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Saturday 12th October 2019

Bookings Open
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Bookings Close
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 17:00
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £80.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

This course is specifically designed to compliment the OMM, the Original Mountain Marathon.

The OMM Mountain Marathon Skills Day will develop all the necessary skills to get the edge on your competition for advanced tactical racing. Let your mates see your heels, rather than you see theirs!!

Based in Glenridding | All about Mountain Marathons


What to expect. 
A professionally run course to gain extra skills to improve your mountain marathon running.

The course will entail roughly 2 hours of theory, based indoors where we can all discuss around a table with tea and coffee. After a break for more refreshments we will then head out on to the local fells for some practical learning and navigation training using real MM control kites using maps supplied by Mountain Run of either mock MM maps or real MM maps depending on the day.

We'll have plenty of fun, chats, learning new skills, mixed weather and great MM terrain.

Come prepared with an open mind, the correct clothing and equipment, lunch and snacks and plenty of smiles.

What will you learn? 

  • Understand navigation from a Mountain Marathon runners mind set
  • To navigate whilst on the move
  • Understand contours in detail, this is an essential MM skill 
  • How to think like a Mountain Marathon competitor
  • Tactics for score classes
  • Tactics for linear classes [like C, B, A & Elite]
  • How to route plan for both disciplines
  • How to re-locate [static and on the move]
  • A few easy tricks to keep you on your toes or your competitors behind you

Who is it for? 

  • Runners wanting to take their navigation to the next level
  • Fell runners taking part in their first mountain marathon
  • Trail runners with a sense of adventure and an understanding of navigation
  • Mountain Marathon runners wanting to develop their skill

What's included? 

  • A map 1:40'000 map of the area used with printed controls and descriptions on
  • Skills learnt in a classroom [theory based]
  • Skills put in to practice on the Fells [practically based]
  • Real controls to visit in the Fells
  • Tea, Coffee and Cakes

Course Program

Date: Saturday 12th October 2019

Time: 08:30

Meeting place: Patterdale YHA, Patterdale, Penrith, CA11 0NW


  • 08:30 - Meet and greet with Tea, Coffee + Snacks
  • 08:45 - Around 2 hours theory in the morning
  • 10:45 - Quick break for more refreshments
  • 11:00 - Around 5 hours on the hill
  • 16:30 - Back to base for quick debrief of the day

The course is based around the fells of the Patterdale Valley, this could be either side. Conditions dependant.

What 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. 
  • 1 spare warm top, not cotton please. Wool or synthetic will be fine
  • Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road running shoes. 
  • Survival Bag
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Sealskin socks might be a bonus in wet weather.
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Race Pack/Vest to carry it all in
  • Lunch, day-food & water. 

We are happy for you to bring extra Mountain Marathon Kit if you would like to discuss how to use it, best applications etc. 

Please advise us of your experience, whether you understand anything, took a course in the past, we're an orienteer at school or are completely new to mountain marathon events.

Meet your coach for the day

Charlie Sproson or Kim Collison: Your Mountain Marathon navigation experts

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. Kim is muiliple winner of the Marmot Dark Mountains and a highly skilled navigation coach. 


We recommend:

  1. Patterdale YHA - Mountain Run have rooms available here, so please email us to secure your place. You can request 'full board' at £37.50 per night, for a meal when you arrive, breakfast in the morning & a packed lunch to take out on the fell!. Mountain Run recommends this option, for hearty english cuisine, good surroundings & excellent lakeland views, plus the course is delivered from here. 
  2. Glenridding Hotel. Great hotel right in the centre of Glenridding
  3. Inn on the Lake. Great hotel right in the centre of Glenridding

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