Autumn tour!

V.R.R. Tour 29 News – Autumn 2017               
Hello Folks!
By popular demand this year’s Autumn tour will see us return to Espana for a truly unique event in the form of the 9th EDP Bilbao Night Marathon Event on Saturday 21st October.  
In addition to a 42K run (2 laps), there are Half Marathon and 10km options; all accompanied by fireworks and live performances on an urban circuit through the main streets of Bilbao. Race starts from San Memes Stadium and finishes outside the spectacular, world famous Guggenheim museum.  
Bilbao is the de facto capital of the Basque country in Northern Spain and has a wealth of amazing buildings, squares, museums and churches to occupy your time. You can also head off for a bit of beach life in the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian; just over an hour away by car / bus.     
So as usual …….. here’s all the vitals to kick start your tour experience. 
Race Information 

Full details in English and on line entry available now at http://www.edpbilbaomarathon.com

Race Start Time: 8:30pm

Bib and timing chip pick up available on Friday and Saturday up until 7.30pm.  

Capacities, as always, are limited in races like this (12,000 across all categories); so to avoid disappointment, it’s strongly recommended you register for your race BEFORE booking travel and any accommodation. 

Race entry fees are: 19 Euro for 10km, 25 Euro for 21.1Km and 42 Euro for 42.2Km.   

Fees includes medal and commemorative t-shirt. 

No medical certificate required.  
Recommended Flights 

Easyjet flying from Manchester:

Departing 18:30 Friday, 20th and Returning Monday or Tuesday at 10:55 – Cost circa £88 (ex hold luggage, pre booked seats & booking fees). Thursday / Mon trip would be £73.     

No other direct low cost airline options from Northern England airports. Nearest alternative would be from London Stansted; again with Easyjet. Return prices approx. £77. 

However, still do consider flying indirect from Manchester; there being numerous options; albeit with longer travel time. Typical minimum fares with a single stop over either way start at £140 approx.. See websites such as ebookers.com and expedia.co.uk for additional info and flight / hotel pacakges.    
Hotels 

Check out Accorhotels.com for potential Ibis and Mercure accommodation:

2 star Ibis Bilbao Centro – from £232 

4 star Mercure (in city centre) – from £372  

Prices based on 4 nights for 2 adults. 
Insurance & Medical Assistance

Like any holiday, don’t forget to arrange adequate insurance for your trip. 

In addition, if you haven’t got one already, you should also travel with a valid / up to date, European Health Insurance Card (formerly the E111) – see https://www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card
As usual if there are any queries, thoughts or comments, please do feel free to contact me on my mobile: 00421 949 547 205. Alternatively please e-mail: gary.jenkinson1@yahoo.co.uk
Cheers for now                                                                                                                                                                               

Gary J. 🙂

27/04/17

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