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Trail Running Weekend in North Wales (Wales)

An inspirational weekend of trail running in the beautiful Berwyn hills with technique workshop, yoga, glamping and campfires!

  • Guided
  • Easy-Medium
  • From £325/person
  • Mar-Sep, 3 days/2 nights
  • Adults, Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Beautiful location near Snowdonia National Park.
  • Led by Tim Higginbottom, internationally-renowned fell runner and orienteer
  • Three runs during the weekend
  • Workshop on identifying areas of your running to improve
  • Yoga session on breathing to improve your running
  • Glamping in bell tents with all meals provided

Description »

Tim Higginbottom – your guide and coach for the weekend

Your leader for the weekend, Tim Higginbottom, will be drawing on his wealth of experience and expertise to ensure you get maximum benefit and enjoyment from the runs and workshop, tailoring tips and advice to your needs.

Tim is a UKA Fell and Trail coach, has competed internationally in fell, trail and ultra running events and is currently Welsh Orienteering Champion. He has also taught navigation for the Welsh Fell Running Association.

Tim held the Paddy Buckley Round record for 10 years. Also known as the “Welsh Classical Round”, this is a demanding fell-running event in Snowdonia, covering over 100km and crossing 47 peaks.

Tim Higginbottom

Tim Higginbottom, internationally-renowned fell and trail runner and your guide for the weekend. Photo: AT.

Ideal preparation for your runs ahead

The Spring camp will focus on preparing you for the summer running season to come. The Autumn camp has a particular emphasis on maintaining your condition over the winter and using this time to really improve your running technique.

The weekend is suitable for anyone interested in developing their running technique while spending an enjoyable and sociable weekend in beautiful surroundings.

You don't need to be a fast runner – provided you're able to keep running on trails in hilly terrain for about 2 hours (no particular pace), you'll be fine!

No sleeping bags here!

We all know how important a good night’s sleep is to enabling you to operate at your best – accommodation for the weekend is a beautiful campsite with hot showers available, where you’ll be sleeping on comfortable futon beds in a spacious bell tent.

The weekend is open to solo travellers or those travelling with partner or friends. Solo travellers will share tent with other same-gender guest (or solo occupancy may be available on request at additional charge – please contact us for details).

Itinerary »

Day 1: Arrival and evening run

17:00: Arrive at the campsite to check in to your bell tent.

This may be "camping" – but in style! The spacious tents have “proper” futon beds with bed linen provided – there'll be no excuse for being tired due to lack of a good night's sleep!

It may well be chilly in North Wales in March, but the log burner in each tent will keep you warm and cosy. Each tent also has a kitchen and private seating area to enjoy beautiful views across the Berwyn hills between your runs.

18.30: Time for a night run! The perfect way to ease yourself into the weekend, this short and fairly easy run will be under an hour, but give you your first taste of trail running in the area as you begin to get to know Tim, your guide and leader for the weekend, and your fellow runners.

You'll need a head-torch. You're far from light pollution here, giving you the chance to experience the special feeling of a night run in the darkness, hopefully with a clear sky of stars twinkling above.

19.30: You return to the camp for hot shower and your first dinner together, before retiring to your tent for the night.

Day 2: Trail running in the Berwyn hills and running workshop with Tim Higginbottom

08:00: Breakfast together in the gathering tent. Your guide, Tim Higginbottom, will outline the day ahead.

10:00: Your first major run of the weekend. Tim will guide you for a longer trail run into the beautifully scenic yet surprisingly little-visited Berwyn hills.

The focus today is both on enjoyment and on improving your technique. During the run, Tim will be able to observe you and offer personalised tips and advice on running more efficiently and maximising your capabilities.

It's not a race – the speed of the run will be tailored to the slowest in the group – but everyone will have an equal chance to benefit both from Tim’s expertise and experience and from the knowledge and cameraderie of the group.

You’ll need to be able to keep running for around 2 hours.

13:00: Lunch back at the camp and some feedback on the run from Tim Higginbottom.

14:00: The second half of the day will be a workshop led by Tim with the focus on producing an effective training plan to suit you and identifying the particular areas you as a runner need to work on and how to improve.

As part of the workshop, it's time for yoga! Led by Poppy Backshall, a professional yoga instructor and enthusiastic trail runner, the yoga session will focus on breathing and how this relates to the movement of your body.

Breathing is one area runners can benefit enormously from focusing on, making a real difference to the efficiency of your running and extending your capabilities. The message will be: Run Relaxed, Run Longer.

18:00 It's been a full day! Time to relax and socialise, with dinner around the campfire, hot chocolate and marsh mallows.

Day 3: Sunrise run and departure

07:30: Rise and shine! Time to put what you've learned into practice, with a sunrise run to end the weekend.

As for Day 2, you’ll be out for around 2 hours, with Tim Higginbottom as your guide to give you some last tips to take away from your days in the Welsh hills.

Take time to try out some new techniques – as with any change, it may feel unfamiliar at first, but stick with it and you may have discovered some hidden depths to your running ability!

10:00: Return to camp for a hearty breakfast together before you pack and bid farewell to your new running friends and the beautiful landscapes of North Wales. Hopefully you'll be leaving inspired and energised for a summer of trail running adventures!

Dates»

Dates 2020

  • Spring camp: 13.03-15.03.2020 (Friday-Sunday)
  • Autumn camp: 18.09-20.09.2020 (Friday-Sunday)

Dates 2021

  • Spring camp: 18.03-21.03.2021 (Friday-Sunday)
  • Autumn camp: 24.09-26.09.2021 (Friday-Sunday)

Prices»

Prices 2020/21

Prices based on 3 persons per tent.

Participants will share tent with other same-gender guests (solo occupancy or private tent as two persons may be possible for additional charge – please contact us for details).

Standard Prices  
Per personGBP 325EUR 387

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation:

Two nights' glamping accommodation in bell tents (beds and bedding supplied - there is no need to bring a sleeping bag but please bring own towel). Prices are based on 3 persons per tent.

Campsite accommodation

Campsite and bell tent accommodation. Photos: AT.

Activities and guiding:

  • Three guided trail runs in the Welsh mountains as per itinerary.
  • Workshop led by Tim Higginbottom covering training and running techniques.
  • Yoga workshop on the connection between breath and movement, led by Poppy Backshall.

Meals:

All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3 (please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements). You may of course wish to bring additional energy snacks, etc, for the runs.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Transfers from local ferry, train or airport. Transfers can be arranged on request at additional charge - please contact us for details. If coming by car, driving directions will be provided.

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

The emphasis for the week is on enjoyment and identifying aspects of your technique to work on. You will need to be able to keep running for around 2 hours in hilly terrain, but pace will be adapted to the slowest member of the group. There are 3 runs in total during the weekend – a short night run on Day 1 and two runs of approx. 2 hours each on Day 2 and Day 3. No yoga experience is required for the yoga component of the weekend.

What makes this "Easy-Medium"?

The nature of the weekend means that the camp is suitable for runners of varying ability. The minimum requirement is that you can run continuously for 2 hours in hilly terrain, but the level of challenge of the weekend is flexible and runners of all abilities will be able to benefit from the workshops and expertise and to enjoy the camp environment.

Accommodation is simple standard in bell tents, but with comfortable beds.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

A total of minimum 6 persons are required for fixed-date tours to be guaranteed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Groups

Max. group size 12 persons.

Eco Info

This provider has a written ecotourism policy.

Getting There »

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

For guests arriving by public transport or by air, price for transfers from the locations below can be quoted on request.

From Within the UK:

Travel to Corwen in North Wales. For the majority of UK guests, it is likely to be most convenient to travel by own car due to the remote location.

The nearest travel points by public transport are by train to Chester (main station, 30 miles) or Chirk (local station, 17 miles). It is also possible to arrive by ferry to Holyhead (67 miles).

From Outside the UK:

Fly to Manchester (60 miles from the camp) or Liverpool (51 miles from the camp).

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