By Cathy Elelman • 17 November 2019 • 21:00
STRIKING: The El Bandido runners stood out thanks to their kit, outstanding times and podium places.
CREDIT: El Bandido Runners
THE 20 runners representing the El Bandido Runners definitely made their mark when they competed in the recent Mojacar half marathon and seven-kilometre race.
Not only were they un-missable in their striking blue and orange kit, they also notched up some outstanding times and podium places.
Fastest Bandido in the seven-kilometre challenge was Tony Lloyd-Waldren, with a time of 32:09. The first Bandido lady was Karen Ayers in 37:29. Karen took first place on the podium in the VCF age group and was the second fastest local lady.
Ursula Harper, visiting from Ireland, was second in the VCF age group and Kirsty Ratcliffe was the third fastest local lady. Janice Byers received a special award for being the oldest lady to finish on the day.
In the half marathon Dean Haywood got a personal best, breaking his goal with a finish time of 1:43:50 and Rachel Smith was second in the VDF age group.
El Bandido Runners is a local group, set up by Ironman Kevin Rowe in June 2018. The group started with a small number of regulars and has grown. Today there are runners, joggers and walkers, including permanent residents, regular visitors and holidaymakers, who cover the five-kilometre Mojacar seafront promenade twice a week.
Anyone interested in joining the El Bandido Runners is invited to go along on Wednesday and/or Saturday at 9am from October to April, and at 8am from May to September.
The meeting place and start point is in front of the Best Indalo Hotel on the Paseo, with the exception of on the first Saturday of the month when the group gathers at the Red Cross roundabout end of the promenade so as to be closer to a favourite post-run breakfast cafe.
All ages, nationalities and speeds are welcome, the group stresses.
For more information contact Kevin on [email protected] and follow El Bandido Runners on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/elbandidorunners
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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