Official website of the Hydra Trail Event:
(See bottom section for the earlier Downhill race and some fine views of the island)
Clitoria, Coke Dealer,
Nasal Ninja, Alison (friend of Knob Goblin), Mad Dog,
The route went straight up from the port to 100m elevation then traversed to a tiring 160m before decending
to the seafront from where it became a scenic coastal section returning to the port.
Elevation profile of the run and fun race
Satellite view of the trail recorded on MD's Strava smartphone app.
Official trail map
Before the race
Running uphill - the trail went up and up the mountain
Continuing on up
Part of the scenic coastal route on the way back to the port
Official photo showing Mad Dog finishing
Proudly showing participation medals
Josh and Alley
The start and finishing arch at the port
The DJ and his gear. On the right the results are being posted and read.
The electronic timing strips that the runners attached to their shoes
Leaving the finishing section
The police were keeping the way clear for the last runners arriving
Typical Run & Fun race bib
Our participants: Mad Dog
The objective was to climb
3.5 km (with a 466 metres altitude rise) -
up to the Profitis Ilias monastery (starting at 13.00 from the port).
Then at 14.00 each runner was started individually with about a minute between each runner
and had to race back downhill to the port in the shortest time.
Total distance up and back: 7 km
The official route up to the Profitis Ilias monastery
The distance -v- altitude graph for the way down
Mad Dog before the walk to the top of the mountain
Runners gathering at the start
Passengers on the cruise ship cheer the runners as they leave the port
Setting off to climb up to the monastery
Mad Dog - Official photo finish
Relaxing after the downhill run with Doggie Style
As an elite event, only the fastest runners were given medals.
FRIDAY 7th APRIL - Athens to Hydra
The car route to Metochi (METOXI).
A more attractive but slightly longer (194 km) route is the coastal route passing Methana and Poros.
Stopping at The Stork in Epidavros for lunch and admiring the fabulous view
Location: 37.645648°, 23.153479°
Excellent pasta and omelette dishes
Enjoying a Greek coffee at the Metochi port while waiting for the boat for Hydra.
There is now a large and secure parking area here at 5 euros/day
Port of Metochi location: 37.407292°, 23.416823°
About to board the METOXI EXPRESS for Hydra (Fare 5 euros)
Approaching the Port of Hydra
Arrived at Hydra - note the mules used for transportation - no cars allowed on this Island.
Location: 37.350387°, 23.466803°
Achilleas Pension (Mad Dog & Doggy Style)
Tel: +30 22980-52050 Mob: +30 697-462-4261
(Room cost: 60 euros/night x 3 nights = 180 euros)
Mistral Hotel (Knob Goblin, Josh and Alley)
Tel: +30 22980-52509, Mob: +30 6977 644 812
Mistral Hotel (Knob Goblin, Josh and Alley)
Botsis Hotel: Clitoria & Coke Dealer
Studio Annezo: Pussy Basher & Jo
Friday night Taverna (follow the signs for the Achilleas Pension from the left side of the port)
SATURDAY 8th APRIL - On Hydra
Meeting for breakfast at the Pirate Bar on the front
(Serve good English Breakfast and pot of tea here)
Clitoria and Coke Dealer
Doggy Style and Mad Dog
Nice English-style breakfast for 9 euros
Later joined by Knob Goblin, Josh, Alley and Nasal Ninja
Mule loading from boat going on while we eat.
Knob Goblin invites us for drinks at her hotel roof garden (Mistral) in the evening.
The Dry Olive Taverna - for Saturday Night
(follow the signs for the Achilleas Pension from the left side of the port)
Tasty fish soup - with the fish and horta (greens) on a separate plate (below)
FERRY SCHEDULE AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Flying Dolphin from Piraeus
HYDRA ISLAND INFORMATION
T-SHIRT AND BIBS IN RUNNER'S PACKAGE
COSTING FOR DRIVING / BOAT FROM NORTHERN ATHENS TO METOCHI / HYDRA VIA THE COAST ROAD AND BACK
194 km (3hrs) takes 21.5 litres @ 9 litres / 100 km & costs 32.3 euros (one way) or 64.6 euros (return) - say 64 euros
Assume road tolls are 10 euros each way = 20 euros
Parking at Metochi secure parking 3 days x 5 euros/day = 15 euros
Boat fare to Hydra - 6.50 euros per person each way x 4 = 26 euros
TOTAL (Northern Athens to Hydra & return): 64 + 20 + 15 + 26 = 125 euros
The directions to the hash - for the record
Next AH3 [Athens Hash House Harriers] Hashing event:
Sunday 9th April 11am
Hare: Mountain Goat
On Inn: local Taverna
HYDRAs TRAIL EVENT
Hare: the organisers
Venue: Island of Hydra make your way there!