Lanzarote 2006
For the seventh year in succession, a team of local athletes from both Bro Dysynni A.C. and Meirionnydd Running Club visited the Canary Island of Lanzarote recently to take part in the La Santa Challenge, a series of four races held over four consecutive days on the volcanic island. The four races, namely a 10k road race, a 13k volcanic ridge run, a 5k beach run and a 21k trans-island run measured 51k (just over 30 miles) in total and, at the end of an exhausting week, 8 of the team had completed the whole challenge with a further 6 completing one or more of the races.

The eyes have it...
Leading home the eight athletes who completed the 51k was Tony Hodgson of Llanelltyd in an overall time of 3hrs 29.17mins. Next home was Jos Jones of Tywyn in 3hrs 38.58mins whilst Nich Bradley of Dolgellau and Frankie Vaughan of Ganllwyd battled fiercely throughout the four race series to gain respective finishing times of 3hrs 54.13mins and 3hrs 56.46mins. Robert Thomas of Llanelltyd produced an excellent quartet of results to eventually finish in 4hrs 13.50mins, whilst amazingly Graeme Stringer of Arthog and Juliet Edwards of Dolgellau both produced finishing times of 4hrs 14.34mins. Completing the local turnout in completing the four races, and far exceeding his original expectations, was a delighted Huw Harrison of Dolgellau, who, despite windy conditions, still managed to complete the challenge in 4hrs 38.36mins.

Another half a dozen local athletes took part in individual races as follows; Alison Price of Fairbourne completed the 10k and 13k races in an overall time of 2hrs 01.08mins, Ralph Burgess completed the 13k ridge run in 1hr 16.12mins, Gill Allday of Barmouth completed the 10k race in 1hr 15.21mins, whilst a trio of local athletes concentrated their running on the 5k beach run with Ben Buxton coming home in 26.06mins, a beaming Andy Unwin of Harlech following in 34.13mins with Christine Stevens of Barmouth completing the turn-out in 37.49mins. More pics and slideshow