Spring/Autumn Trail Running Camp

Highlights

  • Three stunning trail runs under the guidance of a fell running champion.
  • One-on-one tutoring and coaching to perfect your style.
  • Yoga in the midst of nature, connecting your breath to movement.
£485 pp
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What you'll do

A run under the stars

Arrive at Cwmalis Hall. Step inside and be greeted by a spacious hallway, with a library of
books. Make a note of your favourite title, to cosy up with later on.

The picturesque hall is set in 1,5 acres of woodland, with rolling countryside views, giving you a peak at the hills you will soon be exploring. Each bedroom is beautifully furnished to make your stay lovely and comfortable. There is even a private hot tub outside, ready to soothe those achy legs!

Then, we’ll grab our head torches and running kit for our first venture into the countryside. Far from any light pollution, under the star-scattered sky, this is your chance to meet Tim and your fellow runners on a gentle, hour-long run.

Back at the hall, you can take a hot shower, freshen up and get stuck into a hearty dinner to refuel and prepare for your next day of activity.

Beautiful trails & serious workouts

We’ll join together in the hall at around 8am for a delicious breakfast, Tim providing you with the brief for the day.

Then, you’ll head out for your longer trail run. Under the guidance of Tim, you’ll explore the beautiful, seldom trodden trails that wind through these Welsh hills, and you’ll get to see a side to the countryside most tourists wouldn’t. During the run, Tim will observe and analyse your technique, providing tips that will help you get more out of your running action with less stress and effort.

Of course, this run is all about enjoying the natural scenery and the sociable nature of exploring it together, so don’t worry about pace. You’ll run great trails in a wonderful environment, learning tips from a true expert, all whilst running at a pace the entire group is comfortable with.

At the end of the two-hour run, we’ll arrive back at the camp for lunch and a debrief from Tim. Then, in the afternoon, Tim will run a training and technique workshop, helping you identify specific areas for you to work on your performance, and finding points you can improve to make running easier and more effective.

Kirsty Martuccio teaches yoga classes to a range of abilities, so don’t worry if you’ve never tried yoga before. The idea is to learn something new to add a different dimension to improving your running performance.

And if you have done it before, that’s great too. Simply let Kirsty know and she’ll give you the opportunity for more advanced positions throughout the yoga flow.

Kirsty has specifically designed a flow to support your breathing and movement, helping you understand the connection between the two, helping you run in a more relaxed fashion, and for longer.

After a full day of trail running and workshops, it’s time to relax. Dinner will be a hearty affair
to make sure you’re fully refuelled. Then you can enjoy a soak in the private hot tub, to soothe those achy legs, before curling up in front of the fire for a natter with your new friends.

Morning runs & hearty breakfasts

Wake up to embrace a fresh Spring morning, ready to enjoy a beautiful sunrise morning trail run. This is a pleasant opportunity to loosen your legs from yesterday’s running and breathe in the pure, crisp, cold morning air, far away from any pollution.

This is also your chance to put the techniques you learnt from Tim into practice, on a similiar run to the previous day’s (around 2 hours), in the pleasant Welsh hills.

Again, the emphasis is on enjoyment, it is not a race, so this is a chance for you to experiment with the new skills you picked up the day before in the golden dawn light. Today your run will include running across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s highest navigable aqueduct – a pretty epic way to conclude your running weekend!

Back at the hall there will be a tremendous breakfast feast waiting for you and, breakfast butties devoured and energy levels restocked, all that is left to do is pack up your things and bid farewell to your new running mates.

What's included

Included

  • Two nights in a luxurious countryside hall, with hot tub
  • Short night trail run to get your weekend started
  • Two long trail runs, guided by Tim Higginbottom
  • Training & technique workshop with tips to improve your performance
  • Yoga workshop focused on connecting your breath to movement
  • Opportunity for 1-2-1's with both our experts for personalised support
  • All meals included to keep you fuelled up
Your local host

Claire

Based in North Wales, Claire and her team create authentic adventures in some of the UK’s wildest spaces. From trail running and mountain biking, to multi activity breaks, wild wellness retreats and so much more. As well as giving you the most incredible experiences to enjoy, each of their adventure holidays is designed to be low carbon, low impact and supportive of local independent businesses. Making travel better for everyone.

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Location

You’ll be staying at the beautiful country house in Llangollen, North Wales.

The house is in a rural location so it is recommended that you travel by car if possible. Full directions will be given after booking.

Return transfers are possible but not included in the advertised price. Unless you contact us to arrange transfers, you will need to make your own way to the location.

Thank you for an excellent trail running weekend. Really enjoyed exploring a quieter side of Wales, getting off the beaten track with Tim, taking in the amazing views and then stretching it all out at the end with Poppy's yoga. Very well fed with wholesome food using locally sourced ingredients. Left the camp feeling revived and relaxed, with some excellent tips, advice and a training plan to take my trail running to the next level. Thank you!

Louise

Fantastic weekend of trail running and yoga, thanks everyone! Food, glamping, yoga and running coaching all brilliant and an amazing place to spend a few days. Can I do this every weekend please?

Aisla

FAQs

Can I travel solo? Will it cost more?

We don’t believe in charging people more for exploring our world solo, so we’ll always match you up with a like-minded traveler to share with. If you would prefer your own tent we can usually accommodate that, though an extra charge would apply - please enquire before booking.

How many people come on the experience?

This trip requires a minimum of 6 people to run. The total group size will not exceed 10, to ensure you enjoy a small-group experience.

What should I bring?

What you need to bring:
- Long sleeved running tops
- Thin fleece or mid-layer
- Long trousers / tights
- Hat / buff
- Gloves
- Windproof jacket
- Waterproof jacket, ideally with a hood
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layers for the evenings
- Trail running shoes - we'll be running on a mix of short road sections and hard packed trail, with some sections of softer ground. Fell running shoes would be overkill but useable. Road shoes are not suitable.
- Head torch - useable light for running for at least 2 hours
- Rucksack / bumbag - to carry spare clothes, snacks and water while running
- Water bottle - for up to 2 hours running
- Dry bag - for inside your rucksack / bum bag
Note: it may not be possible to dry clothes if you get wet, so bring enough to keep you comfortable all weekend.

How many miles are covered over the weekend?

Mileage isn't specified for the trail running, just the running time of 1 hour for the Friday night and 2 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. This gives your hosts the flexibility to adapt the route if needed due to weather conditions or ability of the runners.

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