ULTRA RUNNING - TRAIL RUNNING - EXPEDITION PREPARATION
Bespoke online coaching for ultra distance, trail racing and multi day adventures.
Hill Adventures specialises in working alongside all levels of athlete or adventurer to provide training programs tailored specifically to you. Whether you have your sights set on a 30km race, an ultra marathon or a trans-alpine adventure I guarantee to give you the tools, structure and confidence to crush your goal!
There are plenty of online coaches around these days, so why choose Hill Adventures?
We are all different and as such, 'plug-and-play' training programs that promise to "better your 50km time in 12 weeks" are not the answer. I design totally bespoke training plans to match and suit your goals, experience and needs. We are all different, so let's train in the best way FOR US!
I have been working, in one way or another, in personal development for over 10 years and as well as athletic coaching I understand that developing athletes mindset, confidence and resilience are just as important as the physical aspects of training and racing.
It is not just about running - together, we will track your sleep, nutrition, resting heart rate as well as developing an understanding that all external stressors affect our training.
QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED
The United Endurance Sport Coaching Academy is a science-based sports education company that qualifies coaches all around the globe. Through this academy, I am a fully qualified ultra-running coach. I have been working with runners for over 5 years to help them achieve their goals
Training plans should not be static. I constantly monitor your progress, metrics and feedback to make sure your training plan is as targeted as possible.
As a fully qualified International Mountain Leader I am able to coach runners and adventurers through every element of their preparation. Whether that be navigation workshops, race course recce's or mountain running technique, I am able to I guide you anywhere in the world
More about Sam...
I have been working in personal development for over 10 years and during the last 5 years, I have developed a running centred trail guiding and coaching business. I specialise in bespoke running adventures all over the world. My online coaching services grew out of a desire to dig deeper into the sport that I love and help give everyone that I work with the best possible advice to help them develop. My working life has been focused on helping people to gain confidence, build resilience and recognise their potential - Hill Adventures is rooted in these values.
Personally, I have been running since I was a kid. I started young, competing in orienteering and fell running events around the English Lake District where I grew up. It wasn't until my mid 20's that I started to take running more seriously and found that I had the legs and the head for ultra-distance running. Of all of the runs I have done, the Bob Graham Round in winter and the 300km Petite Trotte à Léon are my proudest achievements. I am by no means the best or fastest runner in the world, but I know how to work hard. I understand the processes that we all have to go through to improve, stay healthy and balance our hectic lives. I appreciate what failure feels like and recognise that it is part of the journey. I want to enjoy running well into my 70's, just like my Dad. Surely, isn't that the ultimate goal, enjoying the feeling of being outside, pushing ourselves, for as long as we can!
More about my approach...
It all starts with a goal. It could be a 100-mile race, a challenge like the Bob Graham Round, doing your first trail run or even going on an expedition to climb Kilimanjaro. Whatever your goal is, we will work together to structure the training around you and your commitments - this ensures you get the best out of the coaching process.
You will receive weekly training blocks, broken down into detailed daily run and exercise descriptions, all delivered to you via Training Peaks. Together, we will look at your metrics, feedback and general progress then adjust the plan accordingly. I will always be on hand to answer your questions and make changes to your plan where/when it is necessary. A training plan should be fluid and not set in stone.
You will receive written feedback on your runs and we will schedule a call every month to discuss your progress and chat through the next block of training.
I can provide detailed race day pacing, nutrition and hydration strategies as your goal approaches, giving plenty of time to practice and fine-tune.
Ultimately I think that coaching is all about the relationship - and I am a big believer in finding the right coach that works for you. Different approaches work for different people and it is important to try and get this right from the start. I offer a free online video chat for us to see if we are a good match and for you to ask as many questions about my services and approach to training.
Together we will make your training fun, consistent, impactful and meaningful - let's get started!
Monthly online coaching: Whats included?
A bespoke training plan amended and monitored on a weekly basis as and where is necessary.
Unlimited phone and message support
Written feedback on workouts
Scheduled monthly meetings to discuss progress ad give furth information on your training journey
Specific targeted nutritional advice
Race/event specific pacing, nutrition and hydration strategies
Race event selection assistance and guidance
20% discount on one to one in-person coaching sessions and training camps
WHAT PEOPLE SAY...
"I have been working with Sam for a year now and I love his holistic approach to training and the setting of a big scary goal that I would never have even considered. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending his coaching skills. The plan is challenging, yet flexible, so when life gets in the way (for example family), the plan is adjusted. In addition, because Sam listens to the demands of a full on work schedule and other commitments the plan is usually already merged into my life. He also provides the right balance of friendly challenge and holding me to account. Sam has even recommended races, routes to run when I’ve been travelling and is always responsive. Overall, I have made loads of progress and, thanks to a two year plan, feel more motivated than ever to run."
- David Rodgers