The edition extended to 4 stages
A year of consolidation changes. We went from three to four stages, including for the first time the province of Malaga as a destination within Eurafrica. An extension to the north, it was an opportunity to introduce the whole Eurafrican family to the Sierra de Ronda, Libar, Grazalema and the Guadiaro Valley. A great new stage, Aurum, which connected Benaoján and Cortes de la Frontera to our goal in El Colmenar – Gaucín Station.
We also made a double “move” in our central camps in Europe (to the Los Alcornocales Campsite in Jimena de la Frontera (Cádiz) and Africa (to the Kabila Hotel in MDiq (Morocco).
These changes, which were not taking lightly by the organization, thankfully worked out extremely well and offered us peace of mind and security. These changes resulted in the celebration of the best managed, most enjoyable and successful Eurafrica Trail that we remember to date.
In terms of the competitive side of the event, we witnessed a great fight in the female category of our principle race, the Inter Ultra 120 of four stages, with the dazzling performances of Megan Wilson and Lisa Watson, who achieved the victory and runner-up spot respectively, coming home ahead of the Basque runner Maite Maiora (who suffered an injury – fracture of rib in the second stage) and finishing before established runners such as Silvia Puigarnau and Ester Alves.
In the men´s category, Zaid Ait Malek conquered again, for the fifth consecutive time, the Eurafrica’s crown, in a feat that will be very difficult to equal in our roll of honour. Zaid was coming to the Strait after an incredibly competitive season of racing (he finished 4th in the ISF’s World Ranking) and he showed his superb athletic abilities by winning in a tight fight against Dani García and Chema Romero.
An edition which marked consolidation of our event, travelling from north to south of the Strait of GIbraltar, with stops in Belyounech (FRS Musa 21), Benaojan and Cortes de la Frontera (Malaga), Algeciras and Los Barrios (Cadiz) and Gibraltar (UK). It was a complete and special experience for all with great success in participation levels and highly competitive results.