Useful Information

Trail Running

Trail running is one of the best ways of exploring wild places. It provides amazing freedom and also is a great way to exercise. There are many health benefits considered to be contributable to trail running vs road running but there are also more hazards and variables to be considered. Please follow this link to the British Mountaineering Council's website on the main considerations. BMC Trail Running Guide - Problems and Hazards

Insurance

It’s really important you get suitable and adequate insurance to take part in Run the Wild holidays. For European Running Adventures you are required to take out cover, which most activity insurance companies will provide, this needs to include emergency evacuation and medical care. For UK Running Adventures, insurance is not essential but it is recommended. Sportscoverdirect is a relatively inexpensive insurer and provide cover for all of our trips. For European cover they offer a complete travel insurance or if you already have your own travel insurance you can just purchase an activity top-up insurance (which complements existing travel insurance). If you would like to obtain insurance for one of our UK trips, then a sports accident policy is ideal. For our European running adventures, you will need to select "Mountain Running", this will cover you for up to 25 miles distance each day and also a maximum altitude at any point during your trip of 4,500m, although none of our trips go much over 3,000m. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate and valid insurance for the trip.

Kit

There is a mandatory kit list for UK trails and European trails for all participants which will be in addition to the recommended kit list which will be sent out to you when you have booked your chosen trip. If in any doubt, call the office. Please ensure that you have suitable kit for running on the trails and that you are familiar with how to use it. We have an excellent guide to follow when choosing trail shoes, please click here to read.

Families

Many people who run have partners as well as children! We will endeavour to cater for people who want to involve their family in the adventure. On most of our trips you can bring your family along to stay with you in the accommodation and this is particularly relevant on the Intro to the Alps where you will have free time in the afternoon so that you can spend time with the important people in your life who support you in these amazing adventures. If you have any further questions, please get in touch!

Booking

We take a deposit of 30% of the total trip cost or a minimum of £100 (whichever is greater). This deposit is non-refundable, unless we have to cancel the trip, in which case you will be entitled to receive a refund or make an alternative booking (please see Terms & Conditions). The balance will be due 42 days (6 weeks) prior to the holiday start date.

Security of Deposit

Your funds made available to Run the Wild Limited through your booking are protected by a trust account which is in accordance with the European Union Package Travel Regulations of 1992. All trip payments are placed into this account and will remain until the trip is complete. In the event of financial failure before your departure, all monies paid, excluding insurance premiums, will be refunded to you (please see Terms & Conditions).

Food

Breakfast and evening meals are included on our trips within the itinerary described, although evening meals on the last night are not included. We also provide regular refreshment points to refuel. You will be expected to have some emergency supplies on you as well as enough keep you going between refreshment points. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, we can cater for vegans and vegetarians on all our trips.

Accommodation

Hotel rooms and other accommodation will be on a twin room sharing basis. Single rooms where possible will be provided where there is not a member of the same sex to share with. Single rooms can be requested at an extra cost. Accommodation in the mountains is generally mountain huts which are frequently in dormitory style. On some running adventures we use tents (if on a more extreme challenge).

Expedition Equipment

Our Lead Runners are equipped with emergency survival kit as well as a basic first aid kit. Mobile phones and 2-way radios are used to communicate in the mountains.

Passports

Ensure you have a passport with at least 6 months left before expiry.

Eco-Tourism

Take care of the mountain trails and they will take care of you! We want you and future generations to be able to enjoy these trails for many years to come. We operate in relatively small groups unlike the large races and therefore hope this reduces our impact on the trails. Please do not drop litter and make sure you stick to the official paths in order to have a minimal impact on the environment. Please also respect the people who live near the trails and also other users, it’s important that we represent the high standards that Run the Wild endeavours to achieve.

Lead Runners

Lead Runners are not guides (in the Alps they are qualified IMLs). They are familiar with the route and the terrain. They are there primarily to route find for you but have no legal responsibility for your safety. They will make decisions that help minimise the risks to the team. Whilst we will give you every opportunity to complete the planned itinerary, weather, natural risks and other unforeseen circumstances may mean the route or itinerary has to be changed. Lead Runners will also be in regular communication with the adventure coordinator and logistic teams who will make joint decisions over emergency situations and changes to the route. Whilst every support will be provided by your leader and the support crew, you are responsible for your own safety and ensuring you get to each resupply point on time. You will be part of the team and expected to remain part of that team, contributing and ensuring the success of the team in achieving its goal.

Team

We want you to have fun, run through some amazing places, as well as make some really good friends. The Lead Runners help to ensure everyone has fun on the trails. It’s not a race; it’s about having an adventure and exploring the wild. As a valued member your participation will be essential to the team’s success.