Michael Page of the UK won the eighth Laguna Phuket International Marathon (LPIM) as the annual running festival took to the island’s roads with more than 4,000 entrants of all ages and abilities from 45 countries competing on a variety of distance courses in an atmosphere of community fun and charity fund-raising.
Page finished the 42k marathon in a time of 02: 41:02, followed by Yasuhiro Saito of Japan in 02:52:01and Panom Khansamol of Thailand in 02:58:23.
His winning LPIM trophy represented a partnership with a new sister race – the Italian 10k Igrani Run – in an initiative by Laguna sponsor the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which also sponsors the Igrani Run. The trophy was presented by TAT Rome marketing director Sandro Botticelli.
The women’s 42k race was won by Naomi Ochai of Japan in 03:19:38 with another Japanese, Fumie Terahata second in 03:27:24 and Ninik Sugawati of Indonesia third in 03:34:48.
In the half marathon, Thai TV star and aspiring marathoner Krittapas “Krit” Sakdidtanon – the event’s Charity Ambassador – took on the was accompanied by a fund-raising team in a “Charity Caravan” and delighted locals in villages and markets along the course by stopping to collect donations for the Laguna Phuket Foundation.
Funds raised went to LPIM’s “Run for Our Kids” drive, which aims to raise THB 1million for the Foundation’s support of local schools and communities
Other personalities in LPIM – rounded out by a 10.5k run, the 91.5FM Community Walk and a 2k Kids’ Run – included Australian “Couple on the Run” Andrew and Sue O’Brien, who have run some 80,000 kilometres side-by-side at marathons and ultramarathons around the world; and 79 years-old British veteran Robin Wilson, LPIM’s oldest 42k runner and one of the last home in seven-and-a-half hours to chalk up the 400th marathon finish of his running career.
42k Full Marathon – Overall Men
1. Michael Page UK 02: 41:02
2. Yasuhiro Saito JPN 02:52:01
3. Panom Khansamol THA 02:58:23.
1. Naomi Ochai JPN 03:19:38
2. Fumie Terahata JPN 03:27:24
3. Ninik Sugawati INA 03:34:48.
21k Half Marathon – Overall Men
1. Jackson Kibet Kenei KEN 01:15:45
2. Jaray Jearanai THA 01:19:01
3. Asle Slettmoen NOR 01:20:51
1. Veronique Messina FRA 01:35:54
2. Laainam Chaipornkaew THA 01:36:33
3. Kathrin Puff GER 01:38:39
10.5k Run – Overall Men
1. Giovanni Ruggiero ITA 00:34:24
2. Anan Pomseane THA 00: 37:48
3. Hiro Hirabayashi JPN 00:38:13
1. Anna Stroh GER 00:43:31
2. Helen Wright GBR 00:46:32
3. Sirapat Butjeen THA 00:47:41