• duration:
    1 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £50 PP

course info

Snowdonia is host to some of the best mountain running in the UK and with a mixture of rolling mountain sides and sharp rocky ridges, it certainly has something for everybody. Our Mountain running skills course is a perfect way to develop your confidence so you can run further and faster in the mountains.

Ideally to attend this course you will have plenty of trail or road running experience but its open to any runner who has a good level of fitness and can run about 10km on undulating terrain. The day will have plenty of rests and the pace will be kept slow to ensure that more focus is put on the learning rather than fitness or speed.

Our instructors for this course have a large amount of experience running in the mountains and have competed in a number of races including the Mourne Skyline, OMM, Lake District Mountain Trial (LDMT) and a mass of other events.  All of our instructors hold the Mountain Leader qualification as minimum, and have a vast amount of experience teaching navigation and mountain running in the mountains.


The day will be split into several workshops looking at the following topics.

  • Clothing, equipment (What to pack, how to keep warm, how to pack light)
  • Navigation for mountain runners. (Learn how to speed up your navigation)
  • Downhill running workshop. (Improve your confidence running downhill)
  • Training plans (How to get the best out of your body)
  • Fast packing (Multi day runs and what equipment to take)


If your already a competent mountain/fell runner but looking for a instruction in navigation why not check out our Navigation For Mountain Running course in Snowdonia.  

Tryfan from the summit of Y-Garn summit in Snowdonia.

course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

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My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

Polly Hornby

This course is more about the skills than it is the distance or speed you can run. Ideally you will be able to run 10km on trails and dont mind going out in the rain or wind but the learning is what we are here for.

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