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THE ORIGINALS AND LOS SHERPAS DE JÁVEA TRIUMPH IN MIRADOR CHALLENGE
Monday 8th April 2013

javeamigos.com | JAVEA: MIRADOR CHALLENGE 2013

The sun shone on the 57 walkers who picked up the gauntlet in the third edition of the javeamigos.com Mirador Challenge, a 27 kilometre route that links all 15 official miradors - viewpoints - along the stunning coastline of Jávea with THE ORIGINALS crossing the line in 5 hours 17 minutes to reclaim the title of champions. In a new category for 2013, LOS SHERPAS DE JÁVEA improved on their best local team award for last year by scooping the prize for Leisure which was a chance for teams to learn something about the miradors that they passed through by answering a series of questions on them as well as Jávea in general. LOS SHERPAS crossed the line in 6 hours 4 minutes but their adjusted time was calculated at 5 hours 17 minutes (the adjustment removed the time spent at the viewpoints as well as added time for any wrong answers). Overall, the average time worked out at 6 hours 26 minutes to complete this long route.

Eleven teams plus two invitation pairs gathered early on a chilly Sunday morning at mirador La Granadella, some of them having met much earlier in the darkness on La Plana, leaving their cars close to the finish line and use a special coach to take them to the start. A few curious onlookers, family and friends as well as a couple of intrigued photographers joined in the generous applause as TEAM SMOVEY was sent on its way at 8.00am, picking their way down the tricky opening few hundred metres to cross the remote Parque Forestal de Granadella towards the first checkpoint at mirador Castell de la Granadella. Guided by two volunteers from Club d'Atletisme Lleibeig-Xàbia for whose assistance the organisers were most grateful, the teams picked their away along the tracks and paths to drop into the deep Barranc de Horxelles and then climb the mountain road to the checkpoint.

LECLERCQ SURFING decided that 27 kilometres simply wasn't enough and headed for the castle ruins at the end of the headland on the other side of the cove of Granadella before realising their mistake and marching back to the beach and then headed up to the mirador, adding what we estimate to be at least 7 more kilometres to their walk yet still arriving at the finish line with a respectable time of 6 hours 29 minutes, quicker than four other teams, and still with smiles on their faces For their efforts and their incredible good spirit despite having added more kilometres to their distance, the organisers decided that LECLERCG SURFING should be awarded the Organiser's Special Prize for the team that shows an incredible spirit throughout the whole event.

The teams passed along the route much slower than last year, probably due to the absence of teams from the Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers who swept the board in 2012 yet opted not to enter any teams in this year's event. The first invitation pair crossed the line at 4 hours 58 minutes, still more than 30 minutes slower that the CBMW CABRAS team who set an amazing record of 4 hours 22 minutes in 2012; Team JITC said that they pushed it as hard as they could yet still couldn't get anywhere near the record. Did we sense a few fingers of suspicion pointing in a certain direction?

Over a two and a half hour period, the teams arrived happy but tired at the finish at mirador Els Molins, the final team to cross the line being the colourful ladies from THE G TEAM who arrived at 16:24, just over eight hours after starting at La Granadella, followed by two members of the Cruz Roja who provided first aid support along the entire route for which the organisers were very grateful. Despite a ferocious chilly wind blowing up off the plain, teams stayed for a few minutes to enjoy a few rewarding glugs from the bottle of cava that was handed to each team captain as they crossed the line as well as a few nibbles and some drinks.

Later in the afternoon, many team members and volunteers from the checkpoints packed into TIME BAR Y COCINA in the old town for a chance to share their experiences, enjoy some memorable images taken by Fay Hughes and Stan Doyle which were being shown on the TV screens and, of course, find out the results of the Mirador Challenge 2013.

To kick off the presentation, organiser Mike Smith thanked the valuable assistance of the checkpoint supervisors - namely Jim Campbell, Keith and Pauline Wells, Stan and Chris Doyle, Alex Doyle and Cameron, Wayne Martin, Noelle Vickers, Rona Pryer, Alan and Emma Lawton, Keith Littlewood, Sue and Alex Faulkner and, not least, Neil and Marjory Tulloch as well as Fay Hughes who provided the photos and the organisational support - for whom the teams afforded a generous round of applause for their efforts. He also acknowledged the help of town hall representative Paco Bisquert, members from the Protección Civil and the Cruz Roja who provided safety support and Time Bar for the lunch bags which teams were able to collect at the midway point at Creu del Portitxol.

And then Mike began the presentation of the trophies. First of all, he confirmed that the winners of the special award for the team that showed the greatest spirit during the whole event, sponsored by javeamigos.com, would be LECERCQ SURFING who, despite not being present to collect the trophy, received huge applause for those present.

The winners of the special stage award for the fastest time over the distance between Punta de l'Arenal to Cap de Sant Antoni, almost six kilometres of flat walking followed by steep ascent up the side of the headland, which was sponsored by hosts Time Bar y Cocina, were LOS SHERPAS DE JÁVEA who took just 1 hour 7 minutes and the trophy was collected by team leader Rolf Lucas Jong.

And then attention was turned to the Leisure section in which teams could spend up to ten minutes at each mirador which would not be counted towards their final time whilst a series of multiple choice questions about the mirador and Jávea in general were posed in several spots. Just 19 minutes of actual walking time separated the top three with TEAM SMOVEY, the first to start the challenge, recorded a final adjusted time of 5 hours 49 minutes and team leader Regine Kraft was on hand to collect the trophy on behalf of her team. In second place, the trophy which was sponsored by Profigura Gym was awarded to TEAM SERENDIPITY, making their second appearance in the Mirador Challenge and recording an adjusted time of 5 hours 20 minutes, was collected by team leader Amanda O'Shea. The winners of the Leisure category were LOS SHERPAS DE JÁVEA who posted a winning adjusted time of 5 hours 17 minutes; team member Javier Blanco, with the assistance of young Lucas, collected the trophy sponsored by Blacktower Financial Management, to add to the trophy already won earlier in the evening.

So, after the applause had died down, Mike moved onto the Sports section, the premier prize of the Mirador Challenge and a test of speed and endurance in which teams simply try to cover the distance as fast as possible without stopping. Third prize went to the FOREST RAMBLERS, making their first appearance in the event and recording a time of 5 hours 38 minutes; team leader Janet Walton with Julie Voce and Helen Longley picked up the trophy. In second place, just three minutes quicker than the Forest Ramblers, was VICTORIOUS SECRETS who crossed the line some 5 hours and 35 minutes after leaving the start at La Granadella; Lynn Clark, Jamie Holder and Sarah Wood were on hand to pick up the second-place trophy sponsored by Continental Wealth Management. The winners of the 2013 Mirador Challenge would be a team comprised mostly of members of the group of friends who originally set the challenge back in 2011 by becoming the first to link all 15 miradors in one long route; they fittingly call themselves THE ORIGINALS. With a time of 5 hours 10 minutes, nine minutes faster than 2012 and a whopping 3 hours 12 minutes faster than their first ever attempt, they picked up the trophy sponsored by Blacktower Financial Management to the applause of those gathered at Time Bar with leader Dave Stewart proudly leading out his team of Walt Tarplee, John Channon, Will Guest and Steve Iboll.

But it has to be said that EVERY team which finishes the challenge can be considered a winner! It's a tough and somewhat deceptive route but most of all the teams have said how much they enjoyed the experience and discovered new areas of Jávea which they had never thought existed. And just about every team that took part in 2013 has expressed their intention to do it all again in 2014.

Click here to learn more about the Mirador Challenge.

Scroll down for STATISTICS and the PHOTO GALLERY of the 2013 Mirador Challenge.

SPORTS

Actual Walking

La Granadella to Els Molins

         

Actual

1

The Originals      

5:10

2

Victorious Secrets      

5:35

3

Forest Ramblers      

5:38

4

Lecercq Surfing      

6:29

5

Feel Great Breaks      

6:31


The actual time of walking from La Granadella to Els Molins, a total distance of around 27 kilometres.

Invitation Teams

     

Actual

1

Team JITC      

4:58

2

Team Bruno      

6:39


The invitation teams consisted of two people in each (and a dog called Bruno) who enquired about taking part but were unable to put together a full team. They did so without being eligible for the main prizes. However, the organisers have decided to create something special for Team JITC to acknowledge their tremendous effort, especially as they left the start-line in the final position.

LEISURE

Adjusted Times

La Granadella to Els Molins

 

 

Actual

Stops

Pens

TIME

1

Los Sherpas de Jávea

6:04

0:55

0:08

5:17

2

Team Serendipity

6:16

1:05

0:09

5:20

3

Team Smovey

6:23

0:43

0:09

5:49

4

Viviendo Experiencias

7:15

1:13

0:07

6:09

5

Holy Walkamolies

7:19

0:58

0:10

6:31

6

The G Team

8:08

1:04

0:11

7:15


These teams opted for a more leisurely approach to the Mirador Challenge by being able to stop at each mirador for a set period of time up to ten minutes at each one. Teams had to stop at the mandatory checkpoints of Ambolo, Cap de la Nau, La Falzia, Creu del Portitxol, Séquia de la Nòria and Cap de San Antoni but could choose whether to stop or not at the remaining viewpoints.

The adjusted time has been derived from deducting the time spent at each mirador and then adding a minute penalty for every wrong or unanswered question at the mandatory stops.

SPECIAL TEST STAGE

Time taken to walk between Punta de l'Arenal and Cap de San Antoni.

Distance: 5.95 kilometres

1

Los Sherpas de Jávea (Leisure)

1:07

2

The Originals (Sports)

1:08

3

Victorious Secrets (Sports)

1:12

4

Leclercq Surfing (Sports)

1:15

5

Forest Ramblers (Sports)

1:17

6

Team Serendipity (Leisure)

1:18

7

Feel Great Breaks (Sports)

1:21

8

Team Smovey (Leisure)

1:23

9

Viviendo Experiencias (Leisure)

1:34

10

Holy Walkamolies (Leisure)

1:35

11

The G Team (Leisure)

2:02

INVITATION TEAMS

1

Team JITC

1:03

2

Team Bruno

1:32

TIE BREAK STAGE

Time taken to walk between Cap de la Nau and Cap Negre

which would be used in the event of a tie

1

Team Serendipity (Leisure)

0:19

2

The Originals (Sports) *

0:21

3

Forest Ramblers (Sports)

0:22

=

Leclercq Surfing (Sports)

0:22

=

Los Sherpas de Jávea (Leisure)

0:22

6

Viviendo Experiencias (Leisure)

0:24

7

Holy Walkamolies (Leisure)

0:25

=

Team Smovey (Leisure)

0:25

9

Feel Great Breaks (Sports)

0:26

=

The G Team (Leisure)

0:26

11

Victorious Secrets (Sports)

0:27

INVITATION TEAMS

1

Team Bruno

0:18

2

Team JITC

0:22


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