The first Cross and Marcha held in Hondón de los Frailes, on Saturday the 10th May, attracted well over 200 competitors, of which there were 140 walkers and 120 runners. Six members of the Hondón valley Walking Group took part and had a very pleasant evening on the 10Km circuit, with just over 200m total height gain. The weather was perfect, warm when we set off, but cooling as the sun descended so that by the time we returned to the village we were not too overheated, but still ready for that pint of beer or glass of wine… or two!
The route took us up to the ridge between the village and Albatera on Camino de la Ermita, which was where the group started to string out. Then along the white road that links Ermita with Camino de los Serranos and on to the ridge track that runs towards Abanilla. Finally turning down Camino de la Murada, onto Camino Casas Alta and finally down Camino Vertiente and back to the village centre.
Some people decided to make it a comfortable stroll, whilst others decided to go for a good time. Our first two in the bar were Amanda and Philip, who much to Amanda’s disgust crossed the line in 1 hour, 30 minutes and 59 seconds; whereas she had been aiming for an hour 30! Probably the KOS she was walking with held her back…! However, all of our walkers completed the walk in less than 2 hours
The runners set off an hour after the walkers and the front runner was coming down Camino Vertiente after only 30 minutes or so; I am glad I didn’t decide to run it would have been embarrassing, but then I never have been a runner since I left school.
Several people have asked what the run was in aid of, thinking that it was a charity event. However the only purpose was to encourage more people to take exercise in this wonderful local that we have for walking and running in. So, it was just an excuse for a bit of fun and to get a bit healthier. It was great to see so many people of all ages from all the nationalities that live here taking part with so much good humour. Well done to all who participated and if you missed it this time, hopefully, you will get the opportunity to participate next year.
Incriminating photos attached…