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Brits dominate the podium at Ironman in Marbella

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THE sun shone for the 1,500 athletes taking the plunge on the Costa del Sol for the first Ironman in Marbella since the outbreak of coronavirus. 

Athletes from over 60 different countries competed in the Ironman 70.3 on Sunday, with Brits dominating the podium. 

In the women’s race, Brit Lucy Byram and Anouska Greenaway were out of the water and onto the bike in Puerto Banus. This duo kept up their top spots throughout the competition, right until they laced up their racing flats and hit the finish line in first and third place, respectively. 

Byram and Greenaway were joined on the podium by Anna-Kisa Pietilanine from Finland, who finished in second place, almost 38 minutes after Bryam. 

Her first time competing in the Costa del Sol, Byram completed swimming in 28:31, cycling in 2:48:41 and running in 1:28:56.

She said that her best section was ‘swimming, with a great water temperature’ but admitted that she found cycling very challenging.

The first leg of the competition, a 1,900-metre swim in 20C water, began at 8am before racers were tasked with riding  a 90-kilometer road-race from Puerto Banus to Cartama. 

In the men’s race, Swiss Patrick Cometta was first out of the water after just 29:05 before cycling 90 kilometers in 2:24:47 and completing a half marathon in just 1:23:42. 

His total time  of 4:22:23 was just one minute and 38 seconds ahead of Geert Lauryseen, from Belgium, who came in second. Third place went to German Lucas Worth.

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IMAGES: First snow of the season falls in Sierra Nevada in southern Spain

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The peaks of Spain’s Sierra Nevada received their first dusting of snow during the night on Friday, as the weather turned colder across the peninsula.

Operators of the ski resort in the mountain range shared images of the first snow fall on the pistes, although it isn’t yet quite enough to start the ski season.

Snow fell across the area of Borreguiles and Laguna, said Cetursa, the company that runs the resort which shared some images of the early snowfall.

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Images from the slopes of Sierra Granada’s ski resort on Saturday morning. Andrés Amaro/Cetursa Sierra Nevada SA

Located just outside Granada in Andalucia, the Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest natural park and boasts the highest peak on the peninsula,  the 3,478-metre (11,411-foot) Mount Mulhacén.

But it is Mount Veleta’s northern slopes which provide the slopes used as a ski resort, offering over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of skiable routes spread between 124 pistes.

In some years the season opens as early as mid-November if there has been sufficient snowfall and can run until mid-May.

Other images of the sprinkling of snow was shared from the Sierra Nevada Weather Station and the Observatory.

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Are town halls across Spain deliberately targeting expats for cash?

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AN Olive Press reader has claimed that foreigners are being targeted by Spanish town halls wanting to pocket extra cash.

The expat, based in Madrid, believes that a penalty fine for non-payment of ground rent on a property was ‘a set up’.

It comes after the Olive Press reported on two cases in Andalucia, where expats lost their homes due to the incorrect mailing of legal notices.

In one case, Gurney Davey was forced to knock down his home after his house was ruled to have been built illegally in a court case that he knew nothing about.

The Guadalhorce resident only found out about the judgement when a neighbour told him about a demolition notice which had been wrongly addressed to them instead

And earlier this month we reported how Victoria Jenkins and her son were thrown out of their home that had been ‘secretly’ sold from under them at auction over a paltry €4,000 debt to the local council.

“For months and months all the legal notices were sent to an address that didn’t exist,” explained Jenkins. “By the time I found out it was too late.”

Meanwhile a hotelier in Ronda was left furious after having to pay a €900 fine when a IBI letter was inexplicably sent to her ex-partner’s office in Marbella – despite all her documentation being registered at the Ronda address.

The British resident in Madrid told the Olive Press how letters demanding the annual ground rent tax on her property were sent to totally the wrong building.

“Meanwhile I kept asking for the bills, and was told by Madrid town hall that they would come in the post. Eventually when I found out what had happened and complained, I was told ‘these things happen sometimes’ but I still had to pay the penalty for late payment.

“It stinks of a racket to deliberately make money and I have to wonder whether they are targeting those with foreign names around Spain as we are less capable of fighting back?”

Have you been deliberately targeted? Do you have a story about legal and official notices going deliberately to the wrong address? How has it affected you? Get in touch at newsdesk@theolivepress.es

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Horrific axe attack in Spain’s Fuengirola leaves woman with head injury

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A WOMAN attacked with an axe in a domestic incident was rushed to hospital on the Costa del Sol with multiple injuries. 

The victim was allegedly kicked, punched, and struck in the head with the back of the axe during the horror attack which took place at 8am on Saturday 16th in Fuengirola. 

Officers raced to the scene after neighbours raised the alarm and the woman was found seriously injured on the bed before being taken to the Costa del Sol Hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries.

Police have arrested her husband, 40, on suspicion of attempted murder and gender-based violence. 

Cops said the foreign-born man was in an obvious state of intoxication when they found him at the scene. He attempted to conceal himself from the police by hiding in the bathroom. 

Inquiries are ongoing. 

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