The runner from La Gomera won the Cicar Ultra race, was proclaimed Canary Islands ultra-distance champion and overall winner of the Spain Ultra Cup
Saturday, 16 November was a red-letter date in the sports calendar for many runners due to the celebration of the ninth edition of the Haría Extreme Lanzarote and the appointment did not disappoint, despite the intermittent rain and strong wind that blew during the day. At 05:30 in the morning the Cicar Ultra race began and Cristofer Clemente set off like the wind to finish with a devastating win over his competitors with a time of 8:39.23.
This marvellous performance by the Gomeran runner placed him on the highest step of the podium, flanked by Ionel Cristian Manole, in second place with a time of 9:11:00 and Fran Rodríguez Martín, in third place, with 9.24:32. In the women’s category, Ana Cristina Constantin was proclaimed champion (11:51:24), while Gemma Game (12:29:25) and Miriam Moreno (12.45:34) accompanied her on the podium.
In the Naviera Armas Marathon race, Alejandro Mayor and Cristina Santurino were the winners in their respective categories. A group of runners, including Borja Fernandez, Raul Latorre, Alejandro Mayor and Mario Olmedo, among others, took control from the very start of the race. They covered a large part of the route together, until Alejandro Mayor overtook on the climb up the Subida del Risco de Famara, achieving an advantage that he managed well until crossing the finish line in first position, with a time of 3:42.45. In second place came Raul Latorre (3:44.11), while Borja Fernandez (03:33.26) finished in third place.
La Haría Extreme Lanzarote, the final cherry on the cake of the Spain Ultra Cup
Cristofer Clemente’s victory in the Ultra race also earned him the title of overall winner of the Spain Ultra Cup. The Gomeran runner started the Lanzarote event with clear enough numbers to be the champion of the circuit, but only a victory would do it. Clemente marked his territory from the first kilometres and took no risks with his pacing in the race. He held the leading position from the beginning, accompanied by a group of athletes, among whom were his two main rivals in the fight to win the title of the Spain Ultra Cup, Agustín Lujan and Ionel Manole.
The Spain Ultra Cup M was won by Alejandro Mayor and Cristina Santurino. The victory of the Canary Island native in the Haría Extreme, together with his victory in the Guara Somontano Long Trail and his silver in Sierra Nevada and Riaño, served to earn him the title of the Spain Ultra Cup M.
In the women’s category, Amanda Martin arrived at the Lanzarote event as leader, but failed to maintain the rhythm imposed by Yolanda Fernandez and Cristina Santurino, who distanced themselves to take the leading positions, turning the fight for the title into a hand to hand between these two athletes. The duel was maintained until well into the race, but during the Gracioseros section, the runner from Madrid took it up a gear, getting a few minutes lead over her rival, which placed her as the great favourite to win the title.
The Cicar Ultra race was the only valid event to crown the best long distance runners of the Canary Islands: The Haría Extreme Lanzarote was the event chosen by the Federación Canaria de Montaña (FECAMON, or Canarian Mountain Federation) to dispute the championship, which fell directly on Cristofer Clemente and Sandra Moreno, who imposed their dominion, demonstrating their great power. Clemente was proclaimed champion when he won the men’s general classification, while the runner from Gran Canaria reached the finish line in fourth position in the 95 kilometre distance in the women’s category.
You can check the results of the race here: Haría Extreme Lanzarote Results.