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Trail Running Camp Morocco

NEW, for this year is a trail running camp based in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We have put together a package that we hope will improve individuals skills when running trails.

Our Training Camp will help you in your running preparation. Starting off in Marrakech with a gentle warm up run around the local parks then heading off to our mountain location on some trails, you’ll feel inspired to undertake the quality training to tackle longer distance trail races.

Our trail running camp will be of benefit to those building endurance for all trail runs including ultras or with a specific distance in mind, or those simply looking for a training camp in an inspirational setting under sunny spring skys. Lead by experienced ultra runner Lee Kemp, the camp is for anyone who wants to develop their trail running techniques, functional strength, and help build a mindset to improve you overall running performance.

Coaching sessions will take place on a variety of tracks and trails with the stunning backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains. Due to the proximity of this camp, you may also benefit from high-altitude training. This camp is ideal for individuals, as well as friends or couples. All abilities are welcome.

Suggested Running Kit list

The following is a list of suggested kit, it’s not exhaustive and you may feel you want to bring other items particularly non-running clothes. If you are unsure about any item of equipment, please do ask us about it. It is wise to have run in all your basic kit before your holiday – particularly your running shoes.

We carry basic first aid kits; with more extensive kits available in vehicles used at water stops.

Items:

  • Two pairs of running shoes – in case one pair gets wet you have another while the other dries out. If you are taking part in a trail holiday, we’d suggest that at least one pair of these are trail running shoes.
  • Lightweight wicking running tops – at least two
  • Long-sleeved running top – for cool evenings and relaxation time
  • Running shorts – at least two pairs
  • Running socks and underwear – as many sets as you think you will comfortably need
  • Waterproof jacket or similar with sleeves – lightweight, you probably will not need, but is a good item for extra warmth too if needed
  • Back pack or running belt with minimum 1.5l fluid holding capacity – we top up with water every 10km or so on longer runs.
  • Toiletries, including sunscreen and lipsalve – there is a small shop in the village (in case you need to top up). However we suggest bringing sunscreen of an adequate factor for your skin type.
  • Cap and/ or buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Dirhams – for extra purchases, café visits etc you can change your money from pounds sterling into Dirahams at the airport or in Marrakech
  • Mobile phone in a plastic bag – we’re sure you’ll want to take some photographs of the scenery. The plastic bag is to protect your phone from sweat damage.
  • Phone charger and adapter
  • Salt Tablets / Electrolytes – bring whatever you usually use. We have limited stocks available, but to avoid any gastro issues it’s best to use the brand you are used to.
  • Non-running clothes – at least one outfit to wear when you are not running. We’d also suggest a warmer fleece/ jacket. Temperatures can feel cooler in the evenings after a hot day in the sunshine.

Other Optional Kit

  • Blister kit – if you do have problems with blisters we’d suggest bringing along your usual care kit. There is a pharmacy in the village which stocks basic supplies.
  • Running longs – in case of cooler weather. We appreciate some people never wear long shorts/ tights so this is up to you.
  • Running watch and charger – don’t worry if you don’t have the latest GPS system.
  • Waterproof trousers – lightweight, bring if you have, particularly over the winter months.
  • Running hat and gloves – for the spring/ autumn months. We may well include a night run which can get chilly.
  • Poles – lightweight, trail-running type. Some people use them, others don’t. We can advise on use if you have not used before and wish to do so.
  • Calf compression guards – can be useful to stop irritation from prickly vegetation on narrow trails.
  • Cloth gaiters – you do not need full gaiters on any of the trails we run. However, cloth gaiters can be useful at certain times of the year to prevent grass seeds dropping into your shoes.
  • Gels / bars – we provide fruit and nuts at water stops, but if you wish to use your own sports nutrition we recommend bringing them along with you since you may not be able to buy these locally.
  • Headtorch – we may include some runs into the evening.

Itinerary:

Day 1; Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to our accommodation where you can change and you will be able to go for a jog/stretching session near the hotel.

Day 2; Travel to the High Atlas Mountains where you will enjoy a run through the splendour of the Toubkal National Park (approx 10 km), back to the hotel for a freshen up and then a presentation by Lee Kemp (GB Trail Runner)

Day 3; Run to Agouni and around the slopes of Adrar Takerkhort (approx 15km) then back to the accommodation for a hammam and dinner

Day 4; Run to Tassa Ouirgane and onwards to the Tizi n Techt Pass, descend to Imi Ourhlad (approx 15km). We will then be collected by minibus and transfered back to Marrakech where we will be able to explore the Souks and other local attractions. Last night in the hotel/riad and dinner in the evening.

Day 5; Transfer to the airport for departure home.

Please bear in mind that the itinerary may change slightly due to weather conditions in the area and the speed/distances of the runs.

Whats included:

Transfers to and from Airport and High Alas
Moroccan Guide/Running Guide
Full board in the mountains
Accommodation (twin or double)
Hammam

What’s not included:

International Flights
Tips for guiding team and transport drivers
Meals in Marrakech
Any Entrance Fees
Insurance

A £200.00 non refudable deposit will be required and full trip notes will be provided when booking your place

Cost Per Person £400.00 (Flights not included) Please contact us if you need to know which flights people are booking onto…

Next Available Date: 22nd – 26th March (Inaugral Date) limited to 10 people – 7 places left