Your ultra journey starts here: we’ve teamed up with The Lakeland 100, the Lake District Sky Trails team, Paul Tierney of Missing Link Coaching, Tim Shieff of The Way of the Rope, Dave Troman of Love to Run Coaching and Ronnie Staton of Hobo Running 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:
If you’re thinking about tackling your first ultra-distance run or fancy a crack at the Bob Graham Round or other UK Challenges then this course is for you. You don’t need to be a hardened trail runner to take part: from total trail addicts to off-road newbies, we’ve designed this ultra-immersion weekend to cater for everyone.
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*** All the above extra choices can be booked at the time of booking the weekend.
Friday 11 March:
Saturday 12 March:
** 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 13 March:
Monday 15 March: - ** 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)
Please be aware we might be moving at slow speeds at some points during the day: please account for this in your clothing selection. Check the weather forecast in advance of the training weekend and come prepared.
Charlie is the main man behind Mountain Run, as well as being the Race Director of Lakes Sky Ultra, Scafell Sky Race and Pinnacle Ridge Extreme. See our About Us page to find out more.
Nic Sproson: The Nordic Walking and Pole Expert plus back up Nav Trainer
Nics is one of the best Nordic Walking coaches in the UK, on top of this she is an ultra, trail and fell runner, competing the Lakeland 50 twice. She is also a NNAS navigation coach to the gold standard. Nics works with Charlie on all Mountain Run's 'How to run with Poles for Ultra's' courses and has even trained Joss Naylor to use poles so he can continue to move efficiently through the mountains. Nics passion is so infectious you can hardly help becoming an efficient user of poles once she has coached you; read more on our About Us page.
Paul Tierney: The Running Form Expert
Paul has been a top level sportsman most of his adult life. He started with international hurling for Ireland and moved into running soon after. He was the winner of the L100 in 2015 and has worked with some of the top movement coaches in the UK. He has been a 'Born to Run' Master Coach working directly with 'Barefoot Running' guru Lee Saxby. Paul set up Missing Link Coaching in the Lakes after his frustration with the many flaw's he saw in the fitness training industry. What Paul doesn't know about Running Form and Natural Movement isn't worth knowing!
Paul won the Lakeland 100 ultra-trail race in 2015 and is a former record holder for the Wicklow Way and is the current record for the Wainwright Round in the Lake District
Tim Shieff: The Way of the Rope Expert
In Tim's lifetime dedicated to physicality and consciousness, Tim believes 'The Way of the Rope' to be the greatest method he has found to improve human co-ordination and movement.
The rope contains within it the foundational patterns of ALL athletic human movements: running, hitting, throwing, punching, swimming, jumping. Roll the rope and you get the chance to accumulate hundreds and thousands of repetitions of these patterns in a very short space of time, making them smoother and more efficient with each revolution. Without trying it can make even the least co-ordinated among us move with more grace. The rope does this by completing the circuit out of one hand and back into the other, so you have no choice but to move in a connected manner as one unit or the rope will hit you, and teach you quickly how to move smooth.
Dave Troman: Nutrition for Runners Expert
Dave is a qualified running coach through UK Athletics and the prestigious UESCA college in the US. He is also a running technique coach with The Running School, based in London. He has a degree in sports science and a background in teaching sports psychology.
Love to Run Coaching was established in 2017 and has quickly become a respected name within the sport for athletes of all abilities. Dave was a Great Britain international orienteer at junior and senior level and has subsequently raced on the roads, cross country, trails and fells. Amongst his achievements have been podium finishes in some of the UK’s toughest ultra marathons and mountain marathons.
Ronnie Staton: The Positive Runner - Mindset Expert
Ronnie is a qualified running coach, race director for Hobo Pace with an extra qualification with CBT, which he has applied all his knowledge over all the of the fields he is working in to deliver an awesome session called 'The Positive Runner'.
In this session Ronnie with take you through all the pitfalls you might experience in a ultra distance challenge and give you tool sets to make sure you stay on top of your game mentally.
Ronnie recently suffered a stroke and has gone through the mental and physical hardship of re-teaching himself to run and re-gaining his lost confidence, so not only does Ronnie's session come with qualifications and tons of hard earned knowledge, it also comes from the heart with his own personal journey.
Shelley Barlow: The Yoga Expert
Shelley is a complete yoga expert, after practicing for her lifetime, she turned her passion into her business. Shelley has taken part in all manner of mountain sports, challenges and epic adventures and understands completely what rigours Ultra Running places on the human frame.
Shelley's yoga sessions are designed to compliment the freedom of movement and strength and conditioning which are both completely essential for good ultra distance running.
The Lake District National Park is home to some of the most technical, scenic, challenging and rewarding running country in England, and we can't wait to share it with you.
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66 miles. 42 Lake District Peaks. 8,200m ascent. 24 hours to finish. If you’re looking for a serious running challenge, look no further. Have you got what it takes to complete a Bob Graham?