Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon

On podium from left: Antony Costes, Imogen Simmonds, Michael Raelert Amelia Rose Watkinson, Yvonne van Vlerken and Mitchell Robins

Today (19 November) Germany’s Michael Raelert, finished first in the premier-destination distance 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) race (1.8K swim, 50K bike, 12K run) with USD 20,000 prize purse. In 02:19:32 hours, Raelert once again successfully defended his title from last year which makes him Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s three consecutive champion (2015 – 2017) – the first in LPT history.

Followed Raelert home in second and third places were France’s Antony “The Tiger” Costes (02:20:29) and Mitchell Robins of Australia (02:23:06).

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Also defended her LPT title in the women’s field, Amelia Rose Watkinson from New Zealand finished first, in 02:35:01 and broke her own record from last year race.

Followed Watkinson in second was Imogen Simmonds of Great Britain (02:41:47) who then saw her follower, Netherland’s Yvonne van Vlerken, recently broke the full distance’s nine hour barrier the thirteenth time – a world record, in 3rd, timed 02:45:24.

Phuket was hot today, making the race a little challenging. “I had a good swim and then Antony Costes pushed really hard on the bike. I was struggling on the run, maybe we were running a little bit too fast. After the first lap (of 2), I can make a little break but the last 4K was brutal. I was thinking about just sit down under the shade (laugh). I don’t know how I kept going. Now I am happy to win,” said Michael Raelert,

Raelert also shared his view on the sport of triathlon, “good thing about sports, especially triathlon, is not the professionals and age-groups getting to the finish line and be proud of themselves, but the community of it – how it brings people together, the local, the international athletes, the expats, all the people come together for one thing in common, that is sports,”

“Laguna Phuket Triathlon is all about the experiences. I fell in love 7 years ago when I first came here and I will come back. So I’d recommend athletes to come here, do what you love – the triathlon – and enjoy the friendliness of the people, exciting atmosphere, the food and all the experiences Phuket and Thailand have to offer.”

Wowing the Thai crowd were defending champions in the men’s and women’s fields; Jaray Jearanai was once again the first Thai finisher (in 02:36:47) and Nichakarn Ruttanaporn, in 03:11:08. Both broke their own LPT record from last year.

A field of over 700 individual pro and age group athletes, as well as relay teams, representing more than 40 nationalities crowded Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” from the Race Start at the resort’s beachfront to the Transition Area at Laguna Grove outdoor event venue.

The race today followed inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run, hosted yesterday (18 November) to celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary. Participated by 1,000 5K and 10K runners, LPT Charity Fun Run raised 200,000 baht for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support 11 hospitals in Thailand. The amount was changed at the press conference yesterday by Mr. KP Ho, founder and Executive Chairman of the resort who decided to donate the total of 1,000.000 baht to the cause.

Results: 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (19 Nov)
Men                                                     Swim                Bike                  Run                  Overall
1          Michael Raelert(DEU)             00:22:58            01:10:32            00:43:58            02:19:32
2          Antony Costes (FRA)                00:22:58            01:10:32            00:44:50            02:20:29
3          Mitchell Robins (AUS)               00:23:10            01:13:42            00:44:13            02:23:06
4          Alberto Casadei (ITA)              00:23:00            01:13:49            00:45:03            02:23:58
5          Fernando Toldi (BRA)               00:22:56            01:15:04            00:46:26            02:26:43

Women                                                Swim                Bike                  Run                  Overall
1          Amelia Rose Watkinson (NZL) 00:25:15            01:19:21            00:47:53            02:35:01
2          Imogen Simmonds (GBR)        00:26:19            01:22:28            00:50:22            02:41:47
3          Yvonne van Vlerken (NLD)      00:28:30            01:22:56            00:51:22            02:45:24
4          Kate Bevilaqua (AUS)              00:26:56            01:28:21            00:53:57            02:52:08
5          Robin Pomeroy (USA)              00:25:17            01:24:52            00:59:41            02:52:51

Results: LPT Charity Fun Run (18 Nov) – 10K
1          Osamu Inako (JPN)                  00:40:32.2
2          Thanwa Ubolkarn (THA)           00:40:57.8
3          Praphai Saomok (THA)             00:41:05.2

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros

The Race of Legends once again features a strong pro athlete line up, vying for USD 20,000 prize purse on Sunday 19 November in Phuket, Thailand. Headlining this year’s pro field are defending champions Michael Raelert (Germany) and Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand). Michael Raelert is a two time Ironman 70.3 World Champion. He has won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon twice and this year is aiming for a title hattrick in Phuket, something that has never been done before in the event’s 23 year history. The move is also an attempt to catch up with Massimo Cigana (Italy) who currently holds four-time LPT champion status. Amelia Watkinson has had a slow start to the season but has won her last two races, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Ironman 70.3 Bintan. She has spent some time recently training in Phuket which should have prepared her well to defend her title.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Michael Raelert (Germany)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Antony Costes (France)

Other notable pros on the men’s side are Cigana’s fellow Italian Alberto Casadei, co-champion in 2014. Another pro to watch is Antony Costes from France, a rising talent on the international triathlon scene. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Antony finished second at Laguna last year and will try to do one better this year. He recently won Ironman Spain in the world class time of 7:49:19h, the second fastest time over the Ironman distance in the world this year.

In the women’s field Phuket based Brit Imogen Simmonds is hoping to show her recent good form at her home race. In her first year as a pro Imo was slowed down by a broken collar bone early in the year but has hit form of late finishing fourth in a strong women’s field at Ironman 70.3 Vichy. She will try to improve on her fourth place at Laguna Phuket in 2016. Another contender in the women’s race will be Yvonne van Vlerken. Yvonne has been a top Iron distance athlete for a long time and her recent win at Challenge Almere in a time of 8:51:13 was the thirteenth time she broke the nine hour barrier, a world record.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support hospitals in Thailand.

Registration for both events opens until 13 November (or until sold-out) at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket race

With an already successful Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket race held back in May, Thanyapura Phuket is looking forward to hosting it’s second Tri Dash Phuket event of the year on 21 October.

Registration are set to close on 14 October 2017 and entry slots are limited! Entry fee is THB 1,100 for individual athletes and THB 2,000 for relay teams.

A chance to brush up on your triathlon skills, ensure to secure an entry slot and register for the October Tri Dash Phuket today!

Race Information: http://www.tridashthailand.com/phuket/
Go Register: https://reg.gotorace.com/TDP2017/signin.asp

Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket race

Phuket Ready to Host 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon This November

On 13 September, at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Norapat Plodthong at Phuket City Hall, the progress of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) organization, this year comprising an inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November and 24th annual LPT on Sunday 19 November, was previewed by government officials as well as members of the press.

The race, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”. Interested triathletes and fun runners are encouraged to register for both “24th LPT” and “1st LPT Charity Fun Run” on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October at Central Festival Phuket or online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

The enduring appeal and unique race distance of Laguna Phuket Triathlon attract entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide. Weeks leading to the race, once again, see athletes and visitors descend to Phuket island to train, practice on course and take interval rest to get ready for the race on Sunday 19 November which is expected to be exciting. With athlete’s followers and supporters also traveling to Phuket, the race is expected to generate more than 74 million baht spending in tourism segment for the island

“I am pleased that 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will once again attract athletes from around the world to Phuket Province,” said Prapa Hemmin, Event Director, represented Laguna Phuket at the press session, “We are expecting more than 1,200 athletes to join the race this year, plus another 1,000 to participate in the Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November. Registration opens for both events at www.lagunaphukettri.com until 13 November,” she concluded.

Like every year, Laguna Phuket will also be fundraising for Laguna Phuket Foundation during LPT. Athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s sports events are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes such as Community Learning Centre, Mobile Learning Centre, Seedlings Phuket Social-Enterprise Restaurant, Children First Fund and etc. Athletes can make donations via online event registration and at the donation booth at the event.

For more info, visit www.lagunaphukettri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri

Results from Thanyapura’s Third King of the Mountain Trail Run and the  First Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic

PHUKET, THAILAND – Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort’s third annual King of the Mountain Trail Run, held on 3rd September 2017 at 7:00 am, remains one of the most popular trail runs with 800 runners participating in the 4-km fun run, 8-km and 15-km races across Khao Phra Thaeo National Park’s mountainous terrain.  202 runners competed in the 15- km whereas 270 participants ran in the 8- km.

Phuket Governor with speech
Khun Paolo with speech
Khun Yossavadee Hassadeevichit (Model, Actress and Triathlete)


On the same day, the first Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic began right after the trail run at 11:00 am.  The island’s newest mountain bike race featured a challenging course through the national park.  Mountain bikers competed in four distances: 4-km fun race, the 9-km, the 18-km (two loops of 9-km laps) and the 27-km (three loops of 9-km laps).  50 mountain bikers competed in all four distances.

King of the Mountain Trail Run Results

The male winners of the 15-km

The male winners of the 15-km:

1. Khun Somchock Jangwang, 1st place and awarded the title “King of the Mountain” (01:34:28.4)
2. Mr. Sasha Gervais, 2nd place, competed as Thanyapura’s brand ambassador (01:38:06.1)
3. Khun Monthon Ketsuwan, 3rd place (01:38:49.9)

The female winners of the 15-km

The female winners of the 15-km:

1. Ms. Toni Wolinski, 1st place and awarded the title “Queen of the Mountain” (02:03:29.1)
2. Ms. Leonie Plaistowe, 2nd place (02:06:31.3)
3. Khun Aree Dechochai, 3rd place (02:10:58.2)

The male winners of the 8-km:

1. Mr. Callum Pedroni, 1st place (01:02:09.9)
2. Khun Nipon Kochasing, 2nd place (01:03:07.2)
3. Khun Wuttipong Panchalad, 3rd place (01:04:13.4)

The female winners of the 8-km:

1. Khun Pantip Bobthong, 1st place (01:12:51.4)
2. Khun Tidarat Pimvoramatakul, 2nd place (01:14:17.8)
3. Khun Kantheera Rungsanganotai, 3rd place (01:17:18.3)

Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic Results

The male winners of the 27-km

The male winners of the 27-km:

1. Khun Anan Suksrisin, 1st place (01:21:07.1)
2. Khun Suponchai Bangthong, 2nd place (01:21:08.2)
3. Khun Nopparat Piromrat, 3rd place (01:21:41.1)

The male winners of the 18-km:

1. Khun Thanawat Petsud, 1st place (00:54:25.7)
2. Khun Purivat Piwnin, 2nd place (00:54:26.9)
3. Khun Thapakom Mekmanee, 3rd place (00:55:21.0)

The female winners of the 18-km:

1. Jarinya Suebjakthin, 1st place (01:04:02.9)
2. Marcela Soto, 2nd place, is Nutritionist and Muay Thai coach at Thanyapura (01:20:39.5)
3. Kaitlin Kirby, 3rd place (01:28:58.1)

The male winners of the 9-km:

1. Thanakorn Korkaew, 1st place (00:29:19.9)
2. Apiwat Appamarakang, 2nd place (00:29:24.9)
3. Pisitson Veerakit, 3rd place (00:30:16.4)

The female winners of the 9-km:

1. Pleeya Choopeng, 1st place (00:42:13.7)
2. Thidarat Pimworamethakul, 2nd place (00:42:59.2)
3. Rattikarn Kaewkajohn, 3rd place (00:48:58.2)

Coach David
Trophies


“Thanyapura has been consistent in organising trail competitions each year.  This year attracted many trail runners.  It benefits health, sports and tourism activities.  Phuket is another province that creates successful events to align with the government’s agenda.  These amazing activities will continue to build Phuket’s reputation for the tourism industry,” said Khun Virat Patee, Phuket Director of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

“It was fantastic event.  This is proof that Thanyapura can organise a great race.  I saw good team spirit from everybody and participation.  We went from 80 runners in the first year to 800 runners in the third year – that says it all.  Next year, it’s going to be even bigger.  We’re going to push the bike race a lot more because a lot of people are interested, especially the kids,” said Paolo Randone, Vice President F&B and Sports of Thanyapura.

“As the director of both races, I’m proud and happy.  We created a trail run in a short amount of time and people can find a real challenge to enjoy and experience Phuket’s jungle.  The Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic was difficult and the area around it was too wild.  We’re able to build a great course in amazing spots,” said David Escolar Ballesteros, Swimming and Cycling Coach of Thanyapura.

Thanyapura continues to promote non-traditional, off-road races over the past three years to experienced and beginning trail runners.  King of the Mountain Trail Run is a sold-out event with a growing number of participants each year.  The Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic is created by David Escolar Ballesteros, pro mountain biker and Thanyapura’s Swimming and Triathlon Coach, who recognised a rising demand for more competitive mountain biking events in Phuket.

King of the Mountain Trail Run owes its success to these sponsors:  Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Indigo Design, Vatemon, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Sea Horse Drinking Water, S.P.A. Drinking Water, Anda Focus, Optima, Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area, Khun Mae Ju, Canon, The Phuket News, Khao Phuket and Live 89.5.

The Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic is made possible by: Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Indigo Design, Vatemon, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Anda Focus, Optima, Khun Mae Ju, The Phuket News, Khao Phuket and Live 89.5.

In November, Thanyapura will organise the “Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race” on the 12thand “Foremost Ironkids” triathlon on the 25th.  In December, Thanyapura will host “Colour Fun Run” on 9 December as part of Phukethon, Asia’s Major Running Festival from 8-10 December.

For more information about other events throughout the year, visit www.thanyapura.com/events.

Amanpuri Victorious at “Thanyapura 7 Soccer Charity” Competition

PHUKET, THAILAND – Amanpuri walked away as winners of the “Thanyapura 7 Soccer Charity” Competition, a fundraising event for Yaowawit School, Kapong on the 25th of August. Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort was the first runner-up while Trisara took second place.

A total of 24 Phuket hotels and companies gathered to compete in the friendly football match. The tournament took place at Thanyapura’s FIFA Standard Football Pitch and raised 84,000 baht for Yaowawit School, Kapong from following organisations:

Yaowawit School is a public-private homestay school for children from underprivileged families, located in the rainforest of Phang Nga Province, 135 km from Phuket. Founded by the “Children’s World Academy Foundation” registered in Germany and Thailand, the school was inaugurated with the blessing of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in April 2006. The goal of this non-profit organisation is to help children reach their full potential and break them out of the poverty cycle by providing them with quality education. The school was founded by German philanthropist Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg in 2005. Yaowawit has partnered up with Marriott International’s “Marriott Thailand Business Council” to run the Yaowawit Pre-Vocational Hospitality Academy and Yaowawit Lodge.

New Charity Run Event Launched at Inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2017

On Thursday 17 August, Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” has hosted an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2017” at Eden 1, CentralWorld in Bangkok. The full-day event, taking place from 10am to 10pm, was organised to promote 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and launch “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Aiming at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”, the Charity 5Km & 10Km Fun Run will see its first edition taking place in the late afternoon of Saturday 18 November this year at Laguna Phuket as a part of the resort’s 30th anniversary celebration.

New Charity Run Event Launched at Inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2017 1st LPT Expo Hosted in Bangkok to Celebrate the Resort’s 30th Anniversary
From left: Atiwara “Toon” Kongmalai; Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Sanit Srivihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports and Suvadhana Sibunruang, Director of Brand and Advertising Department, Thai Airways PLC, paneled the press conference.

New Charity Run Event Launched at Inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2017 1st LPT Expo Hosted in Bangkok to Celebrate the Resort’s 30th Anniversary

New Charity Run Event Launched at Inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2017 1st LPT Expo Hosted in Bangkok to Celebrate the Resort’s 30th Anniversary

The Expo’s highlights included “Tri Tips & Tricks” session by Thailand’s leading triathlon gurus “Pro Kai” Witthaya Maneejakr, “Coach Ricky” Ekkarat Phanthip and “Boat” Sasitat Kulsuptrakul, followed by a “24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon” press conference at 2pm.

Paneled by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports; Sanit Srivihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Suvadhana Sibunruang, Director of Brand and Advertising Department, Thai Airways PLC and Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket, the press conference saw the launch of Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run and featured Thailand’s leading rock star and Kao Project’s representative Atiwara “Toon” Kongmalai who has participated in Laguna Phuket Triathlon in previous years, and a message from World Champion and Triathlon Legend “Jurgen Zack” from Germany.

Toon said “This year I won’t be able to join Laguna Phuket Triathlon in November due to the scheduled charitable mission by which I hope we could help more than 1 hospital. The team is finalising this year’s project details to be announced soon. Please stay tune!”

“I’d like to thank Laguna Phuket for organizing the Charity Fun Run this year to help raise funds for Kao Project. I believe it will also be a nice weekends at Laguna Phuket when the dads are there to race the Triathlon on Sunday (19 Nov), while his family get to have some Fun Run on Saturday (18 Nov)” he concluded.

Other activities at the Expo included race registration at special rates and all-day Tri-related activities. The entry was free.

For more information and registration to both the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run, visit www.LagunaPhuketTri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri or call +66 (0) 2236 2931 or +66 (0) 76 362 300 ext. 1404. Registration opens until 13 November (or sold out).

Thanyapura Launches Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic 2017

PHUKET, THAILAND – A new mountain bike race through Khao Phra Thaeo National Park highlighting ecological tourist destinations comes to the island on 3 September 2017, following the highly-popular King of the Mountain Trail Run on the same day. The Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic features a new route through Northern Phuket’s 23 sq km rainforest. Bikers can test their endurance in four distances: the 4-km fun race, the 9-km, the 18-km (two loops of 9-km laps) or the 27 km (three loops of 9-km laps).

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park has attained royal status, making it more protected than other Thai national parks. The wildlife and forest reserve is a conservation space for Phuket’s wild animals and vegetation. Bikers will pass through roads surrounded by towering evergreen trees and rugged terrains.

Thanyapura Launches Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic 2017

Thanyapura Launches Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic 2017

David Escolar Ballesteros, pro mountain biker and Thanyapura’s Swimming and Triathlon Coach, said, “The course is designed to include a little bit of everything – flat sections, uphill climbs, downhill descents, normal roads, and technical sections. I recommend beginners start with the 9-km while the intermediate and advanced cyclists can race either the 18-km or the 27-km. The course is challenging for everyone.”

The mountain bike competition begins at Gate 3, in front of Thanyapura at 11:00 am with the Fun Race, followed by the other distances. The first male and female overall winners will receive a THB 3,000 cash prize and trophies. The top three finishers in the 9-km, 18-km and 27-km categories are awarded trophies. The minimum age to participate is 10-14 years for the 4-km fun race, 15+ for the 9-km and 18+ for other distances.

The race is limited to 100 participants. The registration fee is as follows: THB 450 for the 4-km fun race, THB 450 THB for 9-km, THB 550 THB for 18-km and THB 650 for 27-km (with 100 THB discounts for registrations before 1 August 2017). Participants who sign up for both King of the Mountain Trail Run and the Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic receive a THB 100 discount. To sign up, please register at thanyapura.com/events, visit Club Services at Thanyapura by 27 August 2017 or on the race day (subject to availability).

Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic is sponsored by Live 89.5, Khao Phuket, The Phuket News, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Sports Authority of Thailand.

Thanyapura Launches Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic 2017

 

Honeymooners won Marathon Male and Female crowns

International runners dominate Marathon; Thai runners dominate Half Marathon at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon Honeymooners Nakajima Hiroki and Inoue Tomomi won Marathon Male and Female crowns

PHUKET, Thailand – More than 4,000 runners lined-up this morning to run the Marathon and Half Marathon distances at the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon. With a record turnout of almost 7,000 runners over the two day event, the Marathon and Half Marathon have proved the most popular and with more than 1,600 in the Marathon distance alone, it’s the largest field of Marathon runners ever at the Laguna Phuket Marathon.

Flagged off at 04:00, Marathon runners enjoyed the beautiful course and quiet lanes in the North of Phuket, the rolling hills, Sirinat National Park and running along Bang Tao beachfront and finally running through the grounds of Laguna Phuket to finish at Laguna Grove.

In the lead group early on was Thai ultra-distance specialist Sanya Khanchai who, after a seventh place finish in the 10.5km yesterday stepped up to his favoured Marathon distance today, but it was Japanese runner Nakajima Hiroki who stole an early lead and at the 10.5km split was more than 12 minutes ahead of the second placer.

Nakajima went on to extend his lead further and finish in a time of 02:34:57.6, beating last year’s winning time by almost three minutes, and more than 30 minutes ahead of second place finisher David Escolar Ballesteros (ESP). Cheng-Ya Sha (TWN) finished third. After a slow start Spanish athlete Zigor Iturrieta finished hard in fourth, just 50 seconds off the podium.

In the female race the early leader was Sabine Egger-Weickhardt (AUS) but as the temperatures soared Japanese long-distance specialist Inoue Tomomi reigned her in and was the runaway winner in a time of 03:10:34.6. Ana Ferreira (PRT), a full 20 minutes back, finished second ahead of Martyna Jakobczyk (POL) who finished in a time of 03:38:19.6

In the Half Marathon, yesterday’s 5km winner Rattakarn Lamanee (and last year’s 10.5km winner) stepped up and was amongst the early leaders but it was fellow Thai runner Danchai Pumkong who lead to the half way point and went on to extend his lead and run out the win in a time of 01:19:37.6. Danchai also finished second in yesterday’s 10.5km and won the Marathon at Laguna Phuket Marathon in 2012.

Picking up his pace in the second half of the race, Rattakarn came through for second ahead of Thirapong Yongthio (who finished second behind Rattakarn in yesterday’s 5km), making it a Thai 1, 2, 3.

Elsewhere in the Half Marathon race, Paralympic marathon champion and world-record holder, Mr Eitan Hermon from Israel placed sixth in the highly competitive 40-49 age group, and finished 13 overall.

In the female field, Phuket-based triathlete Elle Brookes from Australia did the early running but Sukanya Srisawad (THA) and Patteera Ruengjai (THA) kept her in their sights. However, Sukanya fell off the pace later in the race and fellow Thai Benjamas Phujit came through to take third in a time of 01:45:53:2, just nine seconds ahead of British athlete Annie Pedroni.

Celebrating a sixth consecutive participant record, close to 7,000 runners took part in the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon which is sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.

Nakajima Hiroki (JPN)

Top three overall results in all distances:
Marathon (Male)
Nakajima Hiroki (JPN), 02:34:57.6.
David Escolar Ballesteros (ESP), 03:05:16.6
Cheng-Ya Sha (TWN), 03:09:03.5

Inoue Tomomi (JPN)

Marathon (Female)
Inoue Tomomi (JPN), 03:10:34.6
Ana Ferreira (PRT), 03:31:06.0
Martyna Jakobczyk (POL), 03:38:19.6

Danchai Pumkong (THA)

Half Marathon (Male)
Danchai Pumkong (THA), 01:19:37.6
Rattakarn Lamanee (THA), 01:23:51.7
Thirapong Yongthio (THA), 01:24:24.4

Elle Brookes (AUS)

Half Marathon (Female)
Elle Brookes (AUS), 01:38:38.4
Patteera Ruengjai (THA), 01:45:04.2
Benjamas Phujit (THA), 01:45:53.2

Marcus Ong (SIN)

10.5km (Male)
Marcus Ong (SIN), 00:36:24.4
Danchai Pankong (THA), 00:37:59.0
Mark Honsa (PHI), 00:38:32.2

10.5km (Female)
Immogen Simmonds (GBR), 00:39:41.1
Ling Er Choo (SIN), 00:43:56.8
Claire Adorna (PHL), 00:47:52.1

5km (Male)
Rattakarn Lamanee (THA), 00:17:38.0
Thirapong Yongthio (THA), 00:18:44.3
Samuel Canavan (AUS), 00:19:28.7

Hayley Newman (AUS)

5km (Female)
Hayley Newman (AUS), 00:20:26.6
Thirajit Boonsaen (THA), 00:23:39.1
Justina Zeng (SIN), 00:23:47.9

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