Run Wild in West Cork

Join us for a weekend of running and spend three days with best-selling author and running coach Jonathan Cairns as he takes you out on the roads and trails around his home in beautiful and wild West Cork. While this is for all levels of runners, the mileage will be low so we can focus on the enjoyment of movement. Each of our afternoon sessions highlights ways to enhance and improve our running.


Whether you’re an old hand or a relative newcomer, we promise you a great running experience while you’re with us. Our retreats are designed around running, working up a sweat, having fun and sending you home a better runner. Residential and non-residential places available.

Available dates:

Who We Are

Jonathan & Fiona are a husband & wife running team that enjoys healthy food and being outdoors.
Over the weekend, they will be joined by Caleb Cairns, Body Alignment Specialist and Caroline Cumming, Pilates & Yoga Instructor.

Jonathan is all things running.

He writes, coaches and runs. His first book, The Plant-Based Runner is a personal guide to starting out as a runner. He shares his enthusiasm for movement and maintains that running his first 5km race was just as hard as running his first 100 mile race. His second book, From Marathon To Ultra takes you from marathon running to the world of ultra running.

He has completed 21 marathons and ultra marathons and has a background in sport psychology. When not running, he can often be found in the sea off West Cork.

A word from your coach, Jonathan

To enjoy running as a lifestyle I believe we need three vital ingredients. 
  • We need to regularly mix up our training and step outside our comfort zone. This keeps us fresh.
  • We need to eat well and in a way that supports us, heals us and speeds our recovery.
  • We need to strengthen our bodies with exercises and stretches that help us to remain uninjured. 
During our weekend retreat, we run for sheer enjoyment, in a landscape that is wild and inspiring.
We learn about maintaining elasticity in our tendons and muscles and the importance of functional body movement in keeping us uninjured.
Through every meal, snack, juice and recovery drink we show you how to fuel an active body.
My hope is that when you depart on Sunday you will leave with a fresh appreciation for your running habit, armed with a backpack stuffed with practical tips & knowledge, to be used as required.
Matt Fitzgerald Testimonial

Caleb

Body Alignment Specialist and Strength & Conditioning coach, based in Schull in West Cork. Caleb's focus is on functional movement including biomechanics.

Matt Fitzgerald Testimonial

Caroline

Pilates & Yoga Instructor, Caroline is a physiotherapist with a special interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Over 17 years experience in biomechanics and sports physiotherapy.

Matt Fitzgerald Testimonial

Fiona

Food Matters Nutrition coach and outdoor enthusiast, Fiona's running takes second place to her sea swimming adventures in the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds our location for this weekend retreat.

Home for the weekend

Your home for the weekend is our home on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Schull, West Cork. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, there are spectacular sea views from every room in the house. 

The house offers plenty of room to relax and recover after runs. Take a book from the library and sit back in the sunroom and enjoy the sunset or chat with other runners in the generous open-plan kitchen enjoying the open fire.

Nine miles from the house (out in the Atlantic) lies the Fastnet Lighthouse, the most southerly point of Ireland. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, you're perfectly placed to explore the surrounding areas. Mizen Head, Barleycove Beach, Schull, Bantry, Glengariff and Sheep's Head.

Take some time to explore the area and have a weekend you will remember for years to come.

Weekend Itinerary

Our timetable is designed around running, however this is not an endurance weekend. We will have one run each morning of between 5km and 10km, with a second optional run on Saturday afternoon.

This weekend is suitable for anyone who enjoys running and has run continuously for one hour and has completed a distance of at least 10km. We will be running on a mixture of roads and trails. Some of the routes are spectacular.

The focus is on running, learning, having fun, eating well and being around like minded people. Being a coffee lover, each day will include at least one coffee stop.

With years of experience working with runners of all abilities and aspirations, we will work with you to train smarter, race better and avoid niggling injuries.

We've built in plenty of down-time to just sit back and enjoy being in this wild & quiet landscape. If at any time you would prefer to take it easy or do your own thing, no problem. Your time is your own and all activities are optional.

West Cork is a beautiful place to get out and walk on the beach or in the mountains. If you have a friend or partner that would like to join you for the weekend, but skip the runs, non-runners are more than welcome to join us.

As your home for the weekend is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean we can bring anyone brave enough to get in for a sunrise swim each morning.

Sample itinerary for our three day running retreat * šŸ‘‰

* We offer a non-residential option too. If you would like to take part in the weekend, but don't need to stay, you can join us for everything but the bed & breakfast.

THURSDAY:

  • Check in from 4pm
  • Evening Meal

FRIDAY:

  • Brave Souls Sunrise Swim
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Run
  • Lunch
  • Workshop with Caleb, Body Alignment Specialist:
    How to Avoid Injury
  • Evening Meal

SATURDAY:

  • Brave Souls Sunrise Swim
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Run
  • Lunch
  • Workshop with Jonathan:
    The Psychology of Running
  • Afternoon Run / Mountain Hike (weather dependent)
  • Evening Meal in local restaurant (cost not included)

SUNDAY:

  • Yoga with Caroline:
    Sunday Morning Wake Up
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Run
  • Lunch
  • Depart for Home

Nutritious & Delicious

 

We have devised a delicious and nutritious menu (featuring local produce where available) specifically selected to support your running and recovery. There’ll also be home-baked goodies to enjoy to keep those energy levels topped up.

As we are both plant-based, we will be serving all homemade, delicious vegetarian meals with vegan options. All food is gluten-free.

We serve a larger meal at lunchtime and a lighter meal in the evening to aid recovery post-run and support sleep. But don't worry, you won't go hungry. Dip into the snacks on offer and the overflowing fruit bowl at any time. We also have a wide selection of herbal teas, regular tea and locally roasted coffee and decaf coffee for you to enjoy at any time.

Sample menu for our three day running retreat šŸ‘‰

BREAKFAST:

  • Homemade Granola
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Scrambled Tofu & Homemade Oatbread

POST-RUN SNACK:

  • Chocolate Protein Shake

LUNCH:

  • Pad Thai with Tofu & Vegtables
  • Salad
  • Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

AFTERNOON SNACK:

  • Green Smoothie
  • Selection of Dips served with Corn Cakes, Oat Cakes and Tortilla Chips

EVENING MEAL:

  • Soup
  • Salad
  • Homemade Oatbread
  • Baked Potatoes

Accommodation

There are five rooms in the house. There are two shared bathrooms for all guests.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, only people from the same party can share a room. To support this measure, all prices are based on single room occupancy. A discount of €50 (per person) will be applied if you are coming with a friend or partner and sharing a room with them.

Select from the options below. šŸ‘‡

Your New Year Reboot

Get 2022 off to a great start with a three day residential weekend of running and workshops in Schull, West Cork. 

When you leave on Sunday you will:
  • Run with Confidence
  • Understand Body Alignment & Injury Prevention
  • Have New Recipes to Fuel Your Training
  • Be Rested and Ready for Anything

ROOM FOR ONE

ā‚¬647

All Inclusive

New Year Reboot
January 27th - 30th 2022

  • Three nights accommodation
  • All your food - vegan and gluten free
  • Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan
  • Four guided runs
  • How to Avoid Injury Workshop
  • The Psychology of Running Workshop
  • Sunday Morning Wake Up Yoga
  • Sunrise Swims
BOOK ROOM FOR ONE

ROOM FOR TWO

ā‚¬1,194

All Inclusive

New Year Reboot
January 27th - 30th 2022

  • Three nights accommodation
  • All your food - vegan and gluten free
  • Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan
  • Four guided runs
  • How to Avoid Injury Workshop
  • The Psychology of Running Workshop
  • Sunday Morning Wake Up Yoga
  • Sunrise Swims
BOOK ROOM FOR TWO

NON-RESIDENTIAL

ā‚¬397

Excludes Bed & Breakfast

New Year Reboot
January 28th - 30th 2022

  • Excludes Bed & Breakfast
  • All your food - vegan and gluten free
  • Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan
  • Four guided runs
  • How to Avoid Injury Workshop
  • The Psychology of Running Workshop
  • Sunday Morning Wake Up Yoga
  • Sunrise Swims
BOOK NON-RESIDENTIAL

Paint the Trails Green this St. Patrick's Day

Step away from it all this St. Patrick's Weekend and celebrating doing what you love - running.

When you leave on Sunday you will:
  • Run with Confidence
  • Understand Body Alignment & Injury Prevention
  • Have New Recipes to Fuel Your Training
  • Be Rested and Ready for Anything

ROOM FOR ONE

ā‚¬647

All Inclusive

St. Patrick's Weekend
17th - 20th March 2022

  • Three nights accommodation
  • All your food - vegan and gluten free
  • Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan
  • Four guided runs
  • How to Avoid Injury Workshop
  • The Psychology of Running Workshop
  • Sunday Morning Wake Up Yoga
  • Sunrise Swims
BOOK ROOM FOR ONE

ROOM FOR TWO

ā‚¬1,194

All Inclusive

St. Patrick's Weekend
17th - 20th March 2022

  • Three nights accommodation
  • All your food - vegan and gluten free
  • Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan
  • Four guided runs
  • How to Avoid Injury Workshop
  • The Psychology of Running Workshop
  • Sunday Morning Wake Up Yoga
  • Sunrise Swims
BOOK ROOM FOR TWO

NON-RESIDENTIAL

ā‚¬397

Excludes Bed & Breakfast

St. Patrick's Weekend
18th - 20th March 2022

  • Excludes Bed & Breakfast
  • All your food - vegan and gluten free
  • Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan
  • Four guided runs
  • How to Avoid Injury Workshop
  • The Psychology of Running Workshop
  • Sunday Morning Wake Up Yoga
  • Sunrise Swims
BOOK NON-RESIDENTIAL

Booking Policy

Payment is taken in full at time of booking.

All participants are required to send proof of vaccination at time of booking. This will be requested by email on receipt of booking.

Refund in full is available until two weeks before the event to give us an opportunity to re-book.

If you cancel after this date, and we manage to re-book, we will return your payment minus a €50 admin fee.

What's included

The Cost Includes:
Three nights accommodation (Thur, Fri, Sat)
Three days of running coaching and support with Jonathan

  • Four guided runs (optional) of varying lengths
  • Workshop with Caleb: How to Avoid Injury
  • Workshop with Jonathan: The Psychology of Running
  • Yoga with Caroline: Sunday Morning Wake Up
  • Two Brave Souls Sunrise Swims (optional)

Delicious food to keep you full of energy and feeling great:

  • Breakfast (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Lunch (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Evening Meal (Thur, Fri)
  • Snacks, smoothies, tea & coffee

What's not included

The Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Transport to and from the retreat venue
  • Saturday evening meal in the local village
  • Optional Body Alignment treatment
  • We will try and pool cars rather than get local taxis

 

Non-residential guests

If you would like to take part in the weekend, but don't need to stay, you can join us for everything but the bed & breakfast.

Gear

There's one thing you can be sure of when you live on the Atlantic coast - you can't rely on the weather. We suggest you pack for all seasons, and bring plenty of spare running gear.

  • Enough running gear for four runs

  • Trail running shoes required for trail runs

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Running hat and gloves

  • Reflective jacket / bib

  • Head torch (helpful if you fancy an evening walk as local roads are unlit)

  • Hiking boots or shoes (these will allow us to get out on the mountain trail - weather permitting)

  • Beach towel & swim gear if you plan on sea swimming (we will provide bed linen and towels for showers)

  • Sun visor, sun glasses & suncream (well we can dream, can't we?)

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What They're Saying About Jonathan's Books

Jonathan is best-selling author of The Plant-Based Runner and he recently published his second book From Marathon to Ultra.

Adharanand Finn Author of Running With The Kenyans, The Rise Of The Ultra Runner, The Way Of The Runner
Alexander Hill, Producer, BBC Sport
Matt Fitzgerald Author of 80/20 Running, Iron War, Racing Weight, How Bad Do You Want It?, The Endurance Diet
Christina Stern, MHA, CPT Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Provider of In-Home Wellness Services Personalized Home Wellness
Gareth Thomas, Instagram @runningultradad
Alan McCarthy, Reader The Plant-Based Runner

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GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

Run Wild Weekend

Curlew Creek
Ballybrack
Schull
West Cork

Get in touch: [email protected]