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Intro to Skyrunning - Fri 22nd Apr 22

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Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2022

Bookings Open
Friday 31st December 2021
Bookings Close
Wednesday 20th April 2022
Bookings so Far
5 Participants
Booking Fees

£300, including two nights half board

Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

In association with the RAB Scafell Sky Race and RAB Lakes Sky Ultra

Learn the skills to run fast & light over technical terrain; take scree & singletrack in your stride, climb strong & descend fast.

"What an amazing weekend I've just had! I am totally on a natural high and cannot stop smiling. As someone coming into this area of running I can't believe how much I have learnt! I have made so many friends too." Elizabeth M

What to expect
Ready to take the step up from trailrunning to skyrunning? The Introduction to Skyrunning training weekend will equip you with the skills and confidence you’ll need to take on non-graded scrambling and run on technical mountain terrain. This is an immersive weekend of skills training and mountain-craft: expect full days; extreme running; exposed single track; great company; and a smile from ear to ear. You will learn to:

  • Run over rough and unstable ground.
  • Run technical single tracks, and become familiar with exposed ground, gaining an understanding how one wrong foot placement, a trip or slip from such ground could cause you serious injury.
  • Run down scree slopes and gullies that are severe in nature.
  • Scramble over open rock.
  • Climb/ascend steep ground.

The course will give you a stable grounding for the Scafell Sky Race, Lakes Sky Ultra or another equivalent race. But, remember, once the course is over your training has only just begun: we expect you to go back out and practice - then go out again and practice some more!

Who is it for?

The Introduction to Skyrunning weekend is ideal for anyone who wants to build their running and scrambling skills or to prepare for serious mountain races such as Keswick Mountain Festival 50km Ultra, Lakes Sky Ultra, Snowdon Skyline, Salomon Ring of Steall, Mourne Skyline MTR or Tromso. There are limitations – we can’t cure your fear of heights or get rid of vertigo – but we can help you to build confidence and experience in a controlled environment and in the safety of a small group.

If you feel you need more of a 'hands on rock' expereince then why not join our Advanced Skyrunning Weekend, which may be more appropriate to your needs.

Need to know more? For more details please contact

What's included?

  • Accommodation on Friday and Saturday night
  • Friday night social run
  • Friday & Saturday evening meal
  • Saturday & Sunday morning breakfast
  • Two full days of guided running and instruction on the Lakes Sky Ultra Course

Course Programme

N.b. The programme below is indicative of the typical course content, but may be subject to change:

Arrival: Friday night

18:00: Arrive

18:30: [Optional] - A nice easy grade 10k around the valley to work up an appetite.

(Friday evening meal is now included in the price of the course)

Day 1: Saturday

07:00: Breakfast

08:30: Yoga session with Inspired Life Yoga

10:00 – 16:00: Skills training on the fell. Please note that due to the nature of this session, warm clothing will be required – single-layer running clothes are not suitable.

We will cover:

  • Confidence on rough ground
  • Safety on steep ground
  • Navigation for runners (basic) geared around ability to self-rescue and navigate off the course by non-marked routes
  • Uphill & Downhill running techniques
  • Appropriate spare/emergency clothing
  • Course markings
  • Sound Mountain Judgement, what this means and how to apply it.

16:00 – 18:00: Review of the Day, including:

  • Mountain Running Kit selection
  • Training
  • Nutrition
  • Q&A

19:30 'til late: Dinner – followed by drinks, mountain chat and tall tales at the bar if the mood takes us there …

Day 2: Sunday

07:00: Breakfast

8:00: Yoga session with Inspired Life Yoga

08:45 – 15:30 (approx.) Guided run and scramble, likely to include:

  • Run to the summit of Helvellyn via both of the Edges
  • Descent off Dollywagon Pike with an ascent of Cofa Pike
  • Race route around the Helvellyn Massif
  • Ascent of a grade 2 scramble is possible on this weekend [group dependant]
  • Return to base - Please note the precise route and distance of the guided run and scramble will be dictated by the fitness of the group and speed of travel.

16:00: Finish and depart

More details available on Mountain Run's website HERE

Administered by Booking Protect

This course offers the option to purchase Booking Protect, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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