A trail run in the Lakes, Peaks or Highlands of Scotland can be as tough and picturesque as almost anywhere on the planet. However, during the short days of January and February there’s no doubt that escaping to warmer climes can bring a well-needed boost of vitamin D and a fillip to winter training regimes.
In recent years, Gran Canaria – the second largest of the Canary Islands, situated just off the northwest coast of Africa – has become a top destination for runners. And it’s not difficult to understand why.
At around four hours from the UK by plane, Gran Canaria is not as close as Mallorca or mainland Spain. However, visitors are spoilt for choice, with technical trails, picture-postcard Spanish villages, pine forests and mountain-top vistas. All situated only a short drive from any one of the towns or resorts that dot the island. It’s hard to think of a place with a more varied or exciting terrain for runners.