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Click one of the course images below, to view the trip itinerary...

Press & media
Films & photos
Beginner off road & Skills
Intermediate level running
Challenges & Advanced running
For those looking to start off road, or to learn skills. You should be able to run 5-10km (road or Park Run).
Some off road running is a bonus (but not essential), though you can run 10km to 1/2 marathon level.
For those with trail running experience, who seek a greater challenge in terms of higher or steeper terrain, or to follow a classic ultra route (guided or self-guided).

Intro trail running day
Taster day to introduce you to running on off road trails in the Lakes.

Lake District day of runners navigation skills,
and route planning.
Trail and Fell
run weekend
Weekend course to learn key mountain running techniques.

Trail Running
Chamonix based week, also running in Italy and Switzerland too!

Ultra Trail
skills weekend
For those training for their first ultra trail. With a night nav exercise.

Ultra Trail
Mont Blanc
Run the full UTMB route over a week, guided by a finisher.

Self-guided UTMB recces
Recce trail race routes including UTMB & Mont Blanc 80km.

Lake District
night runner
An evening session to learn key skills for night trail running.
Personal Trainer
Alpine or UK sessions. Book by the hour for bespoke training.
Trail Week Lake District
A full week of trail running in the Lakes, with 5 days guiding.
Gran Canaria trail running
Based in Agaete, run sections of TGC. Great winter training.
Mount Toubkal trail running
Run up the highest peak in North Africa over a long weekend.
Bob Graham
guided recce
3 day guided run of the 42 BGR fell tops starting from Keswick.
Bob Graham
We organise logistics, & provide map, route cards and GPX files.

If you have specific objectives, consider bespoke guiding,
In the press...

Winter Trail
Chamonix based long weekend. Try snowshoe running too.
In the press...

Alpine Skyrunning
The next step for trail runners who want to run higher & harder.
Mont Blanc
One Shot
Two days guiding to run up Mont Blanc from the valley to the top.
In the press...

Leaders / coaches & personal trainers Films from our running courses Qualified internationally to lead
Liberating - There is nothing more pure than mountain running through the stunning scenery of the hills, and it is no wonder mountain running is so popular.
Hill skills - Whether you are a frequent runner, or are relatively new to the sport, there is lots to learn about to help you adapt to running in the mountains.
Adapting - Skills include the choice of kit, coping with different terrain, the use of poles, running on steep ground, what to eat, the effects of altitude, and more.
All levels - Our range of mountain running spans skill levels from those just starting out off road, to experienced mountain and ultra runners.
Coaching - Many course leaders are also dual qualified as Personal Trainers and as International Mountain Leaders / Mountain Leaders (Summer).
No egos - An elite runner doesn't equate to a good coach. They must be highly qualified, professional and approachable. Trails beat egos!
Experience - These finisher jackets of the UTMB & TDG races belong to our head running leader. We think that there no one out there who is more credible!

Film - UTMB trail running recce

Film - Chamonix trail running week

Film - Alpine winter trail running

Film - Lake District intro fell running

Film - Winter fell running in the Lakes

Film - Lake District Ultra weekend
For our Alpine running trips, all leaders hold the prestigious UIMLA International Mountain Leader qualification, and have a valid Carte Professionelle to work legally. Being led by someone without these qualifications, would often invalidate your activities insurance in event of an emergency. Please click on the images below for more information about our guiding team, and their qualifications.
Running advice & resources
Running the Mont Blanc Marathon
Running the Trail des Aiguilles Rouges
Running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
Introduction to training
Training preparations
Types of exercise to consider
Icicle training planners
Trail running advice
Come in for a cuppa!
We are based in the spiritual home of fell and mountain running, the Lake District. Get in touch if you would like to come in for a cuppa to talk about our running trips, and meet one of our experienced trip advisers or a member of our running guiding team. They can help advise about which trip would suit you best, and about kit and your training before a holiday. It's as important to us, as it is to you, that you select a trip that fits your experience and aspirations perfectly, so we're keen to encourage you to take the time and chat through your plans. Our shop also stocks a growing range of running kit. See you soon!
Kingsley - Icicle lead trail running guide
Yes, those are some of my finisher jackets above, but I'll let them do the talking. For me the greatest joy is teaching people how to run efficiently and with a lower impact, in the fells and mountains of the UK and abroad. Below is a film from a day running with my dog in the Lakes!
Author signed!
'Trail Running Chamonix &
the Mont Blanc region'
...or the NEW book...
'Trail and Fell Running in
the Lake District'
buy a copy
by Kingsley Jones. Cicerone Press

£14.95 each
Each book has 40 trail running
routes, each with height profiles,
and full colour mapping

Features how to adapt your
running in the mountains, and
an index of where to stay

Includes famous races in each
region, e.g. UTMB, Langdale
Horseshoe and Chamonix VKM

To purchase a copy, click here

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