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Scheduled Departures

Trail Running is a wonderful way to travel the paths of both mountainside and valley. Take your running to the next level with some challenging terrain, fresh mountain air and altitude. Enjoy running mountain trails on historic routes and over high passes. Join us for bespoke trips to train for a specific goal, or practice race routes such as the classic Ultra Trail, CCC or Mont Blanc Marathon.

Below is a list of our guided Scheduled Running Holidays from 3 - 6 days in length or can be used as ideas on creating a bespoke trip for your own running club or group friends. Group departures are an ideal way to meet like minded runners and especially suits those who want to maximise their precious holiday time and reduce the time it takes to plan, book and organise it themselves.

Our running holidays in a snapshot:

  • Trail Running Camps - 6 Days of expert advice on nutrition, equipment, clothing, racing and trail run training. Designed for all runners wishing to either improve their performance. Hotel based in Chamonix, France in July.
  • Verdon Gorge Trail Run - 6 Days of point-to-point, guided trail running in the Spring and Autumn. Designed for regular runners, with off road experience, who want to enjoy running each day with the luxury of a back up driver and luggage being transported to the next location. Optional extra days can be added at the start/end of the trip.
  • Jura Trail Run - 5 Days of point-to-point, guided trail running. Designed for regular runners, with off road experience, who want to enjoy running each day with the luxury of their luggage being transported to the next location.
  • Dolomites Alta Via Run- 6 Days of point-to-point, guided mountain trail run. Designed for experienced trail runners. Enjoy the luxury of luggage transfers on most nights.

 

NEW EXCLUSIVE: Chamonix Trail Running Camp

Tracks and Trails will be working with sponsored athlete and director of x-training school, Chloë Lanthier, offering a unique collaboration of skills and experience. Our carefully designed running camp is designed to improve your trail and over all running performance whilst in the heart of the French Alps.

We are delighted to be combining Chloë's specialities in trail running/training and sports specific rehab & performance, with our experience and knowledge of the mountains to offer you this unique running experience.

Designed for regular runners wishing to improve their performance we base this week in what is now seen as the 'running capital of the world', Chamonix. Experience running on sections of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and the Marathon du Mont Blanc while surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas and glaciated peaks.

Expert coaches and beautiful trails!

Not only will you simply have fun running in the mountains with like-minded people, you will also learn A LOT!!!

  • Expert coaches: Chloë Lanthier of xtrainingschool.com & International Mountain Leader Seb Gros
  • Techniques to get faster & stronger!
  • Option to join without accommodation
  • Hill training: climbing and descending drills and form training
  • Video analysis review: beginning and end of camp, see your improvements!
  • Route planning
  • Advice on equipment, clothing, racing, training and nutrition
  • Traditional 3* mountain hotel with pool and spa facilities
  • Private room available
  • Learn to stay injury free
  • Yoga class

Running with nature can add many new dimensions both to your health, mind and other sports. Getting off the beaten track and varying your training with time on the trails can help prevent injuries, improve your strength and fitness and provide an easy way to explore the great outdoors, where ever you are.

LOVE RUNNING? THEN YOU'LL LOVE THIS. TRAIL RUNNING IN CHAMONIX.

Best Health & Fitness Retreat of 2015 

Voted by the Sunday Telegraph as the best 2015 health & fitness retreat! Full Telegraph Travel review can be found here by Ben Arogundade.

Departures

Trip Departure date End date Price Status
ATR1 18 Sun 1 July 18 Sun 8 July 18 £1475 Places available | Make a Booking
ATR1N 18 Sun 1 July 18 Sun 8 July 18 £895 Places available | Make a Booking

Oh, my God, what a fabulous, fabulous week & we LOVED Seb! He’s such a great, great guide!! Always there but never intrusive, friendly, punctual, helpful, fun, relaxed & very knowledgeable. He took us on some absolutely fantastic runs - we learnt so much. Thank you, Cats & Michael

Trans Verdon Run

Experience running amongst the stunning landscape carved by the Verdon River which has created what is known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe'. On this multi-day journey we run from the foothills of Haute Provence through the Verdon National Park and some of the most dramatic scenery in France as we make our way along the Verdon Gorge.

The Run

  • NEW: 6 Day Itinerary
  • Run between 16-23km per day
  • Discover the largest canyon in Europe
  • Through lavender fields and olive groves
  • Enjoy the wine and food of Provence
  • Traverse the famous GR4, Napoleon's route
  • Stay in lodges and small hotels
  • Run with a small pack whilst your luggage is transferred daily

This guided trail run is designed for regular runners, with off road experience, who want to enjoy running each day with the luxury of their luggage being transported to the next location, so you only have to carry a light pack. The run is on a mixture of good trails, wide tracks and some rocky sections in the Gorge itself.

A Runner's High 

REVIEWS!!! Our running camps have been joined by many keen sporty journalists including; Susan Greenwood writing for the Guardian, Claire Maxted for Trail Running Magazine and Katy Dartford for Zest Magazine and Sport Sister. To read these & more reviews go to our News and Press pages.

Trail Run the Dolomites: Alta Via 1

Run the 'best of the best' of the fabulous Italian Dolomites! This spectacular mountainous area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It has eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres, many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime. It is the exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have made the Dolomites famous throughout the world. Be prepared to be impressed as you run through some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

  • Amazing high level running trails
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Fabulous Italian food and hospitality
  • Unique cultural experience in Sud Tirol
  • High mountain huts in amazing locations
  • Professional International Mountain Leader
  • NEW: Your luggage transferred for you

Trans Jura Trail

Join us for more than just a trail run! The French Jura, famous for gastronomy, farming, stunning scenery, history and is steeped in tradition also offers a network of varied running routes. We run a 5 day point-to-point journey across a lush green landscape whilst soaking up the regional delights along the way.

Our itinerary discovers the diverse countryside of the Regional Nature Park of the High Jura whilst taking in sections of the classic French 'Grand Randonées' of the GR5, GR9 and the Grand Traverse of the Jura. The route, which totals approximately 115km, crosses pastures, climbs through ancient pine forests, links valleys, glacial lakes then ridge tops and even reaches crests and summits where the peaks of the Alps and even Mont Blanc can be viewed.

The Route

  • Up to 115km or trail running/walking
  • 5 days of linked trails on classic GR routes
  • 3000m of ascent & descent
  • Stay in lodges and small hotels
  • View the Alps from the high Jura crest
  • Run with a small pack whilst your luggage is transferred daily

A Runner's High 

REVIEWS!!! Our running camps have been joined by many keen sporty journalists including; Susan Greenwood writing for the Guardian, Claire Maxted for Trail Running Magazine and Katy Dartford for Zest Magazine and Sport Sister. To read these & more reviews go to our News and Press pages.

Mont Blanc Ultra Trail

The Mont Blanc tour is one of the most iconic trails in the world. Join us on this multi-day trail running trip of a lifetime around the crown of the Western Alps.

The Mont Blanc mountain range is one of the most spectacular areas of the European Alps. Lofty granite spires tower over dramatic glaciers, powerful rivers and thick pine forests. Combined with an extensive footpath network, it’s both a nature and a trail runner’s paradise.

The most famous long distant trail (or Grand Randonée) is the Mont Blanc tour. A circuit of Western Europe’s highest peak, it passes through France, Italy and Switzerland. For trail runners, it’s also home to the mythical Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® (UTMB®) ultramarathon. Covering 106 miles (171kms) with over 10,000m (32,800ft) of elevation it offers a formidable challenge to experienced trail runners.

The Route

  • Choose from 2 guided trail runs
  • 100kms or 170kms in length
  • 3 or 6 days of guided trail running & fast uphill hiking
  • +5369m/-5529m OR +9889m/-9889m
  • Ideal preparation for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® & CCC® courses
  • Half board Hotel / Auberge style accommodation
  • Travel through 3 countries
  • Luggage transfers provided

Each year around 2300 hopefuls set off from the picturesque Alpine town of Chamonix, France, hoping to return in under 46 hours. Just finishing this race is a major achievement. Our itinerary aims to challenge you while allowing time to enjoy the Alpine scenery and get a taste (literally!) of the culture. With your qualified guide, you spend six days trail running and fast hiking around Mont Blanc on varied mountain trails. This route is suitable for regular trail runners used to rugged terrain.

We also offer this route as a 7 or 10-day guided trek.

UTMB Race Preperation 

This week offers runners invaluable endurance training and race route knowledge. Our local running guides have in-depth knowledge about the course, the terrain, and how to prepare. It’s also a perfect chance to test out clothing/equipment and nutrition plans.

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