Now that the medals have been awarded, the podiums have been put away for another year and the magician has gathered up his playing cards and flying table, it’s time to reflect on a fantastic weekend at the Lanzarote International Marathon 2012 and to marvel at the spirit of sport and community that prevailed.
Uppermost in many people’s minds will be the superb performances of the ‘Iron Couple’ Stephen and Bella Bayliss who swept the winners’ boards in the Lanzarote International Marathon and the brilliant wheeler’s race won by Roger Puigbò. But for many, it was the Children’s Marathon on Saturday 8th December 2012 which took top billing.
The skies may have been partly overcast in Costa Teguise but it was warm weather, sunshine and smiles all the way as over 100 of our youngest athletes took to the race course under the caring gaze and clicking cameras and iPhones of parents and spectators. First race under way was the 2km course for 12-16 year olds which was won in fine style by Teemu Hartman with David García taking the tape in second place and Juan Andres Guiades in third.
Next up was the 1km, 7-11year old race which was the largest field and was won by Sarah Gonzalez with the Hartmann sisters, Sanni and Henna coming in second and third respectively. In the boys category, it was Marcos Antonio Knight who broke the tape first, followed by Dario Prado in second place and Adrián Maza in third. Last but not least was the rather undisciplined and completely enthralling 500 metre, under-6 year olds race which had everyone beaming from ear to ear.
There may be some work to do in terms of training these little ones in the art of waiting for the starter gun and err, running in a straight line, but the enjoyment quota was immeasurable. Taking honours on the podium were Efrén Martín in top place, Jone Viera in second and Diego Montera in third.
Special mention goes to two young athletes with disabilities, Claudia Sanchez who raced in her wheelchair, accompanied by our own top Paralympic Rafa Botello, and Anthony Fernandez who achieved his ambition of racing the whole way on foot, encouraged and supported all the way by athletes and by our own Director Juan Carlos Albuixech. It’s hard to describe the level of emotion the strength and determination of these two young athletes stirred in the crowd and for many of us, it will be the enduring memory of the Marathon weekend.
Rounding off the event and the kiddies party was a brilliant show which everyone agreed was simply Magic.
A massive THANK YOU goes out to all the staff and volunteers at Sands Beach Resort for their brilliant organisation of the day, to Buddy for showing the way and getting his paws into the swing of marathon running, to Rafa Botello and all the other athletes who gave such magnificent support and not least, to the children who made this event so special. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013, so get training 🙂
A full set of images from the event can be viewed here.