If you live in Northern Spain and you run in the mountains, the Travesera Integral de Los Picos de Europa should definitely be on your bucket list.
The race is 74 kilometres (46 miles) and 6,560 metres (21,522 feet) of height gain, starting in Covadonga, in the West, going up and down all three massifs and finishing in Arenas de Cabrales, in the East. The lowest part of the route is, at almost sea-level, at 130 metres (426 ft) and the highest is at, a heart-thumping, 2,370 metres (7,776 ft)
I originally put myself in for the Travesera entry lottery, in early January but disappointingly, didn’t get in.
My long-time running companion, Paul, was, however, one of the lucky few. At the time, I was really down about it but got used to idea pretty quickly. If I’m honest, I actually felt relieved that I wasn’t going to have to go through all the hard training needed to be able to run it.
Then to my surprise, I received an email yesterday informing me that someone had dropped out and that cosequently, I was in.
Better get training.