Spanish Trail Running Adventures with Trail Events Co
We are delighted to be able to offer you the trail running adventure of a lifetime by joining us for a week (7 nights – Full board) of guided trail running on the beautiful Costa Blanca.
Based in the region of Marina Baixa in Alicante, you’ll get an opportunity to run the Iconic Mountains of Puig Campana and Sierra Bernia; including the Vertical Kilometer course. The region boasts some of the best trail running in Spain and is home the Costa Blanca Trails Race every year in late November.
We will also be joined by Scott sponsored athlete Lowri Morgan who will be with us on all of the runs and be on hand to offer real time coaching and advice. Lowri will also hold a number of masterclass seminars and talks throughout the week.
Lowri is a world class extreme endurance athlete, adventurer and BAFTA-award winning TV presenter. Making her mark in the world of endurance sport, Lowri has competed in some of the toughest footraces on the planet. These include the Jungle Marathon and the 6633 Ultra Marathon.
A top ten place in the Jungle Marathon, a 140 mile race along the Amazon River in Brazil, saw Lowri wading through swamps full of anacondas and swimming through rivers home to piranhas, all this in a temperature of 40ºC and 90% humidity, with 15kgs on her back.
Lowri won the 6633 Ultra in the Arctic Circle, becoming one of only a handful of athletes to complete the race. The 6633 Ultra Marathon is a 350 mile non-stop, self-sufficient race in the Arctic Circle; Lowri was running in temperatures as low as -40ºC and against winds of up to 70 mph.
Lowri has also sky-dived from planes, skied some of the toughest mountains, scuba-dived in dangerous waters, and completed seven marathons, two Ironman triathlon races, as well as being one of around 100 people in the world to have dived the wreck of the Titanic.
Lowri was part of the first all-woman team to enter the arduous Three Peaks Challenge. One of the oldest and most remarkable multi-sport endurance races in the world; it combines ultra-distance running and sailing with navigation around some of the most challenging coastline in the UK. She has also represented Wales at rugby, athletics and cross country.
Over the weekend Lowri will present her insights and share her thoughts and experiences on the following topics:
- Understanding potential
- The power of your mind
- Courage and being bold
- Resilience is king
- Mind over miles
- Endurance and ultra-marathons
- Seeking suffering though ultra-running
- Motives of a long distance runner
- Embracing failure/ Fear of failure
- Perseverance and determination
- Training – lessons learned
- Overcoming injuries
- Preparing for extreme heat and cold
Hotel Villa Morena.
Located between Puig Campana and the beautiful beaches of La Cala Finestrat and La Vila Joiosa, less than 10 minutes drive from the incredible mountain trails. Villa Morena features rooms with views of the ocean and the mountains.
We will have exclusive use of Villa Morena, we will be the only guests when we are training!
Surrounded by trees, Villa Morena is located in the town of Finestrat. It features a comfortable, stylish, country-style décor and a furnished terrace that overlooks the mountains.
Each air-conditioned room at Villa Morena is equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with shower. There is also free Wi-Fi and the suites have a hydromassage shower, as well as a balcony.
It’s a stunning location right at the foothills of the mountains, with the vertical kilometer route less then five minutes from the front door.
Their menu is something very special and top class, with a full range of local cuisine and Spanish flavours to get you ready, keep you going and refuel you in the evenings after a hard day on the trails. We may not be in the hotel for lunch, if so, the hotel will supply us with a wonderful picnic for lunch.
Trail Running Guides
Our local experienced guides who have extensive knowledge of the Mountain trails, full mountain leader qualifications, will guide you around this stunning region of Spain. Making this a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the best that trail running in Spain can offer you.
One of our favourite running routes starts at the heliport in the little town of Polop, taking in two of the most iconic mountains in the region; Monte Ponoig and Puig Campana. Ponoig or Leon Dormido (Sleeping Lion), as it is affectionately known by the locals, stands at 1182m above sea level and from the town of Polop it resembles a giant sleeping Lion. Puig Campana (Bell Peak) stands at 1408m and has the famous Vertical Kilometer course which takes you from Font del Moli at 340m to the summit over a distance of 3.8KM.
From the heliport in Polop you climb 500m through a beautiful pine forest before heading down to Coll de Pouet via a narrow trail. From Coll de Pouet you descend a technical trail to Font Del Moli, where you’re able to replenish your water from one of the many natural springs in the area, after filling your water bottles you can either head to the summit of El Puig via the challenging VK1 course or back to Coll de Pouet via a the circular route. Where we’ll head through the narrow rocky step that is Coll de Llam at 1100m, before a long descent back to Polop via el Camino de la casa de Dios (The Road to God’s House).
This is just one of the many routes we have to choose from in these spectacular mountains.
This aggressive mountainous terrain provides a real test for even the most experienced of trail runners, with gnarly paths and trails dramatically carved into the limestone rock.
These testing runs do not go without reward on the trails of the Costa Blanca. Runners and hikers are always treated to a wealth of spectacular views, breath-taking ridges, dramatic pinnacles, huge caves and jaw-dropping rock arches, making this area of Spain an absolute must-visit location for any outdoor enthusiast.
The following is included in the price:
- 7 nights Full Board accommodation in the stunning Hotel Villa Morena on a sharing basis.
- 6 Guided runs on the best trails in the region.
- Expert coaching.
- Evening talks and presentations
- Yoga or Pilates sessions
- Significant Elevation
- Activity Insurance (we also recommend having your own activity travel insurance)
- Packed lunches (depending on planned route)
- Transport to and from runs if required
- Photos/videos of your days in the mountains
- Trail Events Co Hoodie
- Trail Events Co T-shirt
- Trail Events Co Morf
What’s not Included:
- Running snacks
- Running equipment
- Travel Insurance
- Afternoon: Meet at Hotel Villa Morena in Finestrat
- Check-In followed by lunch
- 19:30: welcome meeting, introductions, briefing, Day 2 run plan followed by dinner
Day 2 to 7:
- 7am: Breakfast
- 8am – 9am: Run / hike
- 2-3pm: Return to hotel
- 6:30pm: Meet for debrief of the day, briefing of next day’s run
- 9pm – 10pm: Dinner
Full Itinerary supplied when you sign up, with a break down of each day and where you will be running.
- Optional morning walk, before or after breakfast depending on flight times and check-out times
- 11am wrap meeting before check-out
- Flexible check-out times depending on flights. (If your flight is in the evening, you can stay and use the facilities until your flight)
For your own safety and enjoyment, and that of the group, we suggest you bring the following equipment with you as a minimum. When you register we will provide a full recommended kit list and further information on weather conditions and terrain.
- Running vest or other form of comfortable pack to carry spare clothing, food and water for a day out.
- Bottles or bladder to a combined capacity of 2L minimum
- Salt tablets/ electrolytes
- Wind proof jacket
- Trail running shoes
- Running clothes
- Long running tights
- Thin base layer / long sleeved shirt
- Thin gloves
- Buff / visor
- Sun cream
- Own running snacks (can be purchased in town)
- Mobile phone which works in Spain
If you are bringing running poles, please make sure you put them in checked luggage and not in hand luggage.
Most runs will be on mountain trials, single tracks and dirt roads. The expected elevation over the 6 days is going to be + 5000m and the expected distance over the 6 days will be +100km. The trails are very technical in sections and can be rocky; the climate in the region is good all round and we can expect temperatures between 18-24 degrees.
Flights to Alicante airport with EasyJet or Ryan Air go from most UK airports and can be bought at a reasonable price for this time of the year.
Transfers too and from the airport can be arranged at an extra cost.
Alternatively you can book a shuttle bus with Beniconnect, which is far cheaper than a taxi.
Sunday 21st February – Sunday 28th February
Sunday 28th February – Sunday 7th March