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Athletics and skating at 41st John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon this Friday

sortida-cursa1The Formentera sports department reports that the 41st John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon will be held this Friday, 6 December, at 10.30am. Organised by Espalmador Sport Group and the Consell de Formentera, the trial consists of two events: athletics and skating. The athletics portion —one of the longest-running in the archipelago— appears in the Athletics Federation of the Balearic Islands’ (FAIB) calendar of sporting events.

While there is a limit on the number of entries that can be accepted, the trials are open to all.

Start times are as follows:
-10.30am (John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon; 12K run with corresponding 12K categories)
-10.40am (Skating race, single category)
-Approx. 11.10am (Skaters under 16; Sant Ferran to Sant Francesc)

Roughly 80 individuals have signed up to date, and registration can also be completed on site, at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc, until 9.30am the day of the event. Signups are free for individuals under SUB 18.

Participants from outside the island will have access to a free shuttle service from La Savina harbour to the starting line in Sant Francesc and back to La Savina.

Roads will be closed to vehicle traffic wherever events take place. The following stretches of road will be closed from 10.30am to 12.30pm: PM 820 between La Savina (PM 820-2 juncture), Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran (first roundabout), and PM 820-2 La Savina-Es Pujols-Sant Ferran.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell removes architectural barriers from eight pedestrian walkways in Sant Francesc

elminacio---barreres-arquitect1The island services department of the Consell de Formentera reports that work has already begun on a month-long, €36,390 effort to remove hurdles to mobility, often referred to as “architectural barriers”, from eight pedestrian walkways in Sant Francesc.

Pavement will be graded at a total of 13 points—four by the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and Sa Miranda nursery, two on Avinguda Vuit d’Agost near Marc Ferrer high school, and two at the Berenger Renart juncture on Avinguda Pla del Rei.

Island services consellera Paula Ferrer counted making roads universally accessible among the administration’s key priorities. She also pointed out that upgrades were happening in places where people with reduced mobility had requested them, and that the changes were part of the island’s “Sustainable Mobility Strategy” (Pla de Mobilitat Sostenible).

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Marina de Formentera sign deal to sponsor municipal sailing school

conveni-escola-de-vela1Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Marina de Formentera director Juan José Costa signed a deal under which the company pledges two yearly payments of €9,000 to support sports activities at the Escola Municipal de Vela (Municipal Sailing School) and upgrade services and gear required for nautical learning activities, safety and rescue. Formentera officials, including local sports conseller Paula Ferrer, applauded the company for its commitment to nautical sports, a key element of local life. José heralded efforts within the Consell de Formentera to promote sport and the administration's multi-faceted commitment to it.

13 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Pact for sport

conveni-trasmapi1In an agreement signed into effect today by Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Rafael Cardona, director general of Trasmapi, the ferry company pledges to donate €7.000 in nautical equipment to the Municipal Sailing School, or Escola Municipal de Vela. In return, Trasmapi will transport people, vehicles and gear between Eivissa and Formentera for Escola de Vela activities. Sport consellera Paula Ferrer was also on hand for the signing.

24 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Nearly one hundred registered to ride in Friday’s 4th Volta Cicloturista mountain biking challenge

volta-btt1The Consell de Formentera office of sport announces the start this Friday of the fourth Volta Cicloturista, a three-trial event in which mountain bikers crisscross the island dividing it in three parts: Sant Francesc, La Savina and La Mola.

Covering a total of 97.5 kilometres and climbing a thousand metres into the sky, the “Ride” is an ideal way for cyclists of any competing level to enjoy Formentera’s network of trails. For mountain riders geared toward competition, there’s also Sunday’s BTT La Mola, with 37.6K and 850 metres of altitude gain—a qualifying heat for the Pine Islands Mountain Biking Championship (Campionat Pitiús de BTT)—while those just in it for the fun have the option of an alternate route that occasionally follows the main ride.

Formentera’s councillor of sport Paula Ferrer highlighted the “growing gravitational pull on cyclists” of the Discover Formentera in October-partnered event.

Presented by the local office of sport, Grup Esportiu Espalmador and Unisport Consulting and a featured event in the current push to incentivise off-season travel to Formentera, the event’s current hundred-strong list of registered riders will remain open to new participants until Sunday.

The Volta kicks off on Friday at 4.00pm with a 29.5K loop in which cyclists will start and finish in Sant Francesc. The 39.5K second leg, with start and finish in La Savina, happens at 10.00am on Saturday, while participants in the 28.5K, alternate-route ride hit the road in La Mola Sunday at 11.00am.

23 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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