LAST Sunday saw 500 athletes take part in the Calamorro Skyrace which started in Benalmádena with the elite runners covering 27 kilometres with an incline of 2,200 metres in this race which took them into the mountains and back. In fact, there were three different courses with one of 17 kilometres with an incline of 1,350 metres for new racers and the junior category which covered 9 kilometres with a 600-metre incline. Organised by the Benalmádena council, Andalucian Mountaineering Federation and the Benalmádena Alpine Club, this is the first of a number of tests in the Andalucian Mountain Cup Challenge and the town has been involved with the Cup for 12 years now. This was considered to be an ‘eco-race’ with an absence of plastic cups and tapes marking the route (except for particularly dangerous stretches of the route which needed to be highlighted for safety reasons). During the competitive year, the town will be at the centre of Andalucian mountain races and the representative of the Mountaineering Federation congratulated both the council and the Alpine Club on their commitment and achievements in this, the most testing of sports.