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Preparing for Scafell Sky Race

With ungraded scrambles, Scafell Sky Race is ideal for trail-runners stepping up to their first sky race, or for seasoned mountain runners with their sights set on a fast finish – but don’t be deceived. The route may be less extreme than Lakes Sky Ultra™, but it’s certainly not easy: this is a serious mountain race over technically challenging terrain and is 100% absorbing.

If you want to be sure of making it to the finish line ahead of the course cut-off and avoid an unplanned bus ride home from Stonethwaite at the head of Borrowdale, some serious mountain training is a must.

We suggest the following as great ways to help make sure that your experience at Scafell Sky Race is unforgettable – for all the right reasons ...

Build up your racing experience:

If you’ve completed any other unvetted race in the Skyrunning UK National Series – Ring of Steall Skyrace or the Mourne Skyline– then you’ll be prepared for the kind of terrain you’ll find at Scafell Sky Race. If this will be your very first sky race, then ‘long’ category fell races or Scottish hill races, and technical trail races like the Keswick Mountain Festival 25k or 50k will all make good preparation.

Head for the hills:

Got a hill near you? Go run it! When it comes to preparing for a good day running in the hills, there’s no substitute for running in the hills. Make sure you know how to handle a map before you go; get some friends together and plan your route. Go for a mix of terrain if you can – grass, paths and trails – and build your confidence and experience.

Come to Mountain Run Sky School:

If you love the sound of all this but just don’t have the time or confidence to pack in the right race or hill running experience on your own before entries close in June, check out our Mountain Run Sky School training packages. We’ve designed a Skills Training Weekend and Route Recce Day tailor made to help Scafell Sky Race entrants gain the specific experience and confidence they need to run their first (or fastest!) sky race ever. Full booking info is coming soon.

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