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Loughborough University

Weekend Training Camp

For 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


Callum Jones

Coach & Camp Co-ordinator


Matt Bergin

Sports Performance Specialist

Gavin Smith

Camp Co-ordinator

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Camp Includes


Twin occupancy en-suite rooms
Single Occupancy available on request

Full Board

Institute of Sport designed menus plus drinks & snacks throughout the camp

High Staff Ratios

Ensuring individual attention and high quality 

High Performance Venue

Live & train like an elite athlete

Loughborough Training Focus Camps Weekend Summary

This weekend running camp is designed for 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 our trackside seminar room

Small Group Workshops

Breakout groups for practical sessions

Running Sessions

Coached Workouts & Guided Runs

Guest Athlete Q&A

Previous guests have included Amy-Eloise Markovc and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke


For Continued Progression

Relaxation and Down Time

Socialise in the hotel lounge during the evenings and breaks

Partner Support

Supported by On & OTE

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 Loughborough 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 would like to arrive on the Friday evening before the camp begins on Saturday, you can add the Friday night hotel room to your booking. Although this won’t be part of the official itinerary, the Running Trips team will be on hand during Friday evening to help you settle in and we can take you out for an easy run if requested. 

Please contact us for additional details if you would like to arrive on the Friday. 


Arrival 08:45 – 09:00

Upon arrival, our team will be on hand to welcome you to the Elite Athlete Hotel, 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 both recovery and strength training led by James and the other Running Trips staff. James will conclude the camp with a final presentation summarising the key learning outcomes from the weekend and answering your final questions. 

The camp will close around 17:30 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Runs Included: 
Guided easy/long run

The camp runs from Saturday morning through Sunday early evening. If you would prefer to arrive on Friday evening you can book your hotel room for Friday night direct with the hotel. Although the camp will not officially start until Saturday morning, the Running Trips team will be around on Friday evening to help you settle in and we can take you out for an easy run upon arrival if you would like. Please ask us for additional information if you would like to arrive on Friday evening. 

The Venue

Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel

Loughborough University

Our venue is the Elite Athlete Centre which sits in the heart of Loughborough’s world-class sporting facilities, overlooking the Paula Radcliffe Athletics Centre and Seb Coe High Performance Centre (Hipac); Both venues we will use for our own training sessions during the weekend.

The Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel is the perfect match for Training Focus Camps providing elite level service and facilities for athletes of all abilities.

Elite Sports Hotel

Full Board plus coffee and snacks

Relax between sessions in athlete lounge

Rooms optimised for sleep hygiene

World-Class facilities at Loughborough University

Institute of Sport designed menus

Professional learning spaces for seminars

75minutes direct train from central London