Marathon & Half Marathon Preparation

PREPARE THE MIND AND BODY

Whatever your level, prepare your mind and body for your next running challenge at our 'fairytale' Chateau in the Pays de la Loire.

During our Spring and Autumn preparation camps, you will be supported by sports scientists, running coaches and physiotherapists. Whether your aim is to complete your race, or gain good for age status, these camps will inform and reinvigorate your training, helping to mitigate your risk of injury and maximise your performance.

We will assess your physiological conditioning, running technique, training programme and nutritional approach, setting you on a path tailored to your goals and your abilities. Daily, ability-based, group runs will be complemented by 1-1 assessments and small group activities on the stunning towpaths, trails and tracks of the Pays de la Loire. Throughout your stay you can relax in our 27 acres of beautiful woodland grounds and attend informative seminars with like-minded individuals.

WHATS INCLUDED

HASSLE-FREE, PERSONALISED RETREATS WITH

EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT, AND MORE.

Luxurious en-suite accommodation in the recently refurbished, 'fairytale' Chateau de la Motte Henry

Nutritious and energising food and drink, including 3 meals per day, training snacks and energy products

Superb on-site sporting facilities – 1.5km woodchip running trail, high performance facility, 25m swimming pool

Great social and relaxation areas - lakeside decking, walled garden, woodland paths, secret picnic spots

 

Mixed ability running program, tailored to each attendee, with daily runs in the picturesque local countryside, all virtually traffic free

Physiological assessments and running gait analysis - both video analysis and cutting edge 3D analysis, conducted by running gait experts

Physiotherapy support, with 2 sports massages and screening included

Informative seminars and Q&A sessions

 

STUNNING VENUE

Gorgeous Chateau, with luxury, boutique style accommodation, superb sports facilities, and welcoming social areas, set in 9 hectares of beautiful woodland grounds. Referenced in Times Top 20 Chateaux.

INSIGHTFUL ASSESSMENT

Our Team combine the latest sports science theory with practical coaching experience of what works for recreational, age group athletes. We evaluate your objectives in detail, assess your current capabilities and future potential and then help you develop a plan for achieving your goals.

RUN-FUN

Our fully supported, ability-based group runs are designed to be challenging but also enjoyable and inspiring. The glorious trails, tracks and towpaths of the Mayenne and the Pays de la Loire provide a stunning backdrop.

DELICIOUS FOOD

All meals and snacks are provided. Our eye-catching meals are designed to support your active lifestyle but also to be tasty and excite. Snacks are available for the times in between. And homemade energy bars are available for those longer efforts.

PERIOD LUXURY

Individually designed en-suite bedrooms, stunning renovated sitting rooms and cosy reading areas inspire and relax whilst staying true to the Chateau's heritage.

HOLISTIC TRAINING

Our 1-1 consultations provide you with the tools to optimise your technique, running specific strength and conditioning, nutrition and race strategy. Our challenging but enjoyable, ability-based group runs enhance your home-based training and provide a fitness boost. Together our program delivers impactful change.

EXPERT TEAM

Professional running coaches - many with a background in elite level running - are complemented by degree qualified sports scientists and leading therapists to cater for your every need. Personal service in an enjoyable, relaxing group environment. Approximately 1:5, staffing:guests, ratio.

QUALITY LOCATION

Easily accessible from the UK and Europe, yet peaceful and uncrowded. Our wonderful corner of the Loire, where historically significant sites and the tranquil beauty of the Mayenne with its deep cultural heritage merges seemlessly with the vibrant French chic of the local markets, shops and spas.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Everything’s optional, enjoy your time with us.

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Time Activity
15:00Welcome Reception
16:00Familiarisation Tour
17:30Welcome Run
Time Activity
19:00Individual Consultations
20:00Dinner
Time Activity
07:00Sunrise Pilates / Yoga
08:00Breakfast
09:30Group Assessments
12:00Nutritional Seminar
13:00Lunch
Time Activity
14:30Group Run
18:00Evening Fitness Class
19:30Individual Consultations
20:15Dinner
Time Activity
07:00Group Run
08:30Breakfast
10:00Morning Pilates / Yoga
12:00Individual Consultations
Time Activity
13:00Lunch
14:30Group Excursions
18:00Individual Consultations
20:00Dinner
Time Activity
07:00Sunrise Pilates / Yoga
08:00Breakfast
09:30Individual Consultations
12:00Running Technique Seminar
13:00Lunch
Time Activity
14:30Group Run
17:30Evening stretch class
19:00Individual Consultations
20:00Dinner
Time Activity
07:00Group Run
08:30Breakfast
10:00Individual Consultations
12:00Running Psychology Seminar
13:00Lunch
Time Activity
14:30Group Running - Speed Sessions
18:00Individual Consultations
19:00Evening Pilates / Yoga
20:15Dinner (Al Fresco)
Time Activity
07:00Sunrise Pilates / Yoga
08:00Breakfast
09:30Group Run
12:00Running Nutrition Seminar
Time Activity
13:00Lunch
14:30Group Excursions
18:00Evening Fitness Stretch
20:00Dinner
Time Activity
07:00Group Running Reassessments
08:00Breakfast
Time Activity
10:45Guests Depart

UPCOMING RETREATS

Spring Marathon Preparation Weekend

22nd - 26th February 2023 | 5 days

From £960

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Run to Wellness

6th - 10th May 2023 | Long Weekend

From £975
Assumes 2 guests sharing twin or double room. Single room supplement £250.

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THE VENUE

Chateau de la Motte Henry is a beautiful, 19th Century Chateau set in over 9 hectares of glorious parkland in the Pays de la Loire. Easy to get to from the UK and mainland Europe, the Chateau is equipped with first class health, fitness and leisure facilities to allow guests to relax and reenergise. The spacious accommodation remains true to the Chateau’s heritage, updated for modern convenience.

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HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD

LOVINGLY PREPARED

Our nutritionist and chef have designed an eye-catching, delicious menu, founded in local, organic produce. We serve the highest quality, locally produced organic food to produce an energising and detoxifying menu throughout your stay. Vegetarians and vegans catered for.

SAMPLE MENU

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BREAKFAST

Homemade cinnamon and Granola

Seasonal fresh fruit

Frittata

Chia and berry breakfast pots

Green machine smoothie

Fresh orange and apple juice

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LUNCH

Wasabi salmon skewers

Sweet potato falafels

Carrot, orange and cashew salad

Herbed bean salad

Quinoa and tzatziki salad

Mixed leaf salad with lemon dressing

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DINNER

Mushroom soup with parsley and garlic

Homemade buckwheat bread

Mozzarella chicken protein pack

Seasonal vegetables

Black rice pudding

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