AVAILABILITY FROM: Mid June
UNTIL: Second week of August
LOCATION: Moclín, Granada, Spain. View map
LEVEL REQUIRED: All abilities welcome
TRAINING DURATION: For the heat training, we train throughout the heat of the day
Before moving to Spain, we (Steve and Sarah) both lived in Qatar, in the Middle East, for six years. While working in the country we were also keen runners, often leading running groups in the desert. Steve also organized the first desert ultra distance trail race in the country.
Learn from our experience, often knowledge discovered the hard way, just what it takes to run in the heat. We have both experienced – and survived – the extreme heat of the desert. We appreciate the respect the desert commands, making our knowledge vital to those training for extreme desert events such as the Marathon des Sables, 4 Deserts Race, and Sahara and Oman Desert Challenges.
Summer in Andalucia is hot and dry; granted not as hot as the Middle East summers, but the months of July and August are excellent times for those wanting to train in simulated desert conditions and experience the heat they will face in some of the many desert ultra races and stage races now held around the world each year.
Aside from running in Qatar, we have competed in events in the deserts of Oman as well as the United Arab Emirates. We have also raced here in Andalucia over the summer months. We both completed the challenging stage race, Al Andalus Ultimate Trail three years in succession, with Sarah finishing first woman in 2015. We have also taken part in races in arid Mediterranean countries like Cyprus, where Sarah placed second lady and fifth overall in the 80km Two Castles mountain race in 2016. Held in May, temperatures are extreme in the middle of the day and runners have to manage hydration carefully.
Run with us over the summer months and we will help you learn the skills needed to make your desert racing experience as successful as possible.
We pride ourselves on offering you a comprehensive package. Your training camp includes:
Fully supported runs with PT coach
Water and seasonal fruit at pre-arranged stops during training
Daily laundering of running kit
Breakfast starter pack & lunch-time picnic
Transfers to and from Granada or Malaga airport
Welcome pack with itinerary and key pull-outs from training
We use a variety of charmingly appointed and characterful apartments. Situated in refurbished historical buildings and located in the heart of the village, apartments have spectacular views, easy access to trail heads, and are close to local amenities including bars and village shop. You'll be staying in a true Spanish rural retreat.
We take rooms on a multiple occupancy basis, however, there is no additional charge for single occupancy. Please let us know at time of booking.
Please see the suggested kit list. You can find the link here.
The cuisine of Andalucia is simple and tasty, making use of what is seasonal and locally available. Please advise of any special dietary requirements at time of booking.
Breakfast - You will be provided with a 'breakfast starter pack'. Typical items include: locally baked bread, olive oil, jamon, eggs, yoghurt, seasonal fruit, tea & coffee.
Picnic lunches - Ultra Trail Spain serves picnic style lunches. The meal typically includes: seasonal salad, hot soup (during cooler months), cheese or chorizo and other traditional meats and fruit.
Evening meal - Your evening meal is not included. You should budget around 9 to 15 euros if eating at a local bar or restaurant. You may choose to cook your own in your apartment, where kitchen facilities are available. Typical bar/ restaurant meals include: tortilla, patatas a lo pobre, spicy prawns, pork and garlic, paella.
Non-running companions are welcome to accompany you. Please contact us and we can advise on the cost of accommodation and breakfast only.
Flights, travel insurance, evening meal, extra snacks and drinks are not included in the price.
Just returned home from the beautiful hidden gem that is Moclin. The impressive views and delicious food was only outdone by Steve & Sarah's warmth and friendliness. A superb few days of challenging running through incredible scenery. Highly recommended.
Training for ultra race