The runners began and ended the race at the elephant roundabout. /FRANCIS SILVA

The runners began and ended the race at the elephant roundabout. / FRANCIS SILVA

Holiday World charity run records highest number of participants for the second consecutive year

Held in Benalmádena, this joint sporting and charity event brought together 1,347 runners to participate in the 21, 10 and 5-kilometre races

CRISTINA PINTO

Benalmádena hosted 1,347 runners who took over the streets for the Holiday World Coastal Race (Carrera Litoral) on Sunday, the highest number of participants for the second consecutive year.

The Holiday World race, organised by the resort with Benalmádena town hall, is not only competitive, but also has a fundraising purpose. Profits go entirely to CESMA-Proyecto Hombre (an organisation helping people with addictions).

Before the 10.15am starting pistol, the master of ceremonies, Nacho Gutiérrez, put on a show to help calm the nerves of the runners, while the race mascots, two elephants, danced and cheered.

The large group taking part in the 21-kilometre half marathon left first in a staggered start. A few minutes later the starting line filled with the 10-kilometre runners, and then with those covering the five-kilometre route, this group including families and children.

First to finish

At around 11.30am, the winner of the half marathon arrived at the finish line at the 'elephant roundabout’. Juan Andrés Camacho Fernández, from Fuengirola Athletics Club, won with a time of 1.14.23. A few minutes later, Álvaro Rodríguez Fernández (1.18.10) arrived to take second place and seconds later Antonio Javier Cortés Ramos finished the race in third place with a time of 1.18.41.

The first woman to complete the 21-kilometre race was Alba Tormo Sánchez (1.32.40), followed by Gabriela Vieitez with a time of 1.37.58 and Lynn Chislett, who finished in 1.38.08.

"I really enjoyed it, I loved the route," said Alba Tormo, the women's champion.

Participants filled the Holiday World resort after the race for some hard-earned paella and entertainment.