By LERPONG AMSA-NGIAM
Nattawut, Mr.Brian L. Marcar Managing director of BEC-Tero Entertainment Pcl. and Nattawat
Chon Buri-based Nattawut crossed the line in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 32 seconds to win the 21.1km race, matching the effort of his twin brother Natthawat, who won the 10.5km mini-marathon in 35.46.
“I’m so happy to win this event in my debut. The natural surroundings of the route were amazing,” said the 24-year-old Nattawut, who beat 1,500 competitors in the half-marathon division.
“It’s even more special to me as my brother won the 10.5km. |This is the highlight of my |running career,” he added.
Nattawut is the national record-holder for 10km, after setting a time of 29.48 during a race in Buri Ram in February.
Nattawut and Aorranuch
On the women’s side, Phetchabun-born Aorranuch stole the limelight with a time of 1:31.12 in her second appearance in the race.
“I missed the run last year due to an injury. So I’m pretty happy to finally win this event on my return. Running with such a picturesque view on both sides was an extra boost for me to perform well here,” added the 25-year-old.
Over 7,000 runners competed in this year’s race, on a route that took them across the landmark River Kwai bridge and amidst the lush scenery of the western province.
“The event was a success for the third successive year. We had a great number of participants again. I’m confident it will get even bigger next year,” said Police Major General Surapong Ariyamongkol, general-secretary of the Athletics Association of Thailand.