Described as the mother of all races, Transgrancanaria is an iconic 126km trail held on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. The course spans the entire island, starting from the capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria before finishing at the resort town of Maspalomas.
It’s a tough route, but it gives runners a full view of the island’s outstanding natural scenery as they run and replenish their food and water supplies through the several aid stations dotted around the course.
Throughout the race, runners are exposed to rough, uneven terrain and elevations of 7,500 metres up and down. It’s not for the fainthearted – something Théau knew before he decided to take part.
“It scares me when I think about all the kilometres I’m going to have to cover. But it’s also something that makes me want to do it – to know my limits and to see how far I can go.”