talk on Friday evening [Guest TBA]
  • Two chilled out evenings drinking, local cider from Cowmire Hall, beer or wine (or a G&T if you must!)
  • Fun and smiles – on and off the trails!
  • More information than you can share a stick at, all about ultra distance mountain running
  • Chance to hang out with some regular UK running stars. 

What's not included?:

  • Extra guided run on Saturday afternoon - £20 supplement for this choice
  • Extra accommodation for Sunday night - £30 supplement for this choice
  • Extra days guided run on parts of the Lakes Sky Ultra course - £40 supplement for this choice

*** All the above extra choices can be booked at the time of booking the weekend. 

What should I bring?:

  • Plenty of running clothing and running shoes; do not under estimate how much you will use
  • Hill food and snacks for in-between meals, this is one action packed full-on weekend
  • Towel and wash bag
  • Shorts/trunks/bikini/swim suit for 'Run to Swim' assuming the conditions allow
  • A good attitude and desire to learn
  • Compass, if you have one and want the 'Navigation Session'
  • Big smiles and plenty of laughter

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