Escape to the Surrey Hills and discover a trail running paradise only 1 hour from London. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can take in chalk, mud, sand, rolling ups and steep downs all in one day. Don’t worry there is plenty of flat too, along with lots of moments to pause and breathe in the views. A place where you can run through woodland and never see a soul or run along the North Downs and see for miles. It can feel wild as we immerse ourselves in this stunning landscape.
This is all about adventure and running wild. A time to loosen your laces where all you have to do is focus on your running and the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Led by Jude Palmer, an experienced England Athletics Fell / Trail Running Coach, there will be plenty of time for coaching on trail technique and you’ll come away with plenty of top tips and a good dose of local knowledge from someone who lives, breathes and runs in the area every day.
Runs will be social and go at the pace of the group rather running ourselves ragged. We will stop to take in the amazing views, answer questions or just because we feel like it. What is included in your Escape:
• Coaching and guiding from Jude Palmer, England Athletics Trail and Fell Running Coach. Jude lives, breathes and runs in The Surrey Hills
• Minimum of 3 guided runs, coaching on running technique and bags of enthusiasm about running trail, how to run efficiently, how to train for events, what to eat, what to wear
• Accommodation and meals at Juniper Hall
• The varied and fantastic trails of the Surrey Hills complete with the odd splash of mud
Tutor: Jude Palmer
Jude Palmer is an England Athletics Trail / Fell Running Coach with an interest not only in running but also open water swimming, in fact anything that errs on the side of adventure. Jude has a background in sports and business coaching and combines this with a love of the outdoors to support people’s running story whatever it may be. Living in the Surrey Hills herself, Jude is well placed to help you explore this trail running paradise. In addition, Jude is:
• An open water swimming coach
• A personal trainer
• Fully insured and holds an up to date Outdoor First Aid qualification
• A tester and writer for Outdoor Swimming, Trail Running and 220 Triathlon Magazines
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no such thing as a daft question and so please get in touch with Jude on 07946 637584 or email [email protected]. More information on what Jude gets up to can be found on www.runsurreyhills.com or on her Facebook page - Run Surrey Hills.
Do I need to be a certain fitness to come on a Run Surrey Hills Escape?
This is a holiday not a training camp! I want you to enjoy exploring the Surrey Hills and I tailor the routes to suit all. We run at a social pace and there will be lots of opportunity to stop to take in the views. Having said that the area is a mix of sand, mud, stone with hills and to get the most out of the days you need to be comfortable running for an hour at a time. If you would prefer to skip a running session then that’s fine too!
I have never run trail before?
What a great opportunity to experience some of the best countryside in the south-east. I am a specialist Trail / Fell Running Coach and so you couldn’t be in better hands. People will need to be comfortable running at a chatty pace for an hour plus.
I am training for...
Come and tell me about it! Running trail is great for building strength, adding variety and it is easier on the joints. So time spent running trail will be a great addition to your usual training. Jude is an experienced coach and personal trainer and can answer questions about training plans, nutrition, kit, event preparation etc.
Can I bring my non-running friend / partner with me?
Yes of course. There is a lot to see and do in the area - Leith Hill Tower, Silent Pool Gin, picturesque villages, National Trust properties, great mountain biking to name but a few.
I have special dietary requirements – can you accommodate them?
The team at Juniper Hall offer delicious food to satisfy all types of diets. Just let us know at the time of booking and we will do all we can to make sure that your requirements are met. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please see the kit requirements and get in touch if you have any questions.
Residential guests are welcome to arrive, register and settle into rooms any time between 15.30 and 17.30 on Friday. Non-residents should aim to be here by 17.30. Afternoon tea will be served at 16.00.
After a warm welcome on Friday evening, we will start with a good dose of running chatter over dinner, talk kit and plan our adventures for the next two days.
Following breakfast on Saturday, we will be out most of the day but don't worry it won't all be running. We will start with a session on running efficiency before heading out for a guided run around the area of Boxhill and Headly before lunch. Post lunch will be a good time to talk running nutrition, preparing for trail events and training plans depending on people’s wishes. We will also include a session on stretching and strengthening for trail running. There will be time in the afternoon for people to enjoy free time away from structured activities. Rest, read a book, take a long shower, sleep it is up to you. Denbies Vineyard is a short walk away for those of you interested in award winning English Wines. We all come back together in the evening for dinner and of course more running chatter. The plan is to have an early dinner so that we can put our trail shoes back on for a short social night run. If you do not normally run at night it is a real treat to run into twilight and darkness.
On Sunday we’ll begin with a practical session on hill skills - definitely a must for trail runners and definitely one which can make a huge difference to our running enjoyment. After a break for tea and biscuits we will set off on a running adventure to Leith Hill. We will be out for several hours but this will be very much about exploring and going at a pace appropriate to the group. Run / walking like any good ultra is to be encouraged. Carrying our lunch with us, we can choose when and where we stop to enjoy the views, take photos, learn about the area etc. Our reward will be the beautiful views and cake on the highest point in Surrey.
More coffee and cake will be served on our return to base before you stuff your running gear into your bags and set off home!
The fine detail of what we get up to very much depends on the group of runners needs, the weather and so please expect a degree of variation.
Before You Attend
- Your normal running kit appropriate for a weekend of being outside in July. Including layers, a rain jacket, headwear etc. It is July but you never know and there will be times when we will standing around.
- Trail appropriate trainers. The Surrey Hills is not flat and therefore, good grip is essential.
- Sun tan lotion, hat and running shades as appropriate.
- Running pack to carry spare clothes, personal snacks, water, phone etc
- Your favourite snacks, running fuel. We will supply cake and tea etc.
- A head torch for running at night on trail. I will have spares just in case.
- Any personal medication required.
- Casual clothes to change into.
- A large towel which can be used as a mat to stretch / strengthen on.
- A sense of adventure