Marathon success

LOCAL: Mojacar Sports Councillor Ana Garcia and best classified Mario Vizcaino.

SIX hundred runners took part in the 5th Mojacar Half Marathon and seven-kilometre run held last Sunday, 200 more than last year.

Organized by Mojacar Town Hall in collaboration with the Huercal-Overa Nogalte Athletics Club, this year’s event had a couple of new categories: Joilette adapted wheelchair and rollerblades.

The event attracted runners of various nationalities, with a strong British turn out: there were around 140 rollerbladers from Madrid, Toledo and the Valencian Community, as well as Andalucia.

With Local Police keeping the way clear for the rollerbladers, they zipped round the routes. Alicia Garcia Estevez was first across the finishing line on the seven kilometre course, with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds. Edgar Saulinskas was the fastest on rollerblades in the half marathon, with a time of 39 minutes and 57 seconds.

In the Joilette wheelchair section seven kilometres the winner was Angel Murcia García, with an amazing time of 40 minutes.

Pedro Antonio Lopez de Haro from the Nogalte club won the half marathon, covering 21 kilometres in one hour, 11 minutes and 41 seconds, followed by Juan Jose Foulquie Padilla. The best classified local was Pedro Jesus Valdivia Lopez, followed by Ozanne Colin.

In the clubs classification for time, Sur Este, Athletics Club cameo out top followed by Eliocroca Sports Club.

In the seven-kilometre race Roberto Castellon Ortiz from the Tader Molina Sports Club came first with a time of 23 minutes, 35 seconds, followed by Luis Miguel Torroglosa Gonzalez from Puertas Lorca Athletics Club.

Mario VizcaIno Garcia, Laszlo Somogyi and Amalia GonzAlez García were the best classified among the local runners.

Mojacar Sports Councillor Ana Garcia was there throughout all the races to check in person that the whole event went off smoothly and to keep a check on participating numbers.  Afterwards she presented the prizes at the awards ceremony, taking the opportunity to thank all the runners taking part, and the family and friends who has supported them and come to Mojacar for the weekend, with special thanks for the Nogalte Athletics Club, and in particular club Technical Director Juanfra Carrillo.