Competition Time

Your chance to win 

  • one year of coaching at equivalent of TrainingPeaks Silver level, worth over £1500; and 
  • free attendance at our Workshop/Endurance Camp in the French Pyrenees from 10th to 17th March.

John Hampshire will work with the winner to form a season plan focused on success in the target race and provide continued support via an interactive training plan along with regular meetings using Skype, FaceTime, telephone or similar. To facilitate this process, the winner will be provided with TrainingPeaks Premium Membership for the duration of the programme.

Are you….

  • A keen, dedicated person interested in training for a European mountain running race in 2018? (Ideally this will be outside the UK)
  • Do you like sharing your experiences with others?
  • Are you able to train at least 4 times each week, ideally more?
  • Feel that running will provide a beneficial focus in your life? 

If this is you then why not enter? To enter, email us telling us about how the four questions above apply to you. We would love to know more about you. If you would like more details of what we are offering or of what is involved then please feel free to .

Competition rules:

  • You must have the goal of a European Mountain Running Race or series as part of their racing plan. Ideally this race will be towards the end of the season, i.e. August or September. Although this race should be a major priority for the year, it needn’t be the only race of the season.
  • The mountain race must be a primary goal for the season
  • You can be of any ability but must be able to meet the minimum requirements of entry into the target race (some long races require qualification events to have been completed)
  • You must either have an entry or be able to get an entry to the target race without undue risk of being refused due to entry limitations. If entries are full for the target race, an alternative, similar race can be substituted but this substitute race should be identified at the outset of the programme.
  • You will be more likely to succeed if running forms a very significant part of their lives and fulfils personal needs beyond that of athletic achievement.
  • You must attend the camp from 10th to 17th March. Attendance is free but the candidate must get to and from Perpignan at their own cost. JH Coaching will provide accommodation in a shared, self catering apartment, food costs will be shared with other camp attendees.
  • You must pay for all your costs associated with your target race(s).
  • You will be required to write a blog post at least monthly describing your experiences in a way that may help other interested athletes, as well as being active on social media in general. 
  • You will not be asked to directly endorse JH Coaching in any way but of course any positive promotional activity would be gratefully accepted.
  • Entries must be received before midnight on 21st February and the winner will be informed on or before 25th February.
  • The judges decisions will be final and we reserve the right not to choose a winner if no suitable entries are received.

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A lot happens in a year

A lot happens in a year

Casteil in mountains It has been a few years since I wrote a blog. Partly because I got disillusioned by the process, feeling that my blogs were not being read and therefore feeling I could more usefully contribute to the world in other ways. Recently, however I have had some positive feedback relating to other people’s blogs and feel it is worth another go. I have just returned from a training camp/get together near Banyoles in Spain, where I was providing support as a coach via workshops and one to one sessions. I did the same last year and so this marks a year of formal association with the Adventure Syndicate an amazing group of women who have been kind enough to involve me in their work.

The camp was hosted by Girona Cycling at their base, Hotel Mas Pelegri, which is a really good location for both road and off-road cycling camps. Gareth and Fiona can provide hire bikes, suggested routes, guiding and even a rescue service if you get into difficulty. They certainly go beyond the norm in their support of their guests.

At the end of the camp last year I started working with some of the athletes that had attended, things developed really well with three of the riders and I continued to work with them throughout the year. Karen Tostee finished 3rd woman in the Trans Continental Race, her first ever bikepacking event; Paula Regener finished 4th in the same race and lead the Transatlantic Way Race in Ireland until injury forced her to retire; and Jenny Graham finished equal first woman in the Arizona 750, first overall in the Cairngorm Loop and 1st woman in the Highland Trail 500, beating the women’s record in the process. As you can imagine, it has been an amazing experience working with these women. I have also worked with a few men along the way and it has been a pleasure to share in their successes.

In other news I have bought a small house in a Pyrenean village near Prades, about an hour from Perpignan. The idea is to run small bespoke camps from here that focus on athletes' needs, taking the form of workshops and one to one coaching sessions as much as providing a training base. We will be running a small workshop in early March to iron out the details and hopefully have some camps going over the summer and Autumn.

Camps will be mainly focused on cycling and running but there is a pool and open water nearby so triathletes will be more than welcome.

Things in the Pyrenees will have to be put on hold for a short while though. I am leaving for Mallorca where I will be running a small training camp with Karen Darke. The camp is part of her Quest 79 initiative but also something we hope to make an annual event. Karen is an athlete and adventurer who I have coached to Paralympic medals in London and Rio, an amazing person who has become a very close and valued friend. Among many things, Karen is qualified in sports psychology so our camp will be focused on both the physical and psychological with workshops and one to ones, again making it athlete focused with learning and development a key element.

In future blogs I hope to explore more detailed ideas and write about some of my findings as a coach and athlete that I hope will be helpful in someway as you work towards your personal goals, adventures and challenges.

Please get in touch and let me know what you think and what you would like to read about. You can email me by clicking or follow one of the social media links.

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