In July last year I spent 48hrs in Menorca with my daughter, granddaughter and her friends. I discovered the unexpected beauty of the UNESCO biosphere reserve and stumbled upon the Camí de Cavalls, an ancient 14th century trail recently rediscovered. I set it as my first solo multi stage run as part of Run the World.
As things evolved Run Europe developed faster than expected. But I was intrigued by the ancient trail and kept glimpsing at the guide I’d bought. I was in Menorca last week for a relaxing 50th birthday break with my 82yr old Mum. I’d planned to do some morning runs, then meet for lunch and usual holiday activities. I’d been there 12hrs when I decided I was running the island, and I did 😁 185k in 6 days. Great training for a Run Europe.
It was beyond beautiful, barren and brutal in parts with a little blood thrown in for good measure. I ran 185 k of mostly very difficult technical terrain, often with no water or services for 15-20k in temperature reaching 30′.I was solo and in some parts it was a bit dangerous, on cliff edges and steep stony descents. But ..it was incredible.
I was up at 4 to eat, travelled to start, then ran and rushed back for a quick freshen up and stretch before going straight out with Mum for a 3-5k walk/shop before late lunch. It was great to see that when required my body recovered rapidly. I’m feeling rejuvenated not tired. It’s shown me that I’m ready for Run Europe which starts in 40 days. Today I’ve been busy weighing kit and finalizing gear and nutrition, having tested things last week. I’ll write next week about Run Europe route and plans. It’s getting exciting and a little scary but my confidence is growing after last week.
Brief summary of the Camí de Cavalls route I took and pics below, but it’s impossible to find the words to describe the beauty of this trail, it’s truly one in a million. Hopefully the pics will give you an idea.
Day 1 Saturday 30k Ciutadella to Cap D’Artutx, Cala En Turqueta (S11 and 12)
Day 2 Sunday 29k Ciutadella, Punta Nati, Cala Morell, and Ciutadella on road (S9, 10)
Day 3 Monday 24k Mao to Cala Sant Esteve, Punta Prima, Binnibequer
Day 4 Wednesday 33k Cala Tirant to Binimel-la, Els Alocs, Algairens, Cala Morell
Day 5 Thursday 24k Cala Galanda to Sant Tomàs, Son Bau, And back 10k on road
Day 6 Friday 41k Mao to Es Grau, Favàritx, Arenal d’en Castell
With a 5k on rest day I completed just over 185k during the week but due to logistics and needing to get to / from the trail I had to detour off route a little and missed a few stages on the south coast, most of which were road so similar to my run.