BENIDORM 10K & 1/2 MARATHON 03/03/18
Benidorm 10k/Half Marathon – 2018
Twelve Jaguars fought through the snow to get to Luton and (eventually) Benidorm for this year’s Half Marathon/10k event.
The prolonged journey was not exactly good preparation for any race. However, our Friday lunchtime arrival combined with early evening start on the Saturday gave us some time to catch-up.
Both races, 10k and ½ had a conjoined mass start, just downhill from the ‘cubist’ municipal building close by the old town. The route for both races ran along the wide boulevard which is one street back from the sea front. A loop at the northern end of the town, retrace your steps and then north along the seafront before sweeping back down the boulevard. At this stage as we approached the old town, 10k racers went right and back uphill to the finish by the municipal building.
Half marathon runners threaded their way through the old town and out into the southern bay area. A long loop along the esplanade including a mile-long uphill at the southern end of the town proved challenging. This effort was followed by another loop along the northern sea front and back down the boulevard before finishing uphill at the same finish as the 10k participants.
Whilst it wasn’t cold there was some early evening drizzle and standing water. Nevertheless, all Jags got to the finish. ‘Netty’ Yeomanson scoring a PB, Sonya Wragg a Silver club standard and Dee Neal, Silver standard and 3rd in age group (despite suffering a mystery illness). Particularly noteworthy was Andy Mulligan carefully husbanding his 10k effort, closely following doctor’s orders. After-race activities extended long into the night/next morning as Karaoke systems across the resort were battered into submission. Thankfully we didn’t fly home until Monday giving everyone ample time to recover from their exertions!
All in all, an excellent weekend in the company of many like-minded people from across the UK courtesy of ‘Running Crazy’. Special thanks to ‘Netty’ for the effort in coordinating the Jags participation, especially the 48 hrs prior to getting to Luton.
|Dee Neal||2.04.51||3rd in Age Group||SILVER|