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Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2022

Bookings Open
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Bookings Close
Friday 23rd September 2022 at 18:00
Booking Options
Full Weekend; Monday Guided Run ONLY
Booking Fees
Full Weekend   £375.00   
Monday Guided Run ONLY   £50.00   

includes full board accommodation

Course Organiser - Charles Sproson

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Ultra Trail Running Skills Weekend | Almond Lodge | 11 - 14 March 2022

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


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

£375 | Full Board Accommodation | Location - Almond Lodge | 11 to 14 March 2022

" I cannot recommend Mountain Run highly enough. I attended the Ultra Mountain/ Trail Running Skills Weekend 11-13 October - learned a huge amount from Charlie, his wife Nic, and 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 Nic’s lunches) and great company with like-minded people. Thanks Charlie and team."  - David B [2019 Ultra Mountain/Trail Skills Wkend]

Course Program:  

Friday 11 March:

  • 16:00 - Early arrival time
  • 16:30 - Social 15km to 20km guided run with Charlie Sproson from Mountain Run
  • 18:00 - Later arrival time
  • 18:15 - Social 5km to 10km guided run with Nicky Sproson from Nics Nordic Walks
  • 19:45 - Dinner at the Almond Lodge
  • 21:00 - Film night or social chat with drinks [bring your own alcohol]

Saturday 12 March:

  • 06:00 - "Run to Swim in Glenridding Beck" or if weather is bad, "Wake up Run"
  • 06:30 to 07:30 - Session 1Yoga for running form and flexibility for Ultra and Mountain runners with Inspired Life Yoga - Session delivered by Shelley Barlow
  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Breakfast at the Almond Lodge
  • 09:30 to 12:30 – Session 2: Nordic Walking and Running with Poles - session lead by Nicky and Charlie Sproson. 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 Polling and much more, then Mountain Run will take over and 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 7km) 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 Almond Lodge - Supplied by Mountain Run
  • 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: Part 1 - The Way of the Rope with Tim Shieff  - Tim has discovered that 'the rope' is the perfect companion to help you gain co-ordination, timing, mobility, core strength, rhythm, digestion, brain balance and a relaxed mind. We happen to agree that this is the perfect companion to train with for ultra and mountain running and we are very excited to have Tim coming to deliver a session. 
  • 16:00 to 17:00 - Session 5: Runners Mind Set with Ronnie Staton - Ronnie is a highly experienced ultra runner, race director and running coach with a top of knowledge to share about how to create the best mind set for running ultra distance challenges
  • 17:00 to 18:15 - Free time to run, shower, relax or practice the awesome rope session from Tim Shieff
  • 18:30 to 19:30 - Dinner at Almond Lodge
  • 20:30 - Relax and chat in the Almond Lodge

** 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 Glenridding or the Helvellyn Massif, conditions dependant. ​

Sunday 13th March 2022:

  • 06:00 to 06:30 - Run to Swim in Glenridding Beck​ or Wake up Run to Yoga
  • 06:45 to 07:45 - Session 6: Yoga - Strength and Conditioning for Ultra and Mountain Running with Inspired Life Yoga - Session lead by Shelley Barlow
  • 08:00 to 09:00 - Breakfast at Almond Lodge
  • 09:15 to 12:15 - Session 7:Running Form for Ultra's with Paul Teirney from Missing Link Coaching - Its with great delight that we have Paul back to operate another fantastic session of how to gain great running form for Ultra Running and how to hold it until the finish of your race. Paul's experience in long days in the mountains is second to non, holding the record for the Wainwrights Round speaks volumes and is all w need to say. 
  • 12:30 to 13:15 - Lunch at Almond Lodge - Supplied by Mountain Run
  • 13:30 to 15:30 - Session 8: Navigation for Ultra Runners with Mountain Run - Session lead by Mountain Run. Learn the tricks of the trade with a map and compass; understand the value of route recce's, and hear about all the most common ultra running navigational errors, so you can be sure you don’t make them on the big day!​
  • 15:45 to 17:30 - Session 9: Guided Run - Blow the cobwebs of the weekend away with a guided trail run around the local fells of Patterdale. Session lead by Charlie (mountain run) and other running stars [TBC] - other Special Guests may feature here.

Monday 12 October: - ** There is a supplement to pay for this day and will require an extra nights accommodation (£30 B&B plus £40 extra for the day)

    • 08:00 to 09:00 - Easy morning start with Breakfast at the Almond Lodge, Greenside Mines
    • 09:30 to 14:30 - Guided run around the Patterdale/Glenridding Valley's offering a real 'Tour de Force' of the area's using some of the epic Lakes Sky Ultra route, re-developed for 2020. The run will be lead by Charlie from Mountain Run and Nics from Nics Nordic Walks with the possibility of some other fell/trail running stars [special guests TBC]

What's included: 

• Two nights' awesome accommodation at the Almond Lodge (note: this is single-gender premium dormitory accommodation)
• Home cooked and hearty food all weekend – breakfast, packed lunch and dinners, with brews and cake thrown in - 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 [please supply your own]
• Fun and smiles – on and off the trails!

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