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

Intro to mountain running

This guided running session is aimed at road or trail runners who’d like to venture into the mountains. It is led by by ultra-runner and Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Giles Ruck, assisted by a local hill runner. Find out more about Giles here.

 | Overview

15 - 20km  

Total Ascent

Walk Duration

Some rough mountain paths, moorland, some scrambling.   

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.


Friday 15 May 2020
Saturday 16 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 is perfect for trail runners who are keen to experience running on higher mountain paths and ridges. We will choose our route based on the conditions and on the ambition of our group. Expect to be out for 5 hours or so, longer if we have perfect weather to take in the views. The pace will be modest to moderate, probably averaging about 4 km/hr during our day (about twice the typical hillwalking pace, once in this terrain).

To do justice to this beautiful landscape we will take in a least one peak, meaning about 1000 metres of height gain (and descent!), but don’t worry, there’ll be more hiking than running on the ascent. We will clamber over some rocky ground, in the Arran Mountain Festival ‘moderate’ grade, so expect a little exposure, but we will steer clear of extreme scrambling ground. We will cover a few basics, mainly whilst out on the trail, such as clothing choice, route choice and simple navigation, nutrition and hydration. Finally, 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.