Can I come with my non-running friend/partner?
Yes, of course - your partner will just pay for B and B. While we are running he/she could walk from Rose Cottage to the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey through Studley Royal Deer Park or stroll into Ripon for a coffee and a visit to the Cathedral. There are also bicycles to borrow and enjoy the rural roads. We can even arrange a combination run and cycle with a meet up for you to have lunch together. I will even run back and get the car.
If I book and then more runners want the same dates and they are faster or much slower than me, how will it work?
I will not let this happen. Once you book and have paid your deposit - it is your week-end.
What kit will I need to bring?
Off road shoes – I am a fan of the Inov 8 – 315 and the new 319 but Walsh, Salomon and Sportiva also do well cushioned off road shoes.
You need shoes which have enough cushioning to keep your feet comfortable over long distances, but with enough grip to make muddy descents possible. It may also be useful for you to have a running pack or bum bag, but this is not essential as I always run with a back pack with enough room for extra clothes, food, water etc.
Do I have to come at a week end?
Not at all. Please give me a ring or email me the dates you would like to come. If you want to make a longer holiday with perhaps a couple of guided runs, that will be fine.
Can I come on my own?
Yes, no problem. Some people will come in a group or with a partner, but if you want to come alone that is fine.
Where will I stay?
In the large garden room. It is attached to our cottage but self contained with an adjoining wet room. If you are in a small group you can make the decision about whether to all be in the garden room (sleeps 3) or whether to spread yourselves to the other room and the Shepherd's hut
What would a typical running break consist of?
FRIDAY - Arrive Studley Roger in the afternoon in time for a good chat about your running over the previous 3 months/ longest runs/injuries/races/future goals (this is the time to tell me if you have any health problems I should know about - EG asthma). The first run will include running in the beautiful Studley Royal Deer Park – later eat with us (vegetarian £12pp) or we can book you into one of the many restaurants in Ripon. SATURDAY – Leave the house by 9.30ish. Drive to Dales or North York Moors. Start running by 10.30ish. We run through countryside with lots of natural stops (narrow gaps in stone walls, photo opportunities) – so the pace is not manic. The distance will depend on which running break you have chosen. Drive back to Studley Roger for a welcome shower and a rest. Saturday evening you can eat in Ripon or with us. SUNDAY - choose whether you want to run before breakfast or afterwards (if you have a long journey sometimes an early run then breakfast makes sense)
"all she is doing is running and smiling...as if there is nothing on earth she would rather be doing"
Christopher McDougall Born to Run