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Last updated: 13-Mar-19


Long distance running experts and elite athletes including Nicky Spinks and Damian Hall are part of the line up for the first ever ultra and trail running festival to be hosted by Giggleswick Outdoor Pursuits, a commercial activity provider based at Giggleswick School, in North Yorkshire.

The event, over the weekend of April 13-14 2019, will focus on off road and ultra running, especially over distances in excess of the 26.2 mile marathon distance. Speakers include sports injury and nutrition experts as well as elite runners, all experienced in going long over varied terrain.

Organiser and head of outdoor pursuits at the school, Chris Wright said: “It will be an educational and ‘hands on’ weekend of guest speakers, practical workshops, equipment and race advice. 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 two-day residential festival, hosted on the 240 acre Giggleswick School campus based at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, will include guided runs and a number of practical workshops including training for hill climbing/descending; using poles; navigation on the move; how to train for hills in the flatlands; fuelling and hydration; equipment selection; pacing and race strategy and injury prevention.


Main contributors include:

Damian Hall
An outdoor journalist, GB ultra runner and coach, Damian placed fifth at the 2018 UTMB, despite being older and slower than his pro rivals, a parent and not living near mountains. Find out how he did it.

Nicky Spinks
Nicky Spinks has set women's records for the major fell running challenges 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.

Rebecca Dent
Rebecca Dent is a high-performance dietician with more than 16 years of experience working in both clinical practice and within sport, ranging from the recreational participants to world champion ultra runner William Sichel plus Marathon Des Sables and The Spine Race competitors.

Sarah Rowell
Sarah is a former British and English fell running champion and silver medallist in the world mountain running championships. Previously came ninth in the UTMB and is still a regular in mountain marathons. She is also author of ‘Off Road Running’ and co-author of ‘Trail and Mountain Running’.

Wendy Dodds
Wendy has run regularly over the fells with numerous age-group English and British championship wins. A sports physician for over 30 years and Team GB doctor, among her other achievements are two Dragon’s Backs, the Paddy Buckley, Bob Graham and Ramsay Rounds.

For more information and to book a place at the festival please visit the website here

Giggleswick Outdoor Pursuits is a commercial outdoor activity centre based at Giggleswick School.

For more information about Giggleswick School please visit their website here or phone 01729 893000.

Giggleswick School is a 450-pupil, independent, co-educational day and boarding school set in stunning countryside near the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Founded in 1512, the school offers a high quality education where personal development is a key focus alongside excellent academic results, providing young people with the skills, positive attitude and self-belief to equip them for happiness and success in today’s world.


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