Report from Phil Robinson:
Most of the races I do these days seem like exercises in history. This low-key event in Lanzarote involves a 2.5k run, approx 15k bike leg including 5k climb up to Tinajo, then back to the stadium for repeat 2.5k run. From first visiting ClubLaSanta in 1998 I’ve done it 16 times solo plus twice as part of a team of two. My previous solo times as follows: 58.27, 56.14, 55.49, 57.16, 56.41, 57.39, 56.13, 56.54, 54.59, 55.57, 54.59, 60.50 (that was the year I had back surgery), 57.05, 57.56, 57.37; so I was pleased this time to record 58.03 even though placed 30th out of 35 finishers. The club’s owners are Danish, and since the Danish School holidays have started already there were loads of blond-haired teenagers. One of them whose age was given as “u14” took third place in this duathlon behind two serious triathletes, over 9 minutes quicker than me. His father – who is the same age as my son (!) – won the 5k race a couple of days before.