Tekle flies to record in the wind
Despite the blustery, rain-threatening weather and the Paphos marathon, a hardy bunch of runners turned up to tackle the monthly beach time trial in a strong wind – bent over into it on the way out and flying with it on the way back!
Visiting Lithuanian runner Tekle Gvildyte (pictured above) took the conditions in her stride, finishing first overall in the 5km and smashing the previous course record with a time of 22:01, despite overshooting the turnaround point slightly.
Nikolai Orekhov was the first male home in 23:28, also breaking the previous men’s and course record of 24:38 set by Chris Christodoulou last month.
Most improved performances of the day came from Fiona Hall and Marjan Ansarian of The Flamingos women’s running group, who have been running for only 2 months. They improved their time by a whopping 4 minutes and 28 seconds, from 39:55 at last month’s run.
First home in the 8km, tough going in the windy conditions, was James Mackay in 44:00. (pictured right)
1 Tekle Emilija Gvildyte (F) 22:01
2 Nikolai Orekhov 23:28
3 Harvey Bell 26:35
4 Chris Papadopoulos 28:00
5 Ita Brenta (F) 28:47
6 Francois Brenta 29:28
7 George Kyriacou 30:44
8 Ivana Brenta (F) 32:15
9: Marjan Ansarian (F) 35:27
10: Fiona Hall (F) 35:27
11 Maria Vanga (F) 44:11
12: Andry Vanga (F) 44:12
13: Misko Thomka 44:12
1 James Mackay 44:00
2 Jo Thoma (F) 1:00 (Missed turnaround –did 9.5km!)
3 Steve Rudd 1:00:02 (Missed turnaround – did 9.5km!)