Victory at the Gran Canaria Marathon for Jose Carlos Hernandez

Gran Canaria Marathon 2013

Spanish Olympian runner and Sands Beach Resort sponsored athlete Jose Carlos Hernandez took the tape at the half marathon distance in the Gran Canaria Marathon 2013 which was held on Sunday 20th January.

An ambassador for the Lanzarote International Marathon, José was hoping to beat the record which he didn’t manage to do but still finished in an impressive 1hr 4mins 44secs ahead of Aki Numella and Saúl Castro Santana who finished in second and third places respectively.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Gran Canaria Marathon was tinged with controversy this year as the first and second placed winners of the full marathon were stripped of their titles by the judges for violating the rules of refreshments within designated areas only. Moving up to first place from third was Doroteo Martínez, while Ayose Perez Tejera and Jose Rodriguez Rodriguez claimed second and third places respectively.

Jose Carlos Hernandez wins half marathon at Gran Canaria Marathon 2013

Huge congratulations from all the team at Sands Beach Resort to Jose Carlos Hernandez on your dream start to 2013.

Images courtesy of Ivan Leon Santiago

The Cochinilla Trail, I Carrera Solidaria Mala 2012

The I Carrera Solidaria Cochinilla Trail in Mala on Sunday (23rd September) is much more than a sporting event through Lanzarote’s unique landscapes; it’s an act of solidarity in difficult times where the effort of all those involved could help make life just that little bit easier for the less fortunate members of society.

The race involves two distances; 6 kilometres and 12 kilometres and three different challenges designed to raise money for various excellent causes.

The first will raise money for social causes. The second, the Mala-Solidaria, as well as raising funds also serves to raise awareness that Sunday is also the International Day Against the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women. This race is where the cochineal comes in. The colour of the dye from cochineal is similar to the purple/violet that is used to symbolise women’s continual fight worldwide for independence and liberty.

The third challenge, the III Desafío Solidario involves Aroa Merino, winner of the 2012 Gran Canaria Marathon (female category) and members of Lanzarote’s security services competing to raise money for Tri W.W.W.; the charity whose aim is enabling the practice of sports amongst people with physical or mental disabilities.

In the run up to the race, individuals and businesses, including ourselves at Sands Beach Resort, have been busy collecting various food products that will be distributed amongst local families in need of support and kindness. As well as the sporting events, there will be a presentation about the importance of solidarity in the community.

Setting the athletes on their way at 10.00am will be marathon runner José Carlos Hernández, recently returned from competing in the London Olympics.

The wonderful combination of sport and social solidarity makes the Cochinilla Trail a special race that deserves our support. It promises to be an emotional and exciting day that should also be a lot of fun.

To learn more about how you can add your solidarity to this admirable sporting event check out the race website here.

Congratulations to Lanzarote Olympic Marathon Runner José Carlos Hernandez

At the climax to an exhilarating London 2012 which has set the Olympics bar at a new level, the men’s Olympic Marathon race brought Londoners onto the streets in their thousands to watch as Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich took gold in a time of 2 hours 8 minutes and 1 second.

Running in the gruelling 42.2 km race took its toll on the 100 competitors with only 85 athletes finishing. But amongst the heroes who crossed the finishing line in the summer sunshine yesterday, none has given us greater pride than our own Jose Carlos Hernandez. On his debut Olympics, Jose Carlos told that he hit a bad patch at just 18km into the race when he felt as if his legs were giving up on him so he slowed down, took plenty of liquids and pushed himself onwards.

Jose Carlos willed himself to keep going and crossed the line in 34th position with a finish time of 2hrs 17 minutes and 48 seconds, less than 10 minutes behind the gold medallist.

Jose carlos hernandez returns to Sands Beach resort


Jose Carlos started his training at Sands Beach Resort earlier this year and our Director Juan Carlos Albuixech was in London to cheer him on while those of us left here in Lanzarote lived every kilometre of the race with our friend and were overjoyed at his incredible achievement. But when Jose returned to us at Sands Beach Resort, all his friends on the staff were there to give him the hero’s welcome he so richly deserves.

Congratulations Jose! We are all so proud of you. Rio 2016 awaits!