Take on the Ring of Steall

Moun­tain scram­bling in Scot­land calls for se­ri­ous train­ing

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Race or­gan­iser Gary Tompsett says: “Un­like the Glen Coe Sky­line [for which there are strict en­try cri­te­ria de­pend­ing on ex­pe­ri­ence level] we don’t vet the Ring of Steall Skyrace com­peti­tors. How­ever, they do need to be ex­pe­ri­enced enough to cope with de­mand­ing, moun­tain­ous ter­rain and short sec­tions of easy but ex­posed scram­bling in all but the most se­vere weather con­di­tions.” Ed­i­tor Claire Maxted trained like this:

ONCE A MONTH

A long moun­tain day: fast hike, run and jog for four to six hours, prac­tis­ing mov­ing over rough, rocky moun­tain­ous ter­rain in places like the Peak District, Lake District, Snow­do­nia and Scot­land. Turn to p91 for our easy-to-fol­low routes.

TWICE A WEEK

Steady run­ning: Run 6-10 miles at a steady ef­fort in your lo­cal area, us­ing as many hilly sec­tions and trails as you can find, whether that be in lo­cal parks, woods or the verge on the side of the pave­ment.pa

ONCE A WEEK

Hill reps: Find any runnable hill 60sec long; it can be road or trail, it’s still a use­ful hill. Run at a sus­tained fast ef­fort for 60sec, jog back down. Do 4 x 60sec, 2min rest, then another 4 x 60sec.

DAILY

Strength work: Use the cir­cuit on p70 in our train­ing sec­tion; per­form two to three of the ex­er­cises to make up 10min each day. Per­form one-legged squats when­ever you are stand­ing wait­ing for any­thing – the ket­tle, a queue, the printer.

Daily strength work will pre­pare you for those killer hills

Pre­pare to race the High­lands

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