Well versed in delivering expedition training weekends, Jamie, Clare and the team at First Light Adventure are very pleased to bring you our new trail running weekend in the Peak District.
You are invited to join us for an all inclusive two day (2 night) fun packed trail running weekend, featuring guided trail runs, training sessions, discussions and activities lead by the enthusiastic team.
The weekend will be ideal for those wanting to improve their trail running, gain training insights and build confidence in the off road setting. By opening up 20 places for participants, we aim to keep it intimate / personal and able to factor in your individual requirements as much as we can.
The First Light Adventure Trail Weekend Includes
2 Nights full board accommodation (2 x breakfast / lunch / dinner)
3 Guided trail runs (different distances to suit different abilities)
Strength training and conditioning for trail runners
Navigation and the art of not getting lost
Stretching, mobility & injury prevention / maintenance
General trail advice / kit advice and making the most of your future adventures
Accommodation will be in the twin rooms / dorms of the John Hunt Base at Hagg Farm near Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District. Full board catering will feature 2 x breakfasts, 2 x packed lunches and 2 x evening meals. (Please do speak to us if you have any specific dietary requirements)
Early bird prices start at £240pp for shared dorm room accommodation to £270 pp for sharing the twin room.
Plenty of car parking space is available on the premises.
Itinerary: (timings may be amended to make the most of the weather conditions on the day)
Arrive at The John Hunt Base on Friday evening between 4pm and 6pm. Get settled into your room and meet fellow participants over a welcome cuppa.
6.30pm: A gentle 6 - 8km headtorch trail run in the surrounding countryside.
Shower back at the base before an evening meal and social around the fire pit.
Strength and fitness exercises for runners, including a discussion on movement and posture.
Guided trail run over the local hills and trails, various distances available. You will have guides on hand for 10, 15 and 20km. You’ll be taking on some beautifully scenic views on these guided runs.
Collect picnic lunch, walk to viewpoint and eat lunch overlooking Ladybower reservoir.
Navigation foundation or improver session. Discuss the fundamentals of compass and map work and following a route, as well as planning your own routes.
Showers and dinner back at the John Hunt Base.
Evening talk around the fire pit. Lessons learned during 3 decades of ultras (kit choices and tactics) and mental strategies and developments in the sport.
Optional night navigation session in the immediate surroundings of Hagg Farm.
Guided trail run around the climbs, edges and trails of Edale (10, 15, 20km distances). With occasional hard climbs and short technical descents, we will teach you about positioning, energy conservation and staying safe on the trails.
Return to base for showers and lunch
Depart 3pm onwards
Waterproof coat and overtrousers.
Fell/trail running shoes.
Running clothing to keep you going for 2.5 days. The vast majority of the weekend will be outdoors.
Good fitting running backpack with waterproof liner.
Drinks bottle – ability to carry 1 litre of water
Head torch and spare batteries.
Extra layers for relaxing.
Any snacks / drinks you wish to bring.
Jamie and Clare have been running and climbing in the mountains around the world for over 30 years. Both are mountain leaders and both subscribe to ethical low impact principles, sharing their passion for the environment and caring for it. They have been race directors since 2017 and their First Light Adventure running events are regularly praised for quality, friendliness and value. They keep their events small and low key, whilst concentrating on delivering maximum enjoyment for participants.
Beyond running, they are both involved in delivering training in the outdoors to a wide variety of clients. From people wishing to hone their night navigation skills for events such as the Spine Race to young people on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions wishing to learn how to live and move safely through the countryside. They also lead clients on many of the UK’s mountain challenges such as the National 3 Peaks, Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Welsh 3000’s and Snowdon overnights.
After all that, just to make sure they are getting their outdoor fix, they have two working cockers that insist on exploring every blade of grass in the district, every minute, of every day!
Favourite race – Karwendelmarsch (Austria)
Most epic race – Manaslu Trail Race (Nepal)
Favourite road race – huh?
With over 120 ultra trail race finishes between them plus treks, runs and climbs in Asia, Africa, Europe and the uplands of the UK. You can rest assured that you are in capable hands.
Red Langan Fitness