Ultra Trail Running Skills Weekend - Stickle Barn, Great Langdale. 18th/19th March 2017

In association with the Lakeland 100 team.

Join us for a fun packed and very informative weekend of Ultra Trail Running, Natural Running and Nat Move Skills (courtesy of Missing Link Fitness), Navigation for Ultra Trail Runners and Running with Poles (hosted in conjunction with Nics Nordic Walks). 

You might be a hardened trail runner or you might well be a newbie to this amazing mountain/countryside based recreation. But what ever your background, we can cater for you. 

Great Langdale is an amazing valley to run in, train in and learn in. We are very happy to be hosting this weekend in conjunction with The Lakeland 100 guys, The National Trust, Missing Link Fitness, Damian Hall and Nics Nordic Walks. 

Arrive Friday night and enjoy a relaxed trail run around the valley, enjoy a few beers in the bar afterwards.

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Runners having fun on the Lakes Sky Ultra - Image by ©TrueMountain


The course is £165:00 per person. This includes accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner with brews and cake.  

You will get world class trail running, extremely professional tutors who are at the top of their game, use of Leki Poles from Nics Nordic Walks and Mountain King Poles from the guys at The Endurance Store, amazing likeminded company and some notes and stuff to take home with you, so you don't forget it all in the blink of an eye! 

Booking on the course:

Available Places: 20

 The course will be held on the 18th/19th March 2017


Friday evening 18:00 - 20:00 - See itinery below: 

  • Enjoy a social run with others on the course led by Mountain Run and Special Guests (TBA)

Saturday - 08:30 until 21:00 - See itinerary below: 

  • 07:00 to 08:00 - Breakfast is served in the Gallery Room - Meet new faces and get fuelled up for the day. 
  • 08:30 to 10:30 - Nordic Walking and Running with Poles - The first session of the day with Nics Nordic Walks - wake your muscles up with some light Nordic Walking around the valley. Nicola will show you the benefits of Nordic Walking, the Nordic Running Style, Double Poling and much more, then Mountain Run will take over and explain how to make the transition to 'Running with Poles' for Ultra Distances. Once you have the skills working their magic, we will then go for a short run (5km) to get this ingrained in to your muscle memory and mind. 
  • 10:30 to 11:00 -  Quick brew and bite to eat back at the Stickle Barn Base
  • 11:30 to 14:30 - Nat Run and Nat Move with Missing Link Fitness (Paul Teirney - winner of the 2015 Lakeland 100) Learn to move like a pro with Paul, he has a unique coaching style and model to get you functioning like a REAL bi-ped, with quadruped moment skills! 
  • 14:45 to 15:30 - A brew and bite to eat back at the Stickle Barn Base
  • 15:45 to 19:30 - Navigation for Ultra Runners with Mountain Run - learn the tricks of the trade with a map and compass, understand the value of recce's and listen about common errors made, so you don't make them during the event! 
  • 20:00 to 21:00 - Evening Meal in the Stickle Barn, upstairs Gallery Room. 
  • 21:00 - Head to the Bar, or watch a film courtesy of Mountain Run in the Gallery Room. 

Sunday  - 07:00 to 18:00 -  See itinerary below: 

  • 07:00 to 08:00 - Breakfast is served in the Gallery Room - Chat over the previous days exciting courses
  • 08:30 to 10:00 - Enjoy listening to Damian Hall (Current South West Costal Path record holder, 19th place in the UTMB 2016 and much more) talking Ultra Running, Ultra Training and much more, plus have chance for a Q & A with him afterwards. 
  • 10:30 to 12:30 - Learn to Slackline and improve your balance, core muscles, agility and posture on a few slacklines set up by Mountain Run (We will have a run option if you prefer, but we recommend Slacklining massively) - Special Guest will be announced soon
  • 12:45 to 13:30 - Chance to grab a quick bite to eat in the Stickle Barn
  • 13:45 to 18:00 - Trail Run - Head out for a mid blowing, cobweb dissolving, mind, body and soul invigorating Trail Run around the Great Langdale Valley - 2 groups will possible here to cater for different abilities, speeds and styles. Take this as your time to practice everything you have learnt over the weekend!  - Special Guests will be announced soon. 


  1. Trail Running
  2. Nat Move and Nat Run sessions
  3. Walking and Running with Nordic Walking poles session
  4. Navigation Session
  5. Slack Lining
  6. Drinking Beer or Wine (or a G&T if you must!) 
  7. Eating good food
  8. Having fun
  9. More Trail Running
  10. Smiling

The course will be based at the Stickle Barn in Great Langdale, the Lake District.

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Zoe Salt and Alex enjoying perfect weather on a LSU Training Weekend 2015 - Image by ©MountainRun

On the Mountain Run Ultra Trail Running Weekend you will learn the following: 

  • Basic Navigation - enough to help you navigate along trails day or night. 
  • Nat Move and Nat Run skills, become a better runner and mover. 
  • Slacklining - a fun way to improve balance and other motor skills.  
  • Walking and Running with Nordic Walking Poles (we will supply the poles)  
  • How to smile all weekend
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Mark Rawlinson enjoys a very wet and windy fell run after the 2014 LDMT is cancelled - Image by ©MountainRun


You will need your usual mountain running gear, including aggressive soled footwear.

The following kit list will be needed for the weekend:

  • Waterproof jacket & trousers (taped seams please)
  • More than one spare L/S base layer, Primaloft layer or similar (NO COTTON).
  • Multiple Hats, Buffs or similar.
  • Multiple gloves, appropriate for the temperature and weather conditions.
  • Head Torch and spare batteries - we advise 100 lumens plus.
  • Survival Bag (a bonus).
  • Whistle.
  • Hill food/Lunch Snacks for both days.
  • Compass - we will supply the maps. 
  • Race Vest/Small Pack to put it all in.
  • More than one pair of running shoes
  • Multiple socks
  • Thin soled shoes for slack-lining, if you have some (zero drop 3mm soles great) 

Basically, bring more than you think you will need, as we can't guarantee the weather will be kind, but we hope it will. In the eventuality of it being wet you will need plenty of clothing changes and options. 

The Nat Move session will require you to be on the ground in crouch and kneeling positions and possibly more, so you will need a specific set of old clothes for this session, or just a specific set of clothes. Better to change 3 times in the day and keep smiling, than wear the same set all day and not smile!

Please be aware we might not be moving very quickly at some points during the day, please account for this in your clothing selection & check the weather a few days before.

Luna Venado's, great for 'Natural' (barefoot) Running and Slack-Lining - Image by ©MountainRun

Please make sure you bring some smiles, light humour and plenty of energy, as your going to need it. 

We want to see you leave happy! 

About the tutors: 

Charlie: The Nav, Running with Poles and Slack-line Expert

You can read Charlie's CV HERE

Nicola: The Nordic Walking and Pole Expert plus back up Nav Trainer

You can read Nicola's CV HERE

Paul Tierney: The Nat Move and Nat Run Expert

Paul has been a top level sportsman most of his adult life. He started with international hurling for Ireland and moved into running soon after. He was the winner of the L100 in 2015 and has worked with some of the top movement coaches in the UK. He is a 'Born to Run' Master Coach working directly with 'Barefoot Running' guru Lee Saxby. Paul set up Missing Link Fitness in the Lakes after his frustration with the many flaw's he saw in the fitness training industry. What Paul doesn't know about Nat Move and Nat Run isn't worth knowing! 

Paul won the Lakeland 100 ultra-trail race in 2015 and is a former record holder for the Wicklow Way.

Sarah McCormack: The Nat Move and Nat Run back up trainer

Sarah came to natural movement training after many injury-fraught years of running with poor technique.   Since improving her technique and changing her approach to strength training she has been running completely injury-free, and been having much more fun along the way!

Sarah has competed in international cross-country and fell races, winning the Snowdon race in 2014 and 2015 and team gold at the European Cross Country Championships in 2012.

Damian Hall - The Ultra Distance Expert. 

Outdoor journalist and GB ultra-trail runner Damian Hall has finished on the podium at the Spine Race, Dragon’s Back Race (fifth overall), Lakes Sky Ultra in 2016 (finishing 6th)  and the 2016 UK Ultra Trail Championships. In May 2016 the Inov-8 ambassador set a Fastest Known Time for the 630-mile South West Coast Path of 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. He’s run a Bob Graham Round with Charlie from Mountain Run (in 21:57), as training for UTMB, the world’s most competitive 100 miler, where he placed 19th in 2016. What Damian doesn't now know about ultra-trail running isn't worth knowing really!

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