Mountain Marathon Youth Training Camp Report – August 2019

Last weekend was the second Mountain Marathon Training Camp for Young People, held in the fells of the Eastern Lake District near Pooley Bridge. Despite weather warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain in place, twelve brave runners joined us for a weekend focused on improving mountain skills and navigation.

Participants came from a mixture of fell, cross country and orienteering backgrounds, and ranged in age from 15 to 21. Although some runners already had mountain marathon experience under their belt, others were keen to improve their skills before their first event.

After a couple of hours inside discussing mountain marathon route-choices, tactics, clothing and equipment (and also sheltering from the elements!), we spent the rest of the weekend getting hands-on experience in the hills. Saturday’s terrain encompassed the fells to the East of Ullswater, used earlier in the year for the Marmot Dark Mountains event. On Sunday, the ridges around Place Fell provided a great location to practice contour interpretation and micro-navigation, with some low cloud also adding to the challenge! Despite the conditions, all the athletes displayed a superb attitude and great enthusiasm.

Many thanks to the inspiring coaching team of Charlie Sproson, Steve Birkinshaw and Ali Masson for all their help and sharing their mountain expertise.

Zoe Harding, Mountain Marathon coach

 

Ourea Events are thrilled to support another enthusiastic and energetic group of young people to get outside and learn more about navigation and mountain craft from our expert coaching team. We are really pleased that the weekend was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves. We hope to see you all at a Mountain Marathon in the future!

Shane Ohly, Director, Ourea Events

 

Descending the ridge off Beda Head into Martindale

 

Views down to Ullswater after finding the last checkpoint of the day!

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