Yorkshire steam weekend, migration app, and football at La Manga: Travel agenda

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1.Get fit

A new running race though Italian wine country is set to launch this March. The 47km Sciacche Trail starts and ends at the village of Monterosso, winding through the old vineyards of Cinque Terre National Park en route. The first of what will be an annual event takes place on 29 March. Entry £30. sciacchetrail.com

2. Class act

British Airways passengers can upgrade to First class one-way when they book an eligible return seat in Club World (BA's business class) from 20 January to 13 March. Routes include Heathrow to New York, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The offer applies to travel taken up to 11 April. ba.com

3. Kick about

La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain, has a new residential programme to help aspiring footballers hone their skills. Courses will be run by the club's team of experts including Uefa-qualified coaches, physiotherapists, nutritionists and football analysts. Global superstars such as David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane have used the complex's facilities in the past. lamangaclub.com

4. Fabulous at 50

To mark its golden anniversary, Princess Cruises is offering $50 (£33) onboard spending money to guests also celebrating a 50th milestone. Passengers travelling on any 2015 voyage in the same month as their 50th birthday or 50th wedding anniversary will receive the gift. princess.com

5. Saigon miss

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is disappearing from the departure screens at Gatwick. Vietnam Airlines has obtained slots at Britain's biggest airport. From 31 March, the twice-weekly non-stop flights to Ho Chi Minh City and the capital, Hanoi, will operate to and from Heathrow. vietnamairlines.com

6. On track

Discover Africa has introduced a new real-time map to its HerdTracker app, allowing explorers to follow the Serengeti wildebeest migration. The app calculates the location of the migrating herds, enabling visitors to book accommodation based on where the animals are predicted to be. discoverafrica.com

7. Steam dream

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby runs on a line that was closed by British Railways on 8 March 1965. The resurrected railway will mark the 50th anniversary of the closure with a special weekend (6-8 March) including a scenic diesel railcar and an appearance by Sir Nigel Gresley – ahead of the locomotive's withdrawal for overhaul in September. bit.ly/BeechingBeaten

8. Rough it

A 16th-century building in the Eternal City is soon to be unveiled as a 10-suite hideaway. G-Rough opens in Rome in March, with interiors that marry the building's history with pared-back modernity: bare concrete or plaster walls with furniture from the 30s-50s. From £326. designhotels.com

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