13 Valleys Ultra Training Weekends

13 valleys training weekend - trail runners on fells

Join us on our two day (two nights) training weekends in the heart of the Lake District.

Targeted towards beginner to intermediate levels, the weekends will be packed full of trail running coaching, gear testing, map navigation and expert talks (In association with Lake District National Park, Lake District Foundation, YHA, Bridgedale, Ordnance Survey, Petzl, Riixo Recovery ). You'll stay at YHA Patterdale, a lively Scandinavian style retreat that is ideal for exploring the surrounding ridges and fells. Built in the 1970s and with a unique look all of its own, YHA Patterdale recently had a stylish makeover and has never looked better.

Location: Patterdale, Penrith CA11 0NW

Dates: Friday 21 to Sunday 23 April, or Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June.

Price: £250 per person

Age criteria: All participants to the training weekends must be aged 20 years old or over.

Who is it for?

Training weekends are targeted towards beginner to intermediate levels. For runners who want to run their first trail running race or their first Ultra, to experienced trail runners who want to learn more about map navigation, using poles or just want to meet like-minded people and have a fun weekend!

What’s included?

*If you have any specific dietary requirements let us know during the weekend.

What’s not included?

Where will I stay?

You will stay at Patterdale YHA (Patterdale, Penrith CA11 0NW) which is a single-gender premium dormitory accomodation.

What’s the course programme?




Ultra Trail runner Beth Pascall, who won Ultra Trail Cape Town in 2019 and Western States 100 in 2021, will be attending the June training weekend to do a Q&A session.

Who’s leading the training weekend?

Joe Faulkner will be leading both training weekends. Joe is a qualified Mountain Leader and Instructor (MIA, Winter ML, and AMI member), an experienced kayak/canoe tutor, and Rope Access Technician. Joe is also a professionally qualified Trainer and Safety Manager. He created The Great Lakeland 3 Day Mountain Trial, Haweswater Half Marathon and the Tour de Helvellyn.

Joe is a very experienced mountaineer, fell runner and adventure race competitor racing more than a dozen ultras and completing all four Dragons Back Races over a 25 year period. He created Nav4 Adventure, to teach navigation to mountain marathon runners as well as offering training, coaching and mountain based activities.

What Kit shall I bring with me?

How do I sign up?

To book a place, simply click the button below for the weekend you want to attend and follow the link to sign up and pay. You'll receive an email confirming your place, and we'll be in touch before the weekend with any relevant information you may need.

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Places are limited, so we recommend signing up early to avoid missing out!