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Run the Wild

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Run the Wild

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Name:Run the Wild
Phone:0207 791 1737

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Run the Wild was founded in 2013 by Simon James and is one of the leading holiday running companies offering you the opportunity to run and explore some of the most spectacular trails in the UK and Europe. 

You will run usually in groups of about 5 like minded people of similar ability, all led by a professional team of experienced and qualified runners on planned routes with full back up support.

Run the Wild like to emphasise the social side of running. Typically you will all meet for dinner and enjoy a few beers whilst reflecting on the day and discuss what comes next. You'll also have the opportunity to share stories and have a bit of fun.

The forming of lasting friendships are an important part of Run the Wild philosophy and they believe this sets them apart from the world of racing.

"Exploring places... not running races."




By air; Geneva aiport.
Transfer; transport to/from Geneva can be booked via one of the many minibus operators that provide a regular shuttle service.

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Welsh Coast

By train; Swansea railway station.
Transfer; there will be timed pick up from Swansea railway station

Chiltern Hills Challenge

Transport will be provided to/from the accommodation as well as to Tring station (for direct trains into London) on Sunday. You will however, need to arrange your own transport to the start at Henley as well as at the end from Tring on the Sunday, but these are both easily accessible by train from London. 




For the Rhône-Alpes adventures there is a mixture of 3* & 4* hotels, comfortable mountain refuges and mountain huts.  

The hotels used are the 3* Gai Soleil Chalet Hotel in Les Contamines and the 4* spa hotel Les Aiglons in the centre of Chamonix. Prices are based on two people sharing but the mountain refuge is usually 6 sharing a dormitory. 

The Welsh Coast adventure is based from the Worm's Head Hotel, depending on availability. On the Saturday evening it will also include an set menu evening meal. 

The Chiltern Hills Challenge accommodation will be at the Peacock Country Inn near Bledlow. 

All prices are based on two people sharing. 


Your running adventure

Run the Wild aim for you to enjoy your running whilst exploring the scenic regions of the UK and Europe. No matter your level of experience, Run the Wild cater for everyone whether you are a newcomer to the sport or someone who has run many miles.

Each group is led by an experienced lead runner so you don’t have to worry about the route, which is planned either point to point or a loop of mountain massifs, increasing your views and running holiday experience. Run the Wild offer a professional level of back up support, allowing you to run and enjoy yourself and your surroundings. Each trip is organised with safety in mind.

Each group is made up with like-minded people of similar ability allowing you to work as a team, supporting each other to achieve your goals. The teams are small, usually about 5 runners so you may find several groups of varying speed on the same adventure. 

Wild the Run grade each trip to help establish who runs in which group. This is done by looking at the difficulty of terrain and the speed & experience on trails. You will be expected to demonstrate your previous experience in order to establish your eligibility.

See the grading below


Difficulty of route, ascent per day, fitness required and experience (if in doubt call the office to find out more).

A (EASY) Easy undulating trails at low levels of elevation and relatively small amounts of cumulative ascent (up to around 1000m).
B (MODERATE) Some steeper sections on trails. Good fitness is required and total cumulative ascent may reach 2000m.
C (CHALLENGING) Many steep sections with long climbs up hill. Expect long days out of up to 10hrs and cumulative ascent of around 3000m ascent.
D (STRENUOUS) Steep mountain trails with passes and anything over 3000m cumulative ascent. You need to be in top physical and mental condition and be prepared for long days.
E (EXTREME) Basic mountaineering skills required / 3000m+ ascent.


Ability of Group – based on your running speed and experience (we will verify at the time of booking). You will be running as a team and therefore you will be running at the speed of the Lead Runner.

1 (JOGGER) 4-5 miles an hour on trails / 4.5-5hr road marathon
2 (STRIDER) 5-6 miles an hour on trails / 4hr road marathon
3 (RUNNER) 6-7 miles an hour on trails / 3.5hr road marathon
4 (MOUNTAIN GOAT) >7miles an hour on trails /


Simon James

Founder of Run the Wild

Simon began his running career in 2006 when he was entered for the West Highland Way 54 mile race for a bet. The folowing year he completed the London Marathon in under 3 hours. Since then he has raced in many ultra races including the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc and Marathon Des Sables. 

But for Simon, running is not all about racing. He has run Hadrian's Wall, the GR20 in Corisca, Haute Route and the Trail Du Mont Blanc.

Simon is a;
Qualified Mountain Leader (Summer) and Leader in Running Fitness
Qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist.
ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid
Member of the Explorers Club

To read some of Simon's blog, click Read More ....

Benno Rawlinson

Lead Runner

Following a sporting background in rugby, Benno turned to running and has now completed numerous ultra marathons, adventure races and cycling events. 

He ran 100 miles for charity, has raced in the Marathon Des Sables and rowed across the Atlantic. 

Benno is a;
ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid

Chris Walker

Lead Runner

Like Simon, Chris began running in 2006. Chris ran his first marathon in 2008 and has now completed many more as well as trail races and ultra marathons. He has completed the Planet Gobi, Lakeland 100 and the US Grand 2 Grand.

Chris believes "running is more about the where you are, than how fast you are going."

Chris is a;
qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist.
ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid

Emily Andrew

Lead Runner

Emily is based in Chamonix, in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-west France where she spends her time running the local mountain trails.

Emily has completed ultra marathons, the Tour Du Mont Blanc and the 101km CCC.

Emily is a;
Qualified International Mountain Leader

Alister Bignell

Lead Runner

Alister has completed three of the North Face Ultratrail events; UltraTrail Du Month Blanc (UTMB), Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (CCC) and Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS). He has also completed events such as the Trail VSB and Trail des Dents du Midi. 

He relocated to the French Alps in 2006 to help his mountaineering skills and satisfy his desire to run this type of terrain. 

Alister is an;
Experienced International Mountain Leader

Running Dates


Running Adventures


Run the Wild, as a dedicated trail running specialist, is all about you enjoying running and exploring the wild, beautiful areas of the UK and Europe. You maybe new to the sport or a running veteran or relatively new to the sport Run the Wild will cater for your running holiday needs.

For a full list of dates covering UK runs & European weeks, click the Read More tab

1:1 Guiding, Groups and Corporate


Run the Wild offer half-day 1:1 guided runs in UK and France. You will spend your time with a qualified lead runner who will instruct you on trail running techniques & advice on trail running kit. You will also have discussions about training plans, nutrition and race preparation.

The company can offer bespoke packages for small private or corporate groups whether you chose the UK or even the Alps as your base. You can also discuss with Run the Wild the type and distance of the runs as well as the type and style of accommodation.

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Reviewed by Aaron
On 14-Oct-2016 11:1:39

Comments:  Great running weekend that can accommodate varying fitness abilities and experience
Reviewed by Lottie
On 14-Oct-2016 11:1:16

Comments:  The best weekend of your life. Book
Reviewed by Louise
On 14-Oct-2016 11:1:18

Comments:  Another great running holiday in beautiful surroundings. I didnt even notice the rain
Reviewed by Neil
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:27

Comments:  It was great to meet new people. The team from Run the Wild were very friendly and incredibly supportive. I'd thoroughly recommend their services to anyone who enjoys running
Reviewed by Nick
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:52

Comments:  A fantastic running weekend! Challenging, beautiful, and with an excellent group and leader. A brilliant way to spend 2 run-filled days
Reviewed by Anon
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:12

Comments:  A fantastic adventure! I would highly recommend this holiday to any runner who wants to try something a bit different in a beautiful setting. Perfect for a group of friends to enjoy together. Planning next year' trip already
Reviewed by Charlotte
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:45

Comments:  The best weekend of my life
Reviewed by Annie
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:19

Comments:  A perfect introduction to running in the Alps that left us all wanting to come back for more
Reviewed by Scott
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:09

Comments:  Best running experience ever with a passionate team looking after you
Reviewed by Nicola
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:50

Comments:  I would highly recommend Run the Wild trips. Nothing was too much trouble, every detail was taken care of, the running was suitably challenging. The group were great fun. I look forward to the next running adventure
Reviewed by Steve
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:30

Comments:  I cannot recommend this holiday, or RunTheWild, highly enough. Simon and his team of supporters and guides are completely brilliant. I've just had the time of my life and made some amazing friends. Bring on the next trip, wherever it is
Reviewed by Patricia
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:12

Comments:  We had a truly amazing holiday with Run the Wild. Our guide and support were instrumental in helping us succeed. We felt supported both logistically and emotionally. We also appreciated having dogs to snuggle after a long day on the trails.
Reviewed by Lori
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:48

Comments:  Run the Wild support and guides were absolutely amazing
Reviewed by Joseph
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:27

Comments:  RuntheWildUK absolutely knocked it out of the park in setting up and supporting our guided 6 day UTMB run. We were able to simply worry about our packs and the days run while everything else was taken care of. All expectations were met if not exceeded. Lastly, we cannot say enough for how amazing our guide Emily was throughout the trip. We had an amazing holiday and left with new found friends we hope to adventure with in the future!
Reviewed by John
On 07-Jun-2016 07:1:56

Comments:  What a great team! Run the Wild's attention to details and the runners made the trip everything I could have hoped for.