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The club runs a series of trips through the year, with opportunities available to athletes of all events and standards. These include (but are not limited to:

  • An Easter altitude training trip to Font Romeu, France.

  • Endurance and power training weekends away early in first term.

  • Ivy League Tour once every 4 years to visit Harvard, Yale, Penn and Cornell, with either Harvard/Yale or Penn/Cornell visiting us every other year. 

Font Romeu Altitude Training

Located in the south-west of France, high up in the Pyrenees (1850m above sea level), Font Romeu has been the altitude training venue of choice for many elite athletes, having hosted the likes of Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe in the past. Over the past few years, BUAC have taken a cohort of its athletes to the venue over the Easter holidays. Around 40-50 of our middle distance and endurance athletes venture over to France to experience the benefits of altitude training for the coming season.

With a 6-lane synthetic 400m track, gym & swim facilities and countless trails to run on (including the very scenic Lac de Matemale), it makes an ideal location for a 3-4 week training camp. With the expertise of altitude veterans such as Luke Gunn, Hannah England, and author of "Notes from Higher Grounds - An Altitude Training Guide" Elizabeth Egan, Birmingham is one of only a handful of universities to offer such a trip, so not an opportunity to be missed.

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