A galaxy of top international athletes
from over 20 countries will be seen in action in the second Standard Chartered
Lahore Marathon scheduled for January 29, 2006.
All the top winners of 2005 have
confirmed their entries for the prestigious US$ 100,000 race, which has now
become a permanent feature on the international marathon calendar of AIMS, the
international body, which controls and regulates the marathons worldwide.
According to information available, all
three winners of the main 42 km men marathon in 2005 have confirmed
participation. They are T. Mpolokeng, South Africa, D. Menyo, Kenya and J. Boki,
Tanzania. Other top competitors in the coming event, who have notified their
participation are: Francis Robert Naali, Tanzania, Reigning Commonwealth
Champion; Semeretu Alemayrhu, Ethiopia, Turin Champion & record holder John
Nada Saya, Tanzania, Belanay Bimer, Ethiopia, Seville Champion & Addis
Marathon Winner 2005, Daniel Cheribo, Kenya, Winner Milan 2004, Leonid Svetsov,
Russia, Russian record holder (paced last year), Lucas Swartzboi, Namibia,
national record holder, Piet Jacobs, South Africa, 3rd Beirut 2005 (ran 10 km
In the 42 km ladies, J. Kariuki, Kenya
and T. Birra, Ethiopia have confirmed participation. Other confirmed
Zinado Semanova, Russia, Winner
Jon Jong OK, DPRK, Winner Pyong Yang 2004-05;
Albina Ivanova, Russia;
Rose Nyangacha, Kenya;
Tabitha Tsatsa, Zimbabwe, National Champion;
Lilya Yaddzhak, Russia, Winner Seville 2005;
Toni Makintosh Scotland (3rd 10 k Lahore).
Other confirmed participants, include
the 10 km winners (men & women) in Lahore 2005. These are A. Shiferahnu,
Ethiopia, J. Murithi, Kenya and W. Taragon, Kenya. Others joining 2006 are:
Ibrahim Yellan, Ethiopia, Silver Medal,
World Youth Games 2005
James Walsh, Great Britian;
Daniel Kiprugut, Kenya;
Simon Kasmilli, Kenya;
Alexy Sokorov, Russian Junior Cross Country Champion.
In 10 km ladies event, both the
previous winners, the diminutive C. Mutwa, Kenya and A. Bezabih, Ethiopia have
confirmed their participation. Other notable confirmations include:
Tatyana Hladyr, Ukraine;
Ashu Kasim, Ethiopia, Great Ethiopian Run 2005;
Seralkem Bisset, Ethiopia;
Sue Harrison, UK.
With the successful staging of the
maiden event and experience gained, it is expected that the second Lahore
Marathon will be bigger and better and a new bench mark for the Race. The
marathon is expected to attract a larger and enthusiastic number from the local
participants, notably from Indian athletes, in view of more relaxed visa
formalities and growing cordial relations between the two neighboring countries.
LAHORE GETTING READY
Dedicating all proceeds from
registration to the President Relief Fund for earthquake victims, Lahore is
gearing up to host the second Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon to be run in
the city. Following the instant success of the maiden event and projection of
the "soft side" of Pakistan and its enlightened image worldwide, the
Punjab government is organising this mega event in Lahore on 29th January, 2006.
The race unlike last time will be inaugurated from inside the Punjab Stadium and
also conclude there with special ceremonies on each occasion.
After the unprecedented success of
Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon 2005, the Chief Minister's Task Force on
Lahore is organizing the 2nd Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon on 29th January
"With an improved elite field, a
strong technical team and a large public participation is expected in this
Marathon. Besides promoting the athletic spirit it is dedicated to raise funds
for the President's Relief Fund for Earthquake Victims," said Mr. Ghouse
Akbar, Chairman of the Task Force on Lahore.
Standard Chartered is once again
sponsoring 6 major Marathons across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, namely
Nairobi (Oct. 23, 2005), Singapore (Nov. 4, 2005), Dubai (Jan. 6, 2006), Mumbai
(Jan. 15, 2006), Pakistan (Jan. 29, 2006) and Hong Kong (Feb 12, 2006).
Ian Ladbrooke will be the Race Director
once again after his great success with the first race. He has organized
countless marathons around the world and will be assisted by Rupinder Singh and
Nathan John Clayton, who will be Asst. Race Director & Race Referees. Gavin
Lightwood will be the Start & Finish Manager. John Muddeman/Gashaw Zeleke
would act as technical officials Start/Finish with David Cairns functioning as
Time Keeper and Race Official. Messers Publicis Pakistan will be once again
Event Managers for the Standard Chartered Lahore Marathon 2006.