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Ultra Trail Running Skills Weekend

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Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2021

Bookings Open
Friday 3rd April 2020
Bookings Close
Sunday 31st January 2021
Bookings so Far
2 Participants
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £250.00   

includes full board accommodation

Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

Ultra Trail Running Skills Weekend | Patterdale Hall | 14th to 16th May 2021

In Association with the The Montane Lakeland 50 & 100 and Lake District Sky Trails


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 Hall | 14th to 16th May 2021

" I cannot recommend Mountain Run highly enough. I attended the Ultra Mountain/ Trail Running Skills Weekend 11-13 October 2019 - learned a huge amount from Charlie, his wife Nic, and the elites - Paul Tierney, Damian Hall and Beth Pascall. Go on one of Mountain Run’s courses - you will *not* be disappointed. Tremendous value for money for the expert teaching, beautiful countryside, awesome food (especially Nic’s lunches) and great company with like-minded people. Thanks Charlie and team."  - David B [2019 Ultra Mountain/Trail Skills Wkend]

Course Program:  Friday 14th May 2021

  • 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 Patterdale Hall
  • 21:00 - Film or easy listening talk/chat with film

Saturday 15th May 2021

  • 06:00 - "Run to Swim" or if weather is bad, "Wake up Run to Yoga"
  • 06:30 to 07:30 - Session 1Yoga 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 Hall
  • 09:30 to 12:30 – Session 2: Nordic Walking and Running with Poles - session lead by Nicky and Charlie Sproson. 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 Hall - Supplied by Patterdale Hall
  • 13:30 to 16:30 – Session 3:  How to train for Ultra Running with Beth Pascall and Damian Hall - Have Beth and Damian had a run of good luck?? Or is it that they know exactly how to train for Ultra Distance and Mountain Running? Beth has placed highly in many world class ultra distance races, taking 3rd place in the UTMB in 2018, 4th place in the highly prestigious Western States 100 this year, 11th place in the World Trail Champs in 2018 amongst a very impressive set of results in many Ultra and Mountain races over the last 5 years or more.Bet also holds the FKT with Damian Hall for the Cape Wrath Ultra Trail. Damian has placed 5th in the UTMB, holds the FKT for both the South West Coastal Path (solo) and Cape Wrath Trail with Beth, he also holds the record for the Paddy Buckley round in Wales. So Beth and Damo seem to know a thing or two about ultra running and its with our great pleasure to welcome Beth back to her second MR Ultra Trail Weekend and Damo to his 6th to share with us theio experience of how to train for some of the world’s most iconic races and mountain challenges, followed by Q&A.
  • 16:45 to 18:00 - Session 4 Slacklining - with Charlie from Mountain Run: a great way to improve core strength, improve balace and propreception and have brilliant fun.  
  • 18:30 to 19:30 - Dinner at Patterdale Hall
  • 20:00 to 20:45 - Talk by UK Top Ultra/Mountain Runner [TBC]
  • 21:00 - Relax and chat in the Patterdale Hall

** Night option: Guided night run after dinner. There will be a £30 supplement for this session. You will be lead by head torch somewhere around the Patterdale Valley or the Helvellyn Massif, conditions dependant. 

Sunday 16th May 2021:

  • 06:00 to 06:30 - Run to Swim or Wake up Run to Yoga
  • 06:45 to 07:45 - Session 5: 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 Hall
  • 09:15 to 10:30 - Session 6: Mindset/Race Psychology for Ultra Running with Mountain Run, There is a lot more to the 'mind set' of ultra running than might first meet the eye. Learn to develop a positive outlook about your on-coming ultra and what to do if the 'chips are down' when your racing, and ultimately how to pull yourself out of the hole. 
  • 10:45 to 12:00 - Session 7: Nutrition for Ultra Running: Its very specific for each runner, but in this session you will learn some of the pitfalls of fuelling and nutrition for ultra running and racing. 
  • 12:30 to 13:15 - Lunch at Patterdale Hall - Supplied by Patterdale Hall
  • 13:30 to 16:30 - Session 8: Navigation for Ultra/Mountain Runners with Mountain Run - Session lead by Mountain Run. 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!‚Äč
  • 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) and other running stars [TBC] - other Special Guests may feature here.

Monday 17th May 2021: - ** There is a supplement to pay for this day and will require an extra nights accommodation (£45 B&B plus £40 extra for the day)

  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Easy morning start with Breakfast at Patterdale Hall
  • 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 Nicola from Nics Nordic Walks

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, packed lunch and dinners, with brews and cake thrown in - we can cater for allergies, intolerances and vegan diets, please note in the booking form. 
• 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
• Two chilled out evenings with alcohol if the moods takes you [please supply your own]
• Fun and smiles – on and off the trails!

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