Any Worthing Striders Fancy a Running Trip in Europe?
BarcelonaHalf Marathon Sunday 11 February 2018
Barcelona Half Marathon, next year takes place on the morning of Sunday 11 February 2018. Barcelona is perhaps one of the most vibrant of European Cities. There is so much to do. The course is a flat one (ladies World Record) and takes in many of the sights of the City.
Tony and Jacky are booked and plan to arrive on Friday 9th February and depart on Monday 11th - we have yet to book flights. The Course The Barcelona Half Marathon course offers the perfect opportunity for a new Personal Best Time. Indeed the Women’s World Record was set here in 2014 and again in 2015. Flat, and on wide boulevards, with buildings providing shade for the first loop, this is a fast course. It can best be described as a figure of 8 – great for spectators and supporters.
What to do next: Please go on the website for the Half Marathon and see if you would like to go! Just google Half Marathon Barcelona 2018. It is the Mitja Marato de Barcelona.
Entries are open now at a cost of 28 Euros for the first 12,000 after that the cost is 32 Euros.
Flights can be booked through Easyjet although many other airlines fly to Barcelona and there are many options to choose depending on what day and time you would like to arrive and depart. Cost is around £85 to £120 per person return to Gatwick.
Barcelona International Airport – the closest to the City at approximately 15 KM from the City Centre. Most Low Cost Flyers arrive at this airport.
Insurance is NOT included, but of course is a pre-requisite for any trip abroad. If you do not have your own policy then please search for suitable cover. Premiums are very competitive. It would be wise to also obtain an EHIC Card (Health Service Reciprocal arrangements). See the leaflet ‘Health Advice for Travellers’ available from major Post Offices, or visit www.dh.gov.uk/travellers or phone 0845 605 0707.
There are many hotel or apartment options available in the City at variable prices. Tony and I have found that whenever we go to a City in Europe for a running event it is more cost effective to book an apartment. These have small kitchenettes and dining areas as well as a sofa to relax and watch TV – obviously bed and bathroom are included! This gives you the freedom to shop cheaply at local markets and choose when you want to eat out or cook for yourselves.
I have provisionally booked through Booking.com with free cancellation – at the Feelathome Poblenou Beach Apartments from the 9th to 12th February at a cost of £182.00
This is a free cancellation cost but you can buy the same apartment cheaper if you don’t want the cancellation free option.
These apartments offer a shuttle service to and from the airport so if a few of us go we could share a shuttle.
Shuttle service is:
Up to 3 people = £32.70
8 people = £53.15
14 people = £73.85
If you decide to join us please add your name to the list on the Club Noticeboard or e mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send out e mails re Sunday long run training sessions and arrangements for who is on which flights and staying where etc. Who might want to share accommodation and anything else you can think of over the next few months. Hopefully, we can get together in Barcelona for a meal or a sightseeing trip, pre or post race drink/party etc.
Come - it will be FUN!!! :-)
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