The Popular Race of El Diario Montanes could well be called the Carrera de Diego Cuadrado. The Pena de Fondo runner raised his arms twice at the finish line when he won the two and ten kilometer races in the ninth edition of the event organized by the dean of the Cantabrian press.
The earliest risers were those who faced the shortest distance. The two kilometers, which some athletes used to do a slight break-in before facing the queen distance, rose as the first winner of the day to Diego Cuadrado after stopping the clock in 7:15 minutes. Pedro Villegas was the only one who followed in the wake of Santander and finished in second place with 7:39. The winning trio in the men’s category was closed by Ignacio San Emeterio with an 8:18 finish.
As for the women, the highest step of the podium was decided in the last meters. The duel between Beatriz Arruza and Laura San Jose was decided in favor of the former by a few centimeters after doing the same time (9:23).
After breaking the ice, the joint exit of the five and ten kilometers arrived. Both were facing the same circuit, the difference was the number of laps. The first gave one, while the queen distance faced two. The five kilometers crowned Miguel Ángel Diego (16:14) and Sara Tejerina (19:19) as winners.
While Tejerina dominated the female race, in the male category it was much more even. Diego crossed the goal arc two seconds before Kamal Naghmouchi (16.16) and three seconds less than Jesús Lavid (16.17), second and third placed, respectively.
In the case of the female category, Tejerina (19.19) took more than a minute out of her two podium companions: María de Pablo (20.32) and Nuria Saiz (20.38).
With the first two distances distributed, it was the turn of the ten kilometers. Diego Cuadrado had no rival on the asphalt of the Cantabrian capital and expanded his collection of trophies by signing a time of 30.57 at the finish line. Behind the winner of the day came Marcos Díaz (32.19) and David Bernal (33.02) who completed the winning trio of the test. Eva Sánchez, meanwhile, entered the finish line without competition (44.22) after leaving her rivals at a distance that guaranteed victory. Paula Venero (45.04) and Carolina Gómez (45.52) closed the women’s podium.
About 800 athletes took the start in the ninth edition of the Popular Race of El Diario Montanes, an appointment that from early in the morning filled the main arteries of downtown Santander. Young and old, parents and children and professionals and amateurs take part in an appointment that returns to the calendar after its forced absence last year.
The Paseo Pereda was a party from very early, with parents warming up with their children ready and willing to face the 2-kilometer test, the most festive within a test focused on enjoyment. The little ones have been able to run with their family, with amateur athletes and with many others who have faced the race as a warm-up for the two longest, those of 5 and 10 kilometers.
The race ran between Paseo Pereda and the Danger area and the Cuesta del Gas was at its hardest point for the protagonists of the two long tests.
The event has been one of the first for popular athletes after the pandemic and despite coinciding with the Cross de Ajo and the match between Racing and Deportivo has had a large participation. The surroundings of the exit have also been populated by numerous spectators.
And after that, a long list of entries that has polished the athletic morning. Children hand in hand with their parents, brothers who help their little sisters and grandparents sharing asphalt with their grandchildren. The spirit of sport at the top of your lungs.