Mountain Marathon Youth Training Camp – Summer 2019

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 another training camp 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 mostly slow running, and 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 (subject to availability).  The Mountain Marathon Youth 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.

Read the report from the 2018 Mountain Marathon Youth Training Camp.

Whilst we would be delighted to coach the very best young mountain runners, we also hope that our Mountain Marathon Youth Training Camp will attract 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



Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2019



Cross Dormont Camping

Address: Cross Dormont Camping, Howtown, Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2NA


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, 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™, Scottish 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 you have a genuine interest in Mountain Marathons.

    How to get there?

    Cross Dormant Camping is on the shore of Ullswater, in the East of the Lake District. It is 20 minutes by car via Pooley Bridge from the M6 junction at Penrith. Penrith also has a train station and there is a regular bus service to Pooley Bridge and onto the Camping.

    Who’s providing it?

    The Training Camp is organised by Ourea Events, with an introduction on the Friday evening from Shane Ohly. Over the weekend the coaching team will be Charlie SprosonZoe Harding and Iain Embrey. Our coach to client ratio will be 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™, the Scottish Mountain Marathon™ and the ROC Mountain Marathon™ and many other awesome mountain running events.

    Steve Birkinshaw (left) and Charlie Sproson (right). Elite Winners at the 2019 Marmot Dark Mountains™

    Charlie owns and runs guided running company Mountain Run based in Glenridding, the Lake District. A qualified Mountain Leader, Charlie’s mountain running CV includes a number of mountain marathon podiums, two Bob Graham rounds, a Lakeland Classic Rock Round and a Ramsay Round in the Scottish Highlands.

    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.

    Iain Embrey (right) ©Zoe Harding

    Iain has come into Mountain Marathons from an orienteering background, and last year won the A class British Mountain Marathon Championship series. This year stepping up to the Elite class, Iain and his partner Andy came third at the inaugural Scottish Mountain Marathon. Iain has many years of experience coaching orienteering, so has plenty of navigational top tips to share.


    Friday 9th August
    From 17:00 > Training team will be at venue from 1700.
    19:00 > Formal welcome and Induction (you must have arrived by this time)
    20:00 : Shane Ohly shares his personal journey, with photos and videos, from novice to elite winner
    There will be no formal training on Friday evening, but we will all get to know each other,  enjoy some outdoor cooking, and a presentation from Shane Ohly.


    Saturday 10th August
    08:30 : 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 11th 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 > 14:30 : A day on the hill with Expert Coaching
    14:30 > 15:00 : Group debrief
    15:00 : 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 hills 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 must complete a consent form.
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