Sands Beach Active talk to Huseyin Ibrahim

Huseyin Ibrahim is a seasoned marathon runner originally from the UK and now living in Lanzarote. He is not only a sub 2:30 marathoner, but a running coach and manager too. He has enjoyed many of the sporting events on the island and in 2012 took part in both the ‘Copa’ of the Haria Extreme and the Lanzarote International 42K Marathon for the first time. He did well in both races and came 6th in the Lanzarote International Marathon. This year Huseyin returned to the Haria Extreme to better his time as a veteran. We were lucky to catch up with him after the race. He told us he found the race tough, as to be expected, but was really happy with his time which was a 25 minute improvement on last year. This year Huseyin completed the race in 03:28:18 and was the 7th veteran to cross the line and 2nd ‘Hariano’ (local male). The Haria Extreme has become a key event on both the Spanish and Canarian mountain race calendar and has attracted many elite runners from Spain and beyond. Huseyin finished the challenging 32.5km race amongst well known runners such Fernanda Maciel and Zigor Iturrieta. He should be very proud of his result!

Later this year Huseyin is looking forward to competing in the Lanzarote International Marathon when he hopes to see an improvement on last years 6th place, just 12 minutes behind the winner and pro triathlete Stephen Bayliss. He also believes the International Marathon will be excellent training for the London Marathon for which he hopes get one of the coveted places in 2014. It is not just Huseyin who enjoys competing in the Lanzarote International Marathon. Both his wife and daughter have taken part over the last couple of years and in 2011 his daughter and Canarian champion Summer Ibrahim came third in the quarter distance at just 15 years of age.