Madrid-Segovia, Saint Jacques Way

Trail, 100km, 24h limit

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22/01/2010 at 12:00

Hi there.

I would like to announce a new ultra (non-road) in Spain. It will connect Madrid and Segovia (yes that one with the roman aqueduct) along the ooooooold Camino de Santiago, the Saint Jacques Way, a pilgrimage trail that dates more than 1500 years back from now.

The approx 100k formula with 24h as time cutoff allows EVERYONE to jog and walk the trail. Drink and food aid stations, train connection back to start line, a very reasonable 38€ as fee and probably a unique scenario for cultural and recreational atmosphere. 2010 is Jacobean Year and that will probably boost the entries quite fast (just think that 24 h allows walkers to give it a try, and all Caminos will be packed this year).

Entry limit 1000 runners. Flights for thirty quid.... Have you planned what to do 25&26th Sep 2010?

In some weeks time we will have all race info available in our website

Cheers, Luis

22/01/2010 at 12:41

DAMN YOU, LUIS!!!!  I wish I hadn't seen this!

The Minkey walked the Camino last year, didn't he?  Saw some great pictures of it.  This may prove too tempting....

22/01/2010 at 12:57

Well DIM ... that probably was the French Camino, the classic one. This is somewhat different. About 4miles getting out of the urban, then open spaces for about 20m, huge trails to halfway and then the crossing of the Sierra. We will get through the HIGHEST pass on all Caminos de Santiago, a nice alpine dirt road over 1800m altitude, to descend along beau-ti-ful woods to the outskirts of Segovia and the (hopefully we get the permissions) finish line besides the Aqueduct.

Giving it a go or should I cross the Channel to convince you bunch o'runners?

btw, this summer, London & Harwich holiday.  

22/01/2010 at 14:07

Will run it by the she-boss, Luis.  This may require flowers and chocolate!

London? *shudder*

22/01/2010 at 14:52
DIM, I have been in the strenuous uphills of Cheddar and Weston, driving my kids towards Norwich Castle and having a nap in the grass at Sutton Hoo saxon festival or absolutely pissed at a Cardiff pub. I guess it is getting time to bring my kids to something more... urban.
22/01/2010 at 16:16

Yeah but..... London???  That's just child cruelty, isn't it?  (I lived there for a bit - as you can tell, I wasn't a fan...).

Pissed in a Cardiff pub - Ah, memories..... or rather, lack thereof.

22/01/2010 at 21:06

Huh.... I think our children are now sort of overprotected. My twins are having enough of directed activities, playgrounds, public libraries and the like. Should this be good or not, I think they must have something of urban rockers. Thus London will do them good. Same as our weekly trips to Madrid downtown (we live some 10m north, and some of my kids' classmates have never gone into tube).

And dad is an old punk fan.  Spent about 7 years in the UK (summers and so) and 'Banned from the Pubs' was my slogan.

23/01/2010 at 22:27

Lol - an old punk fan.  You must be so proud....

My dad was a hippy, so can't mock.

The mrs seems quite keen on this, subject to getting over her injury.  Failing that, the lure of a long weekend in Madrid (with a hint of sherpa-ing) seems to be working.  Subject to doing something stupid at IMDE in July, I should be in.  Let me know as soon as more details are available please, Luis!

24/01/2010 at 09:16

I will do. In fact this could be a tapering trot... ok, rather long, though.

As soon as website info is available, I will post it here.

06/02/2010 at 09:07


PLEASE TAKE NOTE - date change

Some other sport events, and the start being designed from Madrid downtown, make RACE DATE TO BE DELAYED one week. Definitive RACE DATE is 2nd- 3rd October

We hope anyone had already booked flights or accomodation. If so, please email me and we will try to arrange something. It all has been out of our organisation hands, but such a monster city has some difficulties as traffic, police, etc.


Luis Arribas 

(Race Internet & PR)

AndrewSmith    pirate
06/02/2010 at 10:50
Nothing to say, just bumping the spam
01/06/2010 at 07:44

Entries already open.

 I'd say British runners should give it a try. Not a torrid period of the year. And .... extremely cheap travelling options to Madrid Airport.

All detailed info will be posted here as soon as I get Race Regulations into translation.

Book your fall ultra event!!!


Race Foreign PR and Internet

01/06/2010 at 17:06
*Bookmarks for next year*
01/06/2010 at 18:46

Hum... a group of italians (with their ugly football) has shown interest and could send a 20-ish runners pack.

09/06/2010 at 14:53

I know some of you are waiting the GBP to get still stronger against the Euro and then book some flights. In the meantime, I want to announce that a member of our race board is already helping some foreign runners to book accomodation with a reasonable discount.

If you are interested, place a message.

I trained last week along 20k of the course and I must say it has pretty and rough parts! I trailed between km 45 and 60 of the race course (it was my way back from a longer mountain trail) and it is amazing how beautiful can be at just 30 min drive from the city.

Give it a go!

10/06/2010 at 15:27

We have just been granted as qualifying race for the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc, so if someone of you does not knw where to get TWO very easy points ....

I promise that our English regulations will be uploaded to our website in some hours. I just finished the translation

Edited: 10/06/2010 at 15:28
12/07/2010 at 07:00


 Our 2nd hundred entries accomplished. And we have already started with some guided jogs along the course. English info available at > Reglamento



12/07/2010 at 17:45

Um, I'm pretty sure that url should be (dash, not dot).

Cool looking run. For me, it bangs into the Loch Ness marathon, but maybe next year.

12/07/2010 at 21:55
Sticky fingers me...
13/07/2010 at 23:38
Can't make it this year - but will pencil in to my diary for 2011...
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