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Algarve Spring Training Camp


Company: 209 Events
Coaches: In House
Start Date: 14/03/2019
End Date: 21/03/2019
Sports: Running
Location: Portugal
Price from: £110


By some margin the best warm weather training camps available and with 126 participants in 2018, representing all ability levels the camp was a sell-out. It genuinely offers training to suit all abilities and experience. Numbers will be limited to 130 participants for 2019.

The training is conducted by an enviable list of experts, including 2:09 Events director, London Marathon winner Mike Gratton, supported this year by Mara Yamauchi, the UK's second fastest female marathon runner with 2.23, 2nd placed in London 2012 and 6th in the Beijing Olympics, plus Jenny Spink, trained PT, coach a 2.35 marathon runner and current GB International. Our team is strengthed with experts in core stability, yoga for runners, Pilates and a sports massage service - all of which are included in the camp fee.  


  • All training sessions and coaching advice
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Massage where needed
  • Core stability, Pilates, yoga and strength sessions
  • Welcome dinner
  • Celebration BBQ at a local restaurant
  • Hire car for the duration fo your holiday or Airport to resort transfers

Unlike other camps there are no hidden etras. Whilst the Massage service is included, it is aimed a rehabilitation of runners with an injury problem, rather than being a regular relaxation massage. 

There's a choice of 7-night option plus the extended option for 10-nights. 

The 10-night option allows you 3 extra days' training and at least one more long run, for the sacrifice of just one more day off work. Extended stay without coaching is possible on request.


We return, after a few years, to the modern 4-star Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel that many will remember as the Stella Maris. The hotel has been taken over and rebranded as part of the upmarket AP Hotels Group. It is located right next to the sports facilities and close to the popular Falesia village area, with it's retaurants, bars and supermarket. All rooms at the Victoria Sports & Beach Hotel have a kitchenette and are either 1-bedroom apartments for up to 3 people or 2-bedroom apartments for up to 5 people. Arrangements are on bed & breakfast basis.

There is an outdoor leisure pool, indoor sports facilities with weights room, 2km roped cross country circuit and a 400m all-weather track. The facilities are perfect for a running camp.

Our staff for this year is being boosted by the presence of Mara Yamauchi, who is joining us as the new lead coach - our key coaching staff for 2019 are: 

Mike Gratton - 2:09 Events founder, a 2:09 Marathon runner, winner of the 1983 London Marathon and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist. 

Mara Yamauchi - second fastest ever GB female marathon runner with 2.23, 2nd in the 2012 London Marathon and 5th in the Beijing Olympics. 

Jenny Spink - GB International at Marathon and Half Marathon, currently in good form having run 2.36 at the Valencia Marathon. 

Our support crew include; Mike Bannister, run leader and owner of Run Brighton, Sue Wainwright, Sports therapist and Yoga instructor and Dr Jonathan Williams, who is travelling as a paying client but is keen to present a talk on what to do if a running friend collapses on a run!


For information about this Running Training Camp, please see ....