Edurance training sessions

We plan the route, give you snacks & take the hassle out of getting those long miles & big climbs in your legs

The pleasure of a long day in the hills

Is this for me?

If you are preparing for an ultra & lack the confidence to navigate or plan a route that will offer training pressure as well as stunning scenery, then these runs are for you

Experience

These events are designed for runners with some experience in off-road running but need help with technical terrain & preparing for ultra races or challenges. We take care of the navigation but we do impart the skill to those that are keen to learn.

Aptitude

You do need to have an adventurous nature & be prepared to try new things in mountainous environments where the weather can be very challenging. You'll also need to trust your guides decision on route choices if the weather is severe.

Open to heights

During the weekend we may take you over exposed ridges & high peaks (weather permitting). If you have anxiety about heights, don't worry, joining us will help you overcome those fears, but you must be up for it!

Fitness level

You should be a runner who trains regularly & can manage long periods of time on your legs (4-6 hours). The pace will be steady, where the runs are focused on "time on legs", so don't be concerned if you think you may be slow.

That said, the fitter you arrive at the event the more you will enjoy it.
Prior to the run you will be given training prompts to help you arrive in the best condition

“I came into this weekend with some background in trail running and orienteering, but it was really helpful to take everything right back to basics in the classroom & fill in the gaps in my knowledge. There was a good progression from classroom to walking pace & then to running on the Sunday, which gave me confidence to read the maps & take bearings quickly. The running itself was great - a really good variety of terrain and lots of tips given for improving off-road technique. All in all a brilliant weekend of running - Thank you Sarah!”
“Thanks for a fantastic weekend, I certainly got a lot out of it. I gained a big improvement with my navigation skills & look forward to using OS maps rather than relying on GPS. I've managed to secure a place in this years V3K so look forward to putting all the new skills I've learned to good use in June!”
“What a brilliant experience!!! Enjoyed every second & Sarah is the reason why the course is so successful. Great itinerary, well delivered teaching episodes & amazing running. When's the next one?”
“Thank you Sarah for a fantastic Sky Running weekend in Snowdonia. I really enjoyed learning with you and the group about navigation, fell running & scrambling. It was a thoroughly enjoyable & educational weekend all round. Hope to sign up again in the future.”
“I met up with the group for a full days training on the Saturday. From an initial informative briefing, Sarah gave constant advice & guidance in all aspects of mountain craft (e.g. kit, navigation, nutrition, ascending/descending speed technique, weather). For moving fast, light & safely on the hill I thoroughly recommend this course.”

Training preparation

We presume that you are fairly organised with your training if you are interested in ultra running, but to help out, we provide specific training advice so that you can work towards preparing your body to cope with the sort of physical demands you will experience on races & challenges.

Navigation tutorials

Many ultras are typically well marked, however there are definite advantages to being able to navigate, & if you are preparing for one of the big "rounds" you'll need to get slick at it. Prior to the run we will send you navigation tutorials so you can start to understand the theory of navigation and hit the ground running (so to speak) when you arrive.

What you can learn

During the run you'll learn how to:

  • Study & annotate a race or event map
  • Tackle different terrain types
  • Move efficiently and safely in scrambling terrain
  • Attack uphills, downhills & traversing
  • Manage your clothing & kit
  • Fuel & hydrate during a race
  • Make sure you stay safe
  • How to best recover after a long run

What's included

A full day of training with us gives you:

  • Fully insured running guides with Mountain Leader and First Aid qualifications
  • One-on-one as well as group coaching during the run
  • Gait assessment and development of better technique
  • Snack packs for time on the hill
  • Advice on training plans and how to avoid over-training or burnout
  • Digital Photo album of the day
  • Very tired legs & a smug feeling

What does it cost?

Options for accommodation and extras:

  • The training run is £75 per person. We reward our regulars & give 10% off for your subsequent runs with us.
  • If you would like us to organise accommodation, we have spaces starting at £30 in a lovely guesthouse, first-come first-serve. We sometimes start early to catch a weather window so it's best to stay the night before.
  • Meals are not included (except for your snack packs). We recommend you bring your well-tested food for fueling during the run. If we get a big booking we give the love back & treat you to coffee & cake.

Can you join us in 2017?