Alps Training Seminar | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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14Apr 2018

Alps Training Seminar

14th April 2018, -

1 day

Alps Training Seminar 2018 - Helping you conquer your Alpine races (including UTMB®)

One day; seven experienced speakers. We'll help you succeed in the toughest conditions!

Hear from experienced UTMB®, TDS®, CCC® and OCC® competitors and Alpine racing experts on what it takes to complete some of the world's most challenging events. You'll also be able to get your medical certificate signed and stamped (limited to 20 people). If you've entered any of the UTMB® races, or thinking of signing up next year, this is the event for you!

Please note: this event has been rescheduled from 3rd March due to the severe weather. All those who have already booked will be offered this new date or a full refund. Email for more info.

Join us for a day of UTMB® experts sharing their knowledge, experience and tips for the biggest ultra trail race week of the year!

More than 50% of British competitors don't cross the finish line for events they start in UTMB® week. We want to change that, by making sure you have the right knowledge to prepare, the right kit, and - more importantly - the right expectations when heading to the Alps.

Our 2017 seminar had great feedback - and 85% of attendees finished their races during event week.

We'll also be running a breakout session to help supporters, family and friends to enjoy the experience.

Event Details

Date: 14th April 2018 - registration from 9am for a 10am start (finishing by 5pm)
Location: Chartridge Conference Centre, Chartridge Ln, Chesham HP5 2TU
Travel: Chesham is at the end of the Metropolitan Line (London Underground). From Chesham station, it's roughly a four mile taxi ride to the conference centre. By car, it's in easy reach of the M25, M40 and M1.
Cost: £75 for the day

Medical certificate signing and stamping: £35 (max 20)


There's a 10% discount available for all serving military or emergency services staff. To book with your discount, please email us:


Event Structure

  • 'Main tent' sessions in the main room for all attendees
  • Breakout sessions in the afternoon, specific to each race
  • Medical certificate sessions available throughout the day
  • A special UTMB® lunch (included in the ticket price)
  • A full Q&A to finish the day.

We'll cover:

  • Understanding the events, and understanding the Alps
  • Preparing physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Kit required: 'pack right, not light'
  • What to expect when you arrive in Chamonix or Courmayeur
  • Pre-race prep
  • Racing: what to expect enroute
  • How to handle the tough times: physically, the weather, fatigue, sickness, etc
  • Help for supporters: how to get around and how to support your competitor
  • Dealing with typical medical issues enroute, and how to deal with blisters properly.


  • Damian Hall - 12th overall male at UTMB® 2017
  • Neil Thubron – finisher of UTMB® 2010 and 2011, TDS® 2012, and OCC® 2017
  • Laura Watson – Event Doctor and ultra runner

Break out speakers

  • UTMB - Dan De Belder – finisher of five UTMB®s and one CCC®
  • CCC - Tom Evans – fourth in the CCC® 2017
  • TDS - Megan James – finisher 2017
  • OCC - Neil Thubron –  finisher 2017
  • Supporters session - Ben Psaila – supported Anna-Maria in 2017
    Anna Thubron – supported Neil in 2010, 2012 and 2017

About our speakers

Megan James

Megan is a mountain enthusiast - whether that be running, mountaineering or climbing. She started running just five years ago but quickly combined her passion for long distance walking and mountaineering to focus on long distance mountain running. Although not the fastest runner, she makes up for that in her hill climbing ability and endurance over longer races. When not exploring mountains in the Brecon Beacons, Lakes or Scotland, Megan is at home running up and down the Malvern Hills - perfect for getting the ascent practice in for the Alps.

Megan's personal highlights include:

  • Finisher of 2017 TDS®
  • Mont Blanc Summit (via 3 Monts route)
  • 3rd Female in XNRG Cotswold Way Ultra
  • Joint 1st female in Malvern Hills Ultra (44 miles)
  • Finisher Ultimate Lakeland Trails 110k
  • 2x completion of LDWA's annual 100 miler.

Dan de Belder

Dan de Belder is a public relations consultant, working in the City. He has been running marathons and ultras for almost 20 years. In March last year he completed his 100th and is showing no signs of slowing down (the rate of race entries, if not running pace!)

He's a regular at Extreme Energy events - notably The Pilgrim Challenge and Round the Island - but his real obsession is the UTMB®. He has completed the race five times as well as the CCC®, which he did for the first time in 2007. This year, he will be attempting the big one for the sixth time and cannot wait.





Damian Hall

Outdoor journalist and inov-8 athlete Damian has placed on the podium at the Spine Race, Dragon's Back Race and the British Athletics Ultra Trail Championships, and set an FKT on our longest National Trail, the 630-mile South West Coast Path.

He has completed UTMB® three consecutive times, placing 12th (1st Brit) in 2017. Each year he swears it'll be his last UTMB®. He returns to Chamonix in 2018. The race is an addiction to him.





Tom Evans

Tom discovered ultra running while competing in the Marathon des Sables in 2017 and finishing third! Since then, he's raced the Eiger 101km, placing fourth, and the CCC®, also finishing fourth. He finished the season ranked third in the Ultra Trail World Tour. Tom has a really busy racing year planned for 2018, including going back to CCC®!






Laura Watson

With a love of trail running and endurance events over the last 10 years or so, Laura has raced and volunteered on a host of ultrarunning events, including running in the 400km Fort William to Cape Wrath 8-day expedition race in 2016 (3rd Female). She has run or volunteered - or both - at most of XNRG’s events, and in July 2017 ran alongside Neil in the roasting hot Al-Andalus multiday ultra in Spain (3rd Female), where she also put her foot-care skills to good use! She is the Medical Director for the 6-day Burgos Way of Legends Multi-Stage 254km ultra race in Northern Spain. Laura is passionate about keeping everyone safe and has great skills in blister prevention as well as repairing tattered feet to get runners through to the finish! Currently working mainly as a GP in the Emergency Department in Oxford she is looking forward to the challenge of being race doctor on the next Cape Wrath Ultra in 2018.

Neil Thubron

XNRG founder Neil Thubron is passionate about ultra racing and helping people succeed in their ultra racing goals. He is a lover of the alps and the UTMB® races and created the seminar to help more British competitors to complete their chosen event. He has completed every UTMB® event except the CCC® – UTMB® 2010, 2011, TDS® 2012, OCC® 2017. 

At the seminar Neil will talk about the psychology of achieving Big Goals, which he has written about in his book Yu Can – Achieve Any Big Goal Using the 7P Formula for Success.