The Spanish runners won the Marató i Mitja, while the international runners took the first places in the CSP.
Everyone was looking forward to this edition of Penyagolosa Trails, which had to be postponed in 2020 due to the covid health crisis. From day one, the long expectation made this race an epic and essential event in the province’s sports calendar, especially among trail lovers. And it did not disappoint anyone: the province of Castellón had their eyes all over the MiM and the CSP, and celebrated the triumph of both Miguel Caballero and Marta Molist, in the Marató i Mitja of 60km, and Aleksei Tolstenko and Anete Svilpe in the 110km Castelló – Penyagolosa race. The Russian and the Latvian athletes imposed themselves at the finish line, located in Sant Joan de Penyagolosa.
Native from Aragon, Miguel Caballero placed first and won the MiM trophy, with a time of 05:34:16, a result of his veteran and impressive race-skills management. A profound expert of the route, this is Caballero’s third MiM victory, after winning in 2015 and 2017.
For her part, Marta Molist came to Penyagolosa Trails very well prepared, this year being the most important of her entire career. After a titanic fight with Gemma Arenas from Castilla-La Mancha, the Catalan runner has imposed her leadership dominating the second half of the course and finally obtaining the victory.
Men’s second and third places went to José Ángel Fernández and Abel Carretero, respectively, while women’s second place went to Gemma Arenas and third place to Eva Mesado.
The Russian runner Aleksei Tolstenko won after competing for the very first time in Penyagolosa Trails. He crossed the finish line at 11:48, with an exact time of 11:48:45, after having disputed an epic race with Spanish Rodrigo Monasor. A duel of titans which Tolstenko got the best of.
The great champion of the day was Anete Svilpe. The Latvian runner was relentless, dominating the race during the entire 110km and giving us a vibrant finish at 14:44, with an exact time of 14:44:08.
Over CSP, second and third place in the men’s race went to Rodrigo Monasor and the Romanian runner Robert Hajnal, respectively, and in the women’s group second place went to the local athlete from C.M. Vistabella club María Obrero Catalán and third place to the Biscayan Leire Martínez.
The awards ceremony of absolute categories moved, for the first time, to Vistabella, meeting point for the celebration of runners, families, volunteers and the organization. In so doing the event did not negatively affect the Penyagolosa Natural Park fauna.
The trophy for the absolute winners was designed by renowned artist Manuel Sáez from Castellón. It represents a footprint that, in three dimensions actually resembles a foot. A small sculpture that takes shape by connecting one oval piece after another, an shape that in different cultures symbolizes eternity. For this edition, the trophy was designed in purple, a color associated with the feminist movement.
The director of Penyagolosa Trails, Tico Cervera is very happy with the unfolding of the race, which became a success due to all the security measures, coordination, doctors, buses, communications, and volunteers they counted with. Besides, on Sunday, October 17 at 10:45 a.m regional channel À Punt will broadcast Penyagolosa Trails for the fans of the event to relive the race from the comfort of their homes.