Thais in the mix at premier trail event

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A RECORD LINE-UP OF 3,200 ath­letes from around the world took part in The North Face 100 Thai­land 2017 on Fe­bru­ary 4 in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima. Launched in 2012, the event has since grown to be­come the largest of its kind in the coun­try, and forms part of an an­nual Asia Pa­cific Se­ries. With tem­per­a­tures ex­ceed­ing 36˚C dur­ing the day, con­di­tions were tough, adding to the chal­lenge for run­ners across all five race dis­tances – 15km, 25km, 50km, 75km and 100km. In the 100-km race, Thai­land's h o p e s were p i n n e d o n S a ny a Khan­chai – win­ner of this event in 2013 and 2014 – and ex­pe­ri­enced ad­ven­ture ath­lete, Jan­tara­boon Kiangchaipaiphana. Kiangchaipaiphana put in an strong per­for­mance but ul­ti­mately fell just short, to fin­ish sec­ond be­hind Chi­ang Mai-based English­man Harry Jones who claimed the ti­tle in nine hours 26 mins. In the fe­male divi­sion, it was a close race for the top spot be­tween Thai run­ner, Phitchanan Ma­ha­chot, and New Zealan­der, Kylie Ayson. Pre­vi­ously based in Hong Kong, so hav­ing the ad­van­tage of train­ing on the moun­tain­ous trails there, Ayson was able to push Ma­ha­chot hard, but in the sear­ing heat, it was the Thai ath­lete who pre­vailed, cross­ing the line first in a time of 12 hours 34 mins, with Ayson less than 10 min­utes be­hind her.

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