United Kingdom·April 22 - 24 2022
A trail running weekend of camping, adventures, skill enhancement, and discovery.BOOK NOW
We're gathering for one epic weekend to help you reach your potential as a Run Leader, not just at Love Trails but in life. Enhance your skills, learn how to facilitate a group on the trails, brush up on your navigation, and learn the stunning trail running routes of the Gower Peninsula like the back of your hand.
Sarah is Head of Delivery for Love Trails Festival and Race Director of the Love Trails sister event Átjan Wild Islands. Sarah is an avid trail runner, and after competing in various ultra-trail races across the world, she followed her love for the fells and now spends most of her days running around the Peak District.
Serial adventure & experience entrepreneur, Theo is the founder of Love Trails and Átjan Wild Islands festival. Prior to trail running festivals, he founded Little Big Adventures, leading wilderness expeditions in fjord Norway. He is currently training to be an International Mountain Leader (IML).
Simon James is a qualified International Mountain Leader, Qualified Sports Remedial Therapist and holds a number of qualifications including ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid. Simon is also a huge friend of Love Trails, and has been an integral part in growing our team of Run Leaders and enhancing their training.
3pm - Coach transport departs Shephard's Bush, London* optional
3pm onwards - Campsite opens* Check in to the Love Trails Festival camping field: Weobley Castle SA3 1HB and spend the rest of the day exploring the Gower
7pm - Welcome Drinks + Food with the Love Trails & Run the Wild team
8am - Yoga for Runners with Jeni Sloane* optional
9am - Introduction to being a Love Trails Run Leader with Love Trails & Run the Wild
10am - Group Management & Leadership Skills with Simon James
11:00 Navigation & Map Reading Theory with Simon James
12:00 Navigation + Guided Trail Run practice
16:00 First Aid Procedures with Simon James
19:00 Food & Drinks at the Castle
08:30am - Yoga for Runners with Jeni Sloane*optional
9am - Run Leader Scenarios & What to Do with Simon James
10am - Trail Running & Guided Trail Run recce
1pm - Sea Swim at Blue Pool Corner* optional
3pm - Bus departs to London* free, pre-book in advance
If you don't need to hop on the coach back to London, then feel free to hang around for longer. We'll be continuing exploring the Gower, and maybe even have time for a little bit of coasteering too.
2 Nights Camping
Shower & Toilet Facilities
Yoga for Runners
Return Transport from London
2 Days of Specified Run Leader Training
Free Lucky Saint Beers
Love Trails Festival
The Training Weekend will be held at the Love Trails Festival Site. The address is Weobley Castle, West Castle Farm, Llanrhidian, Swansea SA3 1HB.
The Run Leader Training Weekend takes place at the Love Trails Festival site. The address is Love Trails Festival, Weobley Castle, SA3 1HB
Free London Coach Transfer
If you're travelling from London, we're putting on free return coach transport. You can book a space on this when booking your space on the weekend. This is free to Run Leaders, but please only book a space if you intend on using the service.
Arriving by train is the easiest and most environmentally friendly choice, so please consider this first when planning your journey. Swansea Station is the closest largest station. Trains run direct from London Paddington in three hours and from Cardiff in under one hour. For journey times and routes please visit www.gwr.com.
By car / campervan
If you are driving, please try and fill your seats to help lower your carbon footprint. If travelling by car, please follow signs for Weobley Castle, and then the event signage put out for your direction. Arrival information will be sent out to attendees in the weeks leading up to the festival.
We've got plenty of food options on site that will keep you fuelled for the weekend, but remember to bring running snacks and hydration for a day on the trails.
On Friday, from 5pm until late, we've got Venezuelan dishes served by Queen Pepiada from their yellow food truck.
On Saturday, from 4pm until late, Captain Brown's Pizzas will be serving up fresh pizzas. You can pre-order via text whilst you're out running and he'll have them ready on your return.
On Saturday and Sunday morning, Flynn's Coffee will be on site serving fresh coffee, croissants and muffins.
Small gas stoves are allowed if you'd prefer to cook your own meals.
This is a suggested kit list. Please bring what you need to feel comfortable for a weekend outdoors.
Roll mat / air bed
Camp chair (or a blanket to sit on)
Yoga mat (or towel or camping mat will do)
Battery pack - there's no power in the campsite
For the training sessions
The theory sessions will take place outdoors in the camping field. We'll have a covered stretch tent in case of rain.
Notebook / paper & pen
Mobile phone + battery pack to look at running routes
A paper map of the area if you have one - OSmap #164 is the one you need! We will have a few, so not compulsory to bring, but useful to have.
For out on the trails
We will keep an eye on the weather in the lead up to the weekend but for now, prepare to pack for the elements!
Wind & waterproof coat + trousers
Running shorts / leggings + t-shirts
Warm mid-layer and thermals
Hat, gloves, buff
Trail shoes and spare socks
Race vest / running pack
Your own first aid kit
Swimwear & quick dry towel
Food & hydration for a day on the trails
OSMap (as above if you have one)
For round the campfire conversations and late night chats:
LED Fairy lights or bunting for your tent
Frisbee / ball games
Keep cup for morning coffee strolls
Guitars or instruments for fireside jams
You'll want to fuel well before + at the end of the day. If you're planning on cooking for yourselves, here is what we recommend:
Camping stove and fuel
Biodegradable soap/ washing up liquid
Rubbish bag/ recycling bag
You can arrive and pitch up at any time from 3pm on Friday 22nd. If you'd like to arrive earlier, then you're welcome to leave your car in the car park, and go off and explore the Gower for the day. If you think you'll arrive later than 10pm, please let us know so we can give you directions on how to check-in.
The training sessions start on Saturday at 09:00, so please arrive before this time.
Yes! You're welcome to bring your campervan and you can pitch up in the same field as the camping.
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