Big weekend get together

Following on from a previous post, i've now made plans for a weekend get together.

I've completely booked out the Youth Hostel at Holmbury St Mary for the last weekend of November. The place sleeps 52 and it would be great if we could fill it with UFRC members. It's a chance to get together and get to know fellow forum members.

The idea is that it would be a long weekend break (Fri-Sun) with loads of running plus spending the other time in the comapny of fellow runners. I intend to organise some pacing groups so you can run with someone of your own standard. I also want to get a top coach to come along and give a talk on the various thinking of the moment. I can get an ex-international runner who would be there for a less formal question and answer session and of course there will undoubtably be a fair element of drinking involved (bring your own.)

Holmbury St Mary is located in Surrey just off the A25 between Dorking and Guildford - 30 miles from Central London. The hostel is described as being set in extensive grounds, in 4000 acres of woodland in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The set up is to arrive Friday evening. Saturday, to incorporate 2 runs one in the morning, one later in the day(before it gets dark.)Sunday morning run before leaving at around 1.00pm.
Meals will include breakfasts (Sat & Sun), lunch (Sat) & evening meal (Sat.)Cost per person is £85.00, non runners/partners would also be welcome.

I would need a deposit of £45 per person to book it. I'm really looking forward to it, as it should be great fun. Let me know who can make it.


  • Potentially stupid question: does "last weekend in November" mean 22nd - 24th or the 29th - 1st?

    I can definitely make the latter of those two, the other one is a bit more questionable.

  • Hi Vernom

    It would be November the 29th to December the 1st.
    Stupid on my part thinking that November had 31 days.

  • Cool, count me in then.
  • Great - look forward to seeing you, I'll let you know where to send the deposit to soon.
  • Shin Splints - you entrenpeneur, you. But what are you going to do if you don't get any bookings. Do you have to pay for the hostel, or do you own it? Very similar idea to the one that Keith and trailplus gang, and RW's weekends? How did you organise it so quickly? Have you done it before?
  • Hi P Butt

    Forgive my ignorance but where is Crowborough - would it be possible to go from Holmbury St Mary to there on the day to take in the race?


    I'm afraid you've got me wrong on the owning of the hostel - i wish! I have done it before where i organised a weekend away from the club i run for, albeit at a different hostel. It's not that difficult - i'd be willing to do it on a regular basis if need be......
  • Crowborough is in Sussex, near Kent border, close to Tunbridge Wells. Would be a pretty early start from the Guildford area to get there in good time for the start, not impossible though.
  • I'm doing the Crowborough 10k, but if not to far from the hostel, I'd love to do it. Incorporating both would be great.
  • Bugger - I hadn't realised the dates clashed with Crowborough (think it's about time I got myself a diary...)

    If there's going to be a way to fit both together, that would be great. Otherwise, I think Crowborough is going to win out.

  • What's the general concensus.

    Do you think it would be better done on a different weekend?
    Do you think it would be worth doing?
    Where should it be?
    What would you like to do on the weekend?
  • I'd definitely like to do it, but as regards date, I don't think any would suit all, best to do this every so often so eventually most people get to go on one. As regards this date, I'm still interested if feasible alongside the Crowborough event.
  • 1) Different weekend would be a good idea. How about into January?
    2) Yes, definitely worth doing
    3) Nearer London is easier for me to get too, but anywhere not too remote is fine
    4) The suggestions you've already made sounded great to me
  • Idea sounds good, but how about easter time. That way it ain't too chilly
  • Good idea - I like the sound of doing it several times a year so nobody misses out. I'm interested in this date - haven't entered the Crowborough 10k yet but I was intending to do so.
  • Is there a list of events/races where you have arranged to meet?
    We could always set something up to coincide with this so as to make a weekend of the whole thing.

  • Well... To be honest... Yes!
  • The place is great and easy to get to from London (for us non-car types) but the weekend is bad for me to!

    January would be probably be a good month though as there aren't so many races and it would be a good way to start the year...
  • This particular weekend would not suit me either, but like the idea of several different weekends throughout the year to choose from. However, would they always be at the same place?
  • Sadly I can't make that weekend either - family commitments. Shame cos it's only about 15 miles from home.
  • bad weekend for me, cos of the reindeer run in Swansea but definitely inr=terested in another weekend
    Go on SS, make it in Wales, we have to show them what theyre missing
  • Shin Splints, most people have never heard of H St M, but I live quite near there! Where are you? And why does everything happen on Sundays, the day I can never do? Moan, moan, moan........
  • Shin Splints, is this still on? If so, are there any places left? If yes, please count me in. Like Sassie, I don't live too far (Woking) and I'd love to do something like this.

    Excited Shambler!
  • Snoop Dog, Yeah Snoop Dog, suggested to me on Friday, that I organise a weekend for you all here in Switzerland!!!!!

    I was thinking of something in mid to late February, in or around the Lausanne area.

    Travel is easy and not too expensive with EZY-jet flying from Gatwick, Luton, East-Mids and Liverpool direct to Geneva. There are 4 or 5 trains and hour direct from Geneva airport to Lausanne.

    What do you all think of this idea?

  • SS, just realised I have a works ball on the Friday night and I don't like to miss it as they are great do's and everyone gets done up in there finery.

    So I'm afraid I'll have to miss out this time, but another time, definitely.
  • Oh dammit, I mean their not there.
  • Swiss Bobby,

    What a fabulous idea! I for one would be very interested - great for hill training.
  • Now you're talking SB! I would have to negotiate a weekend pass very carefully but the idea sounds great.
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