About us

Our small yet dedicated team has running at the heart of everything we do. Stay with us and run your socks off…

Chrissy and Karl

Chris and Karl winter trails
Runners Refuge is run by Chrissy Roe and Karl Faulkner, both long time Chamonix residents and trail running enthusiasts. Between them they’ve ran in a wide range of running events and races including the Trail des Aiguilles Rouges (twice) the Courchevel X Trail and the Paris Marathon amongst others. Beyond there enthusiasm for running and the trails Chrissy and Karl have built many years of hospitality experience, are committed to offering a home away from home with great food, top quality service in a comfortable ambiance.

Mike and Debbie @ Magic Hands sports physiotherapy

Physio Mike and Debbie
Our physio and sports masseuse professionals. Both British trained and qualified Chartered Physiotherapists with a combined experience of over 20 years’ gained in teaching hospitals and private practice. They are state registered to practice physio and massage in the UK and France, and have been offering massage and physio services from their base in Chamonix since 2004. Having worked with sports people of all levels including the elite runners in The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc such as Kilian Jornet and Emilie Forsberg. From sports massage to injury prevention and rehab they are on hand to give you their expert advice.

Emma Lawrenson – private gourmet chef

For those traveling as a group and interested in adding a nutritional aspect to their stay. Emma is a sports enthusiast who has experience in sports nutrition. Emma has gained experience in running health and well-being courses and catering for endurance athletes and triathletes. By integrating whole foods and nutritional awareness she specialises in creating delicious food for both performance and recovery. Please contact us for more information regarding this service.