• duration:
    1 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £70.00 PP

course info

We believe Trail Running is the ultimate way to experience the outdoors where you give up the pavements and roads for stunning scenery and miles of quiet country trails. For most runners it’s a liberating experience and many will never go back to the roads once they experience the joy of running outdoors on the trails.

Conwy valley and the North Wales coast is host to some of the finest trail running in the country and every year visitors flock from all over the UK to run, cycle and hike in these hills. For us Conwy is where we call home and were privileged to have these amazing hills on our doorstep.

Our Introduction to Trail Running course is a fun day of running in the hills around Conwy, North Wales. Your instructor will develop your technique for running up hill and improve your confidence for running downhill. Throughout the day you can also expect to learn the basics of navigation, what to wear, what to do in an emergency and what to eat and drink to keep you fuelled up during the day.

  • Clothing and equipment advice.
  • Downhill running workshop.
  • Footwork drills.
  • Using a map and compass for running.
  • What to do in an emergency.
  • Test out different running packs.

Our instructors for this course are all experienced trail and mountain running instructors and hold the Mountain Leader or UK athletics coaching awards as minimum. They are all active runners who have competed in races like the LDMT, OMM, Skyline Series and are passionate about running in the outdoors.

What’s covered on the day!

All aspects of trail running will be covered from running technique over different terrain, basic running navigation, weather, clothing, essential kit, route planning, decision making, emergency situations and a lot more!

Things you need to know.

This course is a relaxed day of running in the hills with plenty of stops and rests. Ideally you will be able to run 10km already, but the day is not fast paced and will be more focused on skills and enjoying the day rather than setting fast times. If you’re unsure about your fitness levels just drop us an email and we can discuss your ability level

A kit list will be sent out once we receive your booking. You will need running shoes that can handle gravel and dirt, a waterproof coat to keep you dry if it rains and a rucksack to carry drinks and some snacks in. If you want more information about what to bring on the day before you book just drop us an email and we will happily help.

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

You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.

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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.

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