Ultramarathon Coaching

ACHIEVE YOUR ULTRA RUNNING GOALS

Whether you’re planning your first ultramarathon, or an experienced ultra runner looking to take on a multi day challenge, at ESCAPE trails we provide expert coaching to help you achieve that big running goal!

We work with athletes from all over the UK and beyond, who range from those taking on their first ultra to those taking on some of the biggest ultramarathons in the world including Lakeland, ARC 100 and the Dragon’s Back. We can work with any ability and all get treated the same, this is why unlike a lot of coaches we don’t have different tier services, we believe everyone should receive the same high level of service.

Our training plans aren’t generic ones off of the internet, our coaching is completely bespoke to each athlete, and is planned to fit in around your life, giving you the best chance of sticking to training and reaching your goals.

Your Coach

Neil has been running since 2015, and is an experienced trail and ultra runner.

In that time he has run lots of ultras, both as races, but also as his own personal challenges. Such as the From Mountains To Molehills challenge, where he attempted to run from Switzerland back to Norfolk, covering 280 miles.

Neil uses this experience as well as proven techniques, to provide a high level of coaching to all his athletes.

You will often see him at the local races crewing and supporting the ESCAPE trails athletes.

Qualifications

  • UESCA Ultrarunning Coach
  • Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF)
  • Coaching in Running Fitness (CiRF)
  • TrainingPeaks Level 2 Accredited Coach
  • Sports First Aid Level 2
  • Currently working towards Event Group Endurance

Notable Races

  • Equinox 24
  • Waterway 30
  • Peddars Way Ultra
  • Norfolk 100k
  • Suffolk Trail Festival 24hour
  • Wendover Woods 50
  • Lakeland 50
  • Kett’s Country Long Distance Trail – FKT Holder

Coaching Packages

Training plans

We can create one off specific training plans for any event or distance. You can find an example plan for the Boudicca Way Ultra here.

Contact us if you would like a training plan for another event or distance.

Arrange a free consultation below to get started

reviews

Anna Collins
Anna Collins
12/01/2024
Awesome morning out with Escape trails running 16k through gorgeous Thetford Forest. Well planned route, lots of fun facts given by Neil along the way. Well paced, everyone stuck together. Very friendly group of participants. Lots of chat and laughter made the 16k going by in a blink of an eye. I had been drawn to the event because it was not a race but a social run promising not to leave anyone behind. It delivered on this promise.
Lisa Mason
Lisa Mason
01/12/2023
I did the Intro to Trail Running workshop with Escape trails. It was a really enjoyable day, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It was informative and fun and finished with a wonderful run through the forest putting what we'd learnt into practice.
Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith
01/11/2023
This was a great experience. My first 10Km in a very very long time. Everyone made me extremely welcome and calmed my nerves. I will be back on a regular basis to run in great surroundings with this guided group who didn’t leave me behind, thank you.
Vivienne Taylor
Vivienne Taylor
01/11/2023
29th October 10k run with Neil and Lin in Thetford Forest was brilliant. Well organised, relaxed with no time pressure a group of us ran in the autumn sunshine enjoying a varied trail of paths through the forest. A very friendly group with some first time 10k runners along with more experienced trail runners. I’ll be back for another run and will challenge myself to do the 16k next time. A great way to spend a Sunday morning. Thanks Escape Trails.
James Nightingale
James Nightingale
04/09/2023
Saffron H
Saffron H
16/07/2023
Myself and a friend ran the wroxham/Hoveton route. It was our first ever trail run and Neil and the other runners were so supportive and accommodating. We've already decided to book another in the near future.
Chelsea Forwood
Chelsea Forwood
03/04/2023
Really enjoyed taking part in a guided run, was taken on a lovely route with some interesting information given on stops along the route. Run was relaxed and inclusive of pace. Friendly run leaders. Definitely will go again.
Rob Blowers
Rob Blowers
08/01/2023
If you are thinking of booking and not sure it’s simple - just go for it! Neil and his team run excellent events and I’ve never left a single one without a big smile on my face. A great way to clear your mind from the real world, enjoy great company and learn from experienced coaches.
James Wright
James Wright
01/01/2023
Have done a few runs with ESCAPE trails now, the most recent being a fantastic headtorch run through the Norfolk countryside. Events are always fun, inclusive and great value.
Ros Blackmore
Ros Blackmore
29/12/2022
We did a 10k guided run in Thetford Forest on Christmas Eve, lovely friendly and well organised run, nice easy pace, no one got left behind. Loved it, and highly recommend 👌