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TEAM EXTRANJEROS AND SHERPAS XÀBIA 1.2 CLAIM HONOURS IN MIRADOR CHALLENGE
A record year for the endurance walk sees teams record some of the fastest times ever

Monday 7th April 2014

javeamigos.com | MIRADOR CHALLENGE 2014

Some 125 walkers braved the beating sunshine to pick up the gauntlet in the fourth edition of the javeamigos.com Mirador Challenge, a 27 kilometre route that links all 15 official miradors - viewpoints - along the stunning coastline of Jávea. A record 25 teams registered to take part, coming in from across the Marina Alta region as well as a couple of participants who had flown in from Scotland to take part. Setting a new record time of 4 hours and 16 minutes it was TEAM EXTRANJEROS, led capably by Nadine Alexander Hall, who claimed first place in the SPORTS section, finishing four minutes ahead of TEAM BLU and 13 minutes ahead of 2013 winners THE ORIGINALS, who still set their best time in four editions to push the teams all the way.  In the LEISURE section, where overall times were adjusted to remove time spent at the checkpoints whilst adding a minute for every wrong question in the six obligatory questionnaires, SHERPAS XÀBIA 1.2 claimed top spot with a new record time of 4 hours and 44 minutes and, with the bulk of the team consisting of the SHERPAS unit that won the category last year, they effectively become to first team to retain their title. They finished 17 minutes ahead of Costa Blanca Yacht Association and 19 minutes ahead of third placed Metafit Glamour & Glitz. The trophies were awarded at a special presentation evening at Restaurant Mar i Vent in the port area of Jávea who also hosted the briefings and made the excellent snack bags distributed to the teams at the halfway point at Creu del Portitxol.

The fourth edition of the Mirador Challenge didn't quite start according to plan with a mechanical problem affecting the coach taking some of the participants from La Plana (where they were to leave their cars, close to the finish line) to the start line at Mirador La Granadella which meant that there was a slight delay after the replacement arrived about 35 minutes late. Yet all the teams still had smiles on their faces as they mingled in the dawn light chatting about their experiences in their preparations for the event and how they expected to cope with what was forecast to be a very warm April day.

The delay meant that the start-times were pushed back by twenty minutes and thus, watched by a few curious onlookers, family and friends as well as more than 125 walkers who were waiting to the depart, it was generous applause that accompanied THE GOLDEN OLDIES as they were sent on its way at 8.21am, 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 volunteers from Costa Blanca Yacht Association and Blanca Fit, 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.

The teams passed along the route at a terrific speed with the SPORTS teams (who started after the LEISURE teams) pounding their way past the slower teams who were obliged to stop at selected viewpoints and reaching the front of the column of walkers by the time they reached the midway point at Mirador Creu del Portitxol. TEAM EXTRANJEROS and TEAM BLU battled for the leadership for the entire second half of the walk but it was the former who would edge ahead as heat and exhaustion apparently took their toll. Led by Nadine Alexandar Hall, the Team Extranjeros which consisted of Kathryn Alexander, Kristian Sjogren, Tobias Derrick and Julia Borisova managed to cross the line with a record time of 4 hours 16 minutes, just four minutes ahead of their rivals.  TEAM BLU, led by Q Michael Lange, managed to reduce the six minute gap at the start by two minutes whilst THE ORIGINALS, led by Dave Stewart, crossed the line in 4 hours 29 minutes, their best time in the event although it was not enough to help them retain their title won in 2013.

The three teams were presented with their trophies at the presentation evening with TEAM EXTRANJEROS collected the champions trophy sponsored by Blacktower Financial Management, TEAM BLU claiming the runners-up prize sponsored by Continental Wealth Management and THE ORIGINALS accepting the award for third place sponsored by Telitec.

The LEISURE section was introduced in 2013 as a competition for those who didn't wish to pound their way around the course and wanted to experience the wonderful coastline offer by Jávea. Thus, time spent at each mirador was discounted from their final time (up to a maximum of ten minutes) whilst teams had to answer a series of multiple-choice questions on the viewpoints and on Jávea in general at the six obligatory stops of Ambolo, Cap de la Nau, La Falsía, Creu del Portitxol, Séquia de la Nòria and Cap de Sant Antoni, each incorrect answer attracting a one-minute time penalty to be added to their time. After adjustments, SHERPAS XÀBIA 1.2, led by Rolf Lucas Jong and consisting of Oscár Hernandez, Javier Blanco, Ricardo Hernandez and Jose Miguel Escrivano, recorded a record time of 4 hours and 44 minutes, a huge 17 minutes ahead of second-placed team from the Costa Blanca Yacht Association, led by Tony Cabban, and 19 minutes ahead of the METAFIT GLAMOUR & GLITZ team led by Catherine Stanley. The bulk of the Sherpas Xàbia 1.2 team having won the Leisure section in 2013, the team effectively retained their title, the first team to do so.

The three teams were presented with their trophies at the presentation evening with SHERPAS 1.2 collected the champions trophy sponsored by Blacktower Financial Management, COSTA BLANCA YACHT ASSOCIATION claiming the runners-up prize sponsored by Continental Wealth Management and METAFIT GLAMOUR & GLITZ accepting the award for third place sponsored by Telitec.

There were two further special awards handed out at the presentation evening with the SPECIAL STAGE AWARD sponsored by Clinica Dental Puerto  for the team who crossed the fastest between Punta de l'Arenal and Cap de Sant Antoni, almost six kilometres of flat walking followed by steep ascent up the side of the headland, collected by XEREMELLS ORIENTATION CLUB who set a new record time of 59 minutes to cover the distance. The final award was what what should be renamed as the ADDED MILEAGE AWARD, this year sponsored by Alta Villas,  which last year was collected by Leclercq Surfing who added seven kilometres to the route by mistakenly walking to the actual castle of Granadella rather than the closer viewpoint on the opposite site of the bay! This year, THE TIME TRAVELLERS missed the correct turning, unfortunately found a lone marshall who had placed himself in the wrong position and, confident that they were on their way, continued to wander deep into the forestry park of Granadella unware of the mistake. They would eventually reach the finish line having walked a whopping 39 kilometres and minus a team member who had thrown in the towel whilst passing through the port.

The presentation evening, hosted by Restaurant Mar i Vent who also donated champagne to the top two finishers in each category, was attended by almost 100 people who packed into the bar not only to congratulate the winners but also to acknowledge the sterling work done by the checkpoint supervisors namely Jim Campbell and Ena Mitchell, Keith & Pauline Wells, David & Morwen Wood, Julie & Tony Benneworth, Bob & Sylvi Gordon (who were particularly praised by many teams for their hospitality which apparently included beers and bocadillos!), Brenda Bates and Ineke Butcher, Cherry Cabban and Gillian Ashworth, Emma, Alan and Molly Lawton, Keith Littlewood and Mandy, James Morris & Sabine Olbrich, Keri & Debi Theophilus, Sue and Alex Faulkner, and Richard & Maureen Ayre and friends. In addition, there were field marshalls responsible for getting teams safely across both La Granadella and La Plana, namely Ron Watson, Julian Hambrook, Julie Colcutt, Hugh Epsom, Jude & Tom Whyte with daughter Beccy and friend as well as the all-important SWEEP TEAM of Alex & Lisa Childs with Rob Donovan & Kat Langwagen who all did a fantastic job keeping control at the back of the race, closing down checkpoints and seeking out missing teams to put them back of the right track. The Mirador Challenge also benefited from the assistance of town hall representative Paco Bisquert and four members of the Cruz Roja who provided first aid support.

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 everyone who took part said how much they enjoyed the experience and in some cases discovered new areas of Jávea which they had never thought existed. A special mention should go to Kate O'Malley and her daughter Scarlett who were holidaying in the area and, having seen a poster advertising the Mirador Challenge, got in contact with the organisers to see if they could take part, albeit as an unofficial two-person team; they completed the course in less than five hours and it is hoped that they will return to Jávea with a full team to take part in the 2015 edition!

Click here to learn more about the Mirador Challenge.

Scroll down for STATISTICS and the PHOTO GALLERY of the 2014 Mirador Challenge.

SPORTS
total time with no obligation to stop at viewpoints
the clock doesn't stop until the finish line is crossed

 

LEISURE
adjusted time to remove time spent at viewpoints
and add one minute for every wrong answer

1

TEAM EXTRANJEROS

4:16

 

1

SHERPAS XÀBIA 1.2

4:44

2

TEAM BLU

4:20

 

2

COSTA BLANCA YACHT ASSOC

5:01

3

THE ORIGINALS

4:29

 

3

METAFIT GLAMOUR & GLITZ

5:03

4

Victorious Secrets

4:42

 

4

LES Chicas

5:04

5

Profigura Fitbabes

4:50

 

5

Xeremells Orientation Club

5:05

6

Leclercq Surfing

4:52

 

6

Sherpas Xàbia 1.1

5:22

7

The Gym Moraira's Metafit Superstriders

5:05

 

7

Team Spectrum FM

5:37

8

Blanca Fit Bullets

5:48

 

8

TTW The Treatment Works

5:41

9

Bernia Team

5:50

 

9

The Golden Oldies

6:06

10

Jo Carlisle's Beauty and the Beasts

6:04

 

10

Team JITC

6:32

11

Team Serendipity

6:06

 

11

Metafit Marchers & Co.

6:56

12

The Time Travellers

7:01

 

12

The Language Academy

7:07

 

 

 

 

13

Team Walkie Talkies

7:11

SPECIAL TEST STAGE
total time taken to walk between Punta de l'Arenal
and Cap de San Antoni - distance 5.95 kilometres

 

TIE BREAK STAGE
total time taken to walk between Cap de la Nau and
Cap Negre which would have been used in the event of a tie

1

XEREMELLS ORIENTATION CLUB

0:59

 

1

LECLERQC SURFING

0:17

2

Team Extranjeros

1:01

 

=

TEAM BLU

0:17

3

Leclercq Surfing

1:05

 

3

Team Extranjeros

0:18

4

Team BLU

1:06

 

4

Sherpas Xàbia 1.2

0:19

5

Metafit Glamour & Glitz

1:07

 

=

The Originals

0:19

=

Victorious Secrets

1:07

 

=

The Gym Moraira's Metafit Superstriders

0:19

7

Sherpas Xàbia 1.2

1:08

 

7

LES Chicas

0:20

8

Profigura Fitbabes

1:09

 

8

Bernia Team

0:21

9

TTW The Treatment Works

1:10

 

=

Costa Blanca Yacht Association

0:21

10

Costa Blanca Yacht Association

1:11

 

=

Profigura Fitbabes

0:21

11

The Originals

1:13

 

=

Sherpas Xàbia 1.1

0:21

12

Team Serendipity

1:15

 

=

The Time Travellers

0:21

=

The Gym Moraira's Metafit Superstriders

1:15

 

=

Xeremells Orientation Club

0:21

14

LES Chicas

1:17

 

=

Victorious Secrets

0:21

15

Team JITC

1:18

 

15

Team Spectrum

0:22

16

Blanca Fit Bullets

1:20

 

16

Jo Carlisle's Beauty and the Beasts

0:23

=

Sherpas Xàbia 1.1

1:20

 

=

Metafit Glamour & Glitz

0:23

18

The Time Travellers

1:24

 

18

Team Walkie Talkies

0:24

19

Team Spectrum FM

1:26

 

19

The Language Academy

0:25

20

Jo Carlisle's Beauty and the Beasts

1:27

 

=

TTW The Treatment Works

0:25

21

Bernia Team

1:28

 

=

Team JITC

0:25

=

The Golden Oldies

1:28

 

22

Blanca Fit Bullets

0:26

23

Team Walkies Talkies

1:35

 

=

Team Serendipity

0:26

24

The Language Academy

1:39

 

24

Metafit Marchers & Co.

0:28

25

Metafit Marchers & Co.

1:50

 

25

The Golden Oldies

0:30



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