only need to scan through the running
magazines and forums to get an idea
of how popular trail running is becoming.
We have been offering these Alpine trail
running weeks for several years, to
help people get into this fascinating
and totally addictive sport.
week long Alpine trail running weeks
are based in Chamonix,
at the foot of Mont Blanc, as there
are hundreds of kilometers of trails
to choose from. We offer a great balance
of running, coaching, and trail running
advice, preparation and top tips.
training camps are open to anyone, but
we suggest that you will get the most
out of them if you are happy running
up to 10km, or even a half marathon.
If you are in any doubt as to if they
will suit, then get in touch to get
advice from one of the coaches.
well as enjoying a great week of trail
running of c. 15 - 20km a day, we aim
to teach you the key safety skills for
route planning and Alpine running, with
a focus put on the selection of equipment
and how to develop your training plans
for trail running.
worry if you have never run on trails
before, as you will pick up the skills
quickly with expert coaching and guidance.
All you need is to be fit for regular
running, to have a sense of humour,
and to love the outdoors. We will teach
you the rest, and you are guaranteed
a great holiday that you won't forget
for a very long time, as well as having
a lot of fun.
are led and coached by a Personal
Trainer, who is also an International
Mountain Leader. Most importantly they
will be a passionate trail runner who
has competed in plenty of Alpine ultra
running races, possibly even the Ultra-Trail
du Mont Blanc. You are led by a genuine
expert in ultra-trail running.
are listed in the column on the right,
and they show the live availability
from our secure online booking system.
When you book online, you receive immediate
confirmation, your Alpine Information
Booklet, course specific kit list and
Run on spectacular trails
Coached by UTMB finisher
Run on real mountain terrain
du Mont Blanc week & UTMB week
you book on our June running week at
the end of June, you have the amazing
opportunity to watch or even participate
in one of the Marathon du Mont Blanc
race events which include; vertical
kilometer, 10km, 23km, marathon, or
80km. The events are scheduled on the
Friday to Sunday. Click on website link
for details. On
the last week of September, you overlap
with the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc race
series week, with the main UTMB set
off on the Friday evening. The atmosphere
in Chamonix this week is electric! We
always try and ensure that this week
you are led by a UTMB finisher, so they
can give you all the race gossip.
& features of our courses
full days of trail running coaching, led by top
qualified mountain running professionals
centre accommodation in Chamonix for the week, on
a B&B basis
how to plan a trail run in terms of navigation,
timings, and safety
gait analysis to improve mountain running efficiency,
from a qualified Personal Trainer, to develop future
talks during week to inspire you for the future;
'Running the UTMB' & 'Tor des Geants'
from industry experts on clothing, equipment, and
mountain running safety
only will you enjoy a week of running on some of the best
trails in the Chamonix region, but you will have gain
a huge amount of tips and advice for performance guidance,
efficiency of gait, mountain techniques, and safety skills,
so you leave the week feeling more inspired and better
informed about trail running than ever before.
trail running trips in the press
Course Itinerary Chamonix
is blessed with hundreds of kilometers of trails over
all types of terrain, from forest tracks to high alpages
and mountain passes, and so the itinerary can be flexed
on any day to take account of weather conditions, to ensure
that you sample the best on offer. The itinerary below
is to provide you with a taster of what you could achieve,
and isn't fixed in stone. As far as the distances run
each day, we advertise c. 15 - 20km each day, though try
and select routes to cater for people to opt out of sections
if they would like an easier day. We aren't expecting
you to be mountain running machines, just a great spirit
of loving the mountains, and wanting to give it a go.
Speed is nothing. Enjoyment is everything! Many clients
come back year after year to repeat this Alpine trail
running week, but they need never repeat a trail they
have run before.
Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in
followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings.
There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment
(see inclusions below for what you are provided
as part of the course price). Briefings are over
by 18:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group
to pre-dinner drinks. Some clients opt to travel
out a day or two early to get their hill legs back
and to explore the town. Night in Chamonix.
classic warm up trail run in Chamonix, such as up
to the Plan
d'Aiguille and to
Montenvers, then the option of running down to Chamonix,
or taking the train. The key focus of the day is
to develop different
running techniques for varied terrain types.
Night in Chamonix.
Equipment and clothing choice and its selection
- footwear, poles, bags, compression kit.
- running the amazing balcony trail overlooking
the whole Chamonix valley.
the focus is on key mountain skills for trail running,
and so the day is spent mountain walking / running
, with a focus on navigation techniques and acclimatisation
issues. Typically this is a fairly long hill day
in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve. Night in
Mountain navigation for running routes, using GPS,
maps & compass - NNAS syllabus.
- gaining autonomy skills hiking and running in
unspoiled stunning scenery.
take the picturesque Mont Blanc express train from
Chamonix to Vallorcine, and run a section of the
Chamonix Mont Blanc marathon to Montroc or further
to Le Tour. Alternatives are to traverse the Col
du Salenton, or run up to summit Mont Buet. Night
Focus on injury avoidance, and common first aid
scenarios - planning, stretching, triage.
- running over the Aiguillette des Posettes with
Mont Blanc ahead of you.
a day running in Italy or Switzerland, to run on
sections of the UTMB race route. This day will provide
you really different views of the Mont Blanc massif,
and the experience of running in a different country.
You will be fully involved in the day's route planning.
Night in Chamonix.
Focus on pacing, timings, effects of gradient, and
terrain factors - personal plans.
- experience running on a section of the legendary
UTMB trail race route!
longer trail run, up to a half marathon in length,
to really put all the elements together that you
have learnt over the week. Typically the route taken
would follow that of the Cross du Mont Blanc, the
annual half marathon event. Descend by cable car.
Night in Chamonix!
The icing on the cake after all the efforts for
the week - run a half mountain marathon.
- completing a half marathon across the mountains
on rough Alpine trails.
then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most
arrange their airport transfers to leave around
this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday.
Depart for home.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries.
Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant,
so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans.
If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered.
Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to
the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
full days UIMLA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
on the planner logo to the right to
see the real time live course availability
1) UIMLA guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course
hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course
information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher
for UK shops, 5) Six nights B&B accommodation
in Chamonix (inc. bedding & towels), 6) Free
36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7)
Road / train transport in Chamonix valley, 8) Logistics
support and several optional evening instruction
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Personal laundry,
telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any
purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants,
3) Cable cars and mountain uplift, 4) Road transport
outside the Chamonix valley (not usually required),
5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
had been on several running camps before,
but this far exceeded my other experiences
in terms of how much I learned and how
it was tailored to me Grant
W , Trail Running
you for looking after me so well. This
was an amazing week, where I achieved
so much. I never thought I could do
this sort of thing, but now I am hooked Alison
H , Trail Running
level of personal training, attention
to detail, and local knowledge, of our
coach was second to none. Thanks Susie
B , Trail Running
wrote the book on it...
Published by Cicerone Press,
by Kingsley our head trail running guide & trainer
40 routes inc UTMB, Vertical KM, Chamonix 80km,
Click to buy!
photo gallery of images shot on our Chamonix Trail Running
courses and races in the Mont Blanc massif, so you can
see the range of terrain and amazing landscapes you will
data for this trip
majority of our trail runs are based in the Chamonix valley
in the French Alps. It is also easy to access the Valais
region of Switzerland or the Aosta Valley region of Italy,
as these involve less than an hours drive. There is a
great choice of trail running venues in all these regions.
Trailer Original poles
stock these innovative and unique running poles in our
Windermere shop, and are the only UK stockist. They were
developed specifically for trail running (though they
are great for ski touring and hiking too), and only weigh
in at an incredibly light 169g for the unisize 125cm pole.
have tested these poles and find them extremely durable,
and the multi-grip handle extending down the shaft reduces
vibration and excels on traverses. All clients on our
running courses are offered a 'try before you buy' scheme
where you can test a pair, and as with all technical gear,
there is a client discount. View poles on shop website;
Getting into trail running...
running is a fastgrowing sport, and
this podcast explains what it involves,
how to get into it, and also goes through
all of the equipment that is required.