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Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018

Bookings Open
Friday 22nd September 2017
Bookings Close
Monday 5th March 2018
Bookings so Far
27 Participants
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £175.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

Ultra Trail Running Skills Weekend - Bury Hostel, Glenridding. 9th/10th/11th March 2018

In association with the Lakeland 100 team.

Join us for a fun packed and very informative weekend of Ultra Trail Running, Natural Movement Skills (courtesy of Missing Link Fitness), Navigation for Ultra Trail Runners and Running with Poles (hosted in conjunction with Nics Nordic Walks). 

You might be a hardened trail runner or you might well be a newbie to this amazing mountain/countryside based recreation. But what ever your background, we can cater for you. 

Glenridding is an amazing valley to run in, train in and learn in. We are very happy to be hosting this weekend in conjunction with The Lakeland 100 guys, John Muir Trust, Missing Link Fitness, Damian Hall and Nics Nordic Walks. Look out for more exciting speakers and workshops. 

Arrive Friday night and enjoy a relaxed trail run around the valley, enjoy a few beers in the hostel afterwards, with some amazingly healthy food.


The course is £175:00 per person. This includes accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner with brews and cake.  

You will get: 

  • World class trail running 
  • Extremely professional tutors who are at the top of their game 
  • The use of Leki Poles from Nics Nordic Walk and Leki UK 
  • Meet amazing likeminded people and make friends for life 
  • Some notes and stuff to take home with you so you don't forget it all in the blink of an eye!
  • Eat super healthy for the weekend
  • Learn about the world of Ultra Trail Running, Natural Movement Skills, Navigation, Walking and Running with Poles and much much more.  


The accommodation and course centre is the Bury Hostel at the head of the Glenridding Valley. 

It sleeps 28 in split dormitories, has a large kitchen and a great common room area with a wood burner to keep us all warm on the cold March evenings. 

The dorms will be split in to Male and Female, we may need to mix a dormitory as the course sells out, so please let us know via email if this is not acceptable for you and we will book you a place in the Helvellyn YHA just below the hostel in a same sex dormitory. 

Available Places: 28

 The course will be held on the 9th/10th/11th March 2018


Friday evening 18:00 - 20:00 - See itinery below: 

  • Enjoy a social run with others on the course led by Mountain Run and Special Guests (TBA)

Saturday - 06:30 until 21:00 - See itinerary below: 

  • 06:30 to 07:30 - Breakfast is served in the Common Room - Meet new faces and get fuelled up for the day. 
  • 08:00 to 10:30 - Nordic Walking and Running with Poles - The first session of the day with Nics Nordic Walks - 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 Poling and much more, then Mountain Run will take over and explain how to make the transition to 'Running with Poles' for Ultra Distances. Once you have the skills working their magic, we will then go for a short run (5km) to get this ingrained in to your muscle memory and mind. 
  • 10:30 to 11:00 -  Quick brew and bite to eat back at the Bury Hostel Base
  • 11:30 to 14:30 - Natural Movement Skills with Missing Link Fitness (Paul Teirney - winner of the 2015 Lakeland 100) Learn to move like a pro with Paul, he has a unique coaching style and model to get you functioning like a REAL bi-ped, with quadruped moment skills! TBC
  • 14:45 to 15:30 - A brew and bite to eat back at the Bury Hostel Base
  • 15:45 to 19:30 - Navigation for Ultra Runners with Mountain Run - learn the tricks of the trade with a map and compass, understand the value of recce's and listen about common errors made, so you don't make them during the event! 
  • 20:00 to 21:00 - Evening Meal in the Bury Hostel, in the common room. 
  • 21:00 - Watch a film courtesy of Mountain Run in the Common Room. 

Sunday  - 06:30 to 18:00 -  See itinerary below: 

  • 06:30 to 07:30 -  Breakfast is served in the Common Room - Chat over the previous days exciting courses
  • 07:45 to 08:45 - Yoga, with Inspired Life Yoga - AKA Shelley Barlow
  • 09:00 to 10:00 - Learn to Slackline and improve your balance, core muscles, agility and posture on a few slacklines set up by Mountain Run (We will have a run option if you prefer, but we recommend Slacklining massively) - Special Guest will be announced soon. 
  • 10:30 to 12:00 - Enjoy listening to Damian Hall (Current South West Costal Path record holder, 12th place in the UTMB 2017 and much more) talking Ultra Running, Ultra Training and much more, plus have chance for a Q & A with him afterwards.
  • 12:15 to 13:30 - Lunch supplied by Mountain Run
  • 13:45 to 18:00 - Trail Run - Head out for a mid blowing, cobweb dissolving, mind, body and soul invigorating Trail Run around the Glenridding Valley - 2 groups will possible here to cater for different abilities, speeds and styles. Take this as your time to practice everything you have learnt over the weekend!  - Special Guests will be announced soon. 


  1. Trail Running
  2. Natural Movement sessions
  3. Walking and Running with Nordic Walking poles session
  4. Navigation Session
  5. Slack Lining Session
  6. Drinking Beer or Wine (or a G&T if you must!) 
  7. Eating extremely healthy food
  8. Having fun
  9. More Trail Running
  10. Smiling

The course will be based at the Bury Hostel in Glenridding, Ullswater, the Lake District.

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