Winter Skills for runners

Learn how to be safe in the mountains during the winter months.  There is a special mystique to ​running in the mountains in winter, the snow is such a magical
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Winter Skills for runners
Winter Skills for runners

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  • Winter Skills for runners
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Learn how to be safe in the mountains during the winter months. 

There is a special mystique to ​running in the mountains in winter, the snow is such a magical transformation, yet it can be very dangerous unless you possess the necessary skills to look after yourself. 

Mountain Run is based at the head of the Glenridding Valley giving us perfect access to Helvellyn and the Red Tarn Bowl. We have the most reliable winter conditions in the Lake District. 

We upload regular Winter Conditions Reports to our website, Facebook Page​ and YouTube Channel​ and spend the whole year waiting for winter conditions to arrive, once they have gone. 

Dates for courses: 

17th March 2016​ - Sold Out

1st April 2016 - Sold Out

7th April 2016 - Next Course

14th April 2016

Course Duration: 

09:30 to 15:30

What you learn: 

  • What equipment to take & how to use it
  • Self arrest with an ice axe
  • How to run in different types of running crampons
  • Different techniques of ascending and descending snow slopes
  • An understanding of snow pack and conditions
  • General safety in the mountains during winter. 

Course Details: 

  • Meet at Bell Cottage (NY 367 174)​​​
  • Have a quick chat about conditions, equipment and skills. 
  • Head out to the Red Tarn Bowl to practice. 
  • Work on skills on route. 

Equipment: ​

  • ​Clothing to run in during the day (Tights, Base Layer, Mid Layer, Neck Gaiter, Hat, Gloves, Buff)
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers - These must be taped seems
  • Primaloft Jacket and Trousers - We will be spending time standing around, sliding on snow and more. You will need extra clothing to stay warm. 
  • Extra hat and gloves or mitts
  • Balaclava
  • Goggles
  • Light weight mountaineering axe
  • MicroSpikes and or Flexible Running Crampons
  • Light Weight Helmet

If you don't possess some of the above equipment, then please let us know. We do have a pool of equipment, but it is limited. 

​Our Credentials: 

Mountain Run have a wealth of experience in the mountains. We have planned many Mountain Marathon and Trail Running events since 2011, including the SLMMGL3DMarmot Dark MountainsMarmot 24Berghaus Trail ChaseRab Mountain Marathon and the Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races since 2014. 

We are seasoned trail, mountain and fell runners. We climb in summer and winter, ski when the snow it good enough and enjoy all the mountain activities we can. We also love to mix up all the sports we love to travel fast and light in the mountains!

​Helvellyn is our back yard, we know this area like the back of our hands and spend many days and nights running, climbing and skiing here. We also plan and direct the Lakes Sky Ultra​​ in and around these valleys, using Swirral and Striding Edges amongst other technical ridges and area's for the course. This is England's most technical mountain trail race!

Minimum course numbers are 2, maximum are 4. 

We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not hit the minimum numbers. We also reserve the right to stop you from attending the course if you do not possess the correct clothing and/or equipment.​


UK deliveries are now FREE, for any value of order.

This service will be generally a 2 to 3 day delivery, once the item is produced & despatched (see below), unless you are living outside the mainland UK, in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland or Off Shore Islands, such as Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man & also Northern Ireland.

We do not offer next day delivery at present. 

Please be aware that True Mountain products are made to order at present & therefore we quote a "5 day" despatch time scale. This is the time scale for the product to be ordered & then despatched, not the projected delivery timescale. 

True Mountain are a small UK based company with quality at the top end of the scale. They are different from most other outdoor brands that we know about. True Mountain design and manufacture in the UK only, they source their materials from within the UK when possible & only source as far as the EU borders. By doing this, they produce some of the most ethical UK outdoor clothing & equipment that we know about. True Mountain also make to order. This means when you order a True Mountain (TM) product, we send the order through to TM in preston & their team of specialised machinists & cutters set to work on producing 'your' product. Inevitably this takes a little more time, but at least you know that the item you have ordered hasn't been made in a sweat box factory in another country. 

We hope you will appreciate this fact & accept that your product might take a week or slightly more to arrive at your doorstep. Where ever possible we & True Mountain will try to make sure your products arrive as early as possible, but please allow a week from ordering to delivery. 

We will always endeavour to keep you up to date with your order, but please feel free to email us to find out where on the production line your product is. 

Learn more about the True Mountain Team HERE


You’re welcome to return certain goods within 30 days of receipt for a full refund. They must:

  1. be in what we consider to be a new condition
  2. have labels & packaging (such as shoe boxes) undamaged
  3. include the original receipt / delivery note. Take a copy for yourself if you want

If this is not the case we reserve the right to refund only partially, the exact amount to be at our discretion.

Please download a PDF returns document HERE

You must obtain a RETURNS NUMBER by emailing us - 

The returns address is:

Returns Dept., Mountain-Lite, Unit 14, Riversway Workshops, Leeward Road, Preston, PR2 2TE

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