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Coached mountain running – intermediate

Some exposure & rock clambering. This session is aimed at runners with some mountain running experience. The day is led by ultra-runner and Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Giles Ruck, assisted by a local hill runner. Find out more about Giles here.

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Highest Point Gained
874m - Goatfell

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Some rough mountain paths, steep ascents and descents, some hands-on rock clambering.

Technical Rating
Easy scrambling, elements of exposure, some rough terrain.

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


Sunday 16 May 2021

Meeting Time

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Meeting Place

Cladach (exact location will be confirmed upon booking)

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This session is 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.

The plan is to run the eastern half of the Glen Rosa horseshoe (Saddle – North Goatfell – Goatfell), but this may change depending on the conditions on the day and on the group’s ambitions. Expect to be out for about 5 – 6 hours. The pace will be moderate, probably averaging about 6 km/hr during the day.

There will be some clambering over rocky ground, in the Mountain Festival “moderate” grade, so expect a little exposure, but no difficult scrambling ground. Steep ascents will be hiked rather than run.

A variety of mountain running topics will be covered whilst out on the trail, including route choice and safety, navigation, nutrition and hydration, mountain running objectives and races.

Route Profile

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Essential clothing for mountain running sessions

  • Running clothing for the conditions - could be shorts and short-sleeved running top (check the mountain weather forecast)
  • 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
  • Water- and windproof running jacket
  • Leggings
  • Means to carry 1litre of fluids (reservoir or soft flasks)
  • 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:

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

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 perfect forecast we may not need leggings or overtrousers.

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