The 2021 Arran Mountain Festival programme will be uploaded soon, with booking lines due to open in early 2021.

Coached mountain running – advanced

Includes some challenging scrambling. This guided running session is for hill runners who’d like to push themselves a bit further, and are happy scrambling on steep rocky terrain. It is led by ultra-runner and Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Giles Ruck, assisted by a local hill runner. Find out more about Giles here.

 | Overview

25 - 35km  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Rough mountain paths, some steep sections, some hard scrambling.  

Technical Rating
Exposed scrambling, head for heights required, rough terrain.

Endurance Rating
Participants must be able to travel up to 20km at a pace of about 4 km/hr.


Monday 18 May 2020

Meeting Time

Meeting Place
Apart from the Goatfell night walk, all walks/runs start and finish at Arran Adventure, located next to the Playbarn in the grounds of the Auchrannie Spa Resort in Brodick. Transport is provided from there. Click here for a map.

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 | Run description

This day is set-up for runners with some experience of the mountains, but who want to push that bit further and perhaps a bit harder than their current experience level. We will choose our route based on the conditions and on the ambition of our group. Expect to be out for about 6 – 7 hours. The pace will be moderate, probably averaging about 6 km/hr during our day. Our route will aim to include more than one peak, potentially gaining 1500 metres of total height gain. If we have the conditions on our side we will include a small amount of exposed ground, in the AMF ‘challenging’ grade. We will cover mountain running topics, mainly whilst out on the trail, such as route choice and safety, navigation, nutrition and hydration, mountain running objective and races. We’ll aim to have time back at the Festival hub to chat through any new skills or knowledge gained.

 | Advised Kit List

Suggested Clothing for Mountain Running Sessions

  • Running clothing for the conditions - could be shorts and short-sleeved running top
  • Running trainers with grip suitable for rocky trails (not road running shoes, but also not 'hill walking shoes')
  • Running pack or running vest, but with capacity to carry spares, food and water for the day (traditional backpacks tend to swing about and cause chafing whilst running)
  • Long-sleeve thermal top
  • Waterproof and windproof running jacket
  • Leggings
  • Means to carry 1-litre of fluids (reservoir or soft flasks, either are fine)
  • Food for the day (snack bars and gels are fine, so long as you can carry about 1000 calories, more if you know you’ll need it)
  • Thin hat or buff - so long as you can cover your head
  • Gloves

Also consider:

  • Showerproof over trousers (if the weather is particularly wet, and you have lightweight ones)
  • Running cap and sun cream
  • Mini-gaiters (sometimes called debris-gaiters)
  • Anti-chafe cream
  • Map and compass (if you’re keen to learn about navigation)
  • GPS watch if you’re data-interested
  • Hydration tablets

If you have options on different clothing etc. then please bring these along and we can decide on the day which items to wear and take, e.g. on a good (or perfect) forecast we may not need leggings or overtrousers.

The 2021 Arran Mountain Festival programme will be uploaded soon, with booking lines due to open in early 2021.