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  Bournemouth Athletic Club - March 2010

Train and Race in the beautiful surroundings of the French Pyrenees mountains!

Photo: Bournemouth Athletic Club - March 2010
  John Boyes has been running competitively for over 35 years. His best times range from 3-57.9 for 1500 metres, to 2-13-20 for the marathon, at which he has represented England and Great Britain. His marathon victories include Glasgow, Westland (Holland) Miami and Cherbourg. He moved to France in 2004 and still retains his enthusiasm for the sport and would love to pass on his years of knowledge and experience. He is also a keen cyclist, completing Lands End John O’Groats in 2003 and gradually ticking off the famous Tour de France climbs.


John Boyes training with Helen Ambrosen



During the past 2 years we have run several successful running training weeks. These are mostly based on marathon build up...

We offer half board accommodation, which leaves plenty of time to train, eat, rest, stretch, train, eat and sleep.

All runs and sessions are organised to suit all standards, with the speed sessions and time trials organised on a handicap basis.

Notable visitors have been Steve Way, who in 7 years has run 2-15-16 for the marathon. He is an England and Great Britain international, representing England in the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014, was the first English finisher, in 10th place overall and breaking the long standing British over 40's marathon record previously held by Ron Hill. In 2014 he also broke the British record for 100k, in 6-19-20.

Helen Ambrosen, Bournemouth Athletics Club, had a disappointing Berlin marathon last September, in 3-38. Following a new year training week, and a further week at the end of February, she went on to win the British Masters over 50 title in Lochabar, in a lifetime best time of 3-18, despite having had to drive up from Poole due to the Volcano. She has just returned for another weeks training, in which she ran another lifetime best total of 100 miles, some of it at over 6,000 feet. She will be running the Toulouse marathon in October, hoping to improve still further and beat the 3-15 barrier.

We can organise training weeks for up to 6 people at any time of year, please contact us for details.

  Kath Boyes met John at a spring training camp in Portugal in 1990, and they were married 3 years later in St Lucia. Although unable to run with John, she still joins John and Robbie on her mountain bike. On the other days she uses her road bike. She is also a very keen walker, and loves gardening and cooking, a fact much appreciated by our guests. She is also an accomplished artist, specialising in animal portraits in watercolour and acrylic. Her work can be seen at  

Kath Boyes

  Robbie is a 12 year old Border Collie who we adopted from a French farm for the princely sum of one bottle of wine. Robbie is tri–lingual, understanding English, French and bones. Since the age of 6 months he has accompanied us on all of our runs, and on one occasion he took a guest around a 10k loop by himself, ensuring he knew the way and crossed the road safely (the guest). Robbie now competes in Cani Cross events with John.  

Robbie Boyes


  Glen is a young pup Border Collie who recently joined our family after we rescued him from the refuge. Robbie and Glen are are getting on fine!  

Glen Boyes




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