United Kingdom·April 22 - 24 2022

Love Trails Run Leader Training Weekend

A trail running weekend of camping, adventures, skill enhancement, and discovery.

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Overview

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.

Highlights

Stunning Gower Trails

Stunning Gower Trails

Yoga for Runners

Yoga for Runners

Practical & Theory Based Skill Sessions

Practical & Theory Based Skill Sessions

Navigational & Map Reading Sessions

Navigational & Map Reading Sessions

The Best Pubs in the Gower

The Best Pubs in the Gower

Hosts

Sarah Pritchard

Sarah Pritchard

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.

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Theo Larn-Jones

Theo Larn-Jones

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).

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Simon James

Simon James

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.

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DAY 1

Friday 22nd April

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

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DAY 2

Saturday 23rd April

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 

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DAY 3

Sunday 24th April

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.

What's Included

What's Included

2 Nights Camping

Shower & Toilet Facilities

Yoga for Runners

Return Transport from London

2 Days of Specified Run Leader Training

Free Lucky Saint Beers

Camping Equipment

Meals

Accommodation

Run Leader Training Weekend (Free) 22-24th April

Run Leader Training Weekend (Free) 22-24th April

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Love Trails Festival

Gower Peninsula (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

The Training Weekend will be held at the Love Trails Festival Site. The address is Weobley Castle, West Castle Farm, Llanrhidian, Swansea SA3 1HB.

Love Trails Festival

FAQs

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.

By Train

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.

Camping Gear

Tent

Sleeping bag

Roll mat / air bed

Camping pillow

Head torch

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)

Suncream

Get Cosy

For round the campfire conversations and late night chats:

Marshmallows

Blankets

Hot chocolate 

Thermos mugs

LED Fairy lights or bunting for your tent

Frisbee / ball games

Keep cup for morning coffee strolls

Guitars or instruments for fireside jams

For food

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

Matches

Pan/ Pot

Knife/fork/ spoon

Drinking vessels

Sharp knife

Can opener

Plates/ bowls

Chopping board

Biodegradable soap/ washing up liquid

Scrubber

Rubbish bag/ recycling bag

Tea-towel

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.

Love Trails Run Leader Training Weekend

United Kingdom·April 22 - 24 2022·2 nights

FREE