TESTIMONIALS

Please see below a selection of testimonials from past guests. 

We also have more detailed profiles on a few of our past guests which can be found on the Meet our guests page which gives you a more in depth look at some of the runners who attend out running holidays and what they thought of The Kenya Experience

“The camp was excellent, everything I expected and more!

The makeup of the group really helped. I was very glad it was so international and diverse. There was a good mix of ages, running abilities and objectives too – I would recommend that you make it clear that everyone is welcome, not just the super keen speedy guys.

I came away feeling that I really understood the Kenyan training philosophy, and that I had been exposed to it, both watching the elite athletes in Iten and in our own program. The volume of training we did and the atmosphere around it was perfect- not too ambitious or pressured. Also there was a good balance between training and activities that ensured the energy levels were in the right place.

Thanks again so much. I first contacted you over a year ago when I heard about The Kenya Experience – I’m so glad to have been able to see it through. I will be evangelizing far and wide about it!”

Adrian

Ireland, July 2017

“The Camp was absolutely fantastic.

I had an amazing time and will never forget it. The running was spectacular, the food excellent and company great fun. The organisation from Songok, Godfrey and Finn was also absolutely superb.

I came back feeling fitter than ever before and both astonished and inspired by the chance to meet Kipchoge, Kipsang, Kirui and Kiprotich amongst others.

A brilliant experience which I cannot recommend highly enough. I went thinking of it as a once in a life time experience but now want to come again!”

Tim

UK, July 2017

“I really enjoyed The Kenya Experience trip and am so glad I went. It was a fantastic experience and I learnt a lot. It was very nice to meet with local coaches and athletes, as well as to mix with fellow runners from across the world. It was super to have a pacemaker to run with, however, what I most enjoyed was training with the local Kenyans in such huge groups! I wish I could train with others like this more often!”

Jonathan

UK, August 2017

“This trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Not only did we have a wonderful group of interesting idividuals, our group leaders went above and beyond to keep us interested & inspired, filling our days with interesting speakers and visits to meet athletes, training camps, schools & coaches.
The training was also enjoyable and although I was slower than 90% of the group, myself and my running buddy were given a pacer of our own and we never felt pressured to run faster than we could manage.  We were constantly encouraged and cheered on by our group which was so nice.”
Jayne

UK, 2016

“I couldn’t recommend it enough – it was very organised both before and during the trip. Any questions I had before the trip were answered straight away and very clearly, and during the camp Songkok was really organised and was the perfect manager of the group. All trips we did such as going to St Patricks and visiting a primary school were all very interesting, and of course meeting all the elite athletes was an incredible experience!”

Alice

UK, 2016

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was honestly even better than I’d hoped it would be.  The Kenyan people are just amazing and it was incredible to see how welcoming the athletes were in particular. Thanks so much for putting this experience together”

Jonathan

South Africa, 2015

“I had an experience of a life time!  Although I am a recreational runner I felt right at home in Iten with so many Elites!  The program was very organized yet Timo help accommodate the program to the group’s needs.  I was also amazed how many of the world’s top athletes we actually able to meet and train with!  I want to come back!”

Melissa

USA, 2014

“For me this was the best trip I have ever been on and am definitely going to return. The people are warm and friendly, the set up for training is great and the opportunity to meet and run with elite runners is something that you would find very hard to match anywhere else. It was what I imagined in so many ways but better… just a brilliant time and certainly the trip of a lifetime. For anyone who loves running, this is a must do trip.”

Lisa

UK, 2013

“The camp blew all of my expectations out of the water.  I had a fantastic time.  I was very interested in all of the sessions we had and felt that I learned a lot about being a better runner and Kenyan running.  I was really impressed with the coaches knowledge of training, Kenyan running, and connections to speakers.  I appreciated how flexible and responsive the staff were to the group’s diverse needs.   

I really enjoyed hearing Tom speak and going to visit/run with his camp.  Running with the Kenyan camp was really awesome.  It was very interesting to hear Moses (Tanui) speak about how he thinks running has changed since he retired.  I also learned a lot from talking to the coaches about marathon training, specifically workouts that I could incorporate into my training.  I also enjoyed the core sessions with the Kenyans – they were so entertaining.

I think you did a great job of incorporating extra sessions for individuals within the group.

They (the staff) were fantastic! They made me feel very much at home.”

Angela

USA, 2011

“Every aspect of the camp was great, I learnt so much from the coaching and practical sessions.”

Jonathan

UK, 2011

“I LOVED The Kenya Experience 🙂 Songok was just wonderful – so welcoming and amazing.

Everything else was fantastic. Im considering coming again in March…”

Ellie

UK, August 2017

“Martha and I had a wonderful time in Kenya, it far exceeded my expectations. It was an amazing experience and I would love to go back. Songok and Godfrey were awesome in organising everything.

Chris

UK, July 2017

“Life is amazing. One day you read a book and get an inspiration. A year later you run in the same locations and meet the people who were key characters in the story. On top of that you get to know and train with fantastic people from all over the world. Not to mention all the top elite athletes you are privileged to meet and learn from.

All that and so much more happened to me in The Kenya Experience ‘Running With The Kenyans Camp’ at Iten. These past two weeks exceeded my expectations day after day. Words are not enough. Thank you”

Tarja

Finland, July 2017

“Had an absolutely fantastic time and learnt an incredible amount. I loved how it was a total immersive experience and we felt really embedded into the training culture. 

I thought the staff  were all fantastic, and it was great to have them with us. Accommodation, food and staff were all exceptional. Loved getting local food everyday! Godfrey and Willy were fantastic hosts and made us feel so so welcome and comfortable.

Overall an 11/10 experience and have already been recommending this to fellow club runners.”

Ben

UK, July 2017

“The camp was well organized and delivered on everything I expected.  The Kenya Experience left me humbled and inspired by the Kenyan style of running. I would highly recommend it!”

FIlsan

Canada, 2016

“I can’t wait to return to Kenya!  I had the most wonderful and memorable time.  Iten is truly a runners heaven.  If you love to run and you love the outdoors then you will absolutely love Iten. I am so glad that I signed up through The Kenya Experience.  The camp was very organized.  I didn’t need to try to figure out where to run or what to do. They did it all for me. I met so many elite runners and felt very inspired by the whole experience. I would recommend this trip to any runner.

For me, it was not all about the running. Though, I am a competitive runner and wanted to see improvement, I also wanted to experience Kenya and get to the know the Kenyan way of life.  I loved that we went to local schools and were able to see the kids.  Our group donated school supplies that was brought from home or purchased in Kenya. I loved being able to see what was needed and ways that I can help out.”

I highly recommend this trip. It will change you for the good.

Jenni

USA, 2014

“First and foremost, I would like to thank you guys for providing us with this great opportunity ! I believe this is a perfect opportunity for runners of any backgrounds, both short and long distance. Our group had a lot of fun and we really enjoyed it!

The scenery of the places we ran is just STUNNING ! I can not stress enough the beauty of the forest there !!!

Lastly, I would want to give a huge shout out to Timo and Hugo ! You guys have been amazing and I do not think there is any need to stress out how much we loved them, they know it themselves :-)”

Ahmad

Azerbaijan, 2014

“The Kenya Experience blew away my expectations. HATC is a world class facility in a town of world class athletes, and the Kenya Experience allowed me to be a part of the action and be treated like a world class athlete myself. In addition to the running, experiencing Kenya and the life in Iten was an eye-opening, SAFE experience that left me a changed-person, for the better. I simply cannot express how wonderful this experience was. Regardless of your dedication to running, the staff at HATC and people of Iten are welcoming. Truly a trip of a lifetime.”

Brady

USA, 2012

“A big thank you to you and your wonderful camp. With your help I managed to run my goal of sub 80 at Two Oceans. I am so stoked. Ran 79m06s, a 3min pb on that course. When things got tough I just thought of all those runs in Kenya and pushed on. Thank you for helping me achieve my goal”

Ian

South Africa, 2011

“The Kenya Experience Training camp was the best experience of my life to date; surpassing all my expectations. It was perfect for me; being my first time both in Kenya and at altitude. I really benefitted from the structure and support network that the camp provided; yet also relished the freedom within the camp’s setup; giving me a chance to explore Iten for myself.

The camp was the perfect chance to train amongst some of the world’s greatest runners with likeminded athletes. The coaching is truly fantastic and covers all bases from the expected sessions and mileage to conditioning, technique and the mental side of running.

However what made the camp the marvel that it is was the people; both at HATC and within Iten itself. I’ve never met such a friendly and welcoming society who are as excited to see you as you are to be there. The ‘family’ feeling of being at camp is what made it such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to return”

Seb

UK, 2011

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The Kenya Experience

The Kenya Experience was founded by Husband and Wife team Gavin and Lauren in 2010 and provides opportunities for runners of all levels to experience the magic of running in Iten, the self proclaimed 'Home of Champions' in Kenya. Our objective is to make Kenya an accessible training location for all runners irregardless of age or running speed. We host camps which are open to runners of all levels and experiences across the year and are also available for private bookings from schools, clubs etc. We use expert staff, both local and international who will ensure you have a safe, exciting and informative training camp. The camps are designed to give you an authentic taste of Kenyan style training whilst also immersing you in the culture of the local running scene.
The Kenya Experience
The Kenya ExperienceMonday, October 23rd, 2017 at 4:04am
She's done it again!

It's another world record for Joyciline Jepkosgei who takes 1 second from her own world record to win the Valencia Half Marathon in 64:51

Congratulations to Joyciline

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The Kenya ExperienceSunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 8:17pm
Are you racing this weekend?

Action shot from the lead women's pack in the Madoka Half Marathon in Kenya.

Nancy Kiprop who trains in Iten took the women's honours in 1hr 14 on the brutal hilly course

Nancy is in the light blue top to the far right of the picture