Fell and Trail Training

These sessions are designed to introduce those curious about what off road running is about to the skills and techniques needed to survive running through mud, bogs, water and the general absence of tarmac. They will also help to consolidate and build on the skills of the more experienced.  All are planned so that runners of any ability can take part.

Fell sessions will always be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month (subject to the availability of run leaders) and will follow an 8 session rotation explained in detail below. There may also be additional sessions during the month if there is demand.

Locations for training will be confirmed on our calendar and on Facebook, but will always be based at Leo’s if food is scheduled.  We may be able to provide spare kit if anyone doesn’t have any. Please just message the run leader or post in the Facebook group prior to the event so we know what to bring.

What do I need?

You will need low profile trail or fell shoes. Head torches will be needed from the beginning of September until the end of April. If we are going onto the fells, it is worth bringing a waterproof jacket, hat, gloves and a whistle.

Overview of Sessions

Rough Running

Increasing speed and confidence in running over rough ground.

Hill Reps

Developing strength and cardiovascular capacity for uphill effort; building confidence in descending off-road.

Hills Fartlek (Road)

Long road run incorporating a number of hills, developing strength and cardiovascular capacity for uphill effort.


Score orienteering event. Developing ability to map read ‘on the run’ and practising running on a bearing.

Headtorch Run

Putting skills into practice with a steadier run by torch light, running around 8 miles off road during winter.

Race Route Recce

Familiarising runners with local races and optimal route choice, rehearsing navigation skills.

Vertical K

Long hill reps, aiming for 1,000 metres of ascent. Building endurance for longer fell races.

Strength, Speed & Agility

Developing the ability to adjust direction and cope with uneven ground, and improving general aerobic and anaerobic fitness.