Report from Phil Robinson: Three Otley runners took a long leisurely weekend in Majorca to include the racing events. Malcolm Court tackled his first marathon with minimal training and never having raced beyond half-marathon distance before.
The weekend was unseasonably hot, mid-day temperatures in low 30s, so with a 9am start the marathon runners struggled in the heat. Times reflect the difficult conditions; winner Antonio Roldan Mercadal finished in 2.30.08. Malcolm was looking comfortable at half-way but the wheels locked up at 30k and he struggled from there but managed to finish in 5.20.23. He was more successful with his second marathon of the day – three large platefuls of paella in about 40 minutes. Malc was running to support a charity for disabled children – details at https://www.justgiving.com/MalcolmCourt/ – please help him if you can.
Tom Hannah and I limited our efforts to the 10k, which seemed quite far enough. Over 1400 runners took the gently undulating route through the old town and a final exposed section along the seafront. It was pretty hot even at 10am when we’d finished, which might have contributed to the slowish times. The race was won by one Tom Carson of Horwich RMI in 33.33, with only the first three runners under 35 minutes. Tom’s time was 55.50 and I was just ahead of him in 51.03 – disappointed to be over 50 minutes but later pleased to find I was first in the V70 bracket.
The day also included a half-marathon (over 2400 finishers, winning time 1.13.07) and two other 10k races – nordic walking (60 finishers, winning time 1.09.21) and ‘walking’ (45 finishers, winning time 1.16.10) I’m not sure what the restrictions are for the different walking styles, but a spectating friend told us marshals were busy warning the competitors about lifting…
Other Otley runners have taken part in previous years but this was my first visit – and hopefully not the last; a weekend to be recommended.