Our team ran the Gozo Half Marathon on Sunday 28th April this year and stayed on for a week after the race to enjoy this little known but beautiful Mediterranean island. We’ll write more fully about our time there in the September issue of our magazine but for now here’s a collection of videos that we shot whilst running, kayaking, walking, picnicking, sailing, segwaying and more. If you’re looking for a relaxed, traditional Mediterranean island, quiet villages and plenty of open areas awash with opportunities for outdoors activity consider Gozo!

Brief Facts
We flew to Malta with Air Malta – https://www.airmalta.com/ Great service from the UK and many other European destinations, and the same price as the budget airlines like Easyjet.

We transferred from Malta to Gozo by car and ferry, all arrangements were made through the Maltese Tourist Authority – https://www.visitmalta.com/en/home Their website is easy to navigate and has a great choice of options for tours, transfers, hotels, etc.

Our hotel was Ta Cenc Spa on Gozo – http://www.tacenc.com/ One of the finest we’re ever stayed at, anywhere. Service, food and cleanliness are what you’d expect from a 5* hotel yet there is more to this rural paradise than this. It’s built on Gozo’s highest point and offers stunning views over the huge estate surrounding it, the majestic cliffs less than 20 minutes walk away and the picturesque islands of Malta and Comino. It’s the only hotel in the region to be built on a 150 hectare Natura 2000 site, with undisturbed skylines that stretch as far as the eye can see thanks to the single storey/low rise nature of it’s rooms and public areas.

The Gozo Half Marathon – https://www.gozomarathon.org/
This race is the oldest in Malta/Gozo, having first been run in 1977. In 2017 the race was awarded the prestigious 3-Star Certification from European Athletics. Two years later European Athletics awarded the 5-Star rating to the 10K race that goes on at the same time as the Half Marathon race. In 2019 more than 1,450 athletes from 60 nations took part in one of the races, making this truly an international event.

It was perfect for us, as we both love to travel and race but have varied interests when it comes to running. I like to run hard at longer distances so took the Half Marathon on whilst Nita likes shorter distances taken at an easier pace, so she ran the 10km. It’s one of the most scenic (check our race video out below), friendliest road races anywhere.

Gozo Segway – http://www.gozosegway.com/

Gozo Adventures – http://www.gozoadventures.com/

Gozo Picnic – https://www.facebook.com/yourgozopicnic/

Divers Cove – https://www.gozodive.com/

We went diving and snorkeling with St Andrews Divers Cove, the marine life was good and we had a marvelous experience with an octopus which tapped Dave on the hand as he rested doing his safety stop.

Here’s a quick look at some of the other experiences that we had on Gozo and Malta.

Check out the September issue of Trek and Run for more photos and info.

Any questions email Dave at dave@trekandrun.com

For general info see the Maltese Tourism website – https://www.visitmalta.com/en/home