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Ultra Trail Running Skills Weekend | Glenridding | 9-11 March 2018

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In Association with the Lakeland 100

An immersive weekend of ultra training in the heart of the Lake District, with expert coaches and elite runners.
£175 | Book now via SIEntries

“Thanks for a great weekend, I learnt a lot from all your team and all the other folk on the course so I'm now massively inspired to do my first ultra” Julie T 

What to expect

Your ultra journey starts here: we’ve teamed up with The Lakeland 100, John Muir Trust, Paul Tierney and Sarah McCormack of Missing Link Coaching, Damian Hall and Nic's Nordic Walks to create an immersive weekend of skills and training that will prepare you to tackle your next (or first!) ultra with confidence. Expect two 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:

  • Discover Natural Movement Skills with Missing Link Coaching
  • Learn Navigation for Ultra Runners
  • Learn to walk and run with Leki poles, in conjunction with Nics Nordic Walks
  • Build your core strength and balance on a slackline
  • Try out the essentials of yoga for runners
  • Run with world-class ultra runners 
  • Enjoy practical and inspirational talks from Damian Hall (12th place UTMB 2017), Casper and Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn (record holders L50 2017) and Michael Jones (winner L100 2017) 
  • Discover some of the finest trails in the Lake District

Who is it for?

If you’re thinking about tackling your first ultra-distance run, 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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What’s included:

  • Two nights' accommodation at the Bury Hostel (note: this is mixed-gender dormitory accommodation. If you would prefer same-sex accommodation, let us know at the time of booking and we will book you a place at the nearby Helvellyn YHA - please note, this may incur an additional cost)
  • Super-healthy food all weekend – breakfast, packed lunch and dinners, withbrews and cake thrown in
  • Notes to take home so you can review what you’ve learned
  • Fun with likeminded people and the chance to make friends for life!
  • Two full days of training with world-class tutors and coaches
  • Two chilled out evenings drinking beer or wine (or a G&T if you must!)
  • Fun and smiles – on and off the trails! 

Course programme

Friday 9 March 

  • 18:00 - 19:00 - Social run with Mountain Run and Casper and Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn
  • 19:30 - 21:00 - Talk with Katie and Casper 

Saturday 10 March

  • 06:30 to 07:30 – Breakfast at Bury Hostel 
  • 08:00 to 10:30 – Session 1: Nordic Walking and Running with Poles
    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 – coffee and a bite at Bury Hostel 
  • 11:30 to 14:30 – Session 2: Natural Movement Skills with Missing Link Coaching
    Paul Tierney, Missing Link coach and winner of the 2015 Lakeland 100, will get you moving like a pro: you'll be functioning like a REAL bi-ped, with quadruped moment skills!
  • 14:45 to 15:30 – tea and a bite at Bury Hostel 
  • 15:45 to 19:30 – Session 3: Navigation for Ultra Runners with Mountain Run
    Learn the tricks of the trade with a map and compass; understand the value of route recces, 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!
  • 20:00 to 21:00 - Evening Meal at Bury Hostel 
  • 21:00 – Talk by Michael Jones, one of the UK’s top Ultra Runners at Bury Hostel hosted by Mountain Run

Sunday 11 March

  • 06:30 to 07:30 - Breakfast at Bury Hostel 
  • 07:45 to 08: 45 – Session 4: Yoga with Shelley Barlow of Inspired Life Yoga 
    Expert coach Shelley will guide you through the posture, flexibility and strength that are so important for ultra running.
  • 09:00 to 10:00 – Session 5: Learn to Slackline OR Social Run 
    Improve your balance, core muscles, agility and posture on a few slacklines set up by Mountain Run. If you don’t fancy slacklining, there will be a running option – but we recommend slacklining very highly! 
  • 10:30 to 12:00 – Session 6: Ultra Running with Damian Hall 
    Placed 12th overall in the UTMB 2017 and holder of the ‘fastest known time’ record for the South West Coastal Path, Damian Hall knows a thing or two about ultra running. He joins us to share his experiences of running and training for some of the world’s most iconic races, followed by Q&A. 
  • 12:15 to 13:30 - Lunch supplied by Mountain Run 
  • 13: 45 to 16:30 – Session 7: Trail Run with Special Guests Michael Jones & Damian Hall 
    Head out for a mind-blowing, cobweb-dissolving, mind, body and soul-invigorating Trail Run around the Glenridding Valley. This is your chance to practice everything you have learnt over the weekend!

What to bring

  • Waterproof jacket & trousers (taped seams please)
  • More than one spare L/S base layer, Primaloft layer or similar (NOCOTTON).
  • Multiple Hats, Buffs or similar.
  • Multiple gloves, appropriate for the temperature and weather conditions.
  • Head Torch and spare batteries - we advise 250 lumens plus.
  • Survival Bag.
  • Whistle.
  • Hill food/Lunch Snacks for both days.
  • Compass - we will supply the maps.
  • Race Vest/Small Pack to put it all in.
  • More than one pair of running shoes
  • Multiple socks
  • Thin soled shoes for slack-lining, if you have some (zero drop 3mm soles great)
  • A spare set of clothes for the Natural Movement session: you WILL get wet and muddy
  • Plenty of changes of running gear, in case of bad weather

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.

Meet your coaches

Charlie Sproson: The Nav, Running with Poles and Slack-line Expert

You can read Charlie's CV HERE

Nic Sproson: The Nordic Walking and Pole Expert plus back up Nav Trainer

You can read Nicola's CV HERE

Paul Tierney: The Natural Movement 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 is a 'Born to Run' Master Coach working directly with 'Barefoot Running' guru Lee Saxby. Paul set up Missing Link Fitness in the Lakes after his frustration with the many flaw's he saw in the fitness training industry. What Paul doesn't know about 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.

Sarah McCormack: The Natural Movement back up trainer

Sarah came to natural movement training after many injury-fraught years of running with poor technique.   Since improving her technique and changing her approach to strength training she has been running completely injury-free, and been having much more fun along the way!

Sarah has competed in international cross-country and fell races, winning the Snowdon race in 2014 and 2015 and team gold at the European Cross Country Championships in 2012.

Damian Hall - The Ultra Distance Expert. 

Outdoor journalist and GB ultra-trail runner Damian Hall has finished on the podium at the Spine Race, Dragon’s Back Race (fifth overall), Lakes Sky Ultra in 2016 (finishing 6th)  and the 2016 UK Ultra Trail Championships. In May 2016 the Inov-8 ambassador set a Fastest Known Time for the 630-mile South West Coast Path of 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. He’s run a Bob Graham Round with Charlie from Mountain Run (in 21:57) and a Charlie Ramsay Round this year with him as well, the pair finished in 23:11 after a perfect on-sight attempt, he used both rounds as training for UTMB, the world’s most competitive 100 miler, where he placed 19th in 2016 and now 12th (and 1st UK Male) in 2017. What Damian doesn't now know about ultra-trail running isn't worth knowing really! He seems to be quite good.... 


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