Mountain scrambling in Scotland calls for serious training. 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.”
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.
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.