Pinoy runners outstanding in UT Panoramic
The first official edition of Ultra Trail Panoramic in Northwestern Thailand was a success with a finish rate of well over 50% despite the exclusive long distances of 100 miles or 100 km. From a pure performance point of view, it was remarkable to see so many runners from the Philippines taking up many of the top spots. The outstanding winner on the 100 miles is a Filipino as well, Jorge Lanante, who completed the course in 22:52, which was six-and-a-half hours faster than Grandmaster Aleksis Capili, also born in the Philippines but now residing in Thailand. Thanks to yet another big finish, only two weeks after CM 50, Capili is now within 2 points of obtaining his second Grandmaster star. In the ATM championship he also finishes in sixth place, just a few points shy of Abdul Rahman as the total number of participants in UT Panoramic was less than 100. It is assured that next year this number will grow significantly.
In third place on the podium was the local runner Supeeraphan Sreeduangjuan in 30:33. In the women's race we also saw two finishers on the 100 miles. Thailand's Sakuna Usanawasin took top honours and Cheryl Bihag - from Philippines - was a delighted second in her first 100 miles finish ever.
Top 10 100 Miles - Men
1 JORGE ALYN GIL JR. LANANTE (PHI)
2 ALEKSIS CAPILI (PHI)
3 SUPEERAPHAN SREEDUANGJAN (THA) 4 JARED TEVES (PHI)
5 WIWAT YINGRAM (THA)
6 JOEFFERY CAMARA (PHI)
7 HANET KAEWLEK (THA)
8 FATHI JUNAIDI (BRU)
9 SIDSDI PINSOOK (THA)
10 PONPAYON THONGTAWEE (THA)
Finishers 100 miles - Women
1 SAKUNA USANAWASIN (THA)
2 CHERYL BIHAG (PHI)
On the 100 km course, Frenchman Remi Galland ran three hours faster than local runners Pochara Thimasan and Pakawas Mangkang. Interestingly, the same time margin separated the two best women as well. Issaree Kengnok was actually very quick as she even finished fourth overall in 12:45. Second place went to Pakanee Burutphakdee, and Kwantana Kwamuangpan completed the women's podium.