Sands Beach Resort Pro-Athletes Finish Strongly at this Year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii

Here at Sands Beach Active we are proud to announce the success of some of our sponsored professional athletes that train here at our resort in Costa Teguise. Lanzarote has proved time and again that it offers perfect training conditions due to the year round sunny weather and warm climate. This climate varies very little throughout the year with little rainfall, and few adverse weather conditions. This means training very rarely has to stop which is ideal for professional and amatuer athletes alike. At Sands Beach Resort, sport and fitness is part of our ethos which is why we created Sands Beach Active and sponsor professional athletes such as Spanish triathlete Ivan Rana, and the Uplace BMC Pro Triathlon Team.

The Ironman World Championship is the most prestigious annual Ironman competition in the world, and is the culmination of a series of different qualification events held around the world. It is the event that every Ironman competitor dreams of winning. At this year’s event Ivan Ran֘a from Spain finished a highly impressive 12th place overall. When you consider that over 10,000 athletes took place this is an amazing achievement!

Winners at Kona

Winners at Kona

From the Uplace BMC Team there were five members competing: Bart Aernouts from Belgium, Liz Blatchford from Australia, Sofie Goos from Belgium, Romain Guillaume from France, and Ronnie Schildknecht from Switzerland. The conditions this year were brutal with extreme heat. This meant that unfortunately Bart, Sofie and Ronnie had to make the difficult decision to pull out of the competition. We are sure that they will come back much stronger next year, especially after some more training at Sands Beach Resort!

 Liz scored a podium finish though, after finishing in third place out of the women, an incredible result! Romain was able to finish a very respectable 19th place. Romain went to Kona with high expectations after finishing in a very close second place at this year’s Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. He was aiming for a top 10 position in Kona, and although he didn’t achieve this he still did superbly.

We are very proud of all our athletes, as even qualifying for the Ironman World Championship is a huge achievement in itself. Although some of our athletes were unable to finish we still commend them for their grit and determination, especially as we know it must have been a hugely difficult decision for them. Our congratulations go to Ivan, Liz and Romain. We are really pleased that your training here with us at Sands Beach Resort has paid off, and we looking forward to seeing you all back here again soon!

If you would like to learn more about Ivan then take a look at his website here:http://www.ivanraña.es/. For more information about the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team take a look at their website here: http://www.uplacebmctriathlon.com/