Lanzarote half-marathon

Lanzarote half-marathon.

Sábado 2 Diciembre

‘This race was recommended via someone on Twitter (before it changed to X) as a good one for a solo traveller to do as both a race and a winter sun holiday. They were right. Great atmosphere, very well organised. Costa Teguise was heaving with runners from all over, with the UK having the largest representation by far. There’s a marathon, half and 10k. Plus, the day before, there’s a kids’ race and a 5k Santa run.

The race itself went OK. I am not great running in the heat, so I was happy with my time of 2:18.25. We actually started during a rain shower, but it then got pretty warm. Lots of support on the route and plenty of fuel stations with water, isotonic drinks, fresh fruit, and (horrible) gels. Luckily, I’d brought my own gels. The course is along the coast (back from the marathon halfway turning point) and is mainly on promenade with lovely views, but also a bit of road and an industrial estate. And one big incline at about 8 miles.

I bumped into the only two other Norfolk runners, including Gary from Norwich Road Runners who had done it before so made a great guide on the day.

Overall a good experience (I’m still here as I write this, just back from a dip in the sea to cool off, which I guess you all did today too 🤣). May even make it an annual trip. One thing I noticed was a number of UK clubs with a large group of runners here together. Perhaps there may be a gang of RntS next year (7th December).

Finally, thanks to Hayley’s mum for cheering me on towards the end. And also for the incredibly special support I’ve had via WhatsApp to help me enjoy my first time abroad on my own which I was a bit apprehensive about. Never underestimate the effect of a good luck/well done message.’