Wednesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to raising public awareness about mental health issues, and on Lanzarote the day was celebrated by the staging of the first Cribo Trail.
A charity race event organised by Agrupación para la Defensa del Paciente Psíquico de Lanzarote (the Lanzarote Association for Psychiatric Patient Care) or El Cribo, the event consisted of a 20 kilometre run and a 10 kilometre run or walk between the old capital of Teguise and Famara. Supported by Sands Beach Active and by Tri WWW, the €10 registration fee for participants was in aid of funding for El Cribo to continue their vital work with patients requiring psychiatric care.
Beneath blue skies and fanned by Lanzarote’s trademark breeze, participants gathered in their droves in Plaza de La Mareta in Teguise for the 9am start of the 20km run which took participants down to Famara where they turned around and faced the gruelling, uphill return journey. First to cross the finish line was José Domingo Crespo with Carmelo Díaz coming in second and Alvaro Gonzalez third. For the women, Belinda Guillen took top podium place with Marta Curbelo and María Cambados taking second and third places respectively.
Beginning at Famara and making their way back to Teguise, Victor Guadalupe was first to romp home in the 10km race with Ángel Lago finishing second and Toni Tabares third. For the women in the 10 kilometre race it was María Goretti Pérez who took first place honours, followed by Naomi García in second and Ana Yúryiga in third place.
Throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the event were Teguise and Lanzarote’s own ‘A’ listers – José Carlos Hernandez (top, centre) who got everyone under way with the starter’s gun; Pedro San Ginés (top, right), President of Lanzarote Island Government and Oswald Bétancourt ( top, left), Mayor of Teguise, both of whom participated in the run. Also getting into the spirit of the event by participating in the 20km run, our own CEO Juan Carlos Albuixech and his wife Caroline (below) showed that they are indeed a dynamic duo. Special thanks too go to Alberto who manned the Tri WWW stand on the day and of course to Buddy who was there to see participants on their way and the first to welcome them into his paws as they crossed the finishing line.
Races run, prizes given and celebrity photos taken, it was time for the fun to begin with trials, games, live music and food. In typical Lanzarote style, everyone enjoyed a glorious day of effort and reward topped off with fun and games, and all in one of the worthiest causes around – who could ask for more?