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THE INTERNATIONALS CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF MIRADOR CHALLENGE 2018
Team Miradorables take the Leisure category trophy

Monday 9th April 2018

JAVEA NEWS | MC2018 Sport - The InternationalsJAVEA NEWS | MC2018 Leisure - Miradorables

The stunning coastline of Xàbia was seen at its very best in the brilliant sunshine of a spring Sunday as almost 150 participants competed in the seventh edition of the Mirador Challenge, a 29 kilometre walk which links all the official viewpoints along the coast. The Internationals took the Sports category title with the Nordic Walkers second and Los Exploradores in third. In the slightly more relaxed Leisure category Miradorables improved on the third place in 2017 by taking the crown ahead of CBYA Mezclas and Pretty in Pink.

The Internationals crushed all opposition finishing in exactly four hours, almost half an hour ahead of second fastest The Nordic Walkers, and still took the crown despite having a 15 minute penalty applied for competing with a reduced team. The team was led by Frenchman Eric Champon who was part of the winning team in 2017 called 'The Frog and Roses' who set a new record for the category. The team also included Mark Botterill who was part of the 2016 champion team 'The Originals' so there was plenty of experience to sweep to the title. Along with Norwegians Audan Jacobson and Eivind Sandnes, who flew in from Norway especially to participate in the Mirador Challenge.

Runners-up were the Nordic Walkers, competing in their fourth event and improving on their third place in 2017. Led by Rob Donovan the team consisted of Brits Kate O'Malley and Lisa Kim Newsom Davis who had both flown in from the UK to participate for a third year and LES teachers Kim and Russell Williams, participating in their first Mirador Challenge as participants after playing support roles in 2017.  In third spot were Los Exploradores, representing The Explorers Mountain Walking Group from Calpe, led by Mary Gough who was part of the CBMW contingent which dominated the first ever edition of the Mirador Challenge. With the group celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, it seemed fitting that they should claim not just one trophy but also claimed the trophy for the fastest full team between Punta de l'Arenal and Cap de San Antonio, a 6 kilometre stretch of which half is on the flat and half involves a steep climb to the top of headland. They managed to complete it in 1 hour and 1 minute.

Fenoll Marí, finally completing a challenge together after the events of 2016 and 2017, claimed the trophy for the top all-female team in the category, finishing sixth overall along with Las Locas 2 but were awarded the prize by tie-breaker as the fastest of the two between the Arenal and Cap de San Antonio.

In the Leisure category teams were able to walk the route at a more leisurely pace, stopping at each viewpoint to enjoy stunning views in the brilliant sunshine. Handed an egg at the start-line they also had to keep their ears open and eyes peeled for information along the entire course that might prove valuable for this category is all about points rather than time. Starting with 100 points, they competed a questionnaire at the finish line with two points for every wrong answer. If the egg was not returned, that was another 15 points deducted. But they could also gain points during the special section between Punta de l'Arenal and Cap de San Antonio, the fastest winning 13 points, the second 12 points whilst the slowest gained just a single point.

Miradorables claimed top spot in this category, improving on their third place in 2017, with 104 points. The team consisted team leader Peter Hayward, Vicki Bennett, Jurgen Heppner, Elizabeth Holström and Raija Heineman and they were the most successful team in the questionnaire task along with third-placed Pretty in Pink and Happy Feet, who would take the prize for the best-dressed leisure team. The Costa Blanca Yacht Association has been involved in the event since 2014, not only competing but also provided the bulk of the manpower for the volunteer support teams which are invaluable to the success of the Mirador Challenge. So it was fitting that their team CBYA Mezclas should claim a trophy as runners-up in the Leisure. Pretty in Pink were third and also claimed the award for the top all-female team in the category which meant that those attending the presentation had to endure two renditions of their motivational walking song.

The Veteran Award for the oldest team by cumulative age to be competing in this year's event went to the all-French Team Correcaminos, a group that covered almost the entire distance singing and shouting encouragement and were cheered over the line by an impressive group of supporters who joined in with the celebrations of completing the Mirador Challenge.

The Michael Ballantyne Memorial Award was inaugurated last year in memory of a man who was a passionate supporter of the Mirador Challenge but sadly collapsed and died during the 2016 event. It is given to the team or individual that shows the spirit and determination during the event. Michael's son John-Henry was on hand to present the award to Las Chicas de Naranja, a team which by its own admittance seriously under-estimated the Mirador Challenge and were so far behind that the organisation was forced to tell them to stop at the penultimate checkpoint. Undeterred and proudly wearing the colours of their native Holland, they opted to continue and arrived at Els Molins almost an hour after everyone else. Most people had already gone home. Just a handful remained to welcome them. But the smiles remained.

And so another Mirador Challenge comes to an end and we would like to thank the following for making it all possible:

JAVEA HOME FINDERS for supporting the event for the second year running with Anthony Pugh also competing in the sports category. HAMILTON'S OF LONDON for sponsoring the majority of the dozen trophies handed out at the end of the day. TELITEC CONNECTIONS for providing the essential water supply through the day. DIGBY'S SPORTS BAR for sponsoring the much-anticipated post-race snacks and drinks at Els Molins and BAR QUO VADIS for providing the mid-race snack bags at Mirador Creu del Portitxol and also hosting the two briefing evenings and the trophy presentation evening as well as giving us a space to store supplies for the event during the weekend. And on such a sunny day, the participants were thankful for the baseball caps offered by Franky Meijer. We also thank AD Lawton Construcciones, Clinica Dental Puchol, ClubFIT, El Convent, Flatpaxabia, Hotel Triskel, LAUDE Lady Elizabeth School, My Way Bar, QuickSave Arenal, SinSlip, The Barber Shop, The Inn on the Green, The Lancashire Bruja, The Nail Station, Positive Signs, SIE3, Uñas y Más, V-Thos, Vicens Ash and Vü London Hair Salon for their support.

In addition we thank the invaluable support of the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia, Cruz Roja de Xàbia, Policía Local de Xàbia, Dr. Juan Illeuca and the ISVH Voluntarios for the invaluable assistance without which we could not stage this event. We also thank all the volunteers, too numerous to name individually but just as important to us, for their willingness to give up a few hours of their time to assist. THANK YOU from us and all the teams who participated.

The Mirador Challenge will return in April 2019. More news will be forthcoming in October! 

THE RESULTS

SPORTS

LEISURE

1

4:15

The Internationals [P]

2

4:28

Nordic Walkers

3

4:40

Los Exploradores*

4

4:40

Team Correcaminos

5

4:43

Paris 24

6

4:58

Fenoll Marí*

7

4:58

Las Locas 2

8

5:04

Los Camigos

9

5:07

Los Suecos Locos

10

5:12

The Fitbits [P]

11

5:13

#hastaluego [P]

12

5:15

Los Excursionistas

13

5:27

Grumpy Old Men [P]

14

5:33

Nothing Ganeta [P]

15

5:36

Crazy Spinners

16

6:11

Las Locas 1

1

104

Miradorables

2

103

CBYA Mezclas

3

100

Pretty in Pink

4

97

The Men with No Name*

5

97

OCSL Warriors

6

94

Guardian Angels

7

91

Walking Warriors*

8

91

Alta Villas

9

86

The Northerners

10

81

Digby's "2" [P]

11

80

Digby's "1" [P]

12

78

Happy Feet [P]

13

49

Las Chicas de Naranja [P]

* Teams which finished level have been separated according to the times taken for Leg 14 - Punta de l'Arenal to Cap de San Antonio.
[P] - Penalties applied.




 

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