Logicom Cyprus Marathon and DHL renew their partnership

DHL Express, the international courier specialist, was for a second consecutive year the Official Logistics Partner of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon; an athletic event which was held with great success on Sunday 4th March, in Paphos. DHL Express, the world leader in the logistics and courier industry, utilizing its know-how, offered its transport services for the Marathon equipment and materials of this year running event, as well as 12 vehicles and 35 volunteer employees for the transport and storage of the clothing for the 3,000 participating runners in the various races.
At a recent meeting of the DHL Cyprus officials with members of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon organizing committee, the co-operation agreement was renewed for the next Logicom Cyprus Marathon to be held on Sunday 17 March 2019. DHL Cyprus Director Mr. Valentinos Piritsitsis said: “I am very happy that DHL has contributed significantly to the huge success of this year’s event and we will continue to support and assist this great sporting event that promotes culture, sports, and tourism.”
Related: The History of the Cyprus Marathon (since 1999)


Η DHL Express, ο ειδικός στις διεθνείς ταχυμεταφορές ήταν και φέτος επίσημος χορηγός για δεύτερη συνεχόμενη χρονιά του Logicom Cyprus Marathon αθλητική εκδήλωση που πραγματοποιήθηκε με μεγάλη επιτυχία την Κυριακή 4 Μαρτίου στην Πάφο. Η DHL Express, η ηγέτιδα εταιρία παγκοσμίως στον κλάδο των logistics και ταχυμεταφορών αξιοποιώντας την τεχνογνωσία της προσέφερε και φέτος τις υπηρεσίες της για τις ανάγκες μεταφοράς υλικού για τη διοργάνωση του Μαραθώνιου καθώς επίσης διέθεσε 12 οχήματα και 35 εθελοντές υπαλλήλους της εταιρείας για τη μεταφορά και φύλαξη του ρουχισμού των 3.000 δρομέων που συμμετείχαν στους διάφορους αγώνες.
Σε πρόσφατη συνάντηση αξιωματούχων της DHL Κύπρου με μέλη της οργανωτικής επιτροπής του Logicom Cyprus Marathon ανανεώθηκε η συμφωνία συνεργασίας και για τον επόμενο Logicom Cyprus Marathon ο οποίος θα διοργανωθεί την Κυριακή 17 Μαρτίου 2019. Ο Διευθυντής της DHL Κύπρου κύριος Βαλεντίνος Πιριπίτσης δήλωσε «Είμαι ιδιαίτερα χαρούμενος που η DHL συνέβαλε σημαντικά στην τεράστια επιτυχία της φετινής διοργάνωσης ενώ θα παραμείνει στο πλευρό αυτής της σπουδαίας αθλητικής εκδήλωσης που προάγει τον πολιτισμό, τον αθλητισμό και τον τουρισμό».

Στη φωτογραφία διακρίνονται από αριστερά προς δεξιά ο κύριος Θανάσης Αργυρού, διευθυντής επιχειρήσεων της εταιρείας DHL Express Κύπρου, ο Διευθυντής της DHL Κύπρου κύριος Βαλεντίνος Πιριπίτσης, ο Διευθυντής του Logicom Cyprus Marathon κύριος Σταύρος Κακουρίδης και ο Διευθυντής Μάρκετινγκ και Εταιρικών Σχέσεων του Logicom Cyprus Marathon κύριος Γιώργος Κακουρίδης.

 

 

The 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon has surpassed all expectations

The 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon held on Sunday, 4th March 2018 in Paphos has surpassed all expectations. Nearly 3,000 runners flooded the streets of Paphos, giving pulse, energy and liveliness to the seductive city of Aphrodite.

The Running Festival included four different distances. The 42,195 km Marathon, a 21,098 km Half-Marathon, a 10 km race and a 5 km Fun Run. All races finished at the historic Medieval Castle of Pafos, where an amazing atmosphere was ready to be experienced by all finishers! More than 1,200 foreign runners visited the island of Cyprus specifically for the occasion of the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon and combined their hobby (running) with few days’ holidays due to the sunny weather conditions that prevail in Cyprus.

The competition was intense between the first Marathon runners, with two English managing to take the first and second places and two Cypriots to follow in 3rd and 4th place. Adam Holland crossed the finish line in 2 hours 46 minutes and 14 seconds, and Christopher Bird finished a minute later. Third place was taken by Cypriot Pavlos Mavroyiannis of Logicom Running Team and Andreas Efstathiou finished in fourth place. The Polish flag was raised first in women, with Milena Grabska-Grzegorczyk finishing first with a time of 3 hours 21 minutes and 50 seconds. Estonian runner Kairit Valk finished in second place and the German, Silke Schuett, completed the podium. The first winners of Marathon were honored with olive wreaths embedded in gold produced in Marathon village in Greece and were awarded by the Chief Financial Officer of Logicom, Mr. Anthoulis Papachristoforou.

The Half-Marathon was a Hungarian case, with the first place in men going to Hungarian Olympic Champion Gabor Jozsa with 1:09:33 and the first place in women to Fruzsina Bakonyi also from Hungary. The second man was Russian Alexander Bryukhankov and third place the Englishman Matthew Leeman. Zsanett Móczó and Zita Kovács both from Hungary finished in second and third place respectively, completing the Hungarian takeover.
A Cypriot dominated the 10 km race, Marios Apostolides won the race in a time of 33 minutes and 23 seconds. Just 4 seconds behind him, Russian Andrey Alypov and the podium was completed by Englishman Simon Croft. Estonian Olga Andrejeva won the first place in women with 37 minutes and 18 seconds, followed by Greek Olympic Triathlete Deniz Marina Dimakis with 38 minutes 43 seconds. The top three was completed by Dariia Lushnikova from Russia. The winners of the 10 km race were honored by DHL’s Country Manager, Valentinos Piritsitsis.
Nearly 1000 runners/walkers took part in the 5 km fun run which shows that year by year it attracts not only citizens from the city of Paphos but also from other cities in Cyprus. For the record, the Cypriot runner Avraam Avraam finished first with 17 minutes and 22 seconds and the runner of Dro.Me.A. Racing Elpida Christodoulidou took the first place for women with a time of 20 minutes and 32 seconds. Runners ran around the archaeological site of Paphos on a highly attractive and scenic route! The race was organized with an objective of promoting running as a part of a healthy lifestyle and attracted the participation of several Cypriot and foreign runners.
It is also worth mentioning that without the valuable help of over 200 volunteers the organization could not have become a reality. Also, the support of companies and organizations such as Logicom, the Cyprus Tourism Organization, DHL Cyprus, Scaffolding Solutions, AGROS water, Saucony, High5 Sports Nutrition, Bikehub stores, Almyra Hotel, Paphos Municipality, Super FM, City Free Press, Private Evangelismos Hospital, Garmin, Louis Ledra Beach Hotel, Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Atlantic Insurance and Fotokinisi, contributed to the immense success of the most historic Marathon of Cyprus. The next event, the 21st Logicom Cyprus Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019.
This year’s Cyprus Marathon was dedicated to the great symbol of Greek and Cypriot sport, Stelios Kyriakides, winner of the Boston Marathon in 1946.
Start/Finish at the Paphos Castle

Coming to Cyprus for a Marathon Win on his Birthday – Adam Holland – Interview

Adam Holland has won more marathons than anyone else in the UK, with exactly 194 Marathon wins, hoping to make them 195 on 4th March 2018 at the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon. This also puts him in the top five in the world for marathon wins. Adam “Tango” Holland has completed more than 300 Marathons but there is just one Marathon in his sights and that’s the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon, organised in Paphos on 4th March 2018. 

Adam Holland, a 30 year old from South-West England will arrive in Cyprus with the objective of running the Marathon in 2 hours and 30 minutes and potentially beating the Course Record! When he was just 23 years old, Adam completed 100 Marathons, making him the youngest person in Europe to run 100 Marathons.

We discussed with Adam to find out more.

When did you start running?

Adam: I have been running since college, mainly because my friends ran, then worked my way up. When I was just 19, I decided I wanted to become the youngest person to undertake 100 marathons in Europe. I completed this goal at the Eden Project Marathon in Cornwall, UK, on the 10/10/2010.

Do you belong to a team or a running club?

Adam: I am a member of Notfast Running Club in Nottinghamshire, UK and Tavistock Athletics Club, Devon, UK. I am also a member of the 100 Marathon Club.

What’s the best way to motivate yourself to run regularly?

Adam: I set myself mini goals and I look forward to future events. I also undertake challenges for various charities to raise funds. I have recently started vlogging about my runs regularly on my YouTube Channel to inspire and encourage other people.


More info: MarathonHalf Marathon10km Road Race5km Fun Run


What are some of your habits before an important race?

Adam: I don’t have any, I just can’t wait to get going!

What are some of your best running achievements?

Adam: I have many and several Guinness World Records. The most notable would be my 100th marathon and recently completing my 300th. I am also the fastest person to run 10 marathons in 10 days, with an average time of 2hours 45 minutes.

Adam also ran in the 2017 Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2 hours and 27 minutes as well as the 2017 UK Boston Marathon in 2 hours and 29 minutes.

What are your objectives participating in the Logicom Cyprus Marathon in March?

Adam: To be able to complete a marathon, I’ve never had the opportunity to participate in before with the objective of running 2 hours 30 mins and potentially beating the course record.

What would you advice someone who has just started running?

Enjoy your first steps, take it easy and remember that every step you take will be a learning curve, just don’t give up. It’s not always easy.

More about Adam here: https://www.maramile.com/ 

For the record: The Marathon winners

2000 – Pandelis Kambaxis – GRE – 2:47:03 h

2002 – Pol Dekeirel – BEL – 2:48:58 h

2003 – Allan Fotheringham – UK – 2:54:55 h

2004 – Ditier Pomey – FRA – 2:52:41 h

2005 – Salameh Al Aqra – JOR – 2:33:03 h – Course Record

2006 – Andrzej Magier – POL – 2:52:01 h

2007 – Salameh Al Aqra – JOR – 2:41:07 h

2008 – Al Sheith Khaled – JOR – 2:56:15 h

2009 – Mark Werner – USA – 2:56:26 h

2010 – Joe Cawley – IRE – 2:51:22 h

2011 – Gabor Szabo – HUN – 2:44:07 h

2012 – Slim Samer – LEB – 2:55:47 h

2013 – Raphael Igrişianu – ROM – 2:44:50 h

2014 – Raphael Igrişianu – ROM – 2:48:20 h

2015 – Magnus Gödiker – GER – 2:45:39 h

2016 – Jose Ramon Torres Peanilla – ESP – 2:47:16 h

2017 – Liviu Croitoru – MOL – 2:36:18 h

The Logicom Cyprus Marathon celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Logicom Cyprus running festival celebrates its 20th edition this year. In recent years it has grown a lot offering an attractive all-in package (technical t-shirt, free beer and much more), top-notch organisation and an electric atmosphere.
There is also the history, scenery and traditional Mediterranean hospitality that pervades the entire island nation. The Marathon starts at Aphrodite’s Birthplace in Paphos where white foam waves break over a stunning rock formation (picture below). The tranquility of this picturesque spot prepares the runners both mentally and emotionally for the race ahead. The first half of the course follows the coast before passing through several traditional villages. The final stage is through the center where runners soak up the city’s buzz and beauty complete with palm trees and luxury hotels. The finish is by the medieval fort of Paphos where entertainment like no other is there to welcome runners over the line.



The festival also offers a Half Marathon, a 10km road race and a 5km fun run. All these races start and finish next to the Paphos fort but follow different courses. The Half Marathon, with an almost entirely flat course, is the most popular option. The 10km race follows a similar course with palm trees and cheering spectators. The 5km fun run loops around the Archaeological Park, a UNESCO protected site, and never strays far from the sea. At the common finish, runners can enjoy juices, fruit, water, beer, music and entertainment. They can also cool down in the sea and soak up the majesty of the 13th-century fort.

Mediterranean hospitality pervades the 20-year old event where runners never stray far from the sea.

The 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon expects to host more than 2500 runners from 50 countries. Each runner will benefit from fluid stations every 3km along the route (offering water, electrolytes, energy gels, sponges & bananas), a bus pass for the Marathon weekend, and at the finish chip timing, entertainment and a massage service, fruit, juices and free beer. Paphos was the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and boasts beautiful countryside and historic sites but it is also a cosmopolitan resort with more than 200 hotels: the ideal location to host such a multi-cultural event as the Marathon. Around 50% of participants come from overseas: 25% from the United Kingdom and another 25% coming from other countries.


The Logicom Cyprus Marathon is dedicated to Paphos-born Stelios Kyriakides who won the Boston Marathon in 1946. His achievement fueled American donations and he arrived back to war-ravaged Greece with US$250,000 and two ships full of food, clothes and medical supplies.
The registrations are still open and can be done here: https://register.CyprusMarathon.com

Η ΝΤΕΝΙΖ ΔΗΜΑΚΗ ΣΤΟΝ 20ο ΕΠΕΤΕΙΑΚΟ ΜΑΡΑΘΩΝΙΟ LOGICOM ΚΥΠΡΟΥ

Η Ντενίζ Δημάκη αποδέχτηκε πρόσκληση της οργανωτικής επιτροπής του 20ου Logicom Cyprus Marathon και έρχεται στην Κύπρο για να συμμετάσχει στους διεθνείς αγώνες δρόμου την Κυριακή 4 Μαρτίου 2018 στην Πάφο. Η Ντενίζ Δημάκη, έχει να επιδείξει εντυπωσιακά αποτελέσματα και ρεκόρ.
Ένα από αυτά είναι στο τρίαθλο, όπου για εννέα συνεχόμενα χρόνια (2002-10) ήταν πρωταθλήτρια Ελλάδας!  Κορωνίδα των επιτυχιών της, ήταν η συμμετοχή της στους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες του Πεκίνου το 2008. Ο αθλητισμός είναι τρόπος ζωής για την Ντενίζ και κάθε αγωνιστικός στόχος, της δίνει κίνητρο να γίνεται καλύτερη. Προσπάθειά της είναι να μεταλαμπαδεύσει την αγάπη της για τον αθλητισμό στα παιδιά της.
Η συμμετοχή της πρωταθλήτριας Ελλάδας έγινε πραγματικότητα με τη βοήθεια της χορηγού εταιρείας DHL Express που είναι και βασικός χορηγός / υποστηρικτής της αθλητικής προσπάθειας της Ντενίζ. Να σημειωθεί ότι η DHL Express θα έχει και την ευθύνη των logistics του φετινού Μαραθώνιου Logicom αναβαθμίζοντας το επαγγελματικό επίπεδο των υπηρεσιών που θα δοθεί στους συμμετέχοντες δρομείς. Αξιοσημείωτο είναι επίσης το γεγονός ότι ένας σημαντικός αριθμός Ελλαδιτών δρομέων έρχεται στην Κύπρο για να συμμετάσχει στον Μαραθώνιο της Πάφου.
Περισσότερες πληροφορίες και ηλεκτρονικές εγγραφές στον 20ο επετειακό Logicom Cyprus Marathon στην ιστοσελίδα www.logicomcyprusmarathon.com
ΜαραθώνιοςΗμι-ΜαραθώνιοςΑγώνας 10χλμ. – Αγώνας 5 χλμ.

Greek elite triathlete Deniz Dimaki will participate in the 20th edition of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon
Greek runner and triathlete Deniz Dimaki accepted the invitation from the organizing committee of the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon and will arrive in Cyprus to participate in the international running event on Sunday 4th March 2018, in Paphos. Dimaki started her competitive career in 1990 as a medium and long distance runner. She has won the Greek Triathlon Championship a record nine consecutive times (2002–2010) while at the same time she posted top finishes in other sports such as running and cycling. A cornerstone of her successes was her participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sport is a way of life for Deniz and every competition gives her an incentive to become better.
DHL Express, the world leader in international express delivery supports the efforts of the Greek champion Deniz Dimaki. DHL Express has been appointed official logistics partner for the 20th edition of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon. DHL will offer its services for the transportation needs of all the Marathon material and equipment, in order to successfully conduct the races before and during the day of the Marathon. It is also noteworthy that a significant number of Greek runners will be taking part in this year Logicom Cyprus Marathon.
More information and registration for the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon at www.logicomcyprusmarathon.com

Logicom Cyprus Marathon launches its own Event Mobile App!

The Logicom Cyprus Marathon, organized in Paphos since 1999, launched its new event mobile app! In an effort to always be ahead of the curve and as pioneers in the running industry of Cyprus, the introduction of a mobile app is designed to engage the runners and provide a platform for instant results, news and photos! Not only that, GPS technology will also provide the users with an activity planner and customized training plans!

This is the first and only event in Cyprus with its own event mobile application!

With the objective to always provide the best service to all participants, Logicom Cyprus Marathon Event App is bringing all the information to your fingertips! Mobile technology has changed our daily routines and how people receive and process information. Prior, during or after the event, runners and their families and friends constantly like, comment or share content related to the event. Over 60% of runners utilize their smartphones for running related activities. For us, as organizers, it is an opportunity to connect and interact with all the runners before, during and after the event! Event App Features:
  • Live Tracking – Family and Friends can get notified in real time if their runners’ of choice passed specific points in the course.
  • Finish Line Photo – Are you tired of paying huge fees for a race photo? In the Event App, your photo will be uploaded as soon as you finish and you can download it – for free!
  • Instant Results – Receive your finish time instantly when you finish.
  • Notifications from the Organisers – Don’t get left out! Receive all the important information on your phone as soon as it is published.
  • Training Plans – A custom made training plan depending on your objective and the race of your choice.
  • Course Map – Find the course map of your race and identify key points, find out where the fluid stations are and even music stations as well.
  • Weather Reports – Are you anxious to know the exact temperature on race day? Find it with a touch of a button inside the app!
  • Selfies – Feeling proud of your training towards the event or you love a post-race selfie? Share it with the community!
We are excited to launch Logicom Cyprus Marathon Event App, a mobile app, which will help provide you with all the information you need in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment.  

The Event App is available on both iOS and Android platforms and the app will enhance the navigation experience while accessing information on the go.

Android: https://goo.gl/XCyodJ

iPhone: https://n5ne6.app.goo.gl/96P6

Registration: https://goo.gl/gY5wfR

St. Michael’s Hospice Charity Walks/Runs the 5km Fun Run at the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon

Join the fun and be part of the massive St. Michael’s Hospice Charity team for the 5km Fun Walk/Run at the exciting 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon organised on 4th March 2018 in Paphos. St. Michael’s Hospice in co-operation with the Logicom Cyprus Marathon have prepared a runner or walker package which can be purchased from the 5 Charity Shops (Polis, Geroskipou, Pegia, Kato Paphos and Polemi) or via e-mail at chairmansmhc@aol.com by the end of December. The team has raised over 100 participants up to now and you could be part of something inspiring!

Commenting on this, Andrew Lauder, the SMHC Chairman said: “There are two main reasons why I believe that we have had such good support for walkers and from sponsors.

Firstly, people genuinely wish to help contribute towards the €250,000 running costs of the Archangel Michael Hospice in Paphos. Opened only two years ago, it is a state of the art facility, with 9 suites, each having a beautiful balcony with sea views and one of them is specifically dedicated to children. There is a cafe, great nursing staff and volunteers and a lovely Garden of Memories. We offer palliative and respite care for those nearing the end of their lives completely free of charge.

Secondly, the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon has been extremely well organised by Stavros and George, with scenic courses, high-quality medals for all competitors, not just the winners, plenty of choice from the full marathon to 5k Fun Run and great back up from marshals, police and ambulance.

It is bound to be a challenging and exciting day for the 2,500 international entrants –  and for those of us doing the 5k Fun Walk, it will be pure fun, which should raise considerable funds for the St. Michael’s Hospice Charity. Well done to the organisers for putting on, yet again, such a splendid event.”

The funding comes via the 5 shops, the registered charity (no. 3270) and the UK based charity which also qualifies for UK gift aid. The many fundraising events organized from the people of our community is also an important source of income as well as the friends and sponsors from Rock FM, Peter Morton Removals, G&P tiles and bathrooms, Pro Act, Centroptical, MyHair Studio and over 100 supporters that help contribute to the running costs.

The St. Michael’s Hospice would like to wish everyone Happy Christmas and New Year and a big thank you for the wonderful support in 2017.

 

Moldavian Champion, Liviu Croitoru, wins the Logicom Cyprus Marathon – Interview

Liviu Croitoru is the winner of the 19th Logicom Cyprus Marathon which was organised on 5th March 2017 in Paphos. The 29 year old Moldavian finished the Marathon in 2 hours 36 minutes and 18 seconds, just shy of the Course Record which stands at 2:33:03 from 2005.
We discussed with Liviu who is also a running coach and asked him to share with us his experience at the Logicom Cyprus Marathon and about running in general.
Did you enjoy the Logicom Cyprus Marathon?
Yes, I had a lot of pleasure participating in the 19th Logicom Cyprus Marathon. At the end, I’m glad that I came first at the distance of the Marathon and was awarded as a Champion with the gold olive wreath.
How does it feel to win the golden olive wreath, which is dedicated to Stelios Kyriakides who was born in Paphos and won the 50th Boston Marathon (1946)?
I am very proud to be able to have the golden wreath on my head. Knowing the history and how and where this wreath was created, I understood that it was something bigger than just a victory in the Marathon – It was also my own victory over myself.
Related: The Story of Stelios Kyriakides
There was a lot of competition this year for the 1st place at the Marathon. What was your strategy and how did you manage to win?
At the beginning, I wanted to set a new course record for the Logicom Cyprus Marathon. The main contender from England announced that he was ready to run a Marathon in 2 hours and 30 minutes, that’s why I’ve set a goal to keep him close and overtake him. I knew that I was able to run faster than the time that was announced. At the first half of the Marathon I was up to 1 hour and 13 minutes. Richard faced some problems and as a result I appeared far enough from the other competitors. This is why I decided to keep a steady tempo to keep my strength and maintain my lead.
What are some of your best running achievements?
Other than race wins, I am most proud of being the champion of Moldova in running and the winner of stage “Wings For Life World Run” in Georgia where I have ran 56 km.
What are some of your habits before an important race?
I always take with me a meal from home and I have never had a “public” meal before any competition. Usually I have a baked potato with a cheesecake. I have never worn new clothes and footwear and I try not to talk very much and not to go on foot so I can save energy for the race.
When/how did you start running? What kind of weekly training do you do? Do you focus only on running or do you also do other sports?
I have studied in the military college since the age of 16, where we have been running 3-4 kilometres daily. It was very easy for me, that’s why I have decided to run more. I made the jump to a higher level and at the age of 18 I managed to become the national champion of Moldova in Juniors.
Currently, I am training 8-10 times per a week. In the weekends, the trainings are usually in the larger distance, from 20 to 30 kilometre. I combine running with the gym, where I go twice per week.
I am not only engaged in running but I also participate in triathlons and in Half Ironman. I also used to be involved in track and field athletics, biathlon, luge and shooting with rifle.
What would you advice a person who has just started running?
At first, let us not to talk about marathon and half marathon and let’s begin with the 10 kilometres. Does it feel like an unreal or unachievable distance? It is only the fear of the distance that slows you down. “No, I am sure, I won’t be able to do it”, – the most frequent excuse that I have heard. And after some time, those who told me this, have ran the 10 km distance and even reached the Marathon! The important thing is to overtake the first barrier and to come to the first training; then to the second one. After the third one you’ll only be looking forward.
Normally, with some training, the 10 km distance is possible to do it in just a month. That equals to about 10 trainings. And that is if you’ll begin to run from the very beginning – from couch to a 10km! For sure, there are personal factors, but my experience proves that absolutely everyone is able in just one month of regular training to run 10 km. Best of luck for all your running goals!

ΝΕΟ ΡΕΚΟΡ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΩΝ ΣΤΗ 19Η ΔΙΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΗ ΤΟΥ Logicom Cyprus Marathon!

Με σχεδόν 2,000 συμμετοχές από 35 και πλέον χώρες ολοκληρώθηκε με τεράστια επιτυχία ο 19ος Logicom Cyprus Marathon, την περασμένη Κυριακή, 5 Μαρτίου 2017.

Ο Μαραθώνιος, ο οποίος έλαβε χώρα στην Πολιτιστική Πρωτεύουσα της Ευρώπης, την Πάφο, συμπεριλάμβανε 4 αποστάσεις. Τον επίσημο Μαραθώνιο 42,195 χιλιομέτρων, τον Ημι-Μαραθώνιο 21,098 χλμ, τον αγώνα 10 χιλιομέτρα και τον οικογενιακό αγώνα 5 χιλιομέτρων. Όλοι οι αγώνες είχαν σημείο τερματισμού το Μεσαιωνικό Κάστρο της Πάφου όπου και δημιουργήθηκε μια χαρούμενη εκπληκτική ατμόσφαιρα! Περισσότεροι από 800 ξένοι δρομείς επισκέφθηκαν το νησί μας με αφορμή τον 19ο Logicom Cyprus Marathon και συνδύασαν το χόμπι τους (τρέξιμο) με ολιγοήμερες διακοπές μιας και οι καιρικές συνθήκες της χώρας μας το επιτρέπουν.
Έντονος ήταν ο ανταγωνισμός ανάμεσα στους πρώτους Μαραθωνοδρόμους, με τον Μολδαβό Liviu Croitoru να κερδίζει τον αγώνα και να φθάνει κοντά στο ρεκόρ διαδρομής με 2 ώρες 36 λεπτά και 18 δευτερόλεπτα. Δεύτερος ο Άγγλος Denys Olefir με 2:38:23 και τρίτος ο Ρώσσος Yury Vinogradov με 2:39:39. Ρωσική υπόθεση στις γυναίκες με την Alexandra Morozova να παίρνει την πρωτιά με 3:11:49 και την Marina Popova να κερδίζει τη δεύτερη θέση με 3:16:25, ενώ την 3αδα συμπλήρωσε η Zornitsa Hristova από την Βουλγαρία με 3:31:47. Τους νικητές του Μαραθώνιου τίμησαν με στεφάνια ελιάς από το Μαραθώνα εμβαπτισμένα σε χρυσό προσφορά του κ. Δημήτρη Κυριακίδη (υιός του Στέλιου Κυριακίδη), ο Αντι-Δήμαρχος της Πάφου κ.Χρίστος Μακαρίου και ο Οικονομικός Διευθυντής της εταιρείας Logicom, κ. Ανθούλης Παπαχριστοφόρου.
Mr. Anthoulis Papachristoforou, Logicom’s CFO, honours the first winner of the Marathon, Liviu Croitoru.
Στον Ημι-Μαραθώνιο ο Marek Hladik πήρε την πρωτιά με 1:12:21 με δεύτερο τον περσινό νικητή του Ημι-Μαραθωνίου, τον Trandafir Emanuel από την Ρουμανία. Την τριάδα έκλεισε ο Alexandr Yatsenko από τη Ρωσσία. Την πρωτιά στις γυναίκες πήρε η Κύπρια αθλήτρια Τζούλια Ανδρέου με 1:29:40 με 2η την Βελγίδα Carline Deseyn και 3η την Αγγλίδα Chloe Elliott. Ο πρώτος άνδρας και η πρώτη γυναίκα τιμήθηκαν από την Saucony Cyprus με αθλητικά παπούτσια.
Η πρωτιά του αγώνα 10 χιλιομέτρων πήγε στην Αγγλία με τον δρομέα Andy Norman να επικρατεί με χρόνο 32 λεπτά και 57 δευτερόλεπτα. Τη δεύτερη θέση κατέκτησε ο Πολωνός Pawel Pszczolkowski ενώ τρίτος τερμάτισε ο Κύπριος Μάριος Αποστολίδης. Την πρωτιά στις γυναίκες πήρε η Κύπρια αθλήτρια Dagmara Handzlik με χρόνο 36 λεπτά και 52 δευτερόλεπτα ενώ την δεύτερη θέση κατέλαβε η Κύπρια Ελπίδα Χριστοδουλίδου και τρίτη η Ρωσσίδα Ekaterina Lapkina Negro. Ο πρώτος άνδρας και πρώτη γυναίκα τιμήθηκαν από την Garmin Cyprus με αγωνιστικό ρολόι Garmin Forerunner 225.
The Top 4 Men of the 10km Race
500 και πλέον συμμετέχοντες τερμάτισαν τον οικογενειακό αγώνα 5 χιλιομέτρων που έγινε για μόλις δεύτερη χρονιά. Οι δρομείς έτρεξαν γύρω από τον αρχαιολογικό χώρο της Πάφου σε μια άκρως ελκυστική και ευχάριστη διαδρομή! Ο αγώνας που διοργανώθηκε στα πλαίσια της προώθησης του μαζικού λαϊκού αθλητισμού προσέλκυσε τη συμμετοχή αρκετών Κύπριων και ξένων δρομέων.
Επίσης, αξίζει να αναφέρουμε ότι χωρίς την πολύτιμη βοήθεια των 150 και πλέον εθελοντών η οργάνωση δεν θα μπορούσε να γίνει πραγματικότητα. Ευγενής ήταν και η υποστήριξη των εταιριών και οργανισμών όπως η Logicom, ο Κυπριακός Οργανισμός Τουρισμού, η εταιρεία DHL Cyprus, η Saucony, η High5 Sports Nutrition, τα καταστήματα Bikehub, το ξενοδοχείο Almyra, ο Δήμος Πάφου, ο MixFM, o Rock FM, το ιδιωτικό Νοσοκομείο Ευαγγελισμός, το νερό ΑΓΡΟΣ, η Garmin, το Louis Ledra Beach Hotel, η Atlantic Insurance και η Φωτοκίνηση που συνέβαλαν στην τεράστια επιτυχία του πιο ιστορικού Μαραθωνίου της Κύπρου. Η επόμενη διοργάνωση του Logicom Cyprus Marathon είναι προγραμματισμένη για την Κυριακή 4 Μαρτίου 2018.

Ο φετινός Μαραθώνιος Κύπρου ήταν αφιερωμένος στο μεγάλο σύμβολο του Ελληνικού και Κυπριακού αθλητισμού, Στέλιο Κυριακίδη, νικητή του Μαραθωνίου της Βοστώνης το 1946.

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“I’m coming to beat the Course Record” – Richard Waldron – Interview

Richard Waldron, the 29 year old Englishman will be arriving in Paphos, Cyprus on the date of his birthday (4th March), hoping to break the Course Record and get the 1st place at the Logicom Cyprus Marathon (5th March)! The talented and hopeful runner from Southampton, England, has already a lot of achievements under his belt. He is currently training hard and is focused to beat his Personal Best at the Logicom Cyprus Marathon and make history as the first English runner to win the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, which is organised since 1999!

Richard is married to Michaela Waldron who also likes to run races. We decided to discuss with Richard Waldron to listen to his views and tips about running as well as his running achievements.

When did you start running?

Richard: I started running when I was very young, racing my brothers and sisters and I also participated in local fun runs. When I was about 18 I stopped running for several years and started again about 4 years ago (at 25).

Do you belong to a team or a running club?

Richard: I currently run for Southampton Athletic Club. We have a great group of athletes and the local running community is also really good.

What’s the best way to motivate yourself to run regularly?

Richard: My motivation comes from knowing if I train hard, I will achieve more of my goals and be happier when celebrating.


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What are some of your habits before an important race?

Richard: The day before the race I normally eat lots of carbohydrates pizza, pasta, potatoes etc. I get all my stuff ready for the race and get an early night of sleep! On the morning of the race day I like to have a small bowl of cereal, a coffee, a light warmup and a few strides.

What are some of your best running achievements?

Richard: Last year I ran 11 half marathons 4 of these under 70 minutes. These Half-Marathons include Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, Brighton Half Marathon, Bath Half Marathon, Cardiff Half Marathon and others! After finishing the Virgin London Marathon in 2015 in 2 hours 34 minutes and 9 seconds I took a step towards a foreign currently and signed up for the the Palma de Mallorca Marathon; which I won in 2 hours 38 minutes and 31 seconds.

What are your objectives participating in the Logicom Cyprus Marathon in March, at the European Capital of Culture 2017?

At the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, in Paphos, I want to run a fast time. My target will be 2 hours 25 minutes and I am confident of running a time under 2 hours 30 minutes on race day. I want to take in the scenery on the course and enjoy the atmosphere of the race, which I heard is magnificent!

 

What would you advice someone who has just started running?

I would advise new runners to make running fun. When running in training listen to music or find a training partner or group to chat with. Be consistent with your training. Listen to your body if it hurts have a rest day or an easy day or do some cross training swimming, cycling etc… and just to enjoy it!