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Advanced Skyrunning Weekend - May 2022

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Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th May 2022

Bookings Open
Friday 31st December 2021
Bookings Close
Monday 9th May 2022 at 17:00
Bookings so Far
6 Participants
Booking Fees

£300, including one night half board

Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

The original Advanced Skyrunning Course in the UK, in association with Pinnacle Ridge Extreme and Lakes Sky Ultra

Gain the skills and confidence for extreme sky racing: expect full days; extreme running; exposed ridges; great company; and a smile from ear to ear.

“The weekend struck the perfect balance between getting in enough theory but still spending plenty of time out on the hills getting to grips with the terrain. The scrambling was definitely a highlight for me, loved getting up high on the ridges and I couldn’t have felt more secure under Charlie's experienced guidance.”

Victoria M


What to expect

Back for the sixth year, the Advanced Skyrunning training weekend is designed to equip you with the skills and confidence you’ll need to run and scramble on technical mountain terrain. Based in the heart of the Lake District, this is an immersive weekend of skills training and mountain-craft: expect full days; extreme running; exposed ridges; great company; and a smile from ear to ear. You will learn to:

  • Run over rough and unstable ground.
  • Run ridge-lines, 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 ridge-lines that are severe in nature.
  • Scramble over open rock.
  • Climb/ascend steep ground.
  • Yoga session for runners

If you complete the course successfully, you will have gained a sound base of the necessary skills to complete Lakes Sky Ultra or another equivalent race. But remember: once the course is over and your entry is accepted, your training has just begun! We expect you to get back out there and practice - then go out again and practice some more ..

Who is it for?

The Advanced Skyrunning training weekend is designed for those with some previous mountain running & scrambling experience. It is ideal for anyone who wants to build their running and scrambling skills or to prepare for extreme mountain races such as Lakes Sky Ultra, Pinnacle Ridge Extreme, Glencoe Skyline, Trofeo Kima 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 are completely new to this form of running, our Introduction to Skyrunning Weekend may be more appropriate to your needs (full details and booking info coming soon).

Need to know more? For more details please contact

What's included?

  • One night's accommodation - Half Board 
  • Saturday evening meal
  • Sunday morning breakfast
  • Two full days of guided running and instruction in the mountains on the RAB Lakes Sky Ultra and RAB Pinnacle Ridge Extreme race routes
  • Yoga Session on Sunday morning. 

Course programme

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

[Friday night arrivals will be offered a guided social run at 18:00 from Almond Lodge 

Day 1: Saturday

08:30: Arrive

09:00: Meet/greet & course briefing

10:00 - 16:00: Skills training in the mountains. 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
  • Basic navigation for runners,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 it is and how to apply it.

16:00 - 18:00: Review of the day, including:

  • Mountain running kit selection
  • Training
  • Nutrition
  • Q&A

20:00 'till late Dinner – followed by drinks, mountain chat and tall tales in the relaxing lounges at the Patterdale Hall if the mood takes us there … [Bring your own alcohol]

Day 2: Sunday

06:30 Yoga Session for runners with Inspired Life Yoga

07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast

08:30 - 15:30 (approx): Guided run and scramble, likely to include:

  • Lakes Sky Ultra/Pinnacle Ridge Extreme race route along Striding and/or Swirral Edge [possible to do Stepped Ridge on Brown Cove Crags]
  • Descent off Nethermost Pike
  • Grade 2 Scramble on Eagle Crag or Brown Cove Crag (Grade 2)
  • Ascent of Pinnacle Ridge (Grade 3)
  • Return base. Please note that the precise route and distance covered will be dictated by the fitness of the group and speed of travel.

16:00: Finish and depart

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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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