The press conference for the Senior Masters Cup tennis tournament being held at the Puente Romano Tennis Club from September 22 – 24 took place this morning at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in Marbella’s old town. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news.
Marbella’s mayor José Bernal, Albert Costa (the tournament’s director), Jorge Manzur (Puente Romano’s Director General) and Spain’s 1966 Wimbledon champion Manuel Santana were there to tell us all about it. The competitors for this year’s event are John McEnroe (USA), Yannick Noah (France), Mats Wilander (Sweden), Sebastian Grosjean (France), Younes el Aynaoul (Morrocco) and Albert Costa (Spain).
On Saturday 19 December, the Carrera del Pavo (the Turkey Trot) returned to Marbella.
The race started just after 16.00 next to the Parque Alameda and the competitors completed several laps of the circuit up and down the Avenida Ricardo Soriano in Central Marbella. You will find some images below and there are more on our Marbella Gallery page:
The annual Marbella Half Marathon was held this year on Sunday 27 September. It was a beautiful sunny day in Marbella – not too hot, but ideal for running a half marathon. The competitors arrived at the Palacio de Congresos just before 10.00 am, picked up their numbers and headed for the start line.
This year, the organizers achieved their registration limit of 2,500 runners two weeks before the day of the race. Runners from Marbella, Andalucia, many other regions of Spain and other European countries took part. The event began in Calle Jacinto Benavente. The competitors headed towards the Old Town, then down to the Paseo Maritimo and onto Puerto Banús. They then returned to Marbella, finishing on the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo.
The official presentation and press conference for this year’s Senior Masters Cup took place on 21 September at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the information about the tournament and images of the competitors.
The presentation was attended by John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Sebastian Grosjean and Albert Costa along with the mayor of Marbella Jose Bernal, the Secretary for Sport of the Junta de Andalucía Antonio Fernandez, Director General of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Jorge Manzur and the 1966 Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana.
The El Faro beach, right in the centre of Marbella, was the venue for the Da Bruno Beach Paradise Water Polo tournament 2015.
This year’s tournament was held over 3 days from 14 – 16 August and a total of ten teams participated – three local clubs and seven clubs from other Spanish provinces. There were male teams, female teams and some teams were mixed. The final was a hard fought battle between Master & Comander who took 1st place and Calypso who came 2nd.
On Sunday 26 July, the Acuatlon returned to Marbella. In this event, competitors have to run 2.5 kilometres, swim 1,000 metres and then run another 2.5 kilometres. It is a sort of mini-triathlon without the bicycle ride.
Clearly, an ideal sport for Marbella when we are in the middle of a heatwave – a short run, a cool swim, another short run and a cold shower. Great!. The event was open to athletes of all levels, including veterans and children. As is usual with events like this in Marbella, there were plenty of competitors and the crowds turned out to support and cheer all of the participants.
“Fit Cycling” arrived in Marbella on Saturday 19 September. Over 100 fitness bikes were set up on the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo in the centre of Marbella ready for a mass workout to the incredible, pulsating high energy music.
The first of the six sessions started at around 11.00 am with trainers from Sevilla, Malaga, Cordoba and Jaen providing the encouragement and offering their expertise. Almost every available bike had been booked in advance and the spectators were out in force to encourage the participants.
On Saturday 22 August, Marbella hosted Stage 1 of La Vuelta a España – a team time trial covering 7.4 kms from Puerto Banús to Venus Beach in the centre of Marbella.
MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you great images and our grateful thanks goes to photographer Derek Evans who covered the start of the event in Puerto Banús. RTV Marbella was also there, so you will be able to see some of their footage in Thursday’s Marbella Now programme.
The Travesia San Pedro de Alcántara open water swim race took place this year on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning in August from the Playa de la Salida in the centre of San Pedro. MarbellaAzul.com was there to bring you great images courtesy of photographer Derek Evans.
Competitors for the shorter 400 metre race assembled at 10.30 and the referee’s horn heralded the start of the race from the shore to the first buoy and back. The longer two lap 2,000 metre race started at 11.00 from the shore to a second buoy and back.