Take 6 like-minded, running-obsessed, Trail Team 2014 members. They don’t have to be the same sort of people or runners; pick ones with a variety of experience, from different areas of the UK. Just pick ones who are passionate, enthusiastic and keen to learn and improve. Put them together and allow them to egg each other on to enter bigger and bigger races.

Next, add the perfect running location. How about this? Chamonix, a trail runner’s dream.

Chamonix: catnip for runners

Chamonix: catnip for runners

Runners are kit geeks so add some nice gear. Berghaus clothing, LED Lenser head torches and TORQ nutrition. Give them a few hours to debate zip neck vs round neck, energy saving and bright settings and the merits of orange and banana vs black cherry yoghurt gels.

Once you’ve managed to shut them up, recruit a guide (Julia Tregaskis-Allen from Tracks and Trails) so the navigationally challenged ones don’t fall off anything steep. Next the most important bit – coffee and breakfast. Without this they will be no good to you at all.

Now round them up (after 2 final toilet trips for each member) and get them ready to go.  Why not invite some special guests along? I know – Philippe and Anna Gatta, Berghaus athletes.

Just another 1000 metres up there

Just another 1000 metres up there

Now send them off on a 3 day adventure of a lifetime…

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