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V.R.R. Autumn Tour News 2019

V.R.R. Tour News – Autumn 2019

Hello Folks!

After highly successful, recent trips to Benidorm and Paphos, I’m excited to announce that the 2019 Autumn Tour will take VRR to Ghent; in the Flemish region of Belgium.

More fun and games await us; with Ghent boasting beautiful castles, a cathedral, lots of churches, museums, cobbled streets, stunning medieval architecture and oh…. Beer!!! Numerous bars to choose from in the city centre; along with brewery tours; including the world famous Gruut Brewery where herbs are used instead of hops. Add in the opportunity to also visit other near-by cities such as Bruges, Brussels, Anwterp and Ypres (for WW1 sites), this Autumn’s tour promises to be a cracking location.

As for running ( whoops – I Almost forgot!!),the Pauwels Consulting Ghent event on Sunday 27th October offers everything from a full marathon and half marathon ; right the way through to 10km and 5km options. Courses take in mixed urban and riverside surroundings plus a finish inside the Topsporthal arena. Maximum day time temperature not too cool either – average day time high temperature is 15C.
So as usual …….. here’s all the vitals to kick start your tour experience. 
(Thanks to John Milward for the original idea)

Race Information
See full details (in English) and on line entry available now at https://www.marathonvangent.com
Capacities, as always, are limited in each of the race categories; so to avoid disappointment, it’s strongly recommended you register for your race BEFORE booking travel and any accommodation.
Race entry fees are: €30-40 for half marathon (2pm race start) and €20 – 30 for 10km (9:45am race start). Refer website for other categories (inc. start times).
Fees include medal and chip timing.
Event t-shirts cost €15 extra.

Recommended Flights & Onward Transport
Manchester International has:
– Ryanair flying twice daily to Brussels Charleroi Airport (36 km from the centre of Brussels)
– Brussels Airlines, who depart 3 times a day to Brussels Airport (very close to Brussels city centre).
Many permitations available and all generally well under £100.
For example:
– Friday 25th ; departing 07:50 and returning Monday 28th at 21:10 costs circa £42 (Ryanair)
– Friday 25th; departing 06:05 and returning Monday at 21:15 costs £86 (Brussels Airlines)
Above fares exclude hold luggage, pre booked seats & booking fees.
NB. Liverpool John Lennon flights to Brussels)
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.

Regular trains links between Brussels city centre and Ghent; journey time being approx.. 40 mins. Ticket costs approx. €11 (one way). The Bus / Train transfer between Charleroi and Brussels city centre takes circa 40 – 60 mins and costs around (€12).

Accommodation
Plentiful hotels in Ghent centre.
Ibis Centrum St Baafs currently £224
Ibis Centrum Opera £203
Ibis Central Budget £160
Novotel Centrum £300
All prices are per room; based on 3 nights (ex breakfast).

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

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. 🙂
23/04/19

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One comment on “Next Tour
  1. Gary Jenkinson says:

    That was Spring —- Now for Autumn 2014

    V.R.R. Autumn Tour News 2014
    Hi Folks!

    It’s Lisbon a go a go!!
    Yes – by very popular demand, we’re off to another race in the Rock n Roll run series.
    Once again you have the choice of a full marathon or a half.
    The event takes place on Sunday 5th October; with both courses having awesome views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. Add in numerous live music stages along the route plus a post finish concert; this really makes for yet another memorable tour. Think blue skies, beaches and brilliant running…… oh and a few beers of course!!!!!!!

    So… Here’s the vitals to kick start your experience.

    Race Information
    Full details (in English) and on line entry can be found at
    http://pt.competitor.com/portugal/
    Marathon starts at 8:30am in Cascais whilst the half commences 10:30am on the Vasco de Gama bridge (Europe’s longest!!).
    Capacities are always limited in races like this.. so to avoid disappointment, it’s strongly recommended you register for your race first BEFORE booking travel and any accommodation.
    Race entry fees are: 55 Euro in respect of the Marathon and 33 Euro for the Half (up to 30th June). Prices include medal and Adidas technical t-shirt. No medical certificate required.

    Recommended Flights
    Both options departing Friday 3rd October and returning Monday 6th October. (NB… No Saturday outbound flights available).
    – Easyjet from Liverpool: Dep 10:00, Arrive Lisbon 12:45
    Return 13:15, Arrive Liverpool 15:55
    Cost £118 (ex hold luggage & booking fees) baggage

    – Ryanair from Manchester: Dep 20:50, Arrive Lisbon 23:35
    Return 17:50, Arrive Manchester 20:35
    Cost £102 (ex hold luggage & booking fees).

    Alternatively; additional flight routes with non low-cost airlines (e.g. Iberia, BA etc…) are available from Manchester on a direct and non-direct basis. See websites such as ebookers.com and expedia.co.uk for additional info.

    Hotels (*)
    Recommendations to follow.

    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. 🙂
    30/04/14

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