Huge congratulations go to our good friend and extraordinary athlete Victor Del Corral who yesterday finished first in the most gruelling of all triathlete competitions in a total time of 8hrs:44mins:40secs.
Having spent the last three months living and training at Sands Beach Resort in Costa Teguise, Victor has become very familiar with Lanzarote’s tough terrain and its prevailing winds, both of which are major factors in the event’s challenges.
The Spaniard took second place at Mirador del Rio in the 180km cycle segment of the race, twelve minutes behind the Brit Philip Graves who had led the field right from the swim section. But Graves was forced to retire from the competition 21km into the final 42km run due to muscle problems. Going from strength to strength in his strongest disciplines of cycling and running, Victor then assumed the lead and romped home to secure his first Ironman title.
Second place went to Britain’s Stephen Bayliss in a total time of 8:53:38 and third podium place was occupied by Portuguese triathlete Sergio Marques who completed the course in 9:02:59.
Winner for the women was the ‘iron’ Dane Vesterbey Michelle who led the race from start to finish and stopped the clock at 9:58:07 overall. Matching husband Stephen’s finish, second place went to the Brit Bella Bayliss in a time of 10:06:13, an achievement which is all the more remarkable given that Bella gave birth to their son Charlie just nine months ago. Third on the women’s podium was Heleen Bij De VAATE, the Dutch woman completing in 10:17:34.
A record 1681 athletes participated in the 21st edition of Ironman Lanzarote 2012, staged in Puerto del Carmen, where thousands of spectators turned out at 7am to watch the iconic Ironman sight of athletes taking to the water at Playa Grande.
It was a brilliant day with many congratulations going to Kenneth and the team at Club La Santa for their superb organisation of the day. Athletes, spectators, volunteers and even the weather which blessed us with partial cloud and a light breeze, all played their part in making this a truly inspirational Lanzarote sporting event and one that leaves a very special mark on all those who cross that finish line.
From winners to stragglers whose finish is accompanied by the rhythm of the night in Puerto del Carmen’s party atmosphere, you’re all men and women of iron and we salute every one of you.