Sunday, 31 October 2010

Getting Our Skates On!


This year’s Music Marathon Festival, the 2nd year for this event, in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote started at 1pm on Saturday 30th October. The event consisted of five categories:

½ Marathon (21.1 km)
¼ Marathon (10.55 km)
1/8 Marathon (5.275 km)
1 Mile (1,600 m) Kids from 10 to 16 years
½ Mile (800 m) Kids from 4 to 9 years.

My little mascot!


Despite not having put on our skates for longer than either of us can remember, CB and I signed up for the ½ Marathon (21.1 km) tempted as we were just to forget the word Marathon and instead write ½ Mile. It turned out we were the only two skating in this category, everyone else was running!

Saturday arrived, hot and not a cloud in sight! The temperature in our garden late morning was 30c, and we didn’t need to get our skates on until 3.30pm…it was going to be a hot one!

The course was along The Avenida (sea front) and as we had signed up for the ½ Marathon we had to complete four loops - each loop being 5.275km. Starting outside Los Cocoteros we headed along and up The Avenida towards Hotel San Antonio where we turned and headed back along The Avenida towards Hotel Fariones, turning to begin all over again. The Avenida is long and with many inclines that are not too steep but have a gradual climb and just when you think you are not going to make it, it’s downhill….phew! Along the route, were very kind people pressing water cups into your hands along with fruit and energy drinks. But the highlight had to be the Fire Brigade who had their fire engine standing by and with a massive fire hose, doused us down with water as we rolled past them….in total eight times! And as you go brrrr, no it was so amazingly welcome!



Having not carried out any preparation for this event, we had only learnt about it on the Tuesday, so after signing up, we were out there on the Saturday, but we finished and got our medal, and we loved it!

As I write, the official photographs are not yet available, but will post one as soon as I can!

10 comments:

Talli Roland said...

Wow! I'm super impressed! Congrats!

Rosalind Adam said...

You skated it without any practice!! I'm overwhelmed with impressed noises... and you were hosed down by firemen!!! Nothing like that ever happens here in England... not to me anyway ;-)

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Talli, thanks for stopping by, we did enjoy it, even the soakings from the Firemen!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Rosalind, now don't we just have all the fun, soaked by Firemen and the skating was great too. x

Chris Stovell said...

Fantastic! No preparation? You must be as fit as fiddles! Well done!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Chris, not really, but surprised as I was worried with my Shingles going on for so long. Rollerblading is a lot easier than running by a very long way. You runners are the ones to be admired. Thanks for stopping by. x

BaggieAggie said...

Very impressed! Well done, Pauline! xx

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi BaggieAggie, thanks for stopping by, it was fun when I'd finished! Though no doubt we will do it again in the future!

Shirley Wells said...

Gosh, I am so impressed. Well done to you both! It's worn me out just thinking about it...

I love those medals. Love your mascot, too. :)

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Shirley thanks for calling by, I think the mascot says it all! :)