Largest field ever at La­guna

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THE 2018 LA­GUNA PHUKET MARATHON on June 9-10 saw the largest field ever – some 9,000 run­ners from more than 50 coun­tries took to the start line of the event. In t he Marathon dista nce, it was 2016 win­ner Koji Nishizawa who claimed the Men’s ti­tle in a time of 2:44:16, ahead of Thai na­tional team run­ner Supit Chan­tharat in sec­ond, with lo­cal favourite Jaray Jear­anai fin­ish­ing fast to take third. I n t he Women’s div ision it was It a ly ’s Sab­rina Polito who got the bet­ter of a strong field of Thai and in­ter­na­tional run­ners to cross the line first in a time of 3:30:27. Fol­low­ing his record-break­ing 2,215km char­ity run in 2017, Thai rock­star Ar­ti­wara ‘Toon’ Khong­malai – voca list of t he band Bodys­lam – was back com­pet­ing, while Sarawut Heng­sawad, Thai au­thor of Homo Fin­ish­ers, joined the run for the first time. The Half Marathon field in­cluded Thai na­tional team run­ners, Olympians Boon­thung Srisung and Natthaya Tha­naron­nawat. Srisung was the run­away win­ner in the Male divi­sion in a time of 1:13:08, six min­utes faster than last year’s win­ner, while in the Women’s divi­sion, Tha­naron­nawat, claimed the ti­tle in a time of 1:27:02 ahead of Maire Nic Amh­laoibh from Ire­land in sec­ond. In a packed 10.5km field, last year’s power cou­ple Hiroki Naka­jima and To­momi Naka­jima from Ja­pan were back. They were on honey­moon at the 2017 race and be­came over­all win­ners in the Marathon male and fe­male di­vi­sions – they re­turned this year to take the 10.5km in times of 34:25 and 41:49 re­spec­tively. They then went on to race the Half Marathon the fol­low­ing day fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third. Join­ing the 2,000 run­ners in the 10.5km race was Phuket’s Gover­nor, No­ra­pat Plodthong and Vice Gover­nor Sanith Sri­wi­hok.

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