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Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th April 2018

Bookings Open
Thursday 30th November 2017
Bookings Close
Thursday 5th April 2018
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3 Participants
Booking Fees
Booking Fee   £185.00   
Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

This weekend is specific to Mountain Marathon events & Previous navigational experience necessary to get the most out of this course. 

Get the edge on your competition. 


 Mountain Marathon Skills Weekend will help you develop all the necessary skills to get you through your 1st mountain marathon or help you build for more advanced tactical racing. 


£185 per person & we run the course on a 1:5, tutor to student/client basis. 

This is so you get the necessary attention, so you get the most out of the day. 

Ratio (Tutor to Client): 1:5 maximum

Date: 7th & 8th April 2018


Day 1: 08:30 to 20:30/21:00

Day 2: 08:00 to 15:00

The Location: 

The course will be run in the Northern Fells, the same area the Marmot Dark Mountains 2016 was held. We will be staying at the Skiddaw Bunkhouse, one of the most remote bunkhouses in the UK. 

On a Mountain Marathon Skills Weekend you will get the following: 

  • A basic recap and an intermediate standard of Navigation for Mountain Marathons.
  • Understand contours in detail, this is an essential MM and Navigational skill. 
  • Plenty of techniques to help you make the best choices for navigation during an event.
  • Tactics for score & how to plan routes for both linear & score classes
  • Learn how to re-locate
  • Learn a few easy tricks to keep you on your toes and your competitors behind you 
  • Learn a few tricks to out smart your competition.
  • Understand the 'dark arts' of navigation and tactical racing
  • Hone your self-management skills
  • Take part in a mini-MM course designed around the planned controls of the 2016 Dark Mountains event (planned by Mountain Run)
  • Use actual Mountain Marathon maps. 

Course Details: 

The course will entail: 

Day 1: 

  • 08:30 start at the Mill Inn, Mungrisedale
  • 2 to 3 hours theory about navigation in the morning, post welcome meeting. 
  • A break for coffee/tea and food
  • 4 hours practical application in the Northern Fells surrounding Mungrisdale, we will be using real MM event maps and control kites. 
  • Arrive at Skiddaw Bunk House for a snacks, refreshments.
  • A two hour slot to find some controls placed close to the events centre for real MM practice.
  • Q & A's from the day and some beers to relax and a debrief of the day
  • Time to cook dinner or re-hydrate your meals

Day 2:  

  • Start at 08:00 
  • A quick refresher in the morning for 1 hour. 
  • A discussion about route choice and tactics of how to plan your course on an event (race maps supplied by Mountain Run)
  • Q & A about clothing and equipment selection for mountain running and mountain marathons. 
  • A break for a quick bite to eat. (10:45)
  • A mock Mountain Marathon, you can choose score or linear. [We will supply actual race maps] This will be carried out in pairs so you have someone to discuss with and to help each other, the same as you would experience in your Mountain Marathon
  • Course finishes around 15:00 with a de-brief of the day. 

Equipment:  Please bring the following and make sure you have everything, although we have some spare kit, we don't have everything: 

  • Compass
  • Harvey's 1:25'000 of the Northern Fells, we will also supply some race maps to work on. 
  • Good quality head torch - we find minimum of 250 lumens is necessary for good night navigation, anything above is a good bonus. There are some very powerful head torches available now-a-days. 
  • Survival Bag
  • Full waterproof cover (Jacket and Pants), these must be taped seems, please call to discuss if your not sure. 
  • Clothing suitable for the mountains & time of year - We will not really be running, so please account for that in your clothing selection. If the group is coping well, we will incorporate some easy running towards the end of the practical session.
  • 2 spare warm top, not cotton! Wool or synthetic will be fine, prima-loft is the best!
  • Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road running shoes. We will not really be running though on the navigation skills practical. You will need fell shoes for the mock MM event. We will not be running much, we will be concentrating on navigation & getting it right! But you will be running during your Mock MM Event
  • Light sleeping bag if you desire, but bedding is provided at the Hostel
  • Light over-night clothing. 
  • 2 x Hat, 2 x Gloves (1 light, 1 warm)
  • Hill-food for 2 days..
  • Overnight food for the stay at Skiddaw House - we suggest dehydrated meals, but you can buy food at the hostel to cook for yourself - Food Available

Please pack for a Mountain Marathon event, but you can leave the sleeping bag, tent, sleeping mat and stove if you want to, as they will not be necessary for the overnight stop. 

If you're unsure about what to bring, drop us an email or give is a call - Contact Us


We will be using the Skiddaw Bunkhouse for our accommodation on the Saturday night. 

You might prefer bring a  sleeping bags for your nights sleep, but the hostel does supply all the bedding you should require. 


Please supply all your own food as we are travelling to a remote location and cannot transport all the food into the hostel. They do sell limited supplies and therefore you might like to purchase your food upon arrival - Hostel Supplies (you can book it in advance)

The hostel has great facilities for you to cook, wash and sleep. 

About us: 

Mountain Run have a wealth of experience in the mountains. We have planned many Mountain Marathon and Trail Running events since 2011, including the SLMMGL3DMarmot Dark MountainsMarmot 24Berghaus Trail ChaseRab Mountain Marathon and the Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races since 2014. 
We are seasoned trail, mountain and fell runners. We climb in summer and winter, ski when the snow it good enough and enjoy all the mountain activities we can. We also love to mix up all the sports we love to travel fast and light in the mountains! 


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