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 – it is essential to have shoes with good grip. Swaledale Outdoors http://www.swaledaleoutdoors.co.uk/ will advise you on the most appropriate shoes for running in the Dales.
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?
Usually in the large garden room. However, if there are more than one in your group and you don't want to share the large room, then you will have the choice of a smaller non en-suite room or 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 £13pp) 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)
Can I do a mixture of Trail Running and Cycling?
Yes indeed. I will sort out a price which will include your Bed and Breakfast costs and the time we are out running. If you require road support for your cycle ride, I can do that or you can ride independently and only pay for B and B plus your run/runs.
"I change into running shorts and a light pair of running shoes...I feel transformed and free, like a caterpillar molting into a butterfly"
Bernd Heinrich Why We Run