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Mountain Run is for runners who want to run faster, stronger and safer over extreme terrain. If you’ve got your sights set on a new mountain running challenge, whether it’s your first mountain run, your first sky race or even a Bob Graham Round, you’ve come to the right place.

From big days in the hills to a well-earned pint in our Lake District local, our skills weekends, guiding services and route recce trips get right to the heart of what mountain running is all about. Meet like-minded mountain lovers, gain skills and experience, and take your running to the next level.

Meet the team

Mountain Run was founded by Charlie Sproson, course planner and race director of some of the Lake District's toughest and most iconic trail races including Scafell Sky Race & Lakes Sky Ultra: see the full list of his upcoming races here. He is supported by a team of experts who share his commitment to delivering mountain running experiences for trail, sky and ultra runners of all abilities. 

Charlie Sproson: the main man

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Charlie created Mountain Run to share his love and experience of running in the mountains. A qualified Mountain Leader, Charlie’s mountain running CV includes a number of mountain marathon podiums, two Bob Graham rounds, a Lakeland Classic Rock Round and an on- sight Charlie Ramsay round in the Scottish Highlands: the Paddy Buckley round in Wales is next on his list. Charlie has also completed the Dragons Back Race in 2012, finishing in 12th position.

Through Mountain Run, Charlie has coached countless runners to run more confidently and safely over extreme terrain. He specialises in all aspects of trail, sky and ultra running, including running with poles, and has also supported and enabled a growing number of safe and successful Bob Graham rounds: his current count stands at around 20, including the 5th fastest Bob Graham Round ever recorded (completed in summer 2017) and the 2nd fastest Winter Round (January 2017).

When he isn’t running in the mountains, you will find him planning races: Charlie is the creator of Scafell Sky Race and Lake District Sky Ultra, and the Race Director of Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races. His course planning CV includes many of the Lake District’s most popular and iconic races – think Great Lakeland 3 Day, Marmot Dark Mountains, Rab Mountain Marathon, Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races and more. See the full list of Charlie's upcoming races here

Nic Sproson: Running with Poles

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An occasional fell and trail runner, Charlie’s wife Nic focuses primarily in on Nordic Walking and is the founder and lead coach at Nic’s Nordic Walks.

She is an expert in the use of poles, contributing to our Ultra Running Skills Weekends and Running with Poles training courses, as well as supporting our Navigation for Runners courses. Nic is currently training as a summer Mountain Leader. 

Nic and Charlie live with their three children in Glenridding, where they spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. 

Heather Ohly: International Mountain Leader

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A climber, hiker and mountain runner, Heather’s race credits include 12th placed female at Tromso Skyrace (2015), 7th placed female at the Eiger Ultra (2014) & 11th placed female at the Marathon de Montcalm (2013).

She is a true mountain all-rounder, with 20 years’ rock climbing experience; numerous mountain marathon finishes to her name; and experience of some wonderful multi-day treks including the Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland and the Drakensburg, South Africa. She’s a regular at fell- and mountain-races in the UK and abroad: find her in the mountains, or at @heatherohly

Dale Colclough: Mountain Leader & Bob Graham Expert

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A true Bob Graham specialist, not only has Dale completed a successful Bob Graham round of his own; he has gone on to support more than 70 others to complete theirs. He knows every leg of the route like the back of his hand, but his absolute favourite is Leg 3: Dunmail Raise to Wasdale.

An accomplished fell runner and mountain marathoner, Dale’s race credits include numerous OMMs, the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, the RAB (now ROC), the Great Lakeland Three Day, and silver team medals (V50) at the Fell Relay Championships 2010 and 2011. He loves a challenge, completing not only the coveted Bob Graham Round, but also the Jos Naylor Challenge (30 summits/17,000ft/48 miles in 12 hours), the Cumbria Traverse (35 miles/12,000ft in 9 hours), the Lakeland 100 mile Ultra Trail and the Welsh 3000s (15 summits of 3,000ft in 9 hours). 

Joe Mann: Running guide & Bob Graham expert

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A runner and climber with a BA in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria, Joe’s running CV spans international podiums and world firsts. In 2012 he became the youngest person to climb all of Scotland’s Munros in one go, taking 62 days to complete the full round, and went on to become the youngest person to complete the Charlie Ramsay round in Scotland. Race credits include 3rd place in his age category at the CCC in Chamonix.

Joe loves to support others towards their running goals: since completing the Bob Graham round at the age of 19, he has supported many others to complete theirs, including Nicky Spinks on her record-setting single and double rounds. 

Mark Brightwell: Mountain Leader & Navigation Expert

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Mark is a Mountain Leader who loves coaching runners of all abilities to achieve more than they thought possible, supporting individuals from their first steps off-road through to multi- day mountain marathons. His run-guiding has seen him hosting Nepali champion and Salomon Team runner Mira Rai on her Lake District training camp.

A former Captain in the Royal Gurkha Rifles, he has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Borneo, Nepal and Kenya. His running experience includes multi-day adventures in Nepal; extensive Alpine mountain running; UK fell races including the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, and two solo Bob Graham attempts. 

Shelley Barlow: Yoga for Runners

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Shelley is a mountain all-rounder and a qualified yoga teacher, specialising in teaching the posture, flexibility and strength that are so important for mountain runners

A committed skier, a seriously accomplished mountain biker with mixed team Polaris wins under her belt, mountain runner, and the first female to traverse the mountains of New Zealand on skis, her yoga teachings bring an extra dimension to several Mountain Run training weekends. 

Damian Hall: Ultra Runner

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Damian Hall is an outdoor journalist, GB trail-ultramarathon runner and inov-8 athlete. He's finished on the podium at the Spine Race, Dragon's Back Race (5th OA) and the most recent (2016) British Athletics Ultra Trail Championships. In 2017 he was the first British finisher and 12th overall at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. Find him at www.damianhall.info and @damo_hall

Sarah McCormack: Coach

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Sarah has a PhD in Biogeochemistry and MPhil in Chemistry and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. Sarah has competed for NCAA Division 1 Cross-Country and Track teams at Michigan State University in her time living in the US. She represented Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships In 2012, winning a team gold medal. She has also represented Ireland at the World and European Mountain Running Championships from 2013 to present, with a top ten finish at the worlds in 2015. She won the Snowdon International mountain race in 2014 and 2015. She has a 5k PB of 15:46 and 33:33 at the 10km distance. Sarah is part of Missing Link Coaching

Paul Tierney: Coach

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Paul is a winner of the Lakeland 100 (2015) and the former holder of the Wicklow Way speed record, on Ireland’s most popular walking trail. He has represented Team Ireland at the World Ultra Trail Championships in 2011, 2015 and 2017. In 2017 Paul took part in his longest race to date, the Tor des Geants 330km circumnavigation of the Aosta valley in the Alps, placing 25th. He is a Movnat and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified Coach and running technique specialist. He also practices Sports Massage From his clinic in Ambleside. Find Paul at Missing Link Coaching

Image credits: We are grateful to talented photographers Steve Ashworth and James Appleton for the images used throughout this site. 

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