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Falklands : NINTH STANLEY MARATHON: SUNNY, BREEZY AND SHEER JOY
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 23.03.2013 (Article Archived on 20.04.2013)

The ninth annual Standard Chartered Bank Stanley Marathon was staged on St Patrick’s Day – Sunday, 17 March 2013. This year 46 individual runners, consisting of 39 men and 7 women and 26 relay teams took part in the world’s most southerly certified marathon.

NINTH STANLEY MARATHON: SUNNY, BREEZY AND SHEER JOY


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


The ninth annual Standard Chartered Bank Stanley Marathon was staged on St Patrick’s Day – Sunday, 17 March 2013.  This year 46 individual runners, consisting of 39 men and 7 women and 26 relay teams took part in the world’s most southerly certified marathon.


 


Beginning at 1000hrs, the race featured a run around the Town hall as well as a trot to the old Beaver Hanger on Ross Road West.  After passing the Town Hall the route took runners east past the Seamen’s Mission towards the airport.  The circuit was completed twice to make up the distance.


 


Walking in a 45kg Bomb disposal suit, David Bradley began his ‘run’ in the early hours of Sunday morning.  He was raising money for Comic Relief.  David Langdon was also running for another charity.  Money collect for those charities has not been counted yet.


 


At 1600hrs there was a presentation of trophies and cheques in the Town Hall.  Lizzy newton from Standard Chartered Bank acted as Master of Ceremonies.  She announced the winners in all categories.


 


In his welcoming remarks Binoy Kiara, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank thanked all who participated in the Marathon and helped in any way to make a meaningful and enjoyable event.  He explained that Standard Chartered Bank holds nine marathons globally  for the nominated charity, Seeing is Believing.  This year the Falklands raised £10,000.00 from entrance fees and the sale of Tee Shirts.  He went on to say that thus far the charity, now in its 10th year, has raised over £55Million, helping 31 Million people to regain their sight and to receive training and education.


 


The Fun Run:


Senior Category –         1st:  Mark Tucker                                                18.08


                                    2nd Hayley Owen                                               18.09


                                    3rd Yanni Anastasiadis                                        18.10


 


Girls’ Junior Category    1st Hazel Fowmes                                               18.49


                                    2nd Jessica Cooper                                            19.44


                                    3rd Emma Jayne Burston                                     20.45


 


Boys’ Junior Category   1st Michael Goodwin                                          13.54


                                    2nd: Jack Alazia                                                 13.56


                                    3rd Shaun East                                                    14.05


 


 


 


Challenge Trophy:         Richard Short                                                     3:59.16


The Challenge Trophy is for the first Falklands’ born runner and this year Mrs Jaqui Summers presented it.


 


Inter-service Trophy       Conmail                                                           2:56.44


 


Brigadier Bill Aldridge, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands presented the trophy.


 


Relay Race                   1st Conmail                                                       2:56.44


                                    2nd Ben, Colin, Luke and Rob                             2:57.26


                                    3rd Mercian                                                       2:58.28


 


Ladies’ Open                 1st: Dawn Teed                                                  3:50.24


                                    2nd Rebecca Frostick                                         3:54.00


                                    3rd Lindsay Sutcliffe                                            4:32.22


 


Men’s Open                  1st Andrew Van Kints                                          2:51.43


                                    2nd Marcelo De Bernardis                                  3:03.01


                                    3rd Benjamin Shepherd                                       3:05.17


 


After cheques and prizes were given out, Lizzy Newton expressed sincere appreciation for everyone who participated and contributed to the success of this year’s Standard Chartered Stanley marathon.  She thanked volunteers especially the Falklands Conservation Watch Group, the Military based at MPA and at Hillside, Nigel Leach, Nigel Bishop, the Highways Section of PWD, Tim and Jan miller from the market Garden, and Standard Chartered Bank Staff as well as their families and friends and runners for making the day a huge success. 


 


H. E. the Governor Mr Nigel Haywood closed the programme by quipping about marathons being good for weight loss.  He went on to say that it was a fantastic event.  He alluded to a busy month with the CPA Regional Conference, the Referendum and the Marathon and that all the events involved the entire community.  He concluded by thanking Standard Chartered Bank for arranging a truly enjoyable event.

 

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