Indulge in an entire weekend dedicated to your running goals! Whether you’re training for your first Fun Run or your next ultra marathon, this weekend is for everyone.
From the novice to the experienced runner, we will work with all levels to develop running ability, technique and overall fitness. Participate in daily workshops to improve performance, prevent injury, and prepare mentally. Be inspired with presentations by experienced ultra runner Mathew Piper and motivation and fitness by international level competitor Deanna Blegg. Enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful area, engage with a like-minded community, find new friends and swap tips, tricks and stories whilst appreciating healthy home-cooked food prepared for you.
Mat Piper is an experienced Australian ultra-trail runner with over a two decades of racing under his belt, he now specialises in long-distance events and will be presenting a session on training, nutrition, trial tips and motivation.
Over recent years, Mat has completed a range of ultras specialising in 100K and 100 mile (160K) distances and his latest accomplishments include Ultra Trail Australia 100K five times, the Great Ocean Walk 100K, Wilsons Prom 100K, Surf Coast Century 100K (11:52hrs), Down Under 135 miler (1 of only 5 finishers!), Alpine Challenge 100 miler three times, Great Southern Endurance Run 100 miler and the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (France) 100 miler.
He is currently training for a return to the Down Under 135 in 2019 to try and beat his previous time of 47:40hrs as well as a new and very exciting event on the circuit, the Mirrim Wurnit Back Paddock Ultra (last man standing format). Mat is often seen around the Macedon Ranges where he lives with his family, chasing as much vert as he can get and sharing the love of trail running with others.
John Sanderson is Take Shape Adventures long time run instructor and qualified Outdoor Educator. He currently manages the run program for Take Shape Health & Fitness and is an experienced runner. He is a qualified Level Two Run Coach who will help you analyse your gait and provide some great advice for run training, footwear and injury prevention.
Arrive at Coastal Forest Lodge. Those arriving earlier can go for an easy evening run before dinner. We will set up gait analysis times throughout the weekend.
Start the morning with a pre-dawn walk before breakfast, then a an injury prevention session. Warm up with a glute activation and core strength training session then some technique drills before our first long distance run during the late morning. Choose your distance and be lead around some local forest trails by our staff. Refuel with a hearty, healthy lunch and sit in on an ultra running presentation delivered by Mathew Piper. Have a relaxing afternoon with a restorative yoga session or a massage with our on-site therapist. Come together for a group ideas session to share our running tips and tricks and some fun games with the last of that energy. The day will wrap up with dinner and some well earned downtime.
Begin the day with fartlek training and some fun team relays before breakfast. Be inspired by Deanna Blegg who will present a motivation session. Be inspired by this and get out for our second long run for the weekend. Then enjoy a recovery stretch session to conclude the weekend.
2 days / 2 nights
Coastal Forest Lodge, Anglesea
Carpooling available if required
All inclusive (except run food, gels etc)
What to bring:
There is no special gear required. Just bring some running/ activewear, your favourite trail or road running shoes, hydration system – your preference for carrying at least 1 litre of water. Comfortable down-time clothes. A full gear list will be provided closer to the event.
What’s not included:
Coastal Forest Lodge, Anglesea
Set in a pristine rural & natural bush environment with abundant wildlife, Coastal Forest Lodge is set on a beautiful 196 acre property just off the Great Ocean Road.
The food will be provided by our very own adventure chef! We will prepare and cook your delicious and nutritious dinner, lunches, breakfasts and all snacks. We love our food so be prepared to have freshly ground coffee, yummy snacks and fresh fruit, beautiful vegetable based salads, wraps and cheeses. All this food is energy filled to sustain you on your runs and through your activities- oh! and lets not forget a sneaky desert or two.
Example of food
Breakfast. Eggs, overnight oats, cereal, muesli and toast
Snacks: fruit, homemade cookies and slices
Lunch: Wraps, rice salads, vegetable salads, antipasto, breads, dips
Dinner: High carbohydrate vegetable based meals
Dessert: Sticky Date Pudding, Ice-cream and fruit, Cheesecake
We can cater for a range of intolerances and dietary requirements. Contact us if you have any particular requests and we will do our best to cater for you.