Largest field ever at Laguna
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.