WEEKEND RUNNING RETREAT – CHILTERN HILLS
Reading, BerkshireStreatley, Reading, England, United Kingdom
Fri 1st July 2022 - Sun 3rd July 2022
Starting at 16:00
We will follow the current government guidelines in force at the time of the Running Retreat. In making your Booking, you also agree to follow any relevant government guidelines, which may include forfeiting your place on the trip at your own cost.
Your Covid-19 officers are Elkie Mace and Kate Brook. They have completed Covid-19 risk assessments which will be updated as necessary in line with changing government guidance. Any updates to government guidance will be monitored, and procedures adjusted accordingly, and a Covid-19 secure environment will be maintained.
You may be asked to confirm that you are not exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 prior to attending the Running Retreat. All participant contact details are recorded which can be shared upon request with the government’s Test and Trace initiative.
Arranged by two local England Athletics Coaches with expert guest speaker on topics including nutrition, mindset and injury prevention over the course of the weekend.
Weekend Running Retreat – Chiltern Hills
Weekend Running Retreat – Chiltern Hills
Included in the weekend is;
Three runs - an ‘easy’ intro run, trail running technique session and a guided long run (minimum 90 mins running).
Sessions on nutrition, mindset, injury prevention and flexibility. Plus a fun running related quiz on the Saturday evening.
Dormitory style accommodation at Streatley YHA. Max occupancy 5 people per room and shared bathrooms.
Nutritious and healthy breakfasts and evening meals (veg/vegan/GF options available) provided by local caterers. Participants provide their own lunches.
- “Common Running Injuries’ – Presentation from Physiotherapist, Amanda Wall.
- Workshop on Mindset from The Grounded Coach – Janine Green
- Nutrition and Fuelling – Presentation with Coaches Kate and Elkie
- Run Session – Drills, Hills and Thrills. A 90 min session focused on trail and hill technique
- Run session – guided Long run – there will be a number of different pace and distance groups and you can choose which you join
- Catering designed for runners from local businesses Pierreponts Cafe and Mission Burrito ((veg/vegan/GF options available)
- Saturday night Running Quiz: It’s like a pub quiz…… but with running!
How to Get There
Goring and Streatley is a trail running mecca, it is the point where the beautiful Thames Path, Chiltern Way and Ridgeway trails meet. Centurion host many of their ultras from here. We plan to show you the best of the area over the three runs of the weekend.
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be able to run for 90 mins. For the long run on the Sunday the shortest route will be 6 miles and the longest likely close to 18 miles. There will be a Run Leader for each run who knows the route and keeps the runners together.
What kit do i need to bring?
Trail shoes, hydration pack/ belt to carry water, clothes you can run in, gels/ snacks for on the run. You need to provide your own lunches - you can preorder with us at a local cafe.
Are bedding and towels provided?
Yes each person has linen (that they need to make up themselves) and a towel.
Can I just come for part of the Retreat if I can't make the full weekend?
Message us and we will talk this through.
What level of runner is the Retreat for?
The Retreat is essentially an introduction to trail running for runners who might not have the opportunity to run off road on a regular basis but who love running and would like to focus on it for a fun weekend.
Friday 1st July
1600 – 1900 – Arrive at Streatley YHA, RG8 9JJ where we have exclusive hire.
Time to settle in, unpack, relax and meet your fellow runners. Feel free to explore Streatley. It is a short, scenic walk down to the Thames where the river, birds, boats and weirs create a stunning spot to people watch. Alternatively, stretch your legs by walking up Streatley Hill and gaze to down the valley below.
Streatley Youth Hostel is bunkhouse style accommodation, with rooms taking between 4-6 people. The clean showers and toilets are shared on multiple floors. There is a large self service kitchen, dining area and communal sofa area plus a garden with picnic benches and views of the rolling hills surrounding Goring.
1900 – Optional Evening Run: an easy paced run (3-5 miles) around the local area. Just the thing to work up an appetite for dinner!
2000 – Dinner from Mission Burrito – enjoy soft tacos loaded with chicken, pork, beans, vegetables and rice, nachos and guacamole. Puddings from local bakery (The Old Farmhouse Bakery). Please remember to bring your own drinks.
After dinner, free time to chat to others on the retreat in one of the communal areas – inside or out, play some games, browse the “pop-up running book library” or just relax.
Pre-order your takeaway lunch to collect from local cafe by 2000.
Saturday 2nd July
0730 – 0830 – Self service breakfast of croissants, muesli/ cereals, fruit and yoghurt. Juice, tea and coffee.
0900 – 0945 – Stretch and Flexibility sessions with Coach Elkie and Coach Kate.
1000 – 1200 – Run Session – Drills, Hills and Thrills. A 90 min session focused on trail and hill technique. Expect some up/downhill reps and team challenges/ relays.
1200 – 1400 – Shower and Lunch. Lunch is not provided by us so it is an opportunity to try one of Goring’s lovely eating places (Pierre Ponts, Coppa Club, Goring Grocer and there is also a Tesco Express). Each evening you can pre-order baguettes and salads from Pierre Ponts to collect the following day.
1400 – 1500 – “Common Running Injuries’ – Presentation from Physiotherapist, Amanda Wall. Understand what the common running injuries are and why they occur. Learn how to prevent running injuries and maximise your enjoyment from running.
1500 – 1530 – Break: snacks provided by Pierre Ponts Café, tea and coffee available.
1530 – 1630 – Workshop on Mindset from The Grounded Coach – Janine Green. Janine will be helping us understand our motivations, what happens when we face setbacks and how we set goals. All with a dose of nature.
1700 – 1900 – Running Quiz: It’s like a pub quiz…… but with running! No prizes for speed, but this quiz will test your knowledge of running trivia, running folklore, athletics and maybe some questions on just actual running. There is also an active element – no sitting round a table with a pint and a packet of crisps (although we can do that too…) so you will need to be in running gear!
1900 – 2000 – Dinner of vegetarian chilli made by Pierre Ponts Cafe with rice, served with breads and dips. New York style cheesecake with fruit compote. Please remember to bring your own drinks.
Pre- order your takeaway lunch to collect from local cafe by 2000.
After dinner enjoy a chat with other runners in the inside areas, or outside on the picnic benches, or wander down into Goring for a sundowner drink by the river.
Sunday 3rd July
0700-0800 Self service Breakfast of croissant, muesli/ cereals, fruit and yoghurt. Juice, tea and coffee.
0900 – 1200 Run session – Long run – there will be a number of different pace and distance groups and you can choose which you join. The shortest will be 6 miles and the longest likely close to 18 miles. There will be a Run Leader for each run who knows the route and keeps the runners together. Bring your own water and fuel (gels/ bars) for the run.
1200- 1400 Shower and lunch – again runners arrange their own.
1400 – 1500 Nutrition and Fuelling – Presentation with Coaches Kate and Elkie. How to get your nutrition on running days and non-running days right. How (not) to fuel your long run and what to eat in ultras. Top tips and tasting of fuelling options for use during your long runs and races.
1500 Retreat formally ends.
Optional Activities: Open Water Swimming or stand up paddle boarding – please book your own slot here. Or just spend some time exploring the local area before heading home.
If you would like to stay a third night you can extend your stay for a mere £25. You will need to provide your own evening meal and breakfast and please check out by 10am.
meet the coaches
Elkie and Kate will be your Coaches for the weekend. Elkie has worked with hundreds of runners in the last 8 years to help them achieve their goals and has some impressive road times to her name. Kate has run over 40 marathons (many ultras) across the world and her playground is now the Chilterns. Kate loves helping others get the best from their running.
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