Our Training Weekends – What to Expect

We operate a number of special training weekends throughout the year each with a variety of organised events, including guided runs, discussions/presentations all aiming to help you get the most out of your running. We have guest speakers and coaches from a wide range of disciplines including nutrition, massage, flexibility and motivation. We take care of everything while you are here.
A typical weekend might be:

12.30pm Arrival/get together and lunch
1.30pm Introduction. Overview of the weekend. This will also include a discussion of the different running groups for the weekend - based on info we receive from you before the weekend about your current running experience/level. We always ensure everyone is in a small group (about an average ratio of 1 guide: 4 guests!!) at the right level for them and these groups may well change as the weekend goes on to suit. You should NEVER be worried that your running level will not ‘fit’ with the rest of the groups!
2.00pm Talk from one of our special guests or our resident expert, Fraser Clyne, ex-GB international marathon runner (PB 2:11)
2.45pm Guided runs – in groups graded according to level, each with their own guide who knows the area and is 1st Aid trained.
5.00pm Afternoon snack & tea/coffee – Very Important!
5.30pm Talk from, for example, Dr. Chris Fenn, Sports Nutritionist, ‘Nutrition and Hydration’
7.30pm Dinner 
7.30-8.30am Breakfast

Special guests’ talk – guests have included:
  • Kathrine Switzer, Pioneer of Women’s Marathon Running and Roger Robinson, former elite athlete and author
  • Ron Hill, Marathon Legend
  • Gerard Hartmann, Physical Therapist to Paula Radcliffe, Dame Kelly Holmes along with many other Olympians
  • Irish International athlete Sonia O’Sullivan and her partner Nic Bideau, International Coach to Olympic athletes
  • Dave Moorcroft, Former World 5,000m record holder and CEO of UK Athletics
  • Charlie Spedding, fastest english marathon runner of all time, Olympic bronze medal holder and winner of the London marathon and author
  • Richard Nerurkar, one of the UK's all time fastest marathon runners, author and Race Director of the Geat Ethiopia Run
  • Richard Askwith, author and hill runner

Guided runs – in groups graded according to level. This will be the ‘long’ run for the weekend and can vary, depending on the weekend and the level of runners from a flatish 4miles to a hilly 18-20 miler. There will be a variety of distances and speeds of run available on all our weekends and we try to tailor these as much as possible to the needs of our guests - we have plenty of guides!
12.30pm Lunch
Pre and post lunch
Small group sessions with Fraser Clyne, optional sports massage, & discussions with those who have chosen to have personal training programmes. Group sessions on Stretching for Runners and Core Stability, using the exercises recommended by Gerard Hartmann. We might also be able to offer fitness assessments at this point, eg VO2 max etc.
4.30pm Afternoon snack & tea/coffee – Very Important again!!
5.00pm Pre-dinner talk from special guests, or sometimes talks of interest – eg, Glynn Jones, Head Ranger, Balmoral Castle Estate
7.30pm Dinner
7.30-8.30am Breakfast
9.15am Review of Stretching/Core Stability exercises to help reinforce what was learned and have another practice!
10.30am Guided runs – in groups graded according to level – a recovery run or sometimes an alternative hill session if RTH guests wish. We would usually have both to choose from.
1.30pm Lunch
2.30pm Review and wind up, Fraser Clyne and Neil Stewart, with possibly a Q&A session with our  special guests.
3.00pm Close


Throughout the weekend, all the food is locally sourced and the menus are all designed by Dr Chris Fenn, working with chefs at our Training Weekend locations.

We can transport you to and from Aberdeen Airport or Train Station if you wish for a small additional cost. The transport to and from the runs, where necessary, is organised for you by us and is included in the cost of your holiday.

We strive to make sure you have the best possible time with us in this beautiful part of the country.