Running Adventures

Run the Wild, as a dedicated trail running specialist, is all about you enjoying running and exploring the wild, beautiful areas of the UK and Europe. Whether you are a running veteran or relatively new to the sport, looking to rediscover your passion for running or discovering it for the first time we can cater for your running holiday needs. Our running adventures are point to point or a loop of mountain massifs so you never have to back track down a path. This maximizes the scenery you get to see, as well as your overall running holiday experience. You will be part of a small team of runners of similar running speed and with a Lead Runner to accompany you, we take away the worries of path finding as well as the logistical concerns (so you have a light running pack!) that races or self sufficient enterprises incur. We believe that free of a burdensome pack and worries over whether you should be turning left or right at the next footpath junction we can take your running experience to a new and better level. You will have the opportunity to meet and run with similar minded runners and work as a team in order to achieve your goal. With a professional, premier level of support behind you; focused on safety and comfort, you are able to focus on your love of running and the scenery you pass through.

Your accommodation and catering needs will be taken care of, whether you are booking on one of our shorter more comfort focused breaks or the more arduous multiday routes over the extremes the Alps have to offer.

Unguided or Bespoke options: We can arrange all of our listed trips as unguided, as well as the offering a bespoke trail holiday service, so you can get the trail holiday you want.

Every trip we organise is made with your running adventure experience and safety in mind. The trips are graded by their difficulty of terrain and also the average speed of the group that will be running that trail.

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Overview

The grade system is a matrix of terrain difficulty vs speed and experience on trails. It’s not exact but should give you a guide of whether a route is suitable and also which speed of group you should select. If you have any doubt please call the office. You will be expected to demonstrate your previous experience in order to establish your eligibility. We think this helps create a team of runners with similar ability which will heighten your enjoyment of the trip and help you achieve your personal goals aswell as those of the team.  

Difficulty

Difficulty of route, ascent per day, fitness required and experience (if in doubt call the office to find out more).

A(easy)
Easy undulating trails at low levels of elevation and relatively small amounts of cumulative ascent (up to around 1000m).
B(moderate)
Some steeper sections on trails. Good fitness is required and total cumulative ascent may reach 2000m.
C(challenging)
Many steep sections with long climbs up hill. Expect long days out of up to 10hrs and cumulative ascent of around 3000m ascent.
D(strenuous)
Steep mountain trails with passes and anything over 3000m cumulative ascent. You need to be in top physical and mental condition and be prepared for long days.
E(extreme)
Basic mountaineering skills required / 3000m+ ascent.

Ability

Ability of Group – based on your running speed and experience (we will verify at the time of booking). You will be running as a team and therefore you will be running at the speed of the Lead Runner.

1(jogger)
4-5 miles an hour on trails / 4.5-5hr road marathon
2(strider)
5-6 miles an hour on trails / 4hr road marathon
3(runner)
6-7 miles an hour on trails / 3.5hr road marathon
4(mountain goat)
>7miles an hour on trails / <3hr road marathon

Safety Warning

We don’t want to scare you but we do think it’s important that you understand the dangers of venturing out onto mountain trails therefore, please read the following: Running in particular in wild or isolated areas carries inherent risk which can lead to injury or possibly death. Some of the paths we run, although popular trekking routes can have steep sided drops, loose gravel and areas of slippery rock. Objective dangers such as weather, rock fall and avalanches are continually taken into the Lead Runners’ decision making to minimise the impact of these risks, however they cannot be easily predicted or removed as a risk. Some of the routes in the Alps go over high passes of up to 3,000m and therefore there is a risk of altitude sickness. Time for acclimatisation will be arranged to minimise these risks, also the duration of running at these altitudes is usually minimal. As a requirement for participating in a Run the Wild holiday in Europe you will be required to obtain sufficient and appropriate insurance, for the UK it’s highly recommended. There is more detail about this in the Runner Information area.