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The 2020 Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon has been run and won, despite all the challenges

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Signs of life, combined with a determined event organiser and keen participants. And so the Laguna Phuket Marathon was staged in Phuket this weekend, despite all the challenges. An 8,000 strong field turned out to Run Paradise in Phuket this weekend at the 15th Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon. Held on December 5 and 6, the ‘new normal’ edition combined stringent safety and hygiene measures with a scenic course which took Thai and expat runners past local villages and the beaches of Nai Yang, Layan and Bang Tao. (Photos and results below)

“Award-winning event shines a light on Phuket’s preparedness and provides a boost to local economy.”

Organisers shone a spotlight on Phuket’s preparedness to host large-scale events with Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon also providing a much needed boost to the island’s economy.

Impressive times were the order of the two days with two double-headers in the Male divisions and some top performances by Thai athletes. Polish Triathlete Krzysztof Hadas, winner of the recent Laguna Phuket Triathlon, took a comfortable win in the 5KM in what was to be a warm-up for his Half Marathon the following day. And after some close racing with Russian Sergei Zyrianov over the 21.0975KM distance, Hadas finished fast to make it two wins in two days, and his first Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon Half Marathon title.

In the 10.5KM yesterday, Lewis Chalk (GBR) got the better of Anuwat Bunmak (THA) after racing shoulder-to-shoulder, claiming the win in an impressive time of 00:35:22. Not enough, Chalk then lined up against some tough competition the following day for the Marathon and showing no signs of fatigue, he used his short-distance speed to break-away from the pack and cross the finish line first in a time of 02:55:48, almost five minutes ahead of the second place finisher.

Other notable performances at this year’s Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon include Sasiwimon Khongjit (THA), who took the Female Marathon title ahead of Maysinee Sukkuea (ZAF) and Wipawadee Titawattanavijit (THA). In the Half Marathon, the top two spots in the Female division went to Thai runners Suchada Wattanaves and Nopchaya Handittagul respectively, while Suttida Udomchai led a Thai 1-2-3 in the 10.5KM Female division the day before.

For runners of all ages and abilities, and from a diverse cross section of society, Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon has become bucket list must do event. Regulars at the event, and fans of Phuket, Thai superstar couple Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai and Ratchawin “Koi” Wongwiriya were running again this year and finished their first marathon together following their talk-of-the-town wedding just one week earlier.

For the 8,000 runners at this year’s event, it wasn’t all about times and trophies. Popular for it’s scenic course and two-day concept with 2KM, 5KM and 10.5KM at sunset and Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and Marathon at sunrise the following day, Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon’s unique formula has made it popular with families, amateurs and pros alike, and over its 15 years history it has become one of the leading destination marathons in South East Asia.

The 2020 Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon has been run and won, despite all the challenges | News by Thaiger

Overall Results
Top three in each distance are below. For detailed results, visit www.sportstats.asia.

Marathon – Male
1) Lewis Chalk (GBR), 02:55:48
2) Tharatorn Poomrungrueang (THA), 03:00:27
3) Worapoj Sukkaew (THA), 03:01:25

Marathon – Female
1) Sasiwimon Khongjit (THA), 03:41:54
2) Maysinee Sukkuea (ZAF), 03:57:23
3) Wipawadee Titawattanavijit (THA), 04:00:42

Marathon Relay
1) Team Subaru Phuket, 03:07:26
2) Team Nham Daeng Yam Yen, 03:13:22
3) Team Badass Bitches, 03:40:57

Half Marathon – Male
1) Krzysztof Hadas (POL), 01:09:41
2) Sergei Zyrianov (RUS), 01:10:14
3) Erik Bohm (NLD), 01:18:41

Half Marathon – Female
1) Suchada Wattanaves (THA), 01:37:58
2) Nopchaya Handittagul (THA), 01:42:03
3) Sabine Claudia Egger-Weickhardt (AUS), 01:42:27

10.5KM – Male
1) Lewis Chalk (GBR), 00:35:22
2) Anuwat Bunmak (THA), 00:36:17
3) Merrick Fairall (ZAF), 00:38:05

10.5KM – Female
1) Suttida Udomchai (THA), 00:43:44
2) Pimporn Udomdee (THA), 00:49:14
3) Wilai Aer-Loh (THA), 00:50:21

5KM – Male
1) Krzysztof Hadas (POL), 00:15:38
2) Eakkalak Chankaew (THA), 00:16:13
3) Arthitta Veerathamwatin (THA), 00:17:03

5KM – Female
1) Chiara Jessica Egger (AUS), 00:21:13
2) Siena Milgate (AUS), 00:23:13
3) Phichaya Phattharathanasut (THA), 00:23:21

2KM Kids Run – Male
1) Alangkran Khongrat (THA), 00:08:15
2) Nathee Gorton (THA), 00:08:22
3) Tanadul Panichyanont (THA), 00:08:38

2KM Kids Run – Female
1) Urassaya Suebhait (THA), 00:08:17
2) Valeriia Iakovleva (RUS), 00:08:45
3) Thea Primarolo (GBR), 00:09:45

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    2:55 and 3:41 for the male and female winners respectively?

    Sorry, no offence to the winners, but those aren’t “impressive times”.

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      gosport

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Yes, not impressive, showing more common runners participating. Maybe that is the point for sports, all in for health.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

        Agreed, gosport, the more the merrier.

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    Keith

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    challenges were for locals who wanted to get to the beaches, all access roads closed and not just those through Laguna public roads too, That company doe not give a s**t about who it inconveniences as long as they make money

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Are these Phuckers really sincere about wanting tourists?
    B3626 for foreigners registration, to B1750 for Thais, however they do let expats pay the same as Thais. Very big of them.
    And they try to deceive the foreigners by quoting the foreigners rate in US dollars.
    Similar to the Thai price being displayed in Thai script on attractions, so the foreigners do not know what the Thais pay.
    Still at their same old swindling, racist, nasty tricks, while closing down because there are no tourists.
    Starve, you stupid people, your family will not be able to pay for your funerals.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      I hadn’t realise that, Toby – an absolute rip off since most of the costs (water, T-shirts, etc) can be covered by sponsors.

      The London Marathon costs £20 (800 baht) for everyone, and that’s one of the more expensive in the UK. On the other hand, the NYC Marathon costs an unbelievable $295 (8,850 baht) for Septics and $358 (10,740 baht) for everyone else.

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