PHUKET, Thailand – The Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon returned with a roar as more than 7,000 runners from 63 countries enjoyed a weekend of healthy fun in the tropical island of Phuket, and some impressive run times. Thais dominated the longer distances on Sunday while a mix of nationalities shared the spoils across Saturday’s shorter distances.
The 10.5KM saw some close racing in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. Ronald Setiawan (IND) put in a strong performance to cross the line in a time of 36:58 while less than 20 seconds behind was Nattapong Buachay (THA), with Tanadol Witsarutsin (THA) close behind in third. In the Women’s race it was Phuket-based triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) who dominated the race, finishing in a time of 39:23, almost two minutes clear of Voraphan Nuansri (THA) with Suwaree Thanaaeknithiwat (THA) further back in third.
Sergei Zyrianov (RUS) led the 5KM field from start to finish claiming the Men’s crown ahead of Mohamed Rasheed (MDV) in second and Kiyun Kaddoura (FRA) in third. In the Women’s race, Siena Milgate (AUS) hit the front early on and took the win ahead of Auksarapuk Sangruksa (THA) and fellow Aussie Chiara Jessica Egger in third.
While the cool morning start on Sunday was appreciated by the longer-distance runners, the humidity added to the challenge and the top three finishers in the Men’s Marathon went to Thai runners. Apichai Phujit claimed the trophy in a time of 02:50:20, more than five minutes faster than the 2020 winner, while second place went to Teerayut Katrahong and Santi Fungfueang was in third. The Women’s race was similarly dominated by Thai runners with Satowa Ota crossing first in a time of 03:23:47 with Nuntaporn TengAmnuay in second and just 30 seconds behind Sasiwimon Khongjit finished third.
In the Marathon Relay it was Team Jetts that claimed the honours in an impressive time of 02:41:18, ahead of Team Surakul in second and Team Blue Tree Running Club 2 in third.
Showing no signs of tiredness after his 5KM win the day before, Sergei Zyrianov (RUS) went one better than his second place in the 2020 Half Marathon to claim this year’s crown in a time of 01:13:21. Mohamed Rasheed (MDV) ran a strong race to finish second with Mood Chaison (THA) running out of track to chase down Rasheed and having to settle for third. In the Women’s race it was Thai runner Manussanun Kumpituk who went straight to the front and by the 5KM mark, she’d carved out a two minute lead which she held for the rest of the race, crossing the line in 01:34:22, ahead of Nopchaya Handittagul (THA) in second and Charinya Kanchanasevee (THA) in third.
Its two day format, family-friendly destination and safe and fun run course, together with a 2KM Kids Run, makes Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon one of Southeast Asia’s largest destination marathons and a popular choice for families and elite runners alike.
The dates have been set for next year: the 17th Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place 10-11 June 2023. Put the dates in your diary and check out www.phuketmarathon.com for the latest registration details.
Top three in each distance are below. For detailed results, visit www.sportstats.asia
Marathon – Men
Marathon – Women
|3||Team Blue Tree Running Club||04:18:25|
Half Marathon – Men
Half Marathon – Women
10.5KM – Men
10.5KM – Women
5KM – Men
5KM – Women
|3||Chiara Jessica Egger||21:27|
2KM Kids Run – Boy
2KM Kids Run – Girl
|3||Chloe Issara Weigl||10:18|
About Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon was launched in 2006 and is owned and organised by GAA Events. Now in its 16th year, Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon won GOLD for “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand’’ at the 2017 Asia Sports Industry Awards (SPIA Asia 2017).
2021 event sponsors include: Title Sponsors Laguna Phuket and Supersports. Co-Sponsors: AIA Vitality, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Gatorade and Jetts Fitness. Media Partners: Fando, True Visions. Official Suppliers: Amino Vital, Aquafina, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Finisher Pix, New Balance, Oakley and Pro Freeze.
Supporting Authorities: Phuket Province, Ministry of Tourism & Sports, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Sports Authority of Thailand and Thai Mass Participation Sports Trade Association.
Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon is sanctioned by IAAF AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The event’s online registration partner is GoToRace.com and professional timing and results are provided by Sportstats Asia, with marketing support by The Sponsorship Experts and event charity Children First Fund.