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Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2024

Bookings Open
Tuesday 19th March 2024
Bookings Close
Sunday 13th October 2024 at 18:00
Booking Options
Full Weekend; Monday Guided Run ONLY
Booking Fees

Full weekend £400 includes full board accommodation

Instalment option available:
Non-refundable deposit £150
1st Instalment £150 by 30th June 2024
2nd Instalment £100 by 31st August 2024

Monday Guided Run ONLY £60

Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

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PLEASE NOTE: This course is a MIXED GENDER course


If you prefer a FEMALE ONLY course, then we have one on the following date: WOMENS ONLY ULTRA WEEKEND in April 2025


Ultra Trail Mountain Running Skills Weekend | Borrowdale YHA  | 18 to 20 October 2024 | All about Ultras, Mountains and UK Rounds


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


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

£400 | Half Board Accommodation | Location - Borrowdale YHA | 18 to 20 October 2024

Athletes in attendance are: Howard Dracup, Andy Berry, Charlie Sproson.....

All athletes have excellent ultra backgrounds and /or are at the top of their game right now.

More athletes to be announced soon.

" I cannot recommend Mountain Run highly enough. I attended the Ultra Mountain/ Trail Running Skills Weekend - learned a huge amount from Charlie and team plus 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 the lunches) and great company with like-minded people. " - David B 

Your ultra journey starts here: we’ve teamed up with  Mountain Strong Coaching, The Lakeland 100 and the Lake District Sky Trails team to create an immersive weekend of running, skills and training that will prepare you to tackle your next (or first!) ultra or mountain challenge with confidence. Expect two and a half jam packed days of running skills with expert coaches, opportunities to learn from world-class elite ultra runners, and evenings talking trails and swapping stories over a glass of wine or a pint. You will:

  • Discover how to run in perfect form
  • Learn about Nutrition for fuelling training and ultras
  • Learn to walk and run with Leki Trail poles [supplied] with Mountain Run
  • Learn running skills and trail skills with Mountain Run and others
  • Have a chance to use the slack-lines we have set up - great for core and balance
  • Try out the essentials of yoga for runners
  • Run with top level trail, mountain and ultra runners
  • Learn about Mountain Weather and how to read the MWIS synoptics and more with Gary Nicholson from Mountain Weather Information Service [MWIS] - TBC
  • Make friends for life and share your information with like minded trail runners
  • Discover some of the finest trails in the Central Lake District
  • Test shoes from Scarpa UK
  • A Chance to rub shoulders with UK top Ultra Distance athletes

Plus there will be highly interesting and informative talks from those involved and extra special guests*

*To be released in the new year.

Friday 18th October:

  • 17:30 - Arrival time
  • 18:00 - Social 5km+ guided run with one of the Mountain Run team
  • 19:30 - Dinner at the Borrowdale YHA
  • 21:00 - Film/Talk night or social chat with drinks 


Saturday 18 March:

  • 06:00 to 07:30 - Session 1Yoga for running form and flexibility for Ultra and Mountain runners - Split into 2 sessions - 1 group to do Yoga, others have a guided run.
  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Breakfast at the Borrowdale YHA
  • 09:30 to 12:30 – Session 2: Nordic Walking and Running with Poles - session lead by Charlie Sproson. Wake your muscles up with some light Nordic Walking around the valley. Charlie will show you the benefits of Nordic Walking, the Nordic Running Style, Double Polling and much more, then he will 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 5km) 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.
  • 12:40 to 13:20 - Lunch at the Borrowdale YHA
  • 13:30 to 14:30 - Session 3: 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.
  • 14:45 to 15:45 - Session 4: Foot-care for Ultra's 
  • 16:00 to 18:15 - Free time to run, shower and relax
  • 18:30 to 19:30 - Dinner at the Borrowdale YHA
  • 20:00 - Guided Run heads off [extra booking fee applies]

** 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 valley of Borrowdale or onto the tops close to the Borrowdale YHA, conditions dependant.


Sunday 19 March:

  • 06:00 to 07:30 - Session 1Yoga -  Strength and Conditioning for Ultra and Mountain Running - Split into 2 sessions - 1 group to do Yoga, others have a guided run.
  • 08:00 to 08:45 - Breakfast at Borrowdale YHA
  • 09:00 to 11:15 - Session 7: Running Form for Ultra's with Charlie from Mountain Run
  • 11:30 to 12:15 - MWIS weather chart interpretation with Gary Nicholson from MWIS - TBC
  • 12:30 to 13:15 - Lunch at the Borrowdale YHA
  • 13:30 to 16:00 - Session 9: Guided Run - Blow the cobwebs of the weekend away with a guided trail run around the local fells of Borrowdale. Session lead by Charlie (mountain run) and other running stars [TBC] - other Special Guests may feature here.


Monday 20 March: - ** There is a supplement to pay for this day and will require an extra nights accommodation (£30 B&B plus £60 extra for the day)

    • 08:00 to 09:00 - Easy morning start with Breakfast at the Borrowdale YHA
    • 09:30 to 14:30 - Guided run around the Scafell Massif offering a real 'Tour de Force' of the Central Lakes area's using some of the epic Rab Scafell Sky Race route. The run will be lead by Charlie from Mountain Run with the possibility of some other fell/trail running stars [special guests TBC]

What's included: 

• Two nights' awesome accommodation at the the Borrowdale YHA, Borrowdale (note: this is single-gender accommodation)
• Home cooked and hearty food all weekend – breakfast and dinners  - 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 
• Fun and smiles – on and off the trails!

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