Morocco - Atlas Mountains Running Adventure

The perfect short break for runners wanting to experience magnificent mountainous areas within the Berber culture of Morocco. Acclimatising through an orientation trekking day, followed by varied running routes to suit the individual from intermediate to advanced running experience and ability, we discover new routes with incredible views and terrain’

D1 – Marrakech, Transfer from Marrakesh airport to the Berber Riad in Imlil. If time allows, we will have a short walk around the valley, Berber villages and waterfalls. (Overnight in Riad Imlil)

D2 – Acclimatisation trek to Assaoul summit 2700m via Tizi n’Tamatert pass (2279m.)

Great views over both Imlil & Tachedirt valley as well Toubkal peaks. Down to the pass for lunch, walk back to the riad in the afternoon. (Overnight in Riad Imlil)

D3 – Run AM and back to Riad Imlil for lunch. PM run

After an early breakfast, we run through Tidli forest and Akhbou n’Ouzilal and then onwards down through the village. Stunning views over Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Back to the riad for lunch, free time in the afternoon, by the swimming pool.

(Overnight in Riad Imlil)

D4 – Azzaden circular day run with packed lunch

Early breakfast run up Tizi Mzik pass (2584m) and Azzaden valley with its berber villages (1800m) before heading up towards Tizi Oudid pass (2000m), down again to Imlil valley and continue to the riad. (Overnight in Riad Imlil)

N.B. This itinerary can be used for Pro runners and intermediate runners. There is an option for those that are strong and capable to run up to the top of Mt. Toubkal on tha last day (4,189m.) For those that do, the price is the same as shown below.

D5 – Transfer to Marrakesh airport

After breakfast, transfer back to Marrakech airport.

Hours of running each day:

The hours of running depend on the individual. Your run guides will explain the terrain and plan for each day, and you will then be able to decide on what your focus is for the morning and afternoon in terms of run distance and time. The group can be split into smaller groups depending on the overall ability. The itinerary has flexibility built into it, including safety measures in case of injury.


All dietary requirements are catered for including vegetarian, vegan, gluten, wheat, dairy and nut intolerant.

The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is fresh, packed with energy, essential nutrients, morale boosting, tasty and plenty of it!

Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip

  • Running clothing and footwear suitable for the terrain and all weather conditions
  • Daysack to run with carrying essential items including water bottles
  • First aid kit including blister pack
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Walking/running poles
  • Snacks
  • Personal Expenses

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Paul - Sandbach

I have been doing these sessions with Performance To Summit and Dave Pickles for the last 3 years and cannot stress how much of a positive impact that these sessions have had on myself and family. Without a doubt the sessions are tough, but they are done in such a way that they are enjoyable and we look forward to them as a family. The sessions are all year round in all weathers,(rain, snow wind – all of them together) and during the winter in the dark, the true testament to me is that not only do my teenagers want to go regularly, without being pushed, but they along other teenagers within the group have been known to drag their reluctant parents to a session in the rain and dark in January, which is down to Dave, his motivational skills and the inspiration he gives us. The benefits we get from these sessions are not only physical, I can see how we have all grown in positive mental attitude, self-confidence and general wellbeing and I can see that in others who are part of the Performance To Summit family. I am not sure what I would do if these sessions ever stopped which was a massive concern for me once lockdown started, however, Dave launched the on line version which has been a fantastic success although I do still miss the face to face sessions and the interaction with the other Performance To Summit fitness family members.

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Carol - Davenham

Dave is so supportive and encouraging even when he’s pushing you to improve.
I have been involved in his fitness sessions for many months now and they keep me strong and flexible and as a 60+ year old I find this extremely important
I highly recommend his sessions - you won’t regret it

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The sessions are hard, but fun (if that’s possible)? Dave’s endless positivity turns any event into a positive one. The sessions during lockdown have been great, not only in order to keep fit but also to keep connected with others. We laugh, we smile, we grimace, but we are all fitter and stronger as a result. Why not give it a go?

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I began my journey with Performance To Summit following a recommendation from a friend who said it may help me improve my fitness and strength and help to resolve a long standing problem with sciatic pain caused by a problem with my Piriformis muscle.
When I began, I was reasonably fit having exercised regularly throughout my life, however this pain was causing me problems and I was becoming frustrated by not being able to exercise as I would like. I informed Dave of my injury and the exercises I took part in were adapted where needed to help with this injury. Through attending regularly and developing correct form on the functional exercises given by Dave my injury improved, to the point of being pain free. This was a really positive outcome and I continued to regularly attend Dave’s sessions and my fitness and strength has improved greatly. Initially I could not do more than a few sit ups or press ups and I can now confidently and correctly complete many sets of these during a session.
At every session Dave asks if there are any injuries or restrictions and then the exercises and sessions are adapted as needed. This is always done in a positive, reassuring and motivating way, so you never feel like you cannot achieve. His positivity and enthusiasm are unmeasurable. I feel fitter and stronger than ever before.

Abi - Sandbach

When I first started attending the Performance To Summit fitness sessions, I had ruptured my ACL and was waiting for surgery. In the weeks prior to my operation, through the fitness sessions, Dave encouraged me to get my knee and hamstring as strong as possible. Following surgery, even before I could walk without crutches, Dave devised exercises I could do whilst sitting and using my crutches in novel ways to keep my upper body active and me challenged! Through every stage of my rehabilitation, Dave was full of encouragement and constantly adapting exercises as part of the session to keep me motivated and fully involved. Still being able to be part of the Performance To Summit team was a huge boost mentally; being outside with an amazing group of like-minded people is great for self-esteem. The support I received from Dave through Performance To Summit was invaluable to my recovery; he made me believe in myself that I would reach my ultimate goal of getting back on the hockey pitch. Even though it was a year from operation to achieving this, Dave was always positive, always encouraging, and always listened to how I was feeling and how hard he could push me without ever making me feel like it was too much. Without Dave’s constant encouragement and positivity, I know my rehabilitation would have been much harder - his drive drove me - it’s infectious!

Neil -Sandbach

I have had lower back pain for many years and suffer from occasional acute exacerbations which can severely limit my mobility. This can be very frustrating for someone who is very keen on sport and exercise! I have attended the fitness sessions run by Dave for a number of years and he has provided great help and support in managing this chronic condition. Dave is able to tailor his sessions to help with rehabilitation, recommending appropriate exercises to increase mobility and core strength. He also pays great attention to the psychological aspects of injury, providing constant encouragement and motivation, which is key to recovery.