Chal­leng­ing Global Run Val­letta raises a toast for Val­letta, funds for Put­tinu Cares

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The top five win­ners in the gen­eral cat­e­gory for 10K and 5K were:

Charl­ton De­bono and Michelle Vella Wood, both from Malta re­spec­tively won the 10K race in the gen­eral men and women cat­e­gory in the first Global Run Val­letta on a breezy Sun­day morn­ing which saw more than a thou­sand peo­ple of ev­ery age and fit­ness level run or walk along the stun­ning coast of Val­letta, in aid of the char­ity Put­tinu Cares.

Charl­ton De­bono com­pleted the 10K cir­cuit in 00:33:32, whilst Michelle Vella Wood clocked at 00:41:57. The 5K run was won by Piotr Mielewczyk in 00:16:12, whilst Josanne At­tard Pulis clocked at 00:20:39. The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth & Sport, Chris Agius pre­sented the top awards. Also present was the Am­bas­sador of Turkey for Malta, Reha Ke­skin­tepe.

There were 78 other win­ners from var­i­ous cat­e­gories who took home prizes rang­ing from Garmin run­ning watches to iPhone 7s. Ev­ery par­tic­i­pant of the GRV 10K and 5K race and the 5K walk re­ceived a medal es­pe­cially minted for the oc­ca­sion. All par­tic­i­pants also re­ceived cus­tom de­signed shirts and the spe­cially de­signed Global Run Val­letta bag.

The top three win­ners in the age cat­e­gories of 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+ for 10K and 5K (men) and 10K and 5K (women) can be found on www.glob­al­run­val­letta.com

Ear­lier, a road race in­spired by Val­letta and named after it, turned the cap­i­tal into an open-air cir­cuit set­ting the mood for a run in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

All the monies raised through reg­is­tra­tions were do­nated in en­tirety to Put­tinu Cares who have pre­vi­ously an­nounced to use the funds to­wards the con­struc­tion of a brand new hous­ing project in cen­tral Lon­don to ac­com­mo­date Mal­tese fam­i­lies with chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer.

At the elec­tri­fy­ing start­ing line in Val­letta Wa­ter­front, Global Run Val­letta 2016 par­tic­i­pants, friends, fam­i­lies and spec­ta­tors also had the op­por­tu­nity to take part in ex­er­cise chal­lenges of­fered by Cyn­ergi Health & Fit­ness Club.

“The first Global Run Val­letta cel­e­brated not only the po­ten­tial of Val­letta as a world-class cap­i­tal, invit­ing thousands of sea pas­sen­gers ev­ery week to its shores, but also hon­oured the out­stand­ing tal­ent of run­ners. Ku­dos also go to walk­ers and to all those who made the event such a re­sound­ing suc­cess,” Stephen Xuereb, Chief Oper­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Global Ports Hold­ing and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Val­letta Cruise Port. Global Ports Hold­ing is the world’s largest cruise port op­er­a­tor with a port­fo­lio that spans 13 cruise and com­mer­cial ports in the Mediter­ranean, the At­lantic, and the South­east Asia in eight coun­tries. The Val­letta Cruise Port was wel­comed into the GPH fam­ily in 2015 and joined such des­ti­na­tions as Barcelona, Venice, Malaga, Dubrovnik, Lis­bon, An­talya, Kuşadasi, Bo­drum, Ravenna, Cagliari, Bar, and Sin­ga­pore.

Val­letta Wa­ter­front is the jewel in the crown of VCP with an ar­ray of shops, cafes, restau­rants, of­fices and other ameni­ties set in the beau­ti­fully re­stored 18th cen­tury ware­houses stretch­ing along the east­ern flank penin­sula.

Mean­while, those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Global Run Val­letta 2016’s ded­i­cated photo com­pe­ti­tion ‘GRV – Sports & Tourism’ can sub­mit their pho­tos of the race and the walk by Fri­day 4th Novem­ber 2016 at 12:00 (Malta time). Prizes in­clude cash awards and cer­tifi­cates while the top en­tries may be fea­tured in an ex­hi­bi­tion. En­try and con­sent forms may be ob­tained from www.glob­al­run­val­letta.com/pho­to­com­pe­ti­tion

Lat­est on Global Run Val­letta 2016 can be fol­lowed on face­book.com/glob­al­run­series and in­sta­gram.com/glob­al­run­series of the Val­letta

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