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What is the 100km experience?

This event is designed to appeal to all levels of runners.

Most but not all, will have had some running experience and this is the perfect event for the

Half Marathon runner who is looking to ‘up the anti’ and try something new.

 

The ‘challenge’ of this event still exists for the more experienced runner…and will certainly appeal to those looking for a completely new, interesting and exciting running adventure.

The challenge itself consists of 4 x 25km days.

On each of these days, we have designed a unique, picturesque, varied and ‘fully supported’ running experience…all you have to do it get up, get dressed, eat breakfast and run!

You have a ‘window of 3hrs’ to complete each 25km daily route.

 

The Route

We have selected the region of ‘interior Andalucia’ for its special blend of beautiful landscapes and vibrant historic culture. You will see Spain as never before, your perception will be redefined as we steer you far away from the over developed holiday resorts. Returning home having touched and tasted the hidden gems of this breathtaking region.

The Terrain

The ’underfoot’ terrain each day will be varied – which always adds to the enjoyment of the whole experience. Throughout the four running days  – you will undertake a mixture of tarmac (in the main)  both flat and undulating at points, hard surface and good gravel – with the occasional Roman cobbled road thrown in for good measure!

The Services and Support Each day is mapped out for you; carefully planned to ensure your running is safe, enjoyable and an experience you’ll never forget!

 

Hotels: twin or triple share with private bathroom and shower.

At the end of each 25km run, there will be an opportunity to shower, change, have lunch and enjoy a massage.

Afternoon Program
Time to relax, recover or discover something new. There will be optional excursions (at your own cost) offering a chance to explore the region and participate in the local culture.

Food: tasty and nutritious throughout; taking into account your physical needs.

Run ‘Support Team’: Allowing you to fully concentrate on the task ahead!

Transport

                         Water/snack stations (every 5km)

                         English speaking Tour Doctor

                         Front and rear support vehicles

                         Post run – 10 min leg massage (run days 1,2 and 3)

                         Safe and secure timings plus clear route marking

Let the adventure begin!

Day 1: Sunday 4th

Air Transfer from London to Malaga

Flying early from London (Gatwick) – we arrive in Malaga midday. Taking an immediate coach transfer (approx 1hr) we head to our first hotel in the region close to Ardales (a typical pretty white village situated in the ‘lake’ area north west of Malaga). This beautiful region leaves a trail of history to discover– from prehistoric cave dwellings, to the present day evidence of the invasion of the Moors and later the Romans. Ardales itself, once a significant frontier between Castilla and Granada – still shows remnants of its once magnificent ancient castle. After a welcome orientation, we share lunch together and an opportunity to enjoy your surroundings. Time for a short warm up walk / run between the lakes or simply relax and recover from your journey. For the more adventurous,  take a walk through a natural underground tunnel of  approx 300m.

Team Brief and dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: basic tourist class hotel La Posada del Conde, El Chorro

 

Day 2: Monday 5th

El Chorro circuit.

Run 1 (25km)

After breakfast we take a 30 min coach transfer – transporting us 25km from the hotel to the village of Campillos, north of the hotel and the lakes.

 

Our run starts in the heart of one of Andalucia’s most attractive natural areas – which happens to be least visited too. You will enjoy the sight of a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and pine forests with sweeping views of olive groves in the distance. A few kms outside the village we start the run, this route leads us back to our first hotel, where we utilize a late check out – allowing you to lunch, shower and have a well deserved massage. The road is tarmac today, slightly undulating, weaving between lakes, pine forests and superb views. A few steep ups and downs but on the whole the route descends from 540m asl to 335m asl.

Afternoon – 45 min transfer direct to Ronda – including an optional vineyard tour and FREE Ronda guided visit on route. Team Brief and dinner in nearby restaurant, 5 minutes from the hotel..

Overnight: basic tourist class hotel, in the centre of Ronda.

 

Day 3: Tuesday 6th

Ronda’s Bandit Countryside

RUN 2  (25km)

 

Short transfer to the start (approx 30mins north of  Ronda).

This run takes in a mixture of vineyards, mountain views and of course, an exciting finish into Ronda itself, straddling two sides of an immense and breath-taking canyon. We start on top of a steep hill just outside the village of Setenil at an altitude of 800m asl. The views are spectacular. The terrain for the first 15km is undulating with good  tarmac. The last 10km are hard gravel tracks, a short country trail, some broken tarmac  and our major challenge for the last kms will be the lovely cobble-stoned Roman road to Ronda.

A tough day, it’s certainly no ‘time trial’, more an endurance test. Buffet lunch & massage on site of hotel.

Ronda offers some of inland Spain’s most dramatic scenery. Also home to centuries of Banditry, it is a perfect place to explore on foot. An afternoon tour of Ronda is an absolute ‘must’ as well as discovering the fine art of ‘tapas’ dining – and perhaps a visit to the local caves and waterfalls in the nature reserve. Team brief and dinner. Overnight: basic tourist class hotel.

 

Day 4: Wednesday 7th

Los Angeles to San Martin (the River Valley run).

RUN 3  (25km)

 

After breakfast we transfer 45 min south-west from Ronda to begin today’s run. Shortly after setting off from the small village of Los Angeles the quiet, tarmac road follows the valley of the rio Guadiaro through lush countryside, orange groves and farmhouses. The route is on rural, paved road, broken poor quality tarmac in places.

We pass the small town of San Martin del Tesorillo, cross over the rio Guadiaro bridge ending with a slow 2km uphill to our guesthouse, a beautiful converted farmhouse in the middle of the citrus groves. The Mediterranean coast is getting ever closer. Buffet lunch & massage at our hotel. Time in the afternoon to recuperate, relax and enjoy –  with possible optional tour to the famous Rock of Gibraltar.

Team Brief and dinner. Overnight: Guest House Papuda, San Martin.

Day 5: Thursday 8th

Tarifa and the Pirate Coast

RUN 4 (25km)

 

For the start of our final and spectacular run – we take a 1.5hr transfer after breakfast to the Atlantic Coast, passing through the town of Algeciras. A drastic change of countryside from the last 3 days as our final run takes us to the famous coastline of Tarifa, one of Europe’s oldest settlements and a virtual arm’s reach to Africa. This highly scenic run brings us along the shorelines of where the Med meets the Atlantic. We start just outside Tarifa at a tiny beach village called Bolonia, situated behind the headland Punta Paloma. The first kms are a long but gradual uphill (tarmac) passing ancient Roman ruins on the way.  For the middle part of the run it’s downhill followed by flat tarmac until we come to the final 7km. This is the final challenge as we run over a flat golden wide beach along the Atlantic shoreline. Closer to Tarifa we run onto a wooden walk-way alongside the beach and straight into the old part of town for the finish. The perfect end to your challenge. Buffet lunch on site of hotel. Afternoon optional excursions to be confirmed.

Our terrain today is a mix of tarmac and good gravel road uphill to start, then downhill leading to slight undulations and long flat finish on sand.

Tonight we celebrate your achievement with a ‘Gala Dinner’ at nearby beachside chiringuito with waves lapping up to the bar.

Overnight: basic tourist class hotel, Tarifa.

 

 

Day 6: Friday 9th

After breakfast we leave on our coach transfer (approx 2hrs) to Malaga Airport, boarding a mid day flight back to the UK approx 13.50.

 

  • Flights, accommodation, all Spanish transfers and meals included – apart from lunch on day 1 and day 6
  • Optional excursions will be at your own cost
  • You will be responsible for the organisation and cost of your travel insurance
  • Airport Tax will be due ten weeks before departure (half of this sum will be paid for by the MNDA)

 

  

Any questions?

Need some further information?

Want to join the ‘Run España’ team now?

 

Call Anita Frith on 00 44 1604 611 867

or email: Anita Frith for further information.

Please note this is a complex itinerary which is subject to change.

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