Beginners Mountain Running

Would you like to learn more about mountain running but don’t know where to start? Join us in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and learn about movement & route choice on terrain, navigation and tactics related to mountain marathons, kit and weather.

More details

This can be booked as a stand alone course or alongside Navigation for Runners to make it two days

What to expect

Spend an enjoyable day running on and off trails in the Lake District while learning about terrain, navigation and the kit needed to go on your own.

Would you like to learn more about mountain running but don’t know where to start? Have you entered a trail race and would like to know how to prepare?

Join us in the beautiful Lake District where we explore the surrounding fells while learning about movement and route choice on the terrain, navigation, kit and weather. You will have the chance to practice and learn together. This will be a small group so you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Who is it for?

The runs will be SLOW. We will be moving at a slow pace, with frequent stops so no one will get left behind. We will be out on our feet for quite a few hours on the day, but this will be a mixture of walking and running with frequent stops and snack breaks. If you are comfortable running slowly for an hour on the flat or walking in the hills for 5-6 hours you should be fine. The aim here is for everyone to learn and get the most out of the day and fitness shouldn’t be a barrier. If you have any concerns, please contact us.


Arrival Time: 9:30

Location: Borrowdale

  • 9:30 - Meet your  guide and fellow participants and talk about what you would like to get out of the day.

  • 10am – 4pm - Head out onto the fells. Please bring lunch which we will be eating out on the hill. The format of the day will vary depending on location and conditions but will include

    • Practicing on different types of terrain both on and off path

    • Navigation, including reading a map, understanding contours, how to orientate a map and take a bearing, and terrain and route choices

    • Discussing kit options

    • Discussing nutrition

    • Dealing with emergencies

    • Different types of races and how to address the challenges they present.

  • 4pm – head down to the valley for a well-earned drink in the local pub and chat about what everyone has learnt.


What to bring

  • Compass

  • Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 OL4 Map

  • Warm running clothes. We will do some running but will also spend lots of time staying still while we practice navigation and have discussions. Extra layers are essential

  • Full waterproof cover (jacket and trousers)

  • Suitable footwear for wet ground, preferably off road/running shoes. Contact us if you have any concerns

  • Hat & Gloves

  • Lunch, snacks & a water bottle


Sunday 17th July

Tuesday 6th September