2:09 Events Limited

Algarve Spring Training, Portugal

Date: 12-26 March, 2022

The spring training camp in Portugal in March 2020 was our last trip before COVID took control of our lives. We just about managed to complete the first week before a looming lockdown caused the cancellation of the second. March 2021 also fell victim to COVID, the first time since 1984 we have been unable to hold the camp.  We are delighted to be returning to the Algarve in March 2022, back to the wonderful Victoria Sport and Beach resort and back to a two-week camp on consecutive weeks from Ma…

The spring training camp in Portugal in March 2020 was our last trip before COVID took control of our lives. We just about managed to complete the first week before a looming lockdown caused the cancellation of the second. March 2021 also fell victim to COVID, the first time since 1984 we have been unable to hold the camp. 

We are delighted to be returning to the Algarve in March 2022, back to the wonderful Victoria Sport and Beach resort and back to a two-week camp on consecutive weeks from March 12-19 and then on to March 19-26. We will have a limit of 150 people across the two weeks and if early demand is anything to go by, both weeks are likely to sell out so don't delay too long if you are interested.

We can't recommend this camp enough ... whatever standard of runner you are. It is friendly, inclusive and genuinely caters for everyone, whether you are trying to crack three hours for a marathon or preparing for your first 5K. There are runs or running sessions twice a day, supplemented by yoga, Pilates and fitness classes followed by talks, seminars and social events on most evenings. But you can do as much or as little as you like and if you have a non-running partner more interested in lying on the beach that running along it, they will be welcome too.

There will be coaches available throughout the weeks to provide one-to-one advisory sessions to review and analyse your training or to hep you set new goals. We also have a hard-working masseur, who is there to keep you on the road should aches, pains or injury niggles threaten your week.

The location is also perfect for running, a mix of largely traffic-free roads and undulating tracks, cross-country trails or beach routes. Our hotel literally has a running track in the garden, a gym beyond the track and a stunning beach, near the shops and restaurants, at the end of the road. The weather in March is excellent, mostly bright, sunny and warm, the perfect antidote to the British winter.

 

The two weeks are:

Week 1: Saturday 12th March to Saturday 19h March . 

Week 2: Saturday 19th March to Saturday 26th March (early arrivals and later departure dates on request)

The training is led by an enviable list of experts, including our head coach Mara Yamauchi, the UK's second-fastest female marathon runner with a best of 2.23, 2nd placed finish in London 2012 and 6th in the Beijing Olympic Marathon. She will be supported by Mike Gratton, 2:09 Events director and former London Marathon winner and Jenny Spink, current GB International with a 2:34 marathon best who is also a Personal Trainer and fitness coach. Our team is strengthed with experts in sports medicine, massage, core stability, yoga for runners and Pilates. 

INCLUDED IN EACH 7-DAY CAMP PERIOD

  • All training sessions, coaching and evening seminars 
  • Individual coaching advice and guidance
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Massage where needed
  • Core stability, pilates, yoga and strength sessions
  • Welcome Pizza night and end of week celebration BBQ at local restaurant
  • Hire car for the duration of your holiday (with a supplement for single travellers) or airport to resort transfers if required
  • Camp T-shirt, sports nutrition products and participant photos

There are no hidden extras. Whilst the Massage service is included, it is aimed at rehabilitation of runners with an injury problem, rather than being a regular relaxation massage. 

 

NOT INCLUDED 

  • International flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals except those described above
  • Travel insurance


RESORT

We are based at the modern 4-star Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel, located next to extensive sports facilities and a short walk  from the popular Falesia village area, with its restaurants, bars and supermarkets. All rooms at the Victoria Sport & Beach Hotel are apartments and have a kitchenette, balcony, lounge area and bedroom. They are set out as 1-bedroom apartments for up to 3 people or there are also a limited number of 2-bedroom apartments for up to 5 people. Arrangements are on a bed & breakfast basis.

There is an outdoor leisure pool, indoor sports facilities with weights room, 2km roped cross country circuit and a private 400m all-weather track which all form part of the hotel's facilities. With some excellent off-road trails in and around the area and a beach less than a kilometre from the hotel door, it is the perect location for a running camp. 


INCLUDED CAR HIRE

We include a Type B car (4-door Corsa or similar) per two people sharing an apartment. Bookings with more than two people will be booked a larger car. Single travellers requiring sole use of a car will need to pay the single occupant supplement. Drivers must be 23 years of age or older. If you do not require car hire we will arrange transfers by car or minibus to and from Faro Airport.


FLIGHTS 

Flights are not included in the package price. You have to book your own internatinal flights, however, there are a range of airlines flying in and out of Faro airport from London and other regional airports. These include EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2 as well as scheduled flights with BA. Our transfers to and from the resort cover all flights into and out of Faro airport. 

 

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