Warm weather training holiday in April – where to go?

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14/03/2012 at 16:54
I’m looking to go away on holiday in April to do some warm weather training.  I’m not sure whether to book a proper running holiday package or just do my own training.

Ideally I would like somewhere with plenty of good road running routes, hills, track (optional) and a beach nearby.  I would prefer to stay in a hotel/sports complex rather than an apartment so that I don’t have to worry about  preparing my own food each day.  La Santa in Lanzarote and also a place in the Algarve are a couple of options I have explored.

Has anyone got any advice or suggestions?
15/03/2012 at 15:42
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15/03/2012 at 19:12
How about New Zealand.
22/03/2012 at 11:48
bit far mate
22/03/2012 at 12:20

Matthew – The Algarve is the traditional location for spring training camps and its definitely set up for it. If you do a quick google search you’ll find several companies offering camps there in April. I went in March and it was ideal for what I was looking for. Lots of nice routes, track, cross country course, 5 mile beach and warm and sunny every day. I would go to a training camp if you can as you’ll get loads of advice, be shown the best routes and meet loads of other runners.

I’ve heard good things about the facilities at La Santa as well but it does come at a price and personally I think you’re better off going to a camp anyway. But I guess it does depend on what you are looking for.
22/03/2012 at 12:20
Given the weather in the UK last April, the North Wales coast would work! Lots of roads, beaches and hills.
22/03/2012 at 12:25
@Mr Viper - thanks for the response.  Which resort did you stay in?
22/03/2012 at 12:55
Matthew I stayed in Falesia. Not sure if any of the camps running in April go there but I saw several others in addition to the one I was on.
22/03/2012 at 14:15

I don't know anything about La Santa specifically but I went to Lanzarote recently (for a work Christmas weekend away of all things!) and the island has some lovely quiet roads for running/cycling.  Very popular place with cyclists, triathletes, etc.  A pretty dramatic volcanic landscape, a lot of it looking like this:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/402929_10150541290684595_684159594_10474839_446335297_n.jpg

Edited: 22/03/2012 at 14:16

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