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Spring/Autumn Trail Running Camp

From £325 pp

Snowdonia, Wales

3 Days

Small Group of 6-10 Private group min 4

Spring/Autumn Trail Running Camp

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What You'll Do

Experience the beauty of North Wales, unleash your inner trail runner, and experience the freedom of bombing along incredible Welsh trails under the guidance of an international fell runner.

Dates Available: 19th March 2021, 24th September 2021

*Please note, if you have a private group of 4 or more, you can book this experience for your group all year. Please let us know your preferred date and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Trail running season is just around the corner, so take the opportunity to hone your skills and sharpen up your training plan for the competitive edge with Welsh Orienteering Champion Tim Higginbottomon on this all-inclusive training camp.

Or, introduce yourself to this exhilarating sport in a stunning natural setting. Whether you run for the sheer love of it, or whether you’ve signed up for an epic event, this is the headstart you need for a summer of pain-free, enjoyable trail running.

As well as being a qualified UKA Fell & Trail Coach, Tim Higginbottom held the Paddy Buckley Round record for 10 years and he is the current Welsh Orienteering Champion. With Tim’s guidance, you’ll learn how to improve your technique for enhanced performance this summer and get tips on creating your own personal training plan.

Coupled with a yoga flow designed specifically for runners to increase flexibility and improve breathing, you’ll be on the right track to a summer of hitting your personal trail running goals.

All of this will be set in the incredible scenery of the Welsh countryside, far from light and air pollution, for a retreat back to nature. You’ll run along seldom-trodden trails that wind dramatically through forests, over hills and through valleys, and enjoy time relaxing with your fellow runners.

Experience
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.

Your Local Host:

Claire Copeman

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.

Experience Itinerary

A run under the stars

Arrive at the Forge to check-in to your cosy bell tent, your home for the weekend. On this beautiful glamping site, each large tent has comfortable futon beds and bedding, a log burner to keep you toasty at night, its own fully equipped kitchen and a private decking area with seating.

This is before we even mention the glorious views across the Berwyns, green rolling hills temptingly pulling your gaze towards them and the crisscrossing trails within them.

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 camp, 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 communal cabin 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.

We will also be joined by Poppy Backshall, a yoga instructor and long-distance runner. She’ll run a yoga workshop which, as well as having the usual benefits for flexibility and core strength, will focus greatly upon the relationship between movement and breathing.

Poppy 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 huge, hearty, campfire-centric affair, ensuring you’re refueled and reenergised after your day of vigorous activity.

Finally, enjoy the sociable element of the trip, as you chill out by the campfire, toast marshmallows, and sip hot chocolate under the stunning night sky.

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.

Back at the camp 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.

Reviews (2)

Louise

Wednesday 25th March, 2020

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 who...

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!

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Aisla

Sunday 22nd March, 2020

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?

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?

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Location Information

You’ll be staying at the beautiful glamping site of The Forge, near Corwen in North Wales.

The glamping site 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.

  • Two nights cosy glamping accommodation
  • 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

FAQs

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.

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 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.

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.