Increased field sees 1,800 runners participate, including two-time triathlon world champion Michael Raelert, ultramarathoner Harry Jones, and Thai stars Nathaya Thanaronnawat and Sanchai Namkhet.
A different cast of elite athletes toed the starting line at Thanyapura Phuket’s grandstand yesterday morning, but Kenyans once again took the top two spots at the Supersports 10-Mile Run on Sunday, with Thai stars rounding out the podium.
David Kibet crossed the finish line in less than an hour, clocking in at 50 minutes, 15 seconds. Compatriot Stephen Kipkosgei Chirchir crossed in distant second two minutes later. Sanchai Namkhet was hot on Mr. Chirchir’s heels with a two-second gap to complete the men’s podium.
Pamela Chepchumba ruled the women, clocking in just under the hour mark at 59 minutes, 15 seconds. Hannah Wabera Gathingi clinched the silver behind her. “Saifon” Nathaya Thanaronnawat claimed bronze, a touch slower than her second-place finish from last year.
“I never did a running race in Thailand before, and honestly compared to Europe it’s absolutely the same. It’s well-organized. I see running is developing in Thailand,” says Mr. Raelert, who has been training for triathlon at Thanyapura’s facilities for the past six weeks. He states, “I’m quite happy to be here getting the important training done and of course some little tests like today. With so many races on we can prove ourselves every weekend.”
In only its second year, the Supersports 10-Mile Run Phuket continues to draw top shelf talent and recreational runners to its serene and scenic course set among the rubber plantations in northern Phuket. 1,800 runners participated across the 10-mile, 5-mile, 2-mile, and kids’ 500-meter categories.
The event would not be a success without the support of Supersports, Thanyapura, Skechers, Johnson, D&P, 100 Plus, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, FBT, Tanita, Nestle Pure Life, Meiji Hight Protien, Centara Hotel & Resort, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Anda Focus Advertising Solution, LIVE 89.5FM and 89.75 radio trip.
Other notable contenders include British ultramarathoner Harry Jones, who finished in 4th overall, and Michael Raelert, the 2009 and 2010 Ironman 70.3 world champion, who placed 7th overall and second in his age group.