Santas take a Christmas run along the promenade in Almeria’s Mojacar

Santas take a Christmas run along the promenade in Almeria's Mojacar
RACE READY: Los Bandidos prepare for their Christmas run Photo credit: Los Bandidos

LOS BANDIDOS met on Mojacar’s Paseo for a 5-kilometre Santa Run, Jog or Walk according to preference on December 18.

Thirty-six of the Los Bandidos members turned up, some for the first time, all entering into the Christmas spirit with Santa hats and outfits, for what it is hoped will become an annual event.

Finishing times ranged from 24 minutes for the fastest runner, to an hour for Santa and his merry band of helpers who had to stop to chat and have their photos taken along the way.


Congratulations go to one of Santa’s helpers, Kerry Newman, who ran the 3.2-kilometre San Silvestre in Garrucha on December 17, coming third in her age group.

After walking the Paseo on the morning of December 18, Kerry ran the 33rd edition of Huercal-Overa’s San Silvestre that same evening, coming first in her age group.

Los Bandidos are a local group that was set up by Kevin Rowe in June 2018, starting with a small number of regulars that has grown to include runners, joggers and walkers.

Some are permanent residents, others are regular visitors or holiday-makers and they meet to cover Mojacar’s five-kilometre Paseo. All ages, nationalities and speeds are welcome.

The Bandidos also have a road cycling group and a triathlon group.

For more information, contact Kevin on [email protected] and follow them on their Facebook page.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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