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Dark Skies Run @ Kielder Training Weekend

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The training weekend has been set up to be a fun inclusive weekend at Kielder Water Park. The weekend is open to anyone that is taking part or thinking of taking part in a trail race or night race.

We are working with several partners to provide you with a very varied activity program over the weekend. With the chance to learn more about trail running, night running, mountain biking and getting to know other runners. If you look at the full list activities available you will see that the training weekend offers great value for money. We would also like to stress that the weekend is very inclusive and that we welcome runners of all abilities.

The training weekend is 24th-26th January 2020.

Cost for Full Weekend

The fee is £225. It includes all the activities listed below. See the daily schedules for full information. It also includes all meals, snacks and hot drinks from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime. Beds are allocated by gender in rooms of 3 to 6 people. Rooms include en suite facilities. If you have a group of friends that want to be in the same room, then please let us know.

Cost for Saturday

There are also limited places for those people that would like to just come on the Saturday. The cost is £100 and covers everything listed on the Saturday itinerary other than breakfast.

Activies included

Please see the day tabs for a full schedule of events.

  • 10K and Half Marathon runs
  • Night run
  • Running Shoes - Scott will have a selection of their running shoes for you to test
  • Talk on Nutrition and Endurance
  • Yoga for Runners
  • Strength and Conditioning for endurance runners
  • Fun Running Group Activities
  • Sports Massages
  • Talk on Trail Running Gear and Equipment
  • Training Camp Goody Bag


Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre,

Kielder Water,



NE48 1QZ

Map for Hawkhirst

Dark Skies Run @ Kielder Training Weekend - Friday

  • 15:00 - 19:00


    Check people into rooms.
  • 18:00 - 19:30

    Evening Meal

    Evening Meal available as people arrive.
  • 20:00


    Refreshments and social time.

Dark Skies Run @ Kielder Training Weekend - Saturday

  • 08:00 - 09:00


  • 10:00

    Morning Session

    Choice of group run with fun activies or group montain bike ride.

    Massage can be pre booked before/following each session.

  • 12:00


  • 13:30


    Presentations from guests relating to strength and conditioning for runners, and choices of running kit.

    Massage can be pre booked before/following each session.

  • 15:00

    Afternoon Session

    Choice of group run with fun acitivies or group mountain bike ride.

    Yoga also available at about 16:00

    Massage can be pre booked before/following each session.

  • 17:00

    Evening Run

    Choice of 5 and 10 mile runs.
  • 19:30

    Evening Meal

  • 20:30


    Refreshments and social time.

Dark Skies Run @ Kielder Training Weekend - Sunday

  • 09:00 - 10:00


  • 10:30

    Morning Session

    Session on Hyrdation and Nutrition Q & A session. Also the chance to get a massage during this session.
  • 12:00

    Skill Session

    We finish of the activities with a fun skill session.

    Massage can be pre booked before/following each session.

  • 13:00


  • 14:00

    Q & A about the race

    A chance to ask any further questions abour the race or training.

Dark Skies Run @ Kielder Training Weekend - Kit to be brought and used as needed

  1. Whistle
  2. Head torch
  3. Survival bag/Foil Blanket
  4. Hat and gloves
  5. Waterproof jacket
  6. Waterproof trousers
  7. Minimum of 500ml water
  8. Emergency food/sport bar provided by us
  9. Fully charged phone
  10. Your own towel(s)
  11. Warm fleecy top.
  12. Bike if you intend to cycle

The Team

Jayson and Kim Cavill

Cavill Coaching

“Jayson and Kim Cavill are UKA running coaches with a huge variety of experiences in racing and training to draw on. After meeting at their local running club, they both developed a passion for long distance trail running, and have travelled all over the UK and Europe to take part in some spectacular, weird and wonderful events. Between them, they have raced and placed at some of the most popular and exciting races out there including the Lakeland 50 and 100; the Hardmoors ultra and marathon series; CCC and OCC; Transvulcania; Glencoe Skyline; Lakes Sky Ultra; Mourne Skyline; SDW 50; Endure 24; West Highland Way; The Spine; Dark Skies Kielder and the St Cuthbert’s Way to name a few."
"When they’re not roaming the country, they also love hitting the local trails and fell races. In the last few years, this passion has allowed them to build a successful business coaching athletes of varying backgrounds to achieve their potential, no matter their aim. They love sharing their skills and knowledge with anyone willing to learn and wanting to progress."

Jason Taylor

JT Sports Massage

“Jason is the founder & owner of JT Sports Massage & works with professional sports, amateur athletes & non-sporting types across the NE region. As a soft tissue therapist, his work is extremely varied; helping people return from injury, improve sporting performance, reduce long-term chronic pain & improve postural imbalances.
As a keen trail & fell runner, Jason knows all too well the niggles & injuries that can be caused by ‘avoiding the tarmac’. He’ll be on hand over the weekend to chat about any particular issues you may have, chronic niggles or pain. He can also advise on massage self-care & stretching techniques, conduct postural & functional testing for you as well as providing sports massages for those weary legs.”

Tim and Garry

Trail Outlaws

“Tim and Garry are the directors of Trail Outlaws. They both share a passion for being on the Trails. Trail Outlaws was started to help share the fabulous terrain and trails that we are so lucky to have in NE England. Most of our Trail Outlaws meetings are held running or cycling many of the areas excellent trails."
"They have been both taken part in numerous Ultra and Trail Running events. Tim has also recently remembered he used to be a mountain biker and been exploring old and new routes. Garry also has a background in strength and conditioning, which has helped him complete many challenging ultras. They are looking forward to the training weekend as they will also get to run and take part in the events as well. "