Xavier Queral romped home to win the Costa Teguise Spring Duathlon in a tape breaking time of 1:04:59. Runner up to the top podium spot was Aitor Navarro from Club Ciclista Tegala who notched up an overall time of 1: 06: 58. Completing the victory line up were third place Fernando Toribio of Trident Tinajo Club with an overall time of 1:07:26, just half a minute behind Aitor, and Antonio Perdomo, also of Trident Tinajo, who came in fourth with a time of 1:08:20. The first woman to break the tape, in a time of 1:19:52 was Katrine Trolle who had only registered that morning, a troublesome leg holding back her entry until she was sure she was fit enough. Well done, Katrin, clearly the leg held up well.
It was a bright and breezy start in Costa Teguise as staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare for the IV Annual Spring Duathlon, transforming the front entrance of Sands Beach Resort into a portal to pain and victory for the 115 participants in the race.
Supporters were out in force, waving their flags, taking advantage of the bouncy castle and browsing the TriWWW stall while all around them athletes prepared their cycles for the change over and readied themselves to hit the tarmac when starter’s orders arrived.
The event began with a 5 kilometre run followed by a 20 kilometre cycle and ending with a 2.5 kilometre run. Lanzarote provided her trademark wind strength which made conditions tough for the athletes. But the sun shone for much of the day and everyone was out to enjoy themselves, athletes, participants and organisers alike.
When we finally managed to oust Buddy from the top spot on the podium – that dog will do anything for attention – Cabildo President Pedro San Ginés, having participated and completed the race himself with an impressive time of 1:39:57, was able to present the prizes and the rather fetching Spring Duathlon trophies and Sands Beach Active Spring Duathlon T shirts. Señor Ginés was very generous in his praise of Sands Beach Active for the excellent organisation of the event which proved once again that it is one of the most important showcases for Lanzarote’s spectacular sporting landscape.
Here at Sands Beach Resort we would like to extend our thanks to all the athletes who participated in the Spring Duathlon and to all the supporters who made the day so special. Our thanks also go to our VIP guests who lent their support and congratulations to the podium winners: Cabildo President Pedro San Ginés, Councillor for Sports at the Cabildo Migdalia Machín; Councillor for Sports at the Costa Teguise Local Authority Echedey Eugenio and Andrés Medina, President of the Costa Teguise Triathlon Club.
Very special thanks got to Maria, Jonatan and Andreas for all the hard work they put into making this a event such a great success.
Our Director, Juan Carlos Albuixech, and all the staff here at Sands Beach Resort look forward to seeing you all again next year for the V Costa Teguise Spring Duathlon in 2013.