There can be few more agreeable places to run an early season marathon (or half, 10k or 5k) than the island of Cyprus where it is claimed the sun shines 326 days of the year. Richard Waldron (Southampton AC) is hoping to celebrate his birthday by becoming the first ever English winner of Logicom Cyprus Marathon on Sunday, 5 March, the first Cyprus international marathon held annually since 1999.
Richard On Course For Cyprus Marathon Record
Waldron arrives in Paphos on his birthday and the following day will be attacking the Cyprus Marathon course record, held by Salameh Al Aqra (Jordan, 2:33:03) since 2005. Previous winners of this truly international race include runners from Greece, Belgium, France, Poland, USA, Ireland, Hungary, Lebanon, Romania, Germany and Spain and in 2003 Allan Fotheringham (Northern Ireland, 2:54:55) triumphed.
Waldron reckons the time for an English winner is long overdue and arrives in the European City of Culture in fine form, having won the 2016 Majorca Marathon (2:38:18) – see image – with a PB of 2:34:09 from the 2015 Virgin London Marathon.
The Paphos marathon course starts at Petra Tou Romiou, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, at 7:30am and follows a scenic coastal route to the finish at the Medieval Fort Square in Paphos Harbour.
The ancient fort is also the setting for the start of the half marathon, 10k and 5k runs and will host the unique atmosphere of a Cyprus race presentation party with free beer, fruit, music and dancing. All finishers will receive a technical T-shirt, bespoke medal and other treats.
Cyprus is proving to be a popular destination with UK runners and Logicom Cyprus Marathon has shown an increase of 75% in participation over the past two years. Around half of all the competitors come from abroad and UK runners comprise 25% of the field.
runABC reporter Alan Newman will be competing in the 10k and will report on Richard Waldron's audacious record attempt in the main event.
Full details at Logicom Cyprus Marathon website.