Interview: Logicom Group is extremely proud of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon

The multinational company Logicom has been the premier partner of the historic Cyprus Marathon since 2015. We discussed with Michalis Katsaris, the Group’s Human Resources Manager, about the partnership between Logicom and the Cyprus Marathon.
Here’s what Michalis shared with us!

What are the main operations of Logicom?

Logicom Public Ltd is an International Group of companies, listed on the Main Market of the Cyprus Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE/CySE20 index. The Group’s activities include:
  • The regional wholesale distribution of Technology Solutions and Services,
  • The provision of turnkey integrated solutions including Business Consulting Services, Business Software, and IT Infrastructure Solutions, as well as, Managed Services,
  • Investments in two desalination plants supplying around 50% of the potable water in Cyprus and in Demetra Holdings PLC with activities in real estate management, as well as, holdings and participations in listed and private entities. Logicom has a physical presence in 18 countries, serves more than 8.000 reseller partners in more than 40 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and employs more than 825 professionals.

Why did Logicom chose to partner with the Cyprus Marathon and what do you want to achieve through this partnership?

Partnering with a sporting event, such as the Cyprus Marathon, reflects Logicom’s drive for excellence and fulfils its desire of achieving new heights. This partnership reflects Logicom’s commitment to promoting health within the workplace and enables the Logicom Group to pass the message of the benefits of exercise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, respecting competitors, following rules and teamwork. It is the ideal platform to encourage people to rethink their lifestyle and consider changing it to their benefit and bring quality and balance into their lives.

How does Logicom take advantage of the Marathon weekend getaway?

Participating in a challenge like the Marathon, encourages social support, increases stamina, strength and confidence. This, in turn, supports team building which positively impacts the Organization. It is proven that corporate events, usually lead to happier and more productive employees, which is important for creating a positive work culture and strong, effective teams. It is also a great opportunity to bond on a more personal level.
The breath-taking scenery of the historical city of Pafos is the perfect place to experience a relaxing weekend with pleasant activities, combined with their participation in a good cause.

What is the feedback from the Logicom Running Team participants? Do you have friendly competition in the office for the race? Has it motivated employees take their health & fitness more seriously?

Logicom Group and its Running Team are extremely proud of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, which became an established event over the years. Everyone is looking forward to this weekend every year and whoever joined for the first time, they always want to come back again next year. They all enjoy having activities outside the office, which allow them to spend time together, along with their families and they, sometimes, become competitive about it, as well. Moreover, the scenic town of Pafos, motivates everyone to return every year.
The Marathon itself, on the other hand, inspires the participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle and put in their everyday routine the physical activity. After all, this is what a sporting event is all about: health, team spirit and competitiveness, and the Logicom Cyprus Marathon embodies all of it.
After a challenging year and the unprecedented times the world has been going through, the long-awaited Logicom Cyprus Marathon is finally here. As every year, our Group’s expectations are great for yet another memorable Logicom Cyprus Marathon.
Ready. Set. Go!

2021 Virtual Logicom Cyprus Marathon

Following the forced postponement of the 23rd Logicom Cyprus Marathon due to the continued restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday 5th December 2021 has been set as the new date of this international sporting event in Paphos. The organizing committee are proud to announce a new Virtual 2021 Logicom Cyprus Marathon. 
This virtual version of the event will take place in just a few weeks time on Saturday, March 20th. Runners can choose to run the distance of the their choice (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 5km) in any location, at any pace and on any day between Saturday, March 20 until Sunday, April 4, 2021. 
The primary goal of the virtual event is to motivate runners around the world to train and participate in a race at a location of their choice – at home, in a gym, in a park or a sports stadium etc.
The Registration Fee for all these virtual distances is just €15.00, which includes a rich package of goodies for each runner such as a technical T-shirt (size of your choice), a commemorative medal, participation number and a virtual run certificate. DHL Cyprus will take care so that these packages are delivered to all overseas runners at their home address while runners residing in Cyprus will be invited to pick up their goody bags from their local DHL service point – island wide. The major sponsor of this virtual edition of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon will be Logicom Public Ltd. The event is also supported by 361° who specialize in sports and running products.
Registrations are now open and will remain open until the day before the event, i.e. until Friday, March 19. More information about the organisation of the Virtual Logicom Cyprus Marathon including terms and conditions can be found on the official website of the Virtual Marathon www.logicomcyprusmarathon.com/virtual

 

Postponement to 5th December 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce that the international sports event Logicom Cyprus Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, 21st March 2021, is being postponed amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus (COVID – 19) and the strict restrictive measures imposed by the Cyprus Government and Governments worldwide.
Despite the fact that we made every effort with all the governing bodies of our country, as well as with organized groups and partners who support the event, in order to proceed with the organisation of the event for next March, unfortunately, we are forced to postpone the event because of the risk holding it was assessed as Very High.
The organizing committee of Logicom Cyprus Marathon decided to provide all the registered runners with the opportunity to transfer their registration for free to the next event which has been rescheduled for Sunday, 5th December 2021, while as a second option, runners can transfer their participation to the 24th Logicom Cyprus Marathon event that will take place on Sunday, 13th March 2022. Also, registered runners who will not be able to reschedule their participation on the above two dates will also be given the advantage to transfer their participation to the 25th-anniversary event which will take place on Sunday, 12th March 2023.
In other words, all registered runners for the Logicom Cyprus Marathon that was planned for 21st March 2021, will be able to transfer their entry to one of the following 3 events (December 2021, March 2022, March 2023).
At the same time, we are discussing the possibility of organizing a “Virtual Logicom Cyprus Marathon 2021” for coming March, with the terms and conditions of participation to be announced at a later stage.
We are and remain optimistic that with the overcoming of the pandemic we will be given the opportunity to run together again in the most historic Marathon of Cyprus, enjoying unique moments and the beauties of the historic city of Paphos.
Thank you for your understanding and keep running!

Cancellation of the 2020 Logicom Cyprus Marathon

Following our cancellation notice concerning the 2020 Logicom Cyprus Marathon, we wish to assure all friends and participants of the event that both organisers and stakeholders alike share the same disappointment for the cancellation of our favourite event.
We wish to reiterate that this is the first ever cancellation of the event since its inception back in 1999. This in itself shows the urgency, severity and importance, both locally and internationally, of the situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
The cancellation of the event was publicly communicated on the same day the proactive emergency measures were declared in the Republic of Cyprus by the responsible authorities, including the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus. Notwithstanding the irrecoverable effort, both in terms of time and expenditure, that was committed and put into this annual event, we were obliged, both legally and ethically, to endorse and unconditionally comply with these official public measures imposed across the Republic of Cyprus for the preservation of health, safety and public order.
We note that participants who registered for the 2020 Logicom Cyprus Marathon will be automatically eligible for a discounted registration fee for the same event in 2021. A dedicated promo code will be provided for such purpose in due course.
In addition, should registered event participants find themselves in Pafos for other endeavours this Friday 13th March & Saturday 14th March between the hours of 10:00 to 17:00, we would be content to meet up with you at the Aliathon Resort to hand you your 2020 Logicom Cyprus Marathon goody bags. Due to the declared proactive emergency measures, please accustom yourself in advance of your arrival as regards the sanctions* and maximum persons occupancy** restrictions.
*Please bear in mind that foreigners from the following countries might have sanctions from entering the country:
Category 1: China, Italy, Iran, and Republic of Korea.
Category 2: Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Spain, Greece (Achaea, Hleia and Zakynthos areas)
More info: https://www.pio.gov.cy/en/press-releases-article.html?id=12567
**Restrictions on the maximum capacity of persons inside the area will be imposed to conform to the Government Security Measures. The same times & dates would apply (13th March – Friday & 14th March Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00).

Important Announcement

We regret to inform you that the 22nd Logicom Cyprus Marathon* is cancelled, in conformity with, and compliance to, the proactive measures announced earlier today (10/03/2020) by the responsible authorities, including the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

We do understand the inconvenience that this decision might cause but we are forced to adhere to the urgent security measures of the Cypriot Government. 

We will be in touch with all the affected parties.

*All events under the umbrella of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon are also cancelled: “Marathon Expo”, “Cyprus Marathon Symposium”, “Cyprus Wine Run”.  


Είμαστε στη δυσάρεστη θέση να σας ενημερώσουμε ότι ο 22ος Logicom Cyprus Marathon* ακυρώνεται,  σε συμμόρφωση με τα μέτρα που εξήγγειλαν σήμερα (10/03/2020) οι αρμόδιες αρχές, συμπεριλαμβανομένου και του Υπουργικού Συμβουλίου της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας  για την αντιμετώπιση της επιδημίας του κορωνοϊού (COVID-19).

Αντιλαμβανόμαστε τα προβλήματα που μπορεί να προκαλέσει αυτή η απόφαση, αλλά υποχρεούμαστε να συμμορφωθούμε με τα έκτακτα μέτρα ασφαλείας της Κυπριακής Κυβέρνησης.

Θα είμαστε σε επαφή με όλα τα ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη.

* Ακυρώνονται επίσης όλες οι εκδηλώσεις υπό την αιγίδα του Logicom Cyprus Marathon: “Marathon Expo”, “Cyprus Marathon Symposium”, “Cyprus Wine Run”.  

Adam Holland is coming back for the treble!

Adam Holland returns for the third year in a row in Pafos and he is more than ready to win for the third time the Logicom Cyprus Marathon. Adam has already won the marathon in 2018 and 2019. Last year he came really close to breaking the Logicom Cyprus Marathon course record with the time of 2:35:03 (CR: 2:33:03).
We discussed with Adam to find out more!

Your first time in Cyprus was at the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon in 2018. What has changed for Adam since then?

Shortly after my return from the Logicom Cyprus Marathon in 2018, we welcomed our baby girl into the world! She is full of energy, so you better watch out for her in future marathons!
I have also had confirmation from Guinness World Records and I am now officially the fastest male to run 10 marathons in 10 days averaging 2:45 per marathon. My next challenge, after I visit Cyprus, is to take on 20 marathons in 20 consecutive days, for an attempt at a new World Record, I am aiming to complete all 20 in under 3 hours. The challenge starts on April the 4th and I am raising money for the charity I am Ambassador to, Kids Run Free.
I have run many miles since the last time I visited, including running from John O’ Groats to Land’s End in 17 days, which I did, completing all 876 miles.

Recently you started a new initiative with a “mentorship training group”. What is it and how did it come about?

Yes, I am currently training a group of runners to improve their running speeds this spring. My website is  www.runityourway.com and it is for all runners who want to improve their times and learn from my style of training. The emphasis of the three-month programme is to focus on how to train in a style that suits their body – hence ‘run it your way’ – but using my ethos, to run smarter, stronger and faster. The current group are doing really well and we have already had some PBs! There are people running on 5k plans right up to marathon distances. If I can fit another group into my schedule, I will be organising another course over the summer months.

What are your current and future goals in running?

My current and future goals are to get faster, to keep inspiring others to achieve their running goals and to keep enjoying running. I have modified my training schedule to include more speed work using my Noble Pro treadmill which links up to the online running world Zwift, this allows me to run and train with people from across the globe in a virtual environment. It is a great way to train on the treadmill and chat to other runners and I am looking forward to using Zwift more in the coming months to get my speeds down. I am lucky that my treadmill allows me to run at 20kph. This allows me to really go for it!

More details for each race: MarathonHalf-Marathon10km Road Race5km Fun Run

Tell us a little bit about your experience in Pafos and winning the Logicom Cyprus Marathon for the past two years (2018 & 2019).

Winning this prestigious marathon for 2 consecutive years felt amazing and it was such an honour to be awarded the trophy. Pafos is a great location and last year I also got to check out the other organised race, the Wine Run and learn more about the culture and history of the area. Everyone is friendly and enthusiastic and the event attracts a global audience which gives the event a really exciting feel. I was very proud to be a part of it!

What are your objectives participating for the third time at the Logicom Cyprus Marathon in 2020?

I am really looking forward to running my third marathon here.  The atmosphere is brilliant and I’m looking forward to seeing the local people cheering us on and meeting up with the local running group and other runners from previous years. My aim this year is to try and win the marathon for the third time in a row, but as always, I am there to enjoy running and to experience it. I am one of three people to have done it twice and I’d like to be the person to win it three times in a row, I would also love to break the course record of 2:33:03. Last year I was only two minutes outside the record. However, I didn’t push myself for that as I was about to undertake an ultra-running event back in the UK, running the length of the country in 17 days (876 miles), so I wanted to save some energy for that!

For the record: The Marathon winners

2000 – Pandelis Kambaxis – GRE – 2:47:03 h
2001 – Yiannakis Demetriou – CYP – 2:55:26 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– SPA – 2:47:16 h
2017 – Liviu Croitoru – MOL – 2:36:18 h
2018 – Adam Holland – UK – 2:46:14 h
2019 – Adam Holland – UK – 2:35:03 h
2021 – Peter Nimmo – UK – 2:34:20

Interview: Six years of Successful Partnership with Logicom

The multinational company Logicom has been the premier partner of the historic Cyprus Marathon since 2015. We discussed with Aline Hobeika, the Marketing Manager of Logicom, about the partnership between Logicom and the Cyprus Marathon.
Aline has been working for Logicom for the past 20 years. She started as the Marketing Officer of their subsidiary in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to Cyprus back in 2008. She currently holds the position of Marketing & Communications Manager for the Group’s Distribution Division.
Here’s what Aline shared with us!
Tell us a little bit about Logicom
A.H.: Logicom is an international group of leading Information Technology companies with headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus. The Group’s activities include:
  • The regional wholesale distribution of Technology Solutions & Services.
  • The provision of turnkey integrated solutions including Business Consulting Services, Business Software, and IT Infrastructure Solutions as well as Managed Services.
  • Investments in two desalination plants and in Demetra Holdings PLC.
Why did Logicom chose to partner with the Cyprus Marathon?
A.H.: Our collaboration with the Cyprus Marathon started in 2015 when the organizers approached us to sponsor the event. Their professionalism and enthusiasm in presenting their plans for the oldest Marathon event in Cyprus, as well as their vision for its future evolution, triggered this partnership. Their passion resonated with our company values and decided to join efforts and partner in this journey.
This feeling, coupled with what this sporting event promotes to our community, such as health, physical activity, competitiveness and team spirit, as well as showcasing what our beautiful Mediterranean island has to offer, helped us make the decision to start this relationship and become the event’s official main sponsor. It is important to note that all these attributes are aligned with our Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility approach, and its contribution to the local community.
What do you want to achieve through this partnership?
A.H.: This partnership enables the Logicom Group to pass the message of the benefits of exercise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, respecting competitors, following rules, teamwork and bringing people together despite their various backgrounds and creating a social bridge between them. It is the ideal platform to encourage people to rethink their lifestyle and consider changing it to their benefit and bring quality and balance into their lives. Partnering with a sporting event, such as the Cyprus Marathon, reflects Logicom’s drive for excellence and fulfils its desire of achieving new heights.
                                                                                          Aline Hobeika at the finish of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon (2015)
Who is participating in your running team? What distances do they prefer?
A.H.: The Logicom Running Team includes colleagues and their families, customers from all the countries in which we operate, and business associates. The most popular race amongst our Team is the 5km Fun Run, as they can enjoy it with their families. We also, however, have great athletes within our Team who participate in all other races.
What is the feedback from the Logicom Running Team participants?
A.H.: Members of the Logicom Running Team have always been very enthusiastic about the event, and this is reflected through the increase in the number of participants year on year. The message we get after the end of each event is that “we are coming back next year…”.
Did your team evolve through the years and how? Ηow many people do you expect to participate this year?
A.H.: The first year we sponsored the Marathon in 2015, we started with our colleagues within the Cyprus Operation. In the past couple of years, the event crossed the boundaries of Cyprus and we now have more participants from all regions we operate including customers, vendors, and business associates. We started out with about 100 participants in the Logicom Running Team and reached over 550 in 2019. We expect this number to grow this year even more and keep the record of the largest running team year on year.  
How has the event and the partnership evolved through the years?
A.H.: The event and the partnership have been a great success and we have had an excellent cooperation with the organizers throughout the years. To give an indication of the success in numbers, we started with around 700 participants in 2015 and we expect around 4,000 in 2020. Our aim is to provide a unique experience to all participants year on year, which will encourage them to return for the next Marathon. The event now takes place over three days, offering various activities that make it even more attractive to all participants.
Before closing, tell us what are yours and your team’s insights and highlights for the 2020 event.
A.H.: We have great expectations for yet another memorable Logicom Cyprus Marathon. Speaking for myself and on behalf of everyone else in the Logicom Running Team, we are very enthusiastic to participate in this year’s event and look forward to this Sun, Run & Fun weekend in March, and to be back in the beautiful town of Pafos.
This year is going to be even more special because together, with the Organizers, we have decided to officially support a local Non-Profit Organization, the Karaiskakio Foundation. We hope that many will join us to #Runforkaraiskakio and support the cause.
It has been a great achievement and successful journey so far, and our ambition is for this to continue at the same pace. We hope and wish for yet another memorable event!
We look forward to seeing everyone in Pafos on March 15th!
    Members of the Logicom Running Team at the Finish line!

Logicom & the Cyprus Marathon Support the Karaiskakio Foundation

Logicom is proudly joining forces with the Logicom Cyprus Marathon to support the Karaiskakio Foundation, a non-profit organisation established with the sole purpose of organizing a volunteer Bone Marrow Registry. Over the years, the Karaiskakio Foundation expanded its work and organized, apart from a Bone Marrow Donor Registry, a Cord Blood Registry, an Integrated Haemato-oncology Diagnostic Centre and a Research Centre for Haematological and other malignancies. All functioning on a non-profit basis, to fulfil the clinical and diagnostic needs of the patients with leukemia and other types of cancer, especially in areas of childhood and young adults’ cancer.
The Logicom Cyprus Marathon will shine a light on the importance of the work that the Karaiskakio Foundation does for all communities in Cyprus, with a view to raising awareness and updating the Bone Marrow Donor’s Registry, assisting in the search for compatible donors for patients in need.
Mr Stavros Kakourides, Race Director of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, notes that, “The centuries-old sport of Marathon has always been associated with charities, and the impact it can have on both awareness, as well as, raising money for specific purposes. It is with great pleasure that in 2020 we will join efforts with Logicom, promoting the Karaiskakio Foundation vision “for a world full of children’s smiles”. Various initiatives have already been put in place to showcase Karaiskakio Foundation’s work, in addition to raising funds to support financially its research areas. Challenge yourself by running in the Logicom Cyprus Marathon and raising money for the Karaiskakio Foundation.”
Logicom’s Group CFO & Deputy Managing Director, Anthoulis Papachristoforou, expressed his anticipation of the event, stating, “Sports and philanthropy go hand in hand. The Karaiskakio Foundation is doing α remarkable work, recognised both locally and internationally, and we are very honoured to offer the Marathon 2020 platform to support the Foundation in its journey for a world without leukaemia. The Logicom Running Team will be #RunningForKaraiskakio, raising money for the Foundation’s activities, and urging every other runner to join this fulfilling cause and make the experience more meaningful.”
Today a new strategic goal of the Karaiskakio Foundation is the establishment of a state of the art “Childhood Cancer Diagnostic Centre” that will enable doctors and scientists to implement advanced targeted treatments against childhood cancer, thereby improving survival rates and minimizing treatment-related collateral damage.
The President of the Board of Directors of the Karaiskakio Foundation, Dr Popi Kanari, expressed that, “The fact that the Karaiskakio Foundation can presently accomplish many of its goals, is also due to the undivided contribution and support of those who recognize the importance and high standard of the work it has produced over the years. Together with the invaluable help from the government, its sponsors, donors and supporters such as the organizers of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, will aim to continue helping patients in the fight against cancer.”
For more information about Karaiskakio visit: www.karaiskakio.org.cy
To register for the Logicom Cyprus Marathon visit: www.LogicomCyprusMarathon.com
For more information about the Logicom Group visit: www.logicom.net

Impressive attendance of British Runners

The Logicom Cyprus Marathon is the most historical marathon in Cyprus and has been held every year in the city of Pafos, since 1999. From its beginning, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon has always attracted many runners from abroad, who constantly choose to travel to Cyprus in March in order to compete in the beautiful coastal city of Pafos.
Each year, the attendance of overseas runners has grown. Some five years ago only around 700 athletes competed. In 2020 over 4,000 competitors will participate in the four races (Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km Race & 5km Fun Run). All this makes the Logicom Cyprus Marathon the event which attracts the greatest number of sports tourists in Pafos and from some 60 different countries.
Especially, British runners favour the mild spring Cyprus climate for both training programmes and to kick start their race season. More British runners compete from overseas that any other country – both as individuals and as groups from their running clubs. On Sunday 15th March 2020 at the 22nd Logicom Cyprus Marathon, more than 1,000 British runners are expected to line up at the start of the races.
The other countries with high attendances are Israel, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Germany. A half, or around 2,000 overseas runners are expected to attend this year event. Notably, in recent years, overseas runners have dominated the longer distance races. Last year 32-year-old British runner Adam Holland won the marathon for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:35:03 and British woman Abi Gooch won the top spot on the ladies podium in the 2019 marathon race in a time of 3:23:06.
                                                           Gosport runners having fun in the sun!
This increased attendance, especially from overseas, demonstrates that Cyprus continues to attract visitors due to the great Mediterranean climate and traditional Cypriot hospitality but most importantly the high-quality event organisation.
Moreover, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon is complemented by parallel races, a Half-Marathon, a 10km Road Race, a 5km Community Family Fun Run and a ‘Wine Run’ which gives the opportunity to all kinds of runners and sports enthusiasts to run their favourite distance. The main sponsor of the event is Logicom a multi-national information technology company based in Cyprus. The event is supported by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Municipality of Paphos and Cyprus Police as well as sponsors, clubs and over 200 volunteers. Also, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon is included in the running calendar of the Cyprus Amateur Athletic Federation, and is certified by AIMS ‘Association of International Marathons and Distance Races’ and the IAAF ‘International Association of Athletics Federations’.
                    Swindon Striders Running Club

 

 

Susan Preston keeps returning to Pafos since 1999

Ms. Susan Preston lives in England but that was not an issue for her joining the very first Cyprus Marathon in 1999. From then on, she returned back to Cyprus for a total of 18 times, and has ran, again and again, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon in Pafos.
We discussed with Ms. Susan and found out more about her and her participation in the Logicom Cyprus Marathon!
Susan has changed her job several times but for the last few years, she has been working as a Doctor’s receptionist. She has been married for 47 years and has four children and seven grandchildren.
When did you start running?
Susan: I began road running at the age of 34 after previously competing in Track and Field; I live in Gravesend which is in Kent ‘The Garden of England’ therefore I have access to some beautiful running trails such as The North Downs Way.
How did you decide to participate at the very 1st Cyprus Marathon in 1999?
Susan: After numerous holidays on the Greek Islands and speaking to other travellers who recommended Cyprus I was delighted when I discovered the first Pafos Marathon, which enabled me to run and enjoy a new holiday destination. That first year someone told me that I would never come to Cyprus once and how right they were as not only have I visited to take part in the March races my husband and I have holidayed in September and October. We have made good friends in Pafos which as I have attended the Pafos events on my own on numerous occasions has given my husband peace of mind. I always recommend this event to my friends as the organisation has always been good and the scenery wonderful and probably one of the best finishes in the world.
How many times have you participated in the Logicom Cyprus Marathon since then? Which race distances have you done?
Susan: I have competed in the Marathon and the 10k and even gave out the medals one year when I could not run due to injury; I believe I have attended 18 events.
What makes you come back?
Susan: I return year after year because it gives me an excuse to come back to Cyprus and makes me keep running.
From your experience, what do you think of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon’s evolvement through the years?
Susan: I am proud to have seen the evolvement of the event I loved the Boy Scouts with the flags that first year and the new marathon route is amazing. The event is so successful now especially with the addition of the 5k which could be run as an out and back course along the coastal path. I also like the new numbers with the timing chip.
Will we see you at the 22nd Logicom Cyprus Marathon on 15th March 2020?
Susan: My husband and I have been discussing just this week about whether we could afford to come again next March; he said I could go on my own but I really want us to go together. Therefore a decision has not yet been made; I have booked as late as January before so I am not losing hope!!