On our Running Forever holidays, we strike the perfect balance between work, rest and play. You can expect a mix of leisurely scenic runs and more targeted coached sessions alongside mini workshops on running form, practical nutrition, strength and conditioning and recovery. There’s also one-to-one time, to ensure you go home with a personalised plan that will help you continue to improve your running. It goes without saying that you can also expect delicious, nutritious food (and plenty of it!), fantastic accommodation and great company.
I’ve led week-long camps in the French Alps and training weekends in North Devon – but now you can join me on my home turf in beautiful Rye, East Sussex, where there’s ancient woodland, rolling countryside and sandy beaches to explore. See what’s available below…
Three-night running retreat
21st to 24th September 2018 (3 places left!)
Come and run with us* in the beautiful environs of Camber Sands and Rye in East Sussex. Our base for this three-night autumn running retreat is the luxurious Loma Beach House, just steps from the beach where we’ll start our morning runs and yet only 90 minutes from London by train or car.
Limited to 12 places max.
We’ll combine daily runs amid gorgeous scenery just for the joy of it (this is our home turf, so we know all the best routes, views and refreshment stops!) with tailored sessions focusing on running form, strength and conditioning and pace development. We’ll also talk practical nutrition, training and injury prevention.
On Sunday morning, we’ll have a longer point-to-point run (with options for shorter/longer distances) that takes us through ancient woodland and along quiet lanes and rural trails back to the beach house, followed by a well-earned recovery session (on the 40ft south-facing deck if it’s sunny or otherwise in front of the woodburning stove!). The fun and varied itinerary has been designed to ensure you have a fabulous running experience – and a relaxing break – while you are with us and go home armed with new tips and ideas to implement later on. Every participant will receive a one-to-one running assessment during their stay and get a personalised plan.
Eating and sleeping
Part of the pleasure of running is in the refuelling, so rest assured you will enjoy plenty of delicious, nourishing food during your stay at Loma – all prepared using locally-sourced ingredients and chosen and timetabled specifically to aid performance and recovery.
You’ll have ample time to relax in and around the comfortable, well-equipped and stylish house (free wifi throughout) – coffee out on the deck, a stroll on the beach or a cheeky afternoon nap, perhaps? And you’ll have a free afternoon on Sunday to mooch around Rye’s antique shops and quirky boutiques, or spend as you choose, before we head out for dinner together. A pre-breakfast run on Monday means you’ll go home with a smile on your face and sand in your shoes…
- Three nights’ accommodation at Loma Beach House (see room options below).
- All meals and snacks between your arrival from 4pm on Friday and your departure at 10am on Monday (home-baked goodies included!) except a group dinner out in Rye on Sunday evening.
- All coaching, including a one-to-one running form assessment with video analysis and individually prescribed drills/strength/mobility exercises.
- All workshops and seminars, with handouts to take away.
- Transfers to/from Rye railway station if required.
Pricing (rates quoted below are per person for the entire retreat)
Double room (based on two sharing) £370.
Double room (single occupancy) £460.
Ensuite double room (based on two sharing) £395.
Ensuite double room (single occupancy) £495.
Shared room (a spacious ‘dorm’ room sleeping six in adult-sized bunkbeds) £325.
Running adventures and guided runs
If you're not in the market for a full-scale retreat or holiday, we also offer mini running adventures (1-2 days) and guided runs in and around Rye, East Sussex.
Our guided runs are tailored to suit you. Let us know your chosen time or distance and pace requirements and we'll do the rest. We aim to show you the best of the area as you clock up some miles: ancient woodland, historic villages, apple orchards and dune-backed beaches are all within running distance.
- A route planned to your requirements.
- A qualified, experienced and DBS-checked coach who will meet you (book singly or as a group) at your accommodation or at a designated point and accompany you the whole way.
- Informal running tips and insider information on what to see and where to eat and drink locally.
Pricing (rates quoted are per run for groups of 1-4)
One hour (or part thereof) £30.
Two hours £50. (Contact us for a quote for longer runs.)
the 1066 trail ADVENTURE (2 days, 1 night)
next date: 29th-30th september 2018
Come and join us on a two-day running adventure, following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror after he landed his troops at Pevensey and marched into the most famous battle of all time to claim rule of England in 1066. The 32-mile route, finishing in the beautiful medieval town of Rye, isn't just a march through history, it's a journey through rural Sussex, passing protected marshland alive with butterflies and birdsong, ancient woodland, sleepy villages, windmills and oasthouses.
Day one takes us from Pevensey Castle to Battle Abbey - a distance of around 17 miles with two scheduled refreshment stops (read: tea and cake) where our support vehicle will also be on hand with water top-ups and access to your bags.We'll stay overnight in a private lodge in the stunning grounds of Ashburnham Place (all private rooms - no single occupancy fee). Bring your swimming gear for a refreshing dip in the lake! Dinner and breakfast at Ashburnham is included. On day two, we resume our journey from Battle Abbey, covering a further 15 miles to reach Rye by mid-afternoon.
This is NOT a race - it's a chance to run a glorious route in good company, without worrying about getting lost or having to carry all your gear. The distance? Yes, it's a challenge, but anyone who's completed a half marathon fairly comfortably should be able to manage it. Get in touch if you want to chat further about your ability to participate. Or get a taste of what's in store by reading my blog here.
Limited to 12 places max.
- Guiding, support and tips from two qualified and experienced coaches along the entire route,
- Vehicle support, including transport of and access to your bag (and for a lift, should you require it!)
- Overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast at Ashburnham Place.
- Transfer between Battle Abbey and Ashburnham Place.
- Water top-up and energy gels at two stopping points per day.
£135 per person.
The trip begins on Saturday at 11am from Pevensey & Westham station and finishes at Rye station (from where you can make a return journey to Pevensey if you've parked there) late afternoon on Sunday.