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Phuket youth runners on track for success

Phuket youth runners on track for success

RUNNING: A group of young Phuket runners are on target to complete a set of major race events this year, after taking part in last week’s Laguna Marathon.

Friday 21 June 2013, 11:26AM


A total of 11 members of the island’s Born Free To Run club entered and completed the marathon – the latest stage in their year-long campaign to develop their running skills and experience.

The club members have set a target this year of entering at least eight races in the Phuket region and nearby provinces, and aim to get at least one race member on the podium in each event.

In last week’s Laguna marathon, the podium honours were claimed by Born to Run Free member Konrad, who came second in the under-12 age category.

All of the 11-strong team completed the race, and six finished among the top runners in their respective categories, ranging from under-12s to the adult race.

The Born Free to Run club is supported and sponsored by the Phuket Community Foundation, a charity on the that helps fund community projects on the island.

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The club, based in Paklok, holds free training sessions for local people in who are interested in running, with a particular focus on getting young children and teenagers involved in the sport.

The club aims to help talented young people build up their performance to become future athletes, to encourage local Phuket youths to choose a healthy lifestyle free from drugs, and to promote a healthy competitive spirit amongst the children.

The club’s training programme has been developed by coach Ekkarat “Ricky” Phanthip, and the training venues are the Paklok Municipality sports area and at nearby Thala Beach.

As well as the ongoing programme of training runs and races, the group also holds community-minded events such as clean-ups along local running courses.

For more information about the Born Free to Run running club events and training, please contact bornfreetorun@gmail.com by email or visit the club’s Facebook page: facebook.com/bornfreetorun.

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