Trail running is all about running in the great outdoors. You don’t necessarily need to be high up in the mountains, but the views make it all the more worth it! With courses ranging from ultra distance training (for the likes of those aspiring to do to UTMB?!) to those who just want to enjoy running in some stunning scenery, we have a variety of courses to suit all. Most of our trail running courses are in the Chamonix Valley, home of UTMB, with excellent trails to explore along with some gnarly altitude and terrain to negotiate.

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For Beginners

What kit do you need?

UCPA provide backpacks, heart rate monitors and telescopic poles

What you need to bring; trail running trainers, water bottle (either hand held or a soft flask), comfortable/breathable running clothing, headtorch, hat, ultra light shell jacket for cooler weather

Do you have to run up hills?

You definitely can, but it is a known fact amongst trail runners that it is usually more efficient to walk up steep hills and conserve energy for picking up speed on the way down.

How fit do you need to be?

No previous experience is required and this will suit anyone who is new to trail running, but a good level of fitness is important. If you are fit enough to run 10 km on the road, then you should cope with a 10km trail run. You may find the hills and altitude a bit more challenging, but this is where our UCPA instructors come in to play to guide you to reach your goals.

 

 

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What skills should I already have?

Good level of fitness. Completed your first trail running event. Good base level of ascending and descending techniques for speed and injury prevention. Powerwalk technique.

I want to buy my own shoes, but not sure what to get?

While you can wear your regular running shoes, we would highly recommend investing in trail-specific running shoes. Trail shoes have extra protection to the soles of your feet and toes along with extra traction.

What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

You will have learnt to be efficient with your feet placement, speed control and decision making. Aware of nutrition and hydration.

 

 

For the more advanced trail runners

What skills should I already have?

Currently competing regularly in trail running events. Aware of your ideal form in terms of technique; posture, stride dynamics, arm swing

I am competing in a race, do you have any preparation/training courses?

We do indeed! There is the UCPA Trail Running Preparation course for Advanced and Expert runners in the stunning French Alps. Get insight in to nutrition prior to the race and of course during and learn key stretching exercises to do as much as you can to prevent injury whilst training. 

What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

Running uphill techniques, knowledge of how to cope with varying downhill terrain, route planning and navigation tips. Race preparation tips.

 

 

 

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