June 13, 2023

Tenerife Blue Trail Ultra Race 12 June 23

Pete Wilmot reports:

Craig Allen and Myself ran the Tenerife Blue Trail Ultra.

The race allows runners to cross the island, departing from sea level and reaching 3,550m above sea level, the maximum that can be reached when ascending Teide’s peak. It is 104 km long. The maximum time for completion is 25 hours.

Starting at 1am at El Médano on the south of the island and finishing up in the north island town of Puerto Del Cruz with just Mount Tiede (the highest mountain in Spain) in the way. However I should point out we couldn’t get up to the summit of Tiede due to forecasted high winds and had to detour.

I finished at about 8:15pm (19 hrs, 15 mins). Craig unfortunately was unable to finish due to feeling unwell at around 40+ miles and had to pull out. It’s a beast of a race with a maximum elevation of just under 4,500 metres and some very technical volcanic tracks up and down. The winner finished in 10:32 (Cris Mora), nearly 30 minutes ahead of second place.

And finally just to add that this race is part of Craig’s training towards his quest to do the Race across Scotland in August whilst raising money for Dementia UK. You can support Craig with your sponsorship here: