400 people have run around the Oller del Mas estate for charity


The first ever Vinya-Cross exceeded all expectations: registration was closed before the deadline, with all 400 places filled by runners for the 5 km and 10 km events.

At 8 am the first runners arrived at Oller del Mas to pick up their bibs, and neither the morning mist nor the chill could put them off running for a charitable cause. At 10 am, the 400 runners, their families and friends all assembled at the castle for the starting shot. The runners enjoyed an autumnal landscape that adorned the circuit in yellow and orange hues, as the hectares of vines and olive trees marked out their kilometres. It is a demanding terrain that is enough to put the bravest of runners to the test, while also allowing amateurs and children to complete their run.

In the 10 km run, Sancho Ayala was first to cross the finishing line with a time of 34:34 followed by the winning female runner, Marta Navarro, who came in at 45:11. In the 5 km event, the first to finish was Rachid Tovilli with a time of 18:00. Maria Perramon was the first of the women with a time of 23:48.

After finishing, all the runners were invited to a wine and cheese tasting, which also included sausages, fruit, and coffee… while their pictures were taken at the Vinya-Cross 2015 photo call on the castle’s parade ground, where the winners then picked up their prizes.

More than €7,000 were raised, which will allow the Rosa Oriol Foundation to launch the ‘No Child Without Dignity’ project to provide support for children between the ages of 4 and 16 who need school supplies, eye tests and glasses. In January, a learning support scheme will be starting for children with learning difficulties, offering them speech therapy and personal support.

More than 30 volunteers helped out at the run and various local companies and organisations gave their support to guarantee the success of this initiative. It was a great start that has put the bar very high for the organising committee, who are already planning the second event in 2016.

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