West Cork Runners Retreat

Treat yourself next summer to a glorious escape to Bere Island. Come join Mary for 4 days (3 night) at the spectacular Wild Atlantic Glamping. A true getaway – the views don’t get any more spectacular than this.

Your Coach

Mary Jennings will be leading all these running getaways and you may also get to meet some more of our coaches along the way! More about Mary’s coaching. Mary has spent her summer holidays in Beara since she was a child and loves the area. She also is VERY passionate about how fresh air and running can help us manage stress and find balance in our lives.  So on this runners retreat she will combine both passions and help you take a little time for yourself far away from your day to day responsibilities sending you home refreshed and excited about your running future.

What will we be doing?

Our summer escapes are suitable for anyone who can run 5k between 25 and 35 minutes. Any longer runs we do on the escape will have plenty breaks along the way. The focus will be on enjoyment of our running, taking some time to focus on mindful running, technique, mobility, injury prevention and planning for our running future. There is no pressure to run fast or run far! In fact, we want you to leave feeling refreshed rather than tired.

Accommodation : The venue is made up of 10 luxury bell tents each with their own private terrace. There is an architecturally designed common area which we will use for our meals and certain coaching sessions. You can choose to book at full tent for yourself (limited availability) or team up with a running buddy to share a tent.

In just about running

We will also take time to stretch and move, have optional sea dips and of course have some time every day just to relax yourself and enjoy this amazing place.

The Fabulous Food 

We aim to source as much as as possible directly from the island working with local chefs and home cooks. With local brown bread, seasonal produce and a little pre dinner cocktail hour (with a local twist) you will even get meet some of our food producers and taste the best west cork has to offer.

What’s included: 

The luxury bell tents are different sizes. Prices vary based on how many of you are sharing, but all prices include the following :

  • 3 Nights Accommodation
  • Coaching and Support from Mary throughout
  • 3 pre run breakfasts
  • 3 late morning brunches/picnic lunches
  • 3 full Evening Meals
  • Time to escape and relax too
  • A few gourmet surprises

Sample Itinerary : 

Each day we will head out in the morning for our running adventure. We will return to our venue for brunch (or if heading further afield will have a picnic with us). In the afternoon we will have free time to relax, swim, explore or simply enjoy the view. Before our evening meal together we will have a coaching session (don’t worry – not any running here) before spending the evening doing what we do best, chatting, eating and enjoying the west cork summer air in front of the fire pit (maybe even with a few marshmallows on sticks!)


2023 Bere Island Getaway Dates: 

We will have two retreats (July and August) this summer 2023 at this fabulous venue.

  • July : Monday 17th – Thursday 20th
  • Aug : Monday 14th – Thursday 17th

Pricing for 4 Days : 

  • Luxury Bell Tent : 1 Person private (€895)
  • Luxury Bell Tent : 2 Friends Sharing (€645 each)

Sharing rooms : If you wish to share a room, it will only be with friends you have chosen to travel with rather than us pairing strangers together. You can reserve the bell tent and decide then which buddy you wish to invite!

Book your place : Please email Mary if you are keen to book in with your accommodation preference, any dietary requirements and a little info about the running you currently do.

Getting there : The location is indeed remote but what we pay for in time on the journey is rewarded in the beauty of the destination. Ideally, break up your journey and stay Sunday night somewhere along the way to avoid too long a drive if you are coming from Dublin or further afield. Remember there is also a ferry to the Island. But we can send more details on directions closer to the time.

Roll on summer 2023 – I cannot wait to return to Bere Island and introduce you to the most amazing place.. Mary x