Ultra & Trail Running Festival UK

13-14 April 2019


The Ultra and Trail Running Festival is the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together an impressive line-up of renowned speakers and experts for an educational and ‘hands on’ weekend of talks, practical workshops, advice and guided runs in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park.


Whether you are a seasoned runner or an enthusiast eager to find out more, this weekend will help take your running to a new level and make new connections in the ultra and trail running communities.


The event is hosted by Giggleswick Outdoor Pursuits, a commercial outdoor activity centre based at Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire. Residential options are available.


Talks and Workshops

  • Nutrition for ultra and trail runners
  • Fuelling and hydration on the move
  • The UTMB journey
  • Training for hills in flatlands
  • Physiology, training and injury prevention
  • Strength and conditioning for runners
  • Preparing for an ultra marathon
  • Running with poles
  • Navigation on the move
  • Hill ascending and descending

Guided Runs

A choice of guided runs over a range of distances through the spectacular landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.



Wendy Dodds

Wendy has run regularly over the fells with numerous English and British championship wins, favouring long races, including 3rd FV50 in the UTMB 2006.  A sports physician for over 30 years and Team GB Doctor, amongst her other achievements are two Dragon’s Backs, Paddy Buckley Round, Bob Graham Round and Ramsey Round.


Rebecca Dent

Rebecca Dent is a high performance dietician with over 16 years of experience working in both clinical practice and within sport, ranging from the recreational participant to elite world champion and Olympic athletes.  Rebecca has a wealth of experience providing nutrition advice to participants taking part in ultra distance events including World Champion ultra runner, William Sichel.


Damian Hall

An outdoor journalist, GB ultra runner and coach, Damian achieved fifth place in the 2018 UTMB, despite being older and slower than his pro rivals, a parent and not living near mountains. Come and find out how he did it.


Sarah Rowell

Sarah is a former British and English fell running champion (twice) and silver medalist in the world mountain running championships. She previously came ninth in the UTMB and is still a regular in mountain marathons. She is author of ‘Off road running’ and co-author of ‘Trail and mountain running’.


Nicky Spinks

Sponsored by Due North, Nicky Spinks  has set women’s records for the major fell running challenges including the Ramsay Round, the Paddy Buckley Round and the Bob Graham Round. She is the holder of the overall record for the double Bob Graham Round. More recently, she was first lady in the 2018 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa.


Charlie Sproson

Mountain Run is the UK’s leading school of extreme mountain running. Take your mountain running to the next level with skills training & guiding for trail, sky & ultra runners. Creators of Scafell Sky Race and Lakes Sky Ultra


Mel Steventon (Due North Events)

Due North host running events based in the North of England, providing coaching weekends; races and short breaks for runners & walkers. They cater for all abilities from 5k to Ultra and are aimed to improve knowledge, acquire skills and build confidence in an enjoyable way.


Julia Tregaskis-Allen

As a co-founders and Director of ‘Tracks and Trails’ her mission is quite simply to provide adventures for those who wish to enjoy the mountains in whatever form and by whatever means, be it, running, walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or biking.



On Saturday evening we will be screening the film ‘WRATH’ by Summit Fever Media. Follow Damian Hall and Beth Pascal's journey over 230 miles of wild terrain in the north west of Scotland, setting a FKT.


9:00 - 9:45 Registration
9:45 - 10:00 Introduction - Chris Wright
10:00 - 11:00 Talk 1 - Rebecca Dent - Performance Nutrition
11:00 - 11:30 Tea, coffee and displays
11:30 - 12:30 Talk 2 - Damian Hall - UTMB Journey
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Workshops
15:00 - 15:30 Tea, coffee and displays
15:30 - 17:00 Workshops
17:30 - 18:00 Tea
19:00 - 19:45 Film - Wrath - Followed by Q&A
20:00 - 22:00 Bar
10:00 - 11:00 Talk 3 – Sarah Rowell & Wendy Dodds - Training and Injury Prevention
11:00 - 11:30 Tea, coffee and displays
11:30 - 12:30 Talk 4 - Nicky Spinks - How to Prep for an Ultra 
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 17:00 Workshops and Guided Runs including Nicky Spinks Hill Sessions
17:00 - 17:30 Plenary and Close – Chris Wright


Two day entry (excluding accommodation) inclusive of all talks, workshops, food and refreshments (Saturday lunch and tea, Sunday lunch):


Early Bird Offer

Book before 28th February - £185 (non-residential)

Thereafter - £220 (non-residential)


Prize Draw

We will draw two names from the first 30 bookings and fully refund the entry fee!



£30 pppn based on 2 sharing (single occupancy surcharge of £14)


Campervans (not large motorhomes)

£15 per night (with access to toilets)


1 day only entry is available at £120 for either Saturday or Sunday

(please note the early bird offer does not apply to one day only bookings)

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