Mountain Marathon Training Camp – Summer 2018

The summer training camp for younger runners interested in mountain marathons.

Shane Ohly and BMC Hill Walking Ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota Mountain Marathon training in the Lake District © Steve Ashworth


We are delighted to announce that we will be organising a training camp this summer specifically aimed at younger runners (aged 16-21) who are interested in learning about mountain marathons, improving their mountain skills and navigation and having a great weekend on the hills. As long as you have got the fitness to spend a day out on the hills (comprising some running, some walking) and an interest in mountain marathon events, you are very welcome to join us. Best of all, the Mountain Marathon Training Camp is FREE if you have entered the LAMM (June 2018),  ROC Mountain Marathon™ (September 2018), or Marmot Dark Mountains™ (January 2019). The Mountain Marathon Training Camp is for 16-21 year olds, although we will consider younger runners if they have appropriate experience, (we will also accept slightly older runners if they are attending with a partner who is aged 16-21). Please contact us if you are unsure. Parental consent will be required for U18s.


Whilst we would be delighted to coach the very best young mountain runners, we also hope that our Mountain Marathon Training Camp will attract young runners with limited experience of mountain running, including those who have never completed a Mountain Marathon. Therefore, we will be providing specific guidance about:
  • The format of Mountain Marathons
  • The different courses explained
  • How to enter your first event
  • How to progress to more difficult courses



Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2018



The Howgills. The course will be based from Low Greenside Campsite in Ravenstonedale (Postcode: CA17 4LU)  on the northern edge of the Howgills. Renowned for their steep sided valleys and runnable terrain, the Howgills are a superb location for training, and have been the host of many different mountain marathons over the years.


What is included?

  • Expert Coaching > from a team of highly experienced, and regular mountain marathon competitors (see below) with a focus on:
  • Navigation, navigation and navigation > Learn and practice contour interpretation, reading the ground, map-to-ground approach, route choice, relocation, attack points and much more… including how to use The Force!
  • Tactics and Strategy > When to eat, when to run hard, when to stop and think, and how to work as a team. Everything you wondered but never asked.
  • Mountain Running Skills > Uphill techniques, downhill speed, Contouring, giving you the confidence and skills to enjoy the terrain.
  • Nutrition and Hydration > Fuel the machine! How a systematic approach to eating and drinking is the key to finishing a long endurance event like a mountain marathon.
  • Personal Admin > The key to success; looking after yourself and looking out for your partner.
  • Special Map > A competition quality Mountain Marathon Training Camp map of the Howgills, using 1:25,000 Harvey Map data and printed at 1:30,000 scale on waterproof paper, (this is the same map type and scale as used for the ROC Mountain Marathon™, and Marmot Dark Mountains™).
  • Camping > the cost of camping for Friday and Saturday night
  • Group Mess Tent > a large mess tent, tables and chairs for eating and meeting in.
  • Demo Tent, Kit & Clothing > a demo tent set up exactly as it would be for a ‘no compromise’ elite runner.


What do I need to bring?

  • Food > We are not providing any food for the weekend, so please bring whatever food for meals you want, and food for the hill each day.
  • Money > We are likely to eat in a local pub on Saturday evening. Please bring sufficient money for this.
  • Camping Equipment & Clothing > Please bring whatever warm and comfortable camping equipment you would usually take for a weekend of camping. A complete change of dry clothes for the campsite is essential. Personal toiletries etc.
  • Mountain Running Equipment > We recommend two complete sets of running clothing (should it be very wet: tights, shorts, base layers, t-shirts etc.) for wearing on the hill each day. In addition to your personal running clothing, you will need the following:
    • Compass
    • Whistle
    • Permanent marker pen
    • Head torch
    • Survival Bag
    • Waterproof Jacket or Smock (with taped seams and a hood)
    • Waterproof Trousers (with taped seams)
    • Watch
    • Hat & Gloves (suitable for the weather conditions)
    • Spare warm layer
    • Suitable footwear
    • Suitable rucksack or vest pack to carry the above


What’s the cost?

FREE – If you are aged 16-21, and have an entry for the LAMM (June 2018), ROC Mountain Marathon™ (September 2018), or Marmot Dark Mountains™ (January 2019), then this training camp is provided free of charge. If you do not have an entry these events but would still like to take part you are very welcome, and the cost is £59.


How to get there?

Driving is the simplest way but there is also a bus link from Oxenholme train station, on the outskirts of Kendal. Oxenholme train station is on the West Coast Mainline. If you are travelling by public transport, then we will do our best to get you from Kendal to Ravenstonedale, by either linking you up with other training camp participants or provided a lift. Please arrange this in advance with us.


Who’s providing it?

The Training Camping is organised by Ourea Events, with a coaching team consisting of Shane Ohly and Zoe Harding, and we will expand the coaching team if there is lots of interest in the Training Camping so that our coach to client ratio remains at 1:4


 Shane Ohly (left) and Duncan Archer (right). LAMM Elite Winners 2017 © Jon Brooke


Shane is a professionally qualified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader, multi Elite Mountain Marathon winner, and the Race Director of Marmot Dark Mountains™ and the ROC Mountain Marathon™ and many other awesome mountain running events.


Zoe (left) and Quentin Harding. LAMM B Course Winners 2017 © Jon Brooke


Zoe has previously been a regular in the GB Orienteering Team having competed at the European Championship, World Cups and had a brilliant 6th place at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Equally confident in the mountains, Zoe has been a regular mountain marathon competitor since childhood and was the outright LAMM B Course, and OMM A Course winner in 2017, racing with father Quentin Harding.



Friday 3rd August
From 17:00 > Training team will be at Low Greenside Campsite from 1700. There will be no formal training on Friday evening, but we hope most course participants will join us for an informal welcome, some outdoor cooking, and a presentation from Shane Ohly.
20:00 : Shane Ohly shares his personal journey, with photos and videos, from novice to elite winner


Saturday 4th August
08:30 : Welcome, Introductions and Briefing
09:00 : Split in small groups and discuss the day ahead with your coach
09:30 > 16:30 : A day on the hill with Expert Coaching
16:30 > 17:30 : Group debrief
17:30 > 18:30 : Free time (chance for a shower and a rest)
19:00 : Local pub for an evening meal.


Sunday 5th August
08:30 : Morning Briefing
09:00 : Split in small groups and discuss the day ahead with your coach. You will get a different coach on the second day.
09:30 > 15:00 : A day on the hill with Expert Coaching
15:00 > 15:30 : Group debrief
16:00 : Depart


What to expect?

We want to maximise our time on the hill. Therefore, after a short briefing on Saturday and Sunday morning, we will be heading out into the Howgills in small groups. The focus will be on navigation and mountain skills. But with plenty of time for chatting. The questions you may have about strategy, nutrition, equipment and clothing will all be covered whilst on the hill. You will need to have the fitness to spend a long day out, which will comprise of some running, and some walking. We won’t be racing around, but moving at a steady pace with lots of time to stop and discuss what we are doing.


How to book your place?

Please complete our booking form.


Parents and Guardians

Parents / Guardians of U18 participants, are welcome to join us at Low Greenside Campsite but will need to cover their own expenses.


Adult Training Camps

If you are aged over 21 and want to attend a Mountain Marathon training event, we would recommend the excellent courses organised by Nav4Adventure and Mountain Run.
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Overnight camp at the 2016 ROC Mountain Marathon