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All nationalities contest sixth edition of La Espíritu Triabona 

The sixth edition of La Espíritu Triabona record-ed the absolute triumphs of José Carlos Hernández and Sonia Prieto, in the distance of ten kilometres, and Jonay González and Carlota González, in the five kilometres.

The event, organised by the Club Deportivo Espíritu Triabona with the collaboration of the Department of Sports of Granadilla de Abona council, had a record participation of almost 500 athletes.

They followed the traditional circuit with the start and finish in the Plaza de San Antonio de Padua, along the Carretera General del Sur to the surroundings of Charco del Pino and back along the same route.

The day began with the Baby Run, a unique crawling race in Tenerife and attended by a dozen babies between six and 15 months of age who disputed the distance of four and a half metres from the Church of San Antonio de Padua in the urban centre of Granadilla de Abona. Races for children aged between three and 14 years followed.

The event had a solidarity flavour in aid of Cáritas and the Canarian Foundation for the Walk for Life. In total, 225 euros and about two hundred kilos of food were collected.

The five kilometre race was the first of the day. In the men’s category, the presence of three athletic figures from Tenerife stood out: Jonay González, Agoney Díaz and Ayoze Pérez.

Jonay González again demonstrated his fitness which led him to triumph in the recently celebrated Binter NigthRun ahead of Fran Galindo. The athlete of the Canary Islands Bikila came home first in a time of 15:51, smashing the record of the test that was previously held by Ubay Báez (16:03). Ten seconds later the other Bikila, Agoney Díaz, came home, while Ayoze Pérez (Trivalle Güímar Restaurante Gula) completed the men’s podium with 16:33.

For the women, Carlota González (Trivalle Güímar Restaurant Gula) already knew what it was like to get on the podium in the Granadilla event, but in 2018 she did it as a winner in the 5K. She won with 20:45 and 15 seconds ahead of Patricia Dominguez. The third place went to Angela Morales, who won by four seconds to Nora Wisniowski (21:39 by 21:43).

The ten kilometre passes through one of the few homologated circuits of the Canary Islands in this distance by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, being valid for regional and national championships. The Olympian in the 2012 London Marathon, José Carlos Hernández, confessed in the previous days that he did not arrive in Granadilla in his best form.

However, he found himself able to raise his arms in victory with a time of 34:48. Yoyce Medina came second with 35:15, while Yeray Sierra (35:41) edged out the veteran athlete of the Trivalle Güímar Restaurant Gula, Nacho Martín, who reached the finish line at 35:55. In females, victory went to Sonia Prieto after two laps with 40:10. Another veteran, Amada Sánchez took second place (41:40), while Ana Boullón completed the podium (43.14).

The 2018 edition of La Espíritu Triabona was attended by athletes from Tenerife, La Palma, Lanzarote, La Gomera and Gran Canaria, as well as different nationalities such as British, French, Dutch, German, Czech and Italian, among others