A perfect Transgrancanaria HG 2020

®Ian Corless

A new edition of Transgrancanaria HG said goodbye last Sunday with a more than positive balance for the more than 3,500 runners who met in Gran Canaria between March 4 and 8. The mountain race, one of the most important in the world, far exceeded the expectations created following the strong presence of elite runners from around the world. Turned into a huge global event, the dispute of its different modalities went beyond the scope of the trailrunning to be news in the main national and international sports media. In addition, the organization took advantage of the event to vindicate the feminist struggle with the motto of “Trail is female”, framed within numerous winks and actions to empower the female presence in sport.

Pau Capell and Pablo Villa were the main protagonists of the edition after winning the 128km queen race, which departed from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Beach at 23h on Friday. They arrived at Maspalomas at noon and stopped the clock entering the finish line together, after battling each other in the race for more than 13 hours. In females, the fastest was the American Kaytlyn Gerbin, which was already second in 2019 and that surpassed the Chinese Fuzhao Xiang and the Cantabrian Azara García de los Salmones of the HG AML Team.

The Transgrancanaria HG gave to the public and to the dozens of accredited media a host of shocking images and accumulated emotions. In the other modalities of the weekend, Jordi Gamito and Maryline Nakache were the fastest in the Advanced of 63km; Andreu Simón and Anna Comet won the Marathon, Kenny Kivikas and Meryl Cooper won the 30km Starter and Antonio Cardoso and Paula Cabrerizo did the same in the 17km Promo. Meanwhile, Luca Papi (for the 3rd time in a row) and Marta Poretti beat the tough Trans 360 race of 262km.

The HG AML Team was undoubtedly one of the leading teams of the edition. Its members made the official presentation for the 2020 season during the pre-race, and took the podiums during the weekend. Paula Cabrerizo, one of the star signings of the Team, was the fastest in the 17km Promo and confirmed hes return to the game, while the other signing, Virginia Pérez, won a splendid 4th place in the Marathon. Azara García de los Salmones started off as a favorite and got the bronze in the 128km queen mode, where Leire Martínez was 8th; while Gemma Arenas took the podium as 3rd place in the marathon. In that same race, Juanjo Somohano confirmed his great moment of form with a 2nd place that can open the doors to the Haría Extreme World Championship in November, and Agustín Luján managed to enter the Top20. With a totally different merit, the amputee athlete of Team Dani Nafría managed to be finisher of that same marathon.


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