Run | Sky Running Development

  • duration:
    2 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £100 PP

course info

Our two-day Skyrunning Development Course is ideal for anybody looking to run in the mountains on technical terrain or compete in races like the Snowdon SkyRace or any other races in the Skyrunning Series. 


Join us for two incredible days running the Snowdon SkyRace route and develop your technique and confidence running on technical mountain terrain.


  • Equipment and nutrition
  • Movement technique on rocky ground (Grade 1 scrambling)
  • Downhill running technique
  • Using running poles and technique session
  • Training tips for race preparation
Course Outline



9am -Meet your guides and discuss the outline of the weekend and sort any kit or equipment you may need for the course. 

10:30 Head into Ogwen to take on the Glyderau section of the Skyrace Route. This route takes you up and over Tryfans North Ridge and over Glyder Fawr down to Pen Y Pass. We will have lunch at the YHA in Pen y Pass before heading back over Glyder Fawr and down Y Gribin Ridge into Ogwen

16:00 Finish back at the cafe for hot drinks, cake and a debrief.


09:00 Meeting at Pen Y Pass we will head up and over Crib Goch* and onto Snowdon Summit. The normal Skyrace route descends the trail back into Rhyd Ddu but we will head over to Lliwedd as these two parts are the most technical of the route and need more time for coaching. We will run over Lliwedd and back to Pen y Pass to finish.

15:00 Finish back at Pen y Pass for a debrief.

** Please note that we may have to change to route if conditions make Crib Goch or Tryfan unsafe. We will offer a suitable alternative to focus on technique if this is the case.


Your Mountain Running Guides.

One thing that will be clear when you meet our running guides is we love running in the mountains. All of our instructors are Mountain Leaders or Mountaineering Instructors and are passionate about Skyrunning. Our team have competed in various Skyrunning and mountain races like the Mourne Skyline, LDMT, Ring of Steall and Mamores VK and have a wealth of knowledge about this activity. 



Who is this for?

This course is perfect for anybody looking to push onto more technical running terrain or for those with a desire to compete in races like the Snowdon Skyrace, Ring of Steall or any other mountain running events. The pace will be set by our Mountain Running Guides and will ensure everybody in the group gets the most out of the course. 


What IS included

  • Excellent Snowdon SkyRace route information
  • 1 - 3 Mountain Running Guides (Dependant on group size)
  • Technical sessions along the route
  • Logistics and route choice to get the most out of the course
  • Training and nutritional advice


What's NOT included

  • Transport to and from the mountains
  • Food and drinks
  • Parking fees (Some may apply on the second day)
  • Accommodation




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



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