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Ocean Lava Lanzarote report
Posted by: Annie Emmerson
Posted on: Monday 4th October 2010


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Great Britain's leading 65-70 age-group Ironwoman Eddie Brocklesby has had a busy year! After qualifying for the World Ironman Championships at Ironman Lanzarote in May, Eddy chose to return to the volcanic island for the Ocean Lava half Ironman distance race in early September for her final Kona preparations. She sent in this report on the first ever Ocean Lava Triathlon, which looks set to become a 'must do' half Ironman distance event.


Amidst fabulous scenery, lava fields and dramatic coastal views, Kenneth Gasque of Lanzarote Ironman fame launched the first Ocean Lava Triathlon, a half Ironman distance race in Lanzarote, on September 5th. The 1.9k swim was half of the Ironman course with two impressive catamarans as unmissably high viz buoys, a tough 90k bike and the half marathon along the coast at Puerto del Carmen. A great course and an event focussing on a fun for competitors and their families and emphasis on quality, rather than profit making.

The new bike course went through the lava fields, the wine growing area, around that fantastic coastal loop and then up Femes before yet further hills. I made it 1350m climbing in all, apparently even Bet Jammaer found approaching Femes on tired legs a challenge. The run was hotter than usual for me – it was only half the Ironman distance so I experienced the full afternoon heat for the first time and running from bar to bar just after lunch didn’t arouse quite the same level of inebriated support as it does at 10.00 pm! Nevertheless, overall the support was great, the Police were everywhere, smiling and marshalling at every single junction, and the holiday crowds enthusiastically cheering all around the island.

Pro Bike in La Santa village has some great new bikes in stock, which do save lugging boxes and the escalating bike transport costs. And the good news was the healthy encouragement of relay teams, the old and the young, the fit and the far less fit - great family opportunity.

The evening celebrations were fun with a superb meal in a swish Lanzarote restaurant overlooking the modern Puerto Calero marina at sunset. Just one thing marred my day – just before the prize-giving Kenneth read out my number along with a couple of other women and a few more men - we proudly stood to warm applause as requested, me expecting some well earned recognition of my advancing age, only to be told that we were the select group of eleven who walked the steep bit of Femes! I will definitely be back - determined to get all the way up on the bike!

Next year it coincides with Hawaii Ironman so they will be following the race live on the big screen. It's a great race to end the season and plan for a well earned rest and off-peak holiday in the tropical sun afterwards. And you'll have time to view some of those great tourist spots that we all usually miss as we cycle furiously past.

Registration for 2011 coming soon on www.oceanlava.com


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