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Gran Canaria Marathon

January 28, 2018
Spring-like conditions make for excellent running conditions

Gran Canaria Marathon, everyone’s a winner

It was Monsieur Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, JFGI, who said: “The most important thing. . . is not winning but taking part.” So what he’d make of the mega trophy collection shining in the GC sun’s anyone’s guess. No-one completing the Gran Canaria Marathon, or DISA Gran Canaria Maratón 2014 to give it its full title, left empty-handed. Or so it seemed.

When one becomes three

The number of trophies at the 2014 Gran Canaria Marathon also had to do with there being three events. That of Maratón, Medio Maratón, and 10km. With a total of 6,000 athletes taking part. Clearly, everybody wants to run the world.

Behind the scenes at DISA Gran Canaria Maratón 2014

Soccer dad Mr Gran Canaria Local pitched up towards the end of the 2014 Gran Canaria Marathon with son Alex. In vain, they tried to view Mrs Gran Canaria Local in the VIP section, as DISA pledged a donation to the Pequeño Valiente charity she’s the president of. They did see boxes and boxes of oranges, however, along with bottles of water, which suggested that quite a few entrants had yet to cross the finishing line. Those oranges will be cut into four, which always reminds Mr GCL of his mini-rugby days. Where he’d wear the skin of each quarter orange like a gum shield.

Marathon Man

The British Isles had reason to celebrate, with Ireland’s Eoin Flynn, a teacher on the island, finishing the main event in under two and a half hours. We’ve raced in meets behind, rather than, alongside Flynn on the island. Who amazed fellow competitors with his ability to run like Forrest Gump. England’s Philippa Taylor, visiting from the Nene Valley, won the women’s event with a time just shy of three hours.