Run The Wild

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This one day running adventure based in the Chiltern Hills is all about you discovering what Run the Wild is all about! You will be running a distance of around 13 miles over the undulating chalk hills and through local woods, led by local English Athletics qualified Run Leaders. It's an easily accessible event, just 30 minutes North West of London by rail or road. All abilities are catered for, so whether you are a new to trail running, just looking to get some miles in an inspiring location or training for a race distance then this is the event for you. Along the way you will experience our famous hospitality and enjoy a well stocked refreshment point. As with all Run the Wild events, it's a team event so you will be grouped with similar ability runners and led by one of our Run Leaders who will route find and set the pace for you. We walk anything steep and it's a good opportunity to get some trail running tips from our leaders along the way. This is a great event for you to run in the beautiful Chilterns, meet the RtW team and experience a running adventure that gives you a taster of our multiday routes.

We hope to see you there!

Discover Run the Wild

Tring, GB

The Chamonix valley sits at the foot of Mt Blanc which provides a stunning backdrop to this introduction to mountain trails in the Alps. On this holiday we provide a 2 half-day running adventure break aimed at those looking to discover trail running in the mountains for the first time, as well as more experienced runners looking for a spot of comfort whilst pursuing their passion. There are many route options around the area which will take us to both sides of the valley. The trails vary from pine woods to rocky exposed routes, something for everyone. We pick some really beautiful 13km (approx.) trails for you whilst you which show off the valley at its best, so you get a good flavour of what to expect on our longer adventures. We will also look at some of the trail techniques that will make you a more proficient trail runner. You will get some breath taking views of Mt Blanc as well as the Aiguilles (needles). Since this holiday is focused on comfort and running, the trail runs will last around 3 hours a day leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore Chamonix and possibly even take a trip up to the Aiguille du Midi. You will be staying in a 4* spa hotel with access to a pool and other amenities so you can unwind and enjoy the views. On the Friday evening we will meet up for dinner with your guide as well as some of the Run the Wild Team. As with all Run the Wild holidays, all you have to do is book your flights, turn up and run - we will take care of the rest!

Introduction to the Alps

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FR

This is one of the Event Directors favourite routes. It follows one of the worlds toughest 100 milers, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, circumnavigating the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc at 4,810m and passing by its 71 glaciers and 400 summits. This is a great running adventure to sign up for if you want to explore the Alps more or to recce the route for the UTMB. As always you will have a Lead Runner with you, refreshment points, logistic support as well as food and accommodation provided. The scenery is absolutely stunning and youll experience some of the most breath taking views of Mt Blanc the area has to offer. It's broken down into 6 stages (but if you prefer to do it in 5 or 7 days please get in touch for a bespoke tour) with a day to relax in Chamonix at the end of the trip.

We start in Chamonix and head down the valley to Les Houches before making our way up over to Les Contamines. Our first night is spent here before we carry on to the steep climb over the Croix du Bonhomme. The views from the Croix back down the valley and towards Geneva are incredible. From there we head down to spend our second night at Les Chapieux, a remote hamlet and our last stop before heading over into Italy. The next morning as the sun rises from behind the Aiguilles des Glaciers you will climb up to the Col de La Seigne. From here the route stretches into the horizon along the valley leading to the mountain pass 25 miles away which marks the border with Switzerland, a point where you will be standing the next day. We sweep down into Italy, staggering views of couloirs and rock buttresses towering on the left, leading up to Monte Bianco. The path undulates on nice smooth trails before a last climb, and then a steep descent into Courmayeur. At around halfway of the total route we will be staying here for pizza and a warm bed!

Leaving Courmayeur early the next day following a steep ascent out of the valley you may see the sun rise over clouds carpeting the valleys far below. After a couple of hours running there will be time to stop for a refreshment at the Rifugio Bonatti hut, dedicated to the legendary Italian climber. Indeed, you will be passing some of his ground breaking first ascents as you run the route. From there we approach the fearsome Grand Col Ferret marking the Swiss border at 2537m. The trails down from the col are perfect. You will hear the cowbells from the lush green valley below, as you descend through the stunning scented mountain meadows into the little village of Le Fouly, our next stop, the first of two in Switzerland.

The trail passes through forests running alongside the river and through tiny Swiss villages and fields of hay and wild flowers before heading up to Champex-Lac. Champex is a paradise in the mountains and sits at the juncture to another famous hiking route and potential running adventure - the Walkers Haute Route. Three more high points stand between us and Chamonix, and around another 25 miles. The view from the next climb is hard to take in, since you can see all the way down to Martigny, 1500m below. Its broad flat valley leads to Zermatt and beyond. The path descends from here through some rocky and tree root covered trails to the Col de la Forclaz and then steeply down to Trient and its beautiful pink church and backdrop of dramatic glaciers, where we spend our last night on the trail.

Our last day, today we will complete our journey and return to Chamonix. The climb up to Catogne is followed by a steep descent to Vallorcine and back into France! One more big climb, this time to the Tte aux vents and the Mt Blanc Massif dominates the horizon, its glacier pouring over into the Chamonix valley below and the end of our adventure. We trot down through the mountain trails from La Flegere and into Chamonix to celebrate. Its an amazing achievement, 104 miles / 168km and 9,000m ascent crossing over 3 countries.

Tour du Mont Blanc

Chamonix, France

Beautiful English rolling countryside, you, the team, full logistic support, all you have to do is run. The trail is on footpaths covering about 36 miles over 2 days. Whether you are new to running trails or whether you are a veteran, this will be an amazing weekend of running and is an ideal event to see how you would fare on one of the more mountainous adventures in the Alps. As always spaces are limited, so sign up now!

The Chiltern Hills, just 30 minutes North West of London, offer a stunning location for this spring and autumn time run. Leaving Tring station, accessed by main line rail on Saturday morning youll be led as a small team through the country footpaths to Bledlow. The local English Athletics qualified Run Leaders will show you the way, so you can enjoy the scenery, focus on your running and style. The path winds along a quiet trail through deep woods, grassy ridges and steep hills as well as through hamlets mainly seen in period dramas. 18 miles later and a few hills behind you, its time to get to the accommodation for a hot shower, a few drinks and dinner. Unlike races we emphasise the social aspect of our events. There will be plenty of time to chat about your running past and ambitions with your team members.

Following a good night sleep in a comfortable bed and a hot breakfast, youll be ready to take on the second day where we follow a different route back through Chiltern Hills. The trails undulate along grassy outlooks, through beech and oak woods and through more tiny English villages. 36 miles completed and you will be rewarded with a RtW tech shirt.

Chiltern Hills Challenge

Tring, GB