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.

Loving the Lava, Lavatrail 2012 in Lanzarote

It’s that time of year again; when athletes go head to head with Lanzarote’s visually stunning and physically challenging volcanic terrain. Lavatrail 2012 is almost upon us.

This year’s Lavatrail involves four testing categories Ultramarathon, Mediomarathon, Marathon and Starter, opening Lanzarote’s countryside up to runners of all levels.

The ultimate Lavatrail course is the Ultramarathon covering 83.5 kilometres in length and an accumulated ascent of 2793 metres. This is the race for marathon titans with an end to end tour of Lanzarote that crosses lava fields, sandy beaches and pumice strewn paths. The Ultramarathon starts from Playa de la Garrita at 2am on the morning of Saturday of 31st March ending approximately eight and a half hours later when the triumphant victor crosses the finishing line in Playa Blanca.

For those on the next rung down on the superhuman ladder, the Marathon covers 41 kilometres and ascends 1953 metres through mountainous terrain and lava and jablé fields. The Marathon starts at 8am on 31st March.

Although covering less of a distance, the Mediomarathon at 27 kilometres in length and a climb of 805 metres is still a serious test of stamina and fitness. The Mediomarathon starts at 9.30am.

The final category, the Starter, covers 13 kilometres and a climb of 690 metres. It’s no stroll in the park but it’s an excellent for a strenuous work out whilst soaking up the best of Lanzarote’s beautiful countryside. The Starter race fires off at 11am.

Inscriptions are currently being taken for all categories with the closing date for registering for Lavatrail 2012 being 17th March. Anyone interested in taking part in one of the most popular events of the running calender on Lanzarote can find out more and register here (in Spanish only).


The top three runners in each event will receive a trophy plus there will be a cash prize of €300 to the winner of the Ultramarathon and €150 to the winner of the Marathon.
But the truth is, with a unique event like Lanzarote’s Lavatrail 2012, everyone who takes part is a winner.

The Third Lanzarote Wine Run 2011

The Lanzarote Wine Run is a 21.1 kilometre cross country race with a bit of a difference. Not only do the winners receive the equivalent of their own weight in the best Lanzarote wines as a prize, runners are offered the opportunity to sample the island’s wines along the route.

It’s quite a bizarre aspect to a race and we’re not sure how many athletes actually take the opportunity to sample Malvasias, Diegos and Moscatels as they race through Lanzarote‘s countryside, but it does add a fun element to the proceedings.

The route begins at the Los Dolores Church in Mancha Blanca at 10 am on 19th June and follows a trail through the incredible volcanic vineyards of La Geria where the unique landscape is pockmarked by rows of circular picón pits in which the grapes are grown. As is the norm, there will be plenty of water and, in this particular event, wine sampling stations throughout the length of the course. Not so much a case of wining and dining, but wining and winning.

The Lanzarote Wine Run 2011 also includes a 10 kilometre hike through the La Geria region. It’s probably the more suitable option for those whose interests veer more towards wine tasting than running across a challenging volcanic landscape.

Anyone interested in entering the Lanzarote Wine Run should register before 10th June.