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Trail Running Spring Camp
North Wales

Kick start your 2020 running season with coaching and expert advice from our professional trail runner & physio

With the trail running event season in sight, Spring is the time to focus on your training plan. Give yourself a head start and join Welsh Orienteering Champion Tim Higginbottom and sports physiotherapist Susan Wallace for this all-inclusive spring trail running camp.

2 nights February
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Similar in format to our Autumn trail running camp, the Spring camp focuses on bringing your inner trail runner out of hibernation. Preparing you for a summer of pain-free trail running, whether you run for the sheer fun of it or you’ve signed up to a big event.

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 Susan Wallace’s professional guidance on achieving strength and stability in your core trail running muscles, you’ll be on the right track to a summer of hitting your personal trail running goals.

2 nights, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • 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
  • Strength and stability workshop focussed on core running muscles
  • Opportunity for 1-2-1’s with both our experts for personalised support
  • Two nights cosy glamping accommodation
  • All meals included to keep you fuelled up

Check out the full itinerary in the tab above!

For adventurers who:

Are trail or fell runners wanting to prepare their bodies and minds for a summer of pain-free running.

You don’t need to be a fast runner, but you should be comfortable running on trails for around 2 hours.

Friday 13th March

5.00pm: arrive at The Forge in Corwen to check-in to your cosy bell tent. 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. Not to mention glorious views across the Berwyns.

6.30pm: get your running kit and head torch on, it’s time for a night run to get everyone warmed up for a weekend of trail running. It will be a gentle run and you’ll be out for less than an hour. Just enough to experience running under a starry night sky, far from any light pollution, and get to know Tim and your fellow runners.

7.30pm: back at camp you’ll have hot showers and a hearty dinner waiting for you. Freshen up, tuck in and get a good nights sleep.

Saturday 14th March

8.00am: we’ll gather in the large communal cabin for breakfast, where Tim Higginbottom will give a briefing on the plan for today.

10.00: head out into the Berwyns for a longer trail run. Guided by Tim, you’ll explore a stunning yet largely unknown part of of the Welsh countryside. During the run Tim will be able to observe your techique, offering tips to help you get the most output from your effort.

The trail running camp is about enjoying great trails and great company whilst learning from experts. So there’s no need to worry about the pace, we’ll only go as fast as the slowest person. As long as you’re comfortable running for around 2 hours, at whatever pace, you’ll be fine.

13.00: gather back in the cabin for a wholesome lunch and a debrief on this morning’s run by Tim Higginbottom.

2.00pm: this afternoon Tim will run a training and technique workshop, aimed at helping you to identify specific areas to work on to improve your performance. Together with his tips on how to create an effective training plan, you’ll be set for a successful summer of trail running.

Susan Wallace, physio and sports therapist, will join us this afternoon too. She’ll share her professional experience of treating runners and the unique insight she has into the causes of common running injuries. And most importantly, how to avoid them. Learn how to get the most from your pre- and post-run stretching routine to stay injury free.

Building strength and stability in core running muscles is also key to avoiding injuries. In Susan’s workshop you’ll learn a range of simple but effective moves you can incorporate into your daily routine. Helping you build strength without sacrificing hours of your time or heading to the dreaded gym!

6.00pm: after a full day of trail running and workshops, kick back and relax. Dinner will be a hearty campfire affair to make sure you’re fully refuelled. Enjoy the social side of trail running, sipping hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows with new friends.

Sunday 15th March

7.30am: embrace the new spring day with a sunrise trail run. Freshly loaded up with knowledge from yesterday’s workshops, you’ll be ready to start putting our professionals’ advice into practice.

The run will be a similar length to yesterday, so expect to be out in the hills for around 2 hours. As before the emphasis is on enjoyment, not pace, and you can begin to experiment with the tips you’ve been given.

10.00am: back at camp there will be a breakfast feast awaiting you! Bacon butties devoured, all that’s left to do is pack up your things and say a fond farewell to your running buddies.

Tim Higginbottom - International Fell & Trail Runner

    Tim is a lifelong mountain adventurer and racer, gaining National honours in 4 separate disciplines. He’s a UKA Fell and Trail coach and has gained the prestigious Mountaineering Instructor Award. He also coaches orienteering and has run navigation training for the Welsh Fell Running Association.

    By day, Tim is a secondary school teacher and loves nothing more than sharing his passion for the amazing trails and hills around his home in North East Wales. Over the years he has set many course records in fell, trail and ultra running, held the record for the Paddy Buckley Round for 10 years, and is current Welsh Orienteering Champion.

    He has raced successfully in various disciplines around the world and is now trying to pass on his love of the mountains to his 2 young children with the help of his wife, Jenny.

Susan Wallace - Physiotherapist

    Susan is a registered Physiotherapist and Pilates tutor. At her clinic in Llangollen, North Wales she sees many common running injuries. Susan provides preventative and rehabilitative treatment and advice to many runners and triathletes.

    Susan is a Pilates instructor and teacher trainer, providing both mat classes and reformer work for over 17 years. Pilates develops core strength & stability, improves posture and promotes mobility and flexibility, leading to a balanced body.

    In the trail running world, a strong core from which to move equates to improved running performance, endurance and efficient muscle recruitment. Without good core strength other muscles are forced to compensate as you tire, leading to muscle imbalances and possible injury. A stronger core and improved flexibility will also help you adapt to the hills and uneven surfaces trail running throws at you.

    Previously a flat runner and hill walker, Susan has now joined the trail and fell running community, completing her first 1/2 marathon up Snowdon this summer. So as a therapist and keen sportswoman, she understands the frustration when training is hampered by injury and is always seeking ways to get you moving and keep you moving.

What's Included

  • Short night trail run to get your weekend started
  • Two long trail runs, guided by Tim Higginbottom
  • Training & technique session with tips to improve your performance
  • Strength and stability session with Susan Wallace, focussed on core running muscles
  • Opportunity for 1-2-1’s with both our experts for personalised support
  • Two nights cosy glamping accommodation
  • All meals included to keep you fuelled up

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.

What you need to know

  • 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
  • The glamping site is in a rural location – directions will be provided upon enquiry / booking
  • We don’t believe in charging people more for exploring our world solo, so we’ll always match you up with a likeminded 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 12, to ensure you enjoy a small group experience
  • Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 6 people are booked. We’ll let you know at least 28 days in advance

Optional transfers

  • Return transfers can be arranged if you are arriving by train, air or ferry
  • Please speak to our team before booking so we can discuss your needs

At Adventure Tours UK, we set out to create the kind of breaks people like us go wild for. People who get their thrills in the outdoors and want to care for it too. Who want to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. If you’re in search of adventure, you’ll find it with us.

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