Chikara Yanada of Japan won the ninth Laguna Phuket International Marathon (LPIM) as the annual running festival took to the island’s roads with more than 5,000 entrants of all ages and abilities from 48 countries competing on a variety of distance courses in an atmosphere of community fun and charity fund-raising.
Yanada finished the 42km marathon in a time of 02: 52:26.
His winning LPIM trophy represented 2nd annual partnership with a new sister race – the Italian 10km Igrani Run – in an initiative by Laguna sponsor the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which also sponsors the Igrani Run.
The women’s 42km race was won by LPIM2013 defending female champion Naomi Ochiai of Japan in 03:08:54 breaks her own winning record of 03:19:38 in women’s field from last year.
In the half marathon, LPIM2013 half-marathon champion Jackson Kibet Kenei from Kenya successfully defends his title in 01:15:55. The women’s half-marathon was won by Suwaree Thanaaeknitiwat of Thailand in 01:26:19.
10.5km sees LPIM2014’s oldest and youngest competitors and was won by Marcus Ong from Singapore in 0:36:24.
42K – Marathon
1 Chikara Yanada 2:52:26 – JPN
2 Settawut Thanaaeknithiwat 2:56:32 – THA
3 Panoom Khansamoon 3:00:29 – THA
1 Naomi Ochiai 3:08:54 – JPN
2 Chi Ling Mok 3:16:40 – CHN
3 Warangrat Savetsilp 3:17:43 – THA
21K – Half Marathon
1 Jackson Kibet Kenei 1:15:55 – KEN
2 Riza Ahmed 1:19:05 – MLD
3 Chris Mc Cormack 1:20:14 – AUS
1 Suwaree Thanaaeknitiwat 1:26:18 – THA
2 Lyndsey Fraser 1:27:35 – GBR
3 Sin Ching Lam 1:42:02 – CHN
1 Marcus Ong 0:36:24 – SIN
2 Anan Promsenee 0:37:13 – THA
3 Stephen Paine 0:38:32 – AUS
1 Siriyakorn Kumlai 0:43:03 – THA
2 Ka Hung Tsang 0:43:24 – CHN
3 Laainam Chaipornkaew 0:46:02 – THA
Charity has always been an important part of the Laguna Phuket International Marathon. Like every year, athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s 2014 marathon and triathlon series are being requested to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes. Over the years, more than THB 4.6 million was raised to fund such initiatives as the recently launched “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre.
“I am very pleased to announce that Laguna Phuket has launched “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre in Phuket on 25th April this year. Thanks to all the marathoners and supporters, the Centre is ready to service schoolchildren in Phuket and its neighboring provinces starting this June,” said Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket.
“It is our hope to make the race a Run Paradise, at which runners enjoy running, meeting their peers and participating in fulfilling charitable causes”
Further information: www.phuketmarathon.com
Race result: www.sportstats.asia
To donate online: www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR-foundation