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Cardiff Met University

July 2nd & 3rd 2022


Bookings Open

Cardiff Met University

Weekend Training Camp

For competitive runners of all levels

A weekend of high-performance coaching, dedicated to improving your running. 

Coaching led by Team GB Coach James Thie alongside elite sports Physiotherapist Matt Bergin and the Running Trips team, our objective is to help you become a better runner. 

Meet The Team

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James Thie

Head Coach

Callum Jones

Coach & Camp Co-ordinator


Matt Bergin

Sports Performance Specialist

Gavin Smith

Coach and Camp Co-ordinator

Would you like to speak to our team? Please email us with any questions or to arrange a call


Cardiff Met University

July 2nd & 3rd 2022


Bookings Open

Camp Includes

Single Room Accommodation

Single occupancy en-suite rooms

Full Board

All meals plus drinks & snacks throughout the camp

Small Group Sizes

Ensuring individual attention and high quality 

High Performance Venue

Live & train like an elite athlete

Cardiff Training Focus Camps Weekend Summary

This weekend running camp is designed for competitive runners of all abilities; If you love running & want to improve, this is for you.

Across two days of high-performance coaching and athlete education, you will learn from industry-leading experts and leave equipped with the knowledge and inspiration to improve your running.

James Thie will lead the camp coaching program and will be joined by Sports Physiotherapist & biomechanics expert Matt Bergin, alongside Callum & Gavin from the Running Trips team who will add their extensive experience and knowledge. 

James will draw on his extensive international coaching experience, including as Team GB coach at the Tokyo Olympic Games to introduce you to the high-performance training methods of elite runners he coaches. He will teach you how to utilise these in your own training for improved efficiency and faster running. Matt will deliver on biomechanical risk factors for injuries in runners and strategies for improving physical performance, for both injured and non-injured runners alike. Callum will update us on the latest advances in exercise science and how these are relevant to you as non-elite competitive runners, and Gavin will share his experiences coaching world record holders and Olympic medalists in Kenya.

Across the weekend, you will be coached through whole group seminar sessions, small group practical & theoretical workshops and running sessions under the watchful eye of our expert team.

During more casual Q&A sessions James will speak about his experience as a member of the coaching staff for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics and Gavin will draw upon his experience of coaching Olympic medal winners and world record holders in Iten Kenya.

It’s an action-packed weekend full of high quality, engaging content, and stimulating training sessions. Of course, there will also be time to relax and recover between training with planned downtime and social sessions.

Camp Content

Expert Led

World-Class Coaches and Sports Performance Specialists 

Whole Group Seminars

In professional learning spaces

Small Group Workshops

Breakout groups for practical sessions

Running Sessions

Coached Workouts & Guided Runs

Expert Panel Discussion

Our experts & guests discuss a range of topics and answer your questions


For Continued Progression

Relaxation and Down Time

Socialise in the evening and during breaks

Partner Support

Saucony Apparel & Tribe Sports Nutrition

What to Expect

Before the Camp Begins

Comprehensive Pre Camp Customer Support.

Our team are on hand to help you with everything you need and to answer all your questions in advance of the camp before and after you have booked your place.

Before you arrive you will receive comprehensive pre-camp information with everything you need to prepare for the weekend ahead. This will include additional information on the camp itinerary and the running sessions which will be part of the weekend in order that you can plan in advance and know what you need to bring along. 

Travel as far as Cardiff Met University is your responsibility, although we can of course help and advise on this, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 

If you are travelling from afar and would like to arrive on the Friday evening before the camp begins on Saturday, then there are a number of hotel options available locally. Alternatively, if you would like to enquire with the university if your room can be made available for Friday please let us know and we will put you in touch with the relevant people at the University.


Arrival 09:00-09:30

Upon arrival, our team will be on hand to welcome you to Cardiff University, your home for the weekend.

The camp will start with a brief introduction meeting where you will be introduced to the team, and then we will be straight into the action.

The team for today is led by Coach James Thie alongside Sports Physiotherapist Matt Bergin as well as Gavin & Callum. 

Across the day we will spend time in both whole group seminars and small group practical breakouts. Coaches James and Callum will also lead you through an interval-based running session. 

It is a busy day, but rest periods will be built into the schedule.

After our evening meal, we will be joined by our special guest for a relaxed Q&A session, before spending the rest of the evening socialising ahead of another busy day tomorrow. 

Meals Included: 
Lunch, Dinner and Snacks

Runs Included:
Coached Interval Session
Optional 2nd easy run where required


Sunday is another busy day and will start early with coffee and snack before we head out for a run. 

The rest of the day will follow a similar format to Saturday with seminars and practical sessions on topics such as recovery, mental preparation and strength training, led by James and the other Running Trips staff.  The camp will close around 17:00

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Runs Included: 
Guided easy/long run

The camp runs from Saturday morning through Sunday early evening. If you are travelling from afar you may prefer to arrive on Friday evening. It may be possible to reserve your room for Friday evening as well. Please inform us if this is something you would like to consider. Alternatively, there are a number of hotels available locally. 

The Venue

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a perfect match for Training Focus Camps providing clean, simple accommodation in single ensuite rooms, with elite-level athletics facilities and sports appropriate catering.

Our accommodation is recently refurbished Student Halls at Cyncoed Campus. All rooms are single occupancy and en-suite. It is simple but clean and comfortable and all rooms being single occupancy gives you additional privacy for the weekend and a place to relax and recover after a day’s training. Although the rooms do have shared kitchen facilities, the camp is fully catered and we will take all meals in the K1 Restaurant. We will use high-quality University facilities for our seminar and classroom-based activities. Our training and practical workshop sessions will utilise the top-class National Indoor Athletics Centre and adjacent Outdoor Athletics Track as well as local running routes and parks. 

Elite Sports Facilities

Single Occupancy Rooms

Full Board plus coffee and snacks

Sport Specific Catering

Professional learning spaces for seminars

Easy Access from Wales and Western England