Our Trail Running Camps are designed for all runners wishing to either improve their performance or simply 'get started' off-road. We base our camps in Chamonix, France, where you're spoiled for choice - an amazing variety of both trails and views of the Mont Blanc range.
You don't need to be a marathon runner or a speed demon to join our running camps! Read the Guardian's write-up of journalist Susan Greenwood's Tracks and Trails running adventure here.
During your week our experienced coaches will share their expert advice and provide you with a balanced itinerary of running, coaching tips and relaxing rest time. Our camps are ideally suited to regular runners who love the freedom of getting out and exploring new places. If you can run 10km or more, at any speed, then our trail running holidays are for you!
Run with us in the heart of the French Alps... it'll be the views that take your breath away!
More than your average running camp
Not only will you simply have fun running in the mountains with like-minded people, you'll also learn A LOT!
- Run with mountain professionals on nature's own trails
- New mountain vistas every day
- Healthy, balanced and delicious food
- Luxury accommodation in a modern mountain chalet
- Learn how to plan, navigate your own route
- Expert advice on: nutrition, equipment, clothing, racing, training and keeping safe
- Core and flexibility classes
- Focus talks most days including injury prevention and advice on barefoot running
- Optional fitness tests
- A complimentary sports leg massage
We aim to offer a comprehensive week of fun and facts so that you can go home feeling confident and informed to explore. The skills learned can be transferred to many other adventure sports.
A Runner's High
Great news received from Helen just one week after our September 2012 running camp as she smashes a personal best! "I do believe that all that altitude training really helped as I did feel like i was flying for the first 10 miles - possibly a bit too much." Helen, Sheffield
Our Swiss weekends are designed for regular trail runners wanting to explore a quiet and stunning corner of the Alps. Join like-minded people and run in the heart of Swiss Alps. We base these weekends in the quiet Zinal valley in the beautiful Valais region, which offers an excellent variety of running trails with unforgettable views.
The route choices are truly endless. We run through traditional Swiss alpine villages, lush high meadows, reach peaks, mountain lakes and high passes whilst surrounded by sublime scenery. One of our 'must do' routes is the region's classic high balcony traverse which is part of the historic 'Sierre-Zinal' trail race.
- Accommodation at Chalet Edelweiss - all en suite
- All meals and drinks included
- Guided trail running
- Option of a 3 or 4 night stay
- Free 'Access Pass'
This weekend will not only boost your training and fitness levels but also your love for the mountains!
Free Access Pass
For stays of 3 days or more the Access Pass gives you free use of the mountain cable cars and funiculars, buses, tennis courts, open air pool in Vercorin, and the newly refurbished Zinal swimming pool/spa and all other amenities.
Join us for more than just a trail run! The French Jura, famous for gastronomy, farming, stunning scenery, history and is steeped in tradition also offers a network of varied running routes. We run a point-to-point journey across a lush green landscape whilst soaking up the regional delights along the way.
Our itinerary discovers the diverse countryside of the Regional Nature Park of the High Jura whilst taking in sections of the classic French 'Grand Randonées' of the GR5, GR9 and the Grand Traverse of the Jura. The route, which totals approximately 100km, crosses pastures, climbs through ancient pine forests, links valleys, glacial lakes then ridge tops and even reaches crests and summits where the peaks of the Alps and even Mont Blanc can be viewed.
- Up to 100km or trail running/walking
- 5 days of linked trails on classic GR routes
- Built in Rest Day
- 2800m of ascent & descent
- Stay in lodges and small hotels
- View the Alps from the high Jura crest
- Run with a small pack whilst your luggage is transferred daily
This guided trail run is designed for regular runners, with off road experience, experience in a variety of trails and conditions would be useful. Enjoy running each day with the luxury of your luggage being transported to the next location, so you only have to carry a light day pack. We will be out for full days running on rolling hills with some steeper ascent and descent. We will use a mixture of running and hill walking all on good trails covering between 13-20km (8-13miles) per day. The route travels from east to west starting from Les Rousses ending in Lancrans, near Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, close to the Swiss frontier.
The route, made famous in the running world as a renowned ultra marathon starts and finishes in Chamonix, France, and is a complete circuit around Mont Blanc - the highest mountain in Western Europe.
Passing through three countries: France, Switzerland and Italy, our version of this justifiably popular trek/run has been adapted to fit into a week and is suitable for regular trail runners looking for a serious challenge also making ideal training and race/route preparation for the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.
At the heart of the European Alps, the massif of Mont Blanc straddles the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland and includes some of the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable. Runners are spoilt for choice in this part of the world, but one obvious challenge is to complete a circuit of the Mont Blanc massif. Follow in the footsteps of world class runners Killian Jornet and Lizzy Hawker who hold course records on this well-known long distance journey (or Grand Randonnée) known as the Tour du Mont Blanc.
- 168km in length
- 6 days of guided trail running/walking
- 9616m of height gain and loss
- Ideal preparation for the North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc®
- Enjoy hotel accommodation in the valleys
- Travel through 3 countries
- Luggage transfer provided
Enjoy a guided point to point trail run (with fast uphill hikes) carrying only a day pack and stay in comfortable valley hotels at the end of each night. The average distance covered each day is around 30 kilometres (18 miles) and it's likely we will be on our feet for 6-8 hours per day. There's no doubt this trip involves a lot of ascent and descent so this trip is suitable for regular trail runners who are also used to a variety of mountain trails and conditions. Your luggage is transferred between hotels so you need to carry no more than a day pack.
UTMB Race Preperation
Timed to provide runners who have entered the 48 hour running challenge around Mont Blanc known as the North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc®. This week offers runners invaluable endurance training and race route knowledge. Runners will gain everything they need to know from our local running guide about the course, the terrain, and a chance to practice with their clothing/equipment and work out their ideal race nutrition plan.
Our wellness holidays are designed to leave you feeling not just well, but truly amazing! Join our team in the Alps and enjoy a week of Nordic Walking, Yoga, Spa and Relaxation. A total chill out in a remote mountain setting breathing pure mountain air - oxygen overload!
The aim is to regenerate and re-energise and set you up for a healthy summer with a week of exercise, relaxation and excellent healthy organic food straight from the hotel gardens. The week will also introduce you to Nordic walking - think walking with poles, but with energy and a purposeful stride, using more muscles and burning more calories. A great way to improve fitness.
Our wellness weeks are not a boot camp or a week of starvation they are simply the perfect remedy for your body and soul!
- Wonderful 100 % organic and vegetarian food - rich, creative, tasty, original
- Classes in yoga with views of the mountains
- Library and cafeteria for resting and enjoying
- Time spent at a luxury Swiss thermal spa
- Nordic walking burning up to 40% more calories than normal walking
- Ayurvedic massages and Shiatsu available
- Easy access by train from Geneva airport
You’re a great team, enthusiastic, encouraging and so committed to sharing your vast knowledge of the mountains, healthy eating and exercise. Cathy Jervis - Australia
Join us for a wonderful weekend of cross country skiing in Italy. These holidays are a perfect introduction to cross country skiing, as well as being ideal for those wanting to refresh their skills.
Perhaps you're a downhill skier looking for something different? You enjoy the gym, hill walking, or are a runner or cyclist but feel the effect of the winter blues? Well, why not try cross country skiing to maintain and build that fitness level during the winter months.
Based in the beautiful Val Ferret near Courmayeur, we get to enjoy stunning views of the Italian side of the highest mountain in Western Europe - Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco. Think cross country, cappucino, and comfort!
- Learn or improve your basic cross country skiing skills
- Ski in remote valleys surrounded by stunning alpine peaks
- Enjoy true Italian hospitality with good food high on the agenda!
- Meet in Chamonix, France for easy access from Geneva airport
- Reduced price option for 'locals' joining on Day 2
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