If you love the idea of being able to run in the mountains but have never started, then this is the perfect weekend for you.
Tutored by highly experienced women fell runners who are passionate about getting more women to enjoy this sport, this is a well-structured, confidence-building weekend introducing you to fell running and giving you some time to assimilate and put into practise what you’re learning.
The weekend is a mix of practical outdoor running sessions as well as indoor seminars, presentations and discussion. There’s the chance to deal with your insecurities and help you to work on your perceived weaknesses and we’ll be giving you some enthusiastic ‘can-do’ attitude.
We will cover all the various elements of fell running from technique, mental approach and confidence to looking at kit, equipment and races that you might try. We’ll introduce you to route finding and finding your way in the hills. You’ll be out in nature and feeling the elements with the exhilarating experience of leaving your world-worries behind.
Most importantly, this is a day where you work at your chosen level, and we get you to find your ‘off road’ feet. We’ve had women aged from 16 to 70 years old on this course! Rest assured, this is not a weekend about speed, discomfort, competitiveness or running straight up a mountain as soon as you arrive. We hope that you’ll feel positively challenged but you choose the level that you work at.
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Who is this weekend for?
This weekend is for any women runners who would like to understand and experience fell running and who would like to enjoy the freedom of running in the hills. We imagine that you will have done some running and that you are able to jog 5k continuously as minimum. You might be a more experienced runner but have never tried fell running. Your speed doesn’t matter, and the weekend has been designed to cover and provide for all abilities.
Can I come on my own?
Absolutely. This is a weekend aimed at active, open-minded women who are keen to explore, discuss and connect. It’s sometimes hard to book on your own but there will be other people who have booked solo, and you’ll find a warm inclusive welcome if you do.
Bunkhouse: Llwyn Celyn, our venue, has a bunkhouse. It’s nicely done by the Landmark Trust and is modern, communal accommodation with the use of a well-equipped kitchen and showers. You’ll need to bring bedding and a pillow if you opt for this. The bunkhouse is available Friday and Saturday night at £25 a night. Please email email@example.com if you would like to book a place. Places are limited so let Ruth know when you book.
Because accommodation and how you like to sleep and your budget are such personal matters, we find it works better for people to choose where they would like to stay. We will send you our accommodation list on booking. We’ve built up a directory of accommodation in the area, from yurts to shepherd’s huts, from farmhouse B&Bs to top-end luxury hotels, catering for all budgets.
Campervan: Campervan parking can be arranged at Llwyn Celyn, and you’ll be able to use the kitchen, showers and toilet facilities. We ask for a £10 a night for this. Again, please email Ruth if this is what you would like to do.
Cancellation policy: If you have to drop out, we will refund you (minus a £50 administration fee + Stripe processing fees) if you cancel two months prior to the event. Anything after that date is non-refundable. We will happily accept a replacement if you find someone else to take your place. We are a small company and we run courses, employ tutors and book venues on a minimum number for the weekend being reached.