V.R.R. Tour News – Spring 2019 (the one with a little bit on the side)
So good to see so many enjoying a great time in Lausanne a few weeks ago; despite the some ~challenging~ weather during race weekend.
So what do we have on the menu for Spring 2019?
Well by popular demand, I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be returning to Benidorm, Spain for the Benidorm International Half Marathon and 10K on Saturday 2nd March
A sunset start at 18:30hrs, the race takes a flat route around the city’s main streets plus Levante and Poniente beaches. Add in the usual fun, frolics and culture this gem of place offered during previous tours in 2011 and 2012, we know this favourite, little corner of Spain won’t fail to wipe away those Winter Blues.
So as usual …….. here’s all the vitals (besides bucket and spade) to kick start your tour experience.
See full details (in English) and on line entry available now at https://benidormhalf.com/?lang=en#
Race entry fees (valid up to 31st Dec) are: 19 EURO for half marathon and 15 EURO for 10km.
NB.. 3 Euro race license fee also applies for international runners (both events).
Fees include medal and technical t-shirt.
No medical certificate required.
Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Alicante from the North West of England.
Alicante is the nearest airport to Benidorm; approx.. 55km and 45 mins by car / taxi.
Flight time approx. 2hrs 50 mins.
Please see below for a small number of examples. Check out the VRR Facebook Event page for further details / options; kindly provided by Sharon Clixby (many thanks Sharon!).
From Liverpool (Easyjet)
Departing Friday 1st March at 16.30 – £71.64 or Thursday 28th February at 16.30 – £59.52
Returning Monday 4th March (20.50 hrs) – £39.45
From Manchester (Ryanair)
Departing Friday March 1st at 06.40 – £50.99 or Thursday 28th February at 06.40 – £38.55 (
16.30 outbound flight also available for £19,99)
Returning Monday March 4th at 11.05 – £31.61 or Tuesday 5th March at 11.05 – £19.99
NB.. Above fares as of 16th November and exclude luggage, pre booked seats & booking fees etc…
Depending upon your length of stay, you could also consider holiday packages through the usual tour operators and also websites such as ebookers.com and expedia.co.uk. Some packages can be as low as £175 per person for a 3 night hotel / flight deal.
Plentiful choice of hotels and self-catering in Benidorm centre and Old Town.
Some Expedia packages can be as low as £175 per person for a 3 night hotel / flight deal.
In previous years the club have stayed at the 3 star, Bristol Park Benidorm Hotel and the 4 star Benidorm Plaza; both of which are close to be race start / finish areas.
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
THE 2019 SPRING TWIST !
Benidorm will be the Club’s 32nd OFFICIAL Tour. On this occasion, we’re aware a number of club runners already have prior commitments in early March. If you fall into this category or just feel like more sunshine, running abroad, why not join Dave, Tony, Sharon and others for the 21st Logicom Cyprus Marathon, Half, 10k and 5km in Paphos. This event takes place on Sunday 17th March. A separate VRR Facebook event page will be set up with full details.
Cheers for now Gary J. 🙂