With the participation of more than 700 runners, and many more spectators, the 17th Logicom Cyprus Marathon was successfully organised on Sunday, March 8 in Pafos.
All three distances, the Marathon, the Half Marathon and the 10km road races had the Pafos Medieval Fort as their finish line. This year’s marathon event was dedicated to the great symbol of Greek and Cypriot sport, Stelios Kyriakides, winner of the Boston Marathon in 1946.
There was intense competition in the Marathon between the two favourites, German Magnus Gödiker and Romanian Raphael Igrişianu. The German managed to finish the race first with a time of two hours 45 minutes and 39 seconds and three minutes later Raphael made his way to the finish line. The third place was won by Cypriot, Pavlos Mavrogiannis, who had fought for the first position until the 22nd kilometre.
In the women’s event, the first place was won by Sylwia Bondara from Poland with a time of three hours 41 minutes and 27 seconds while the second position was taken by England’s Sandra Hopkins and Christina Schatz from Poland rounded the top three. The winners were honoured with olive wreaths from Marathon dipped in gold, silver and bronze by Dimitris Kyriakidis (son of Stelios Kyriakides) and the Pafos Mayor Fedonas Fedonos.
Winner of the Half Marathon was Pavel Borodin, a member of Dro.Me.A Racing Running Club, who finished in a time of one hour 17 minutes and one second, while the second place went to the Polish runner Piotr Cypryanski and the third to English-Cypriot Michael Keenan. The competitive spirit was also high in the women’s’ Half Marathon, but the Cypriot athlete of G.S.P. Elpida Christodoulidou, managed to beat the competition by finishing the race with a time of one hour 30 minutes and 24 seconds. Not far behind, was Caroline Livesey from England who finished in second place with the top trio completed by Julia Andreou of the “Pericles Demetriou” Running Club.
The 10km Road Race proved the most popular distance with more than 350 runners participating on the day. The first place trophy stayed in Pafos, with Cypriot runner from the Stelios Kyriakides’ Running Club, Christos Georgiou prevailing in a time of 35 minutes and 51 seconds. Second place was won by Englishman Corin Wiltshire and Turkish-Cypriot Osman Atakan finished third with a time of 38 minutes and 11 seconds. The first position in the women’s event was also a Cypriot matter with Ifigenia Antoniou finishing first with a time of 42 minutes and 44 seconds. Second place went to Poland’s Anna Krzesiewicz and third was Magdalena Wardacka-Taylor also from Poland.
More than 350 foreign athletes visited the island for the 17th Logicom Cyprus Marathon and combined their hobby (running) with a short vacation under the abundant sunshine.
The next Logicom Cyprus Marathon is scheduled for Sunday March 6, 2016.