Runners beat Phuket Marathon record

PHUKET, 9 June 2017: The 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon welcomed almost 7,000 runners for a record-breaking event at Thailand most popular holiday island.

The sixth consecutive increase in participant turnout saw more than 50 countries taking part this year in what has become Southeast Asia’s leading destination marathon and Phuket’s largest annual sports event.

Organised by Go Adventure Asia and hosted by Laguna Phuket, the race course is famous for its beauty, taking runners along quiet lanes, through Sirinat National Park and along Bang Tao beachfront before returning to Laguna Phuket and the finish line.

Last year, organisers expanded the event to take place over two days, and did so again this year. The two-day format allows organisers to provide the best possible course for runners and maximise the running experience. More than 3,000 “sunset” runners competed in the afternoon of Saturday 3rd June in the 5 km and 10.5 km distances, with almost 300 children enjoying the 2 km Kids Run, while at “sunrise” on Sunday 4th June almost 4,000 runners lined-up for the Half Marathon and Marathon distance races.

In the Marathon distance Japan’s Nakajima Hiroki dominated the men’s field, beating last year’s time, and finishing in 02:34:57.6 – more than 30 minutes head of second placer David Escolar Ballesteros from Spain.

Recently married, Nakajima was on his honeymoon. His bride, Inoue Tomomi, who is also a marathon runner, won the women’s division in a time of 03:10:34.6.

Fresh from second place in the 10.5 km on the Saturday, Thai runner Danchai Pumkong went one better the next day winning the Half Marathon and adding this to his collection of wins at Laguna Phuket Marathon which also includes the 2012 Marathon crown.

It was a Thai 1,2,3 in the Half Marathon with Phuket native, Rattakarn Lamanee, who won the 5 km race Saturday, finishing an impressive third in the Half Marathon. Another popular Thai runner at Laguna Phuket Marathon, Rattakarn won the 10.5 km in 2016.

In the women’s field, Australian triathlete Elle Brookes claimed the Half Marathon crown ahead of Thai runners Sukanya Srisawad and Patteera Ruengjai who finished in second and third respectively.

International runners dominated in the 10.5 km this year with Singaporean Marcus Ong winning the men’s title while Phuket-based professional triathlete Immogen Simmons from Great Britain, dominated the women’s division.

Australian Hayley Newman claimed the 5 km women’s crown.

Joining the impressive line-up of top Thai and international athletes, competing this year for the first time was Paralympic marathon champion and world-record holder, Eitan Hermon from Israel, who ran the Half Marathon and finished 13 overall, as well as Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas – the famous TV host and MC – who competed in the 10.5 km, Thai rock star “Toon Body Slam”, who raced the Marathon, and the Governor of Phuket Province, Norraphat Plodthong, who completed the 10.5 km.

Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon took place 3 to 4 June, 2017 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.

Dates are set for next year, the 13th edition – 9th and 10th June, 2018.

For more information, visit www.phuketmarathon.com or www.facebook.com/phuketmarathon.