Multi-Day Training Camp Schedule

Jan 2020 dates 7th to 14th (Tuesday to Tuesday)




Located at the iconic Club La Santa resort, our training camp will provide you with all the knowledge, experience and practical training you need to make your next multi-day adventure a success.

Hosted by Ian Corless the camp will have 2015 and 2017 ladies Marathon des Sables champion, Oman Desert Marathon champion and 2016 Big Red Run champion,  Elisabet Barnes.

In addition, Sondre Amdahl from Norway will also join our four coach team. Sondre was 9th male at the 2016 Marathon des Sables and 6th place at Oman Desert Marathon. He is also a very experienced single-stage ultra and mountain runner. Gemma Game will join the 2020 camp as a run guide. Gemma has an incredible history with MDS having placed 3rd in 2018 and 2019 and 4th in 2015.

Introduced at the 2019 camp, we were joined by Running Reborn founder Shane Benzie. Shane is ‘the man’ when it comes to running technique and his workshops and technology have been instrumental in the success of many athletes. Read more HERE. He was a real hit in 2019 with his knowledge and returns in 2020.

Shane Benzie from Running Reborn – Image ©shanebenzie

The 2020 multi-day training camp is in conjunction with:

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Listen to feedback from the 2016 camp HERE

View images and read daily summaries from the 2016 camp HERE

Sabrina Pace Humphreys attended our 2018 camp and she provided some great thoughts and feedback HERE

Lanzarote offers a variety of terrain that can be found in many desert races and therefore it’s the ideal training ground to prepare and acclimatize for an up and coming challenge.

The camp will provide workshops where it will be possible to discuss and test apparel and specific multi-day kit.

You’ll be able to try dehydrated food and test your hydration strategy in a real situation.

You’ll spend a night out under the stars in your sleeping bag and importantly, you’ll be able to test your pack and work out what works and what doesn’t work.

In addition to all this you’ll have 7 days of training geared towards your targets based around your ability and experience. This camp is for everyone; experienced or novice.

Club La Santa as a resort offers a great base and all facilities are included. This is great for relaxation, an opportunity to cross train or more importantly it’s perfect for friends and family to join you as a plethora of opportunities are available.


The purpose of any training camp is to provide you with specific information and training designed specifically to help you with your future objectives. Although you may run (train) more in this condensed week, it’s not designed to break you! Therefore, all training sessions are flexible and you can dip-in and dip-out as required. Most importantly, just as in any race, we will have a very mixed ability base. You will therefore train at your appropriate pace with like minded people.

Each day will be broken down into one or two specific training sessions, one workshop and leisure time.

Club La Santa as a resort is a great destination for a training camp due to its proximity to Morocco, mixed terrain and the excellent facilities available within the Club La Santa complex. Over 30 different sports are available ‘free’ to anyone staying within the complex and of course they can be included within your schedule or during your free time.

Apartments at Club La Santa are functional and consist of a lounge/ diner with kitchen, bedroom with 2 x single beds and a bathroom. The lounge area coverts to 1 or 2 single beds. Apartments are for 2 adults sharing and 1 or 2 children can join for free as required.

Club La Santa has 4 restaurants: Atlantico is a buffet restaurant, Pool Bar is located outside near the swimming pools and is great for lunch, casual drinks and evening dinner, La Plaza and El Lago are based within the complex and offer a more formal dining experience. La Santa village is less than 2-miles from the CLS resort and a selection of excellent local restaurants are available. Finally, apartments do offer the option to self cater, however, you will find that evenings in CLS are about getting together, relaxing as a group or in smaller groups and bonding. Just as you would in bivouac.




Travel to Arrecife from the UK. Easyjet offer a selection of very affordable flights from London, Bristol, Midlands and Liverpool. Ideally an arrival time at CLS before 1700 hours is preferable.

A taxi from Arrecife airport to CLS is 35-50 euros and that is for 1-4 people. Journey time is less than 30-minutes. Where possible, we can look at journey times and connect people prior to departure so it will be possible to share taxi costs.

1700 – 1800 Group run as an introduction, maximum 1-hour.

1900 – 1930 Group welcome, introduction of coaches and briefing about the week ahead

2000 – 2200 Group dinner (payable locally)


Important – unless otherwise stated, all sessions will meet at the run track. Please be punctual. All sessions will start on time.

0900 – 1200 Coast run to Famara and return. This is a flat run along mixed terrain (sand, lava, rocks) to the coastal town of Famara and then return back to CLS. This is an out and back route and therefore suitable for all abilities.

1400 – 1600 Shane Benzie talk

1630 – 1830 Group 1 with Shane Benzie at the run track.

1630 – 1830 Group 2 coast and technical run


0900 – 1100 Group 2 with Shane Benzie at the run track.

0900 – 1100 Group 1 coast and technical run

1400 – 1600 Foot care workshop w/ Elisabet Barnes

1700 – 1900 Volcano hill reps at sunset.

1900 – 2000 Head torch run from the volcano section back to CLS in ability based groups.


0800 – Meet CLS reception area (prompt)

0815 – Depart in coach for Timanfaya National Park

0915/0930 – Long run/ jog/ walk back to CLS – This will be an endurance session covering somewhere in the region of 30 – 50km based on the speed and group abilities.

1730 – 1900 Talk on MDS, TCC and ETR


0900 – 1100 Run Challenge in teams of 2/3 or 4 people.

1200 – 1330 Talk – Food and Hydration for a multi-day race.

1600 Run and Bivouac – This will provide all of you with an opportunity to test your pack, sleeping bag, clothing, food, hydration, cooking options and dehydrated food in a real situation. We will run/ hike out of CLS camp departing at 1600 for an estimated 2-3 hours. We will then bivouac and depart the following morning back to CLS early.

*Note – due to logistics and functionality we will not be able to provide shelter for the bivouac. Please bring a tent, you can buddy up with another camp attendee. No need to spend a fortune, tents are available from Argos (for example) for as little as £20. Also, your multi-desert sleeping bag may well be a little cool for a bivouac night in February! Please bring long sleeve base layer and tights. We also recommend that you bring a lightweight jacket (down) for added evening and/ or sleeping warmth. This is all very specific and applicable to a typical evening in a desert race. We will be available to provide any help and advice prior to departure to ensure that you have all you need.


0700 Breakfast in bivouac.

0800 Depart bivouac and head back to CLS via soft sand route.

1400 – 1500 Women’s run workshop.

1530 – 1700 Run session.

1800 – 1900 Talk – Bivouac debrief.


0900 – 1400 Soft sand run session and volcano climb/ traverse

1600 – 1800 Talk

1900 – Group drinks and farewell meal


Homeward journeys



This training camp is designed to provide an insight into the demands that a multi-day adventure will bring. It is aimed at all abilities and although training and adaptation is a key element of the camp, it is not the most important aspect. Your week in Lanzarote has been designed to provide you with all the information you will need in a ‘real’ environment so that you can ask questions and make mistakes during your training week, not during your race. Leave nothing to chance!

PRICE PER PERSON (exc flight)

£975 pp

A non-refundable £200 deposit secures a place fo shared occupancy, £400 for solo-occupancy.

This includes a self-catering apartment on a share basis. Inclusion in the above schedule and access to all facilities within the Club La Santa complex.

A non-training partner is welcome to join a training partner for a cost of £825 pp and they are able to use all the facilities at Club La Santa.

Solo Occupancy apartment £1475

What is not included?

Food and drinks are all payable locally. Any additional day trips or excursions and flights/ transfers to and from the UK and internal transfers to and from the airport in Lanzarote.


How to book?


Feedback from the 2018 camp

What a fantastic training week at La Santa in Lanzarote. Thank you to all my fellow runners, walkers and coaches for an inspiring and unforgettable experience. I loved meeting you all and can’t wait to share the MDS experience in ten weeks. Good Luck in the training and Stay healthy! – Jamie

Thank you everyone for an amazing week. I loved meeting you all and have been inspired by your dedication to the race goal. Almost made me want to sign up for MdS again…. only almost. I look forward to tracking you in the various races. Good Luck! Stay healthy! Happy (balanced) training. And Enjoy! – Ciara

Thank you all! I’ve learnt so much and had a fantastic time! Hopefully see you all again soon and good luck with all your races and adventures in 2018, hasta luego! – Evan

What a week with incredible and inspiring people. I’ll be so envious seeing you all jet off to your adventures in the coming week and wish you all the very best of luck in your races. Be looking forward to tracking progress!! Adios Amigos – Mikey J

Thank you all for being such a friendly bunch. To those who have done MDS before and have shared their experience, the coaches and fellow first timers like me, it’s been a pleasure to spend time with you. See y’all in little over 10 weeks. Stay safe amigos. – Sabrina

Likewise – been an awesome week, met some great people, learnt a lot and feel very well prepared! Super excited about getting to the start line! Safe journey home all, enjoy the remainder of training and stay injury free! Ian and coaches – awesome work, thank you for the guidance (sometimes the long way back J) the memories and photos! Bring it on. – Reynolds

I can’t quite believe I would say this. It didn’t start well for me but it has ended on such an amazing note. I am beginning to believe I can actually do this. Thank you everybody who has constantly given me the encouragement and reminding me I can do this. I really appreciate your kindness. I am mostly grateful to Ian and Elisabet for the words and time they have given me. And to everybody else, thank you too… – Sue

Enjoyed a fantastic week training out at the Lanzarote camp  , quite sad it had to end . Thanks everyone for making it fun , interesting and enjoyable. Special mega thanks to Ian for running it, all the coaches, especially thick skinned Tom for taking us out and having to put up with us! Good luck to everyone Running Costa Rica in a couple of weeks. Safe training to all the MdS guys, looking forward to seeing everyone on the start line. – Bobby

Terms and conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit confirms the allocation of a place, £200 pp for shared apartment and £400 for solo-occupancy. Deposits are not transferable and they cannot be carried over to a following year.
  • Final invoices will be issued on the final day of September. Once issued, it is not possible to cancel a place without payment of the balance. We recommend that you have appropriate insurance to cover you for illness, injury or other uncontrollable circumstances.
  • Final balances MUST be received and cleared before October 31st. Failure to pay on time may incur an admin charge of £100.
  • Apartments are allocated on a share basis, unless solo-occupancy is booked, and we allocate at our discretion. However, in all circumstances we will do our best to make sure friends stay together. This is not a consideration for those who book as a couple.
  • The training camp is a full-on week of exercise and commitment. We operate ability based groups and you will find a group that works for you and your fitness. However, please come to the camp with enough fitness to participate.
  • Endurance sports are risky and you undertake that personal risk when signing up to the training camp. We strongly recommend that you have appropriate sport insurance, DOGTAG for example. We also recommend that you undertake a medical check to confirm that you have no issues in undertaking endurance activity.