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Rain presents extra challenge for runners 

Athletes who had to draw on all their strength and resources to tackle a gruelling race in Los Realejos had something else to contend with. Rain!

For the first hour of the fourth Asomadero Trail, weather conditions were poor, making it even harder to tackle the 14.2 kilometres.

In all, there were 258 runners and 243 completed the distance which included a sharp descent to test even the fittest competitor. The route was along paths, forest trails and roads.

Francisco Javier Martín notched up a commendable time of 01:27:52 whilst Petruna Balmus was first woman home in 01:53:21. Neither could break the existing records set by José Oliver Perera in 2013 at 01:22:28 or the 1:43:43 in 2012 by Sonia Prieto.

Second man home was Orlando Pérez Sanjuán in a time of 01:27:52 with Fran-cisco Javier González Gon-zález in third on 01:29:04.

Ana Begoña González Francisco was second lady home in 01:54:43 , followed by Leticia Martín Cabrera in 01:54:51.

Mayor of Los Realejos, Manuel Domínguez said the increase in competitors and improved organisation of the race proved that the municipality could host top sporting events and champion tourism promotion through sport.

Sports councillor, Benito Dévora said they appreciated the support of everyone and the athletes for braving the rain. Those involved included members of the sports department, the running club Tenerife Trail, police, the volunteer firemen and Civil Protection.

The event concluded with a giant paella for all participants and visitors and the presentation of trophies. There was also local food and wine to promote the gastronomic charms of the town and a raffle of sports items, provided by sponsors.