CYPRUS APHRODITE HALF MARATHON
5th APHRODITE HALF MARATHON (29 NOV. 1998) RESULTS
The only established race in the island
CYPRUS APHRODITE HALF MARATHON
The Cyprus Aphrodite Half Marathon is organised by the Cyprus Health Runners Club and is supported by the Cyprus Sport Organisation. It is held under the rules of IAAF in Paphos, an historic seaside town and popular holiday resort, the legendary birthplace of goddess Aphrodite. The race will start at 10.00 while the 5km Fun Run will start at 10.05 hours. The course is flat, asphaltic, fast and undulating. It takes the runners along the sea coast and is clearly marked every km. The start as well as the finish of the race will be the Cypria Maris Sports Centre. The Cyprus Association of Sports Medicine will provide full medical back up. There is no time limit for the Half Marathon runners, however, all runners must be at least 16 years old on the day of the event. There is no age limit for the Fun Run. Expected temperature: 18o – 20o C.
CATEGORIES / CASH PRICES / TROPHIES / RESULTS
MEN: 16-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, over 70
WOMEN: 16-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, over 70
WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES: One category
Cash prices for overall winners of the Half Marathon as follows:
1st: £C 700, 2nd: £C 300, 3rd: £C 200, 4th: £C 125, 5th: £C 75
1st: £C 500, 2nd: £C 300, 3rd: £C 200
Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 men to finish overall. Trophies will also be awarded to the first 3 women to finish overall. Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 in each category of the Half Marathon and the Fun Run. A certificate will be awarded to every finisher of the Half Marathon as well as a medal to all finishers (including the Fun Run). Finally, all participants will be awarded with a commemorative T-shirt.
SPECIAL CASH AWARDS: For the winner that breaks the course record in both the men and the ladies race, will apply as from this year.
SERVICES…. SERVICES…. SERVICES…. SERVICES….
"St Nicholas" still natural mineral water, electrolytes and sponges will be available at 5km, 10km, 16km, and 18km. Car parks, showers, changing rooms and toilets will be at the disposal of runners at no charge. Fresh season fruit, KEO beer, "Aphrodite" wine as well as SWS juices will be on offer, free of charge for everyone, after the race. Prior and during the race, a band will entertain runners and spectators. After the race, on stage Greek dancing will be performed and prizes will be drawn in a lottery for all participants based on their race number.
A Pasta Party will be organised at 18.00 hours on 27 November at the Cypria Maris Hotel. Nutritious food will be served suitable for the eve of an important race. Tickets available at £C 7, to be sent with the entry fee.
A Gala Dinner will be held at 19.30 hours on 28 November at the Cypria Maris Hotel. During the Dinner the cash prices will be awarded to the winners. Entertainment will be provided with live Greek music, song and dance. Tickets available at £C 9, to be sent with the entry fee.
Tickets for both the Pasta Party and the Gala Dinner will be posted upon receipt of entry form with payment.
Must be received by 13 November 1999
(a) Half Marathon
£C 4.00 for Cyprus Health Runners Club members.
£C 7.00 for all residents of Cyprus.
£C 15.00 for overseas participants.
(b) Fun Run
£C 4.00 for all residents of Cyprus
£C 6.00 for overseas participants
(The organisers regret that refunds will not be made)
RACE NUMBERS FOR HALF MARATHON
All overseas visitors must collect their race number from 10.00 – 17.00 on Saturday, 27 November from the Organisers’ desk at the Cypria Maris Hotel. All other runners may collect their number on the morning of the race between 08.00 – 09.30 from the registration desk at the Cypria Maris Sports Centre.
Have your photo taken as you cross the finishing line at £C 2.00
ENTRIES / PAYMENT / FURTHER INFORMATION
The organisers will be glad to send you the full-colour race-program, which incorporates an entry form. Cheques should be made payable to Cyprus Health Runners Club. Overseas contestants please use eurocheques if possible, otherwise payment may be made by VISA or MASTER CARD. Further information may be furnished from:
Cyprus Health Runners Club
Tel.: 00 357 2 420559, 00 357 2 499324
Fax: 00 357 2 420559
Cypria Maris Hotel
Tel: 00 357 6 264111
Fax: 00 357 6 264125
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CYPRUS HEALTH RUNNERS CLUB (CHRC)
The club was established in March 1994 by a group of seasoned runners, mainly from the Nicosia region. Later on, a very active cell was established in the picturesque city of Paphos, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite itself. Our club is one of the biggest in Cyprus and runners of all abilities are affiliated to it. The basic aim of the club is to promote running on the island and to organise events such as the Cyprus Aphrodite Half Marathon. The club is also very active in organising charity events.
Quote from a runner that had just finished the 5th Cyprus Aphrodite Half Marathon:
1st APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, 11/12/1994
The idea for organising this event was conceived in May 1994 by Rudiger Marco, a German coach who at the time worked in Cyprus, and was quickly embraced by our club. This makes the race the brainchild of Rudiger, who remains a good friend and a valuable advisor.
A total of 220 runners participated from 10 different countries. Winner of the race was Mika Olkkola, from Finland, who clocked 69’20’’. Second was the Cypriot runner Costas Constantinou and third came another Cypriot, Andreas Christodoulou. Hungarian runner Marta Visneyi, who clocked 76’52’’, won the ladies’ race. Donna Kelly from Britain finished second and another Briton, Caroline Pollard, finished in third place. Cypriot Yiannakis Gabriel with a time of 66’25’’ won the wheelchair event.
2nd APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, 10/12/1995
The organisers put in a huge effort and the hard work paid off as the Aphrodite Half Marathon proved a great success attracting a sum total of 350 runners, that is, a grand increase of 62% on the 1994 race. Course records were set all round and for the first time cash prices to the order of US$4 000 were awarded to the winners of the open categories. The winner of the race, Greek champion, Spyros Andreopoulos, clocked a record time of 66’03’’ while the wheelchair runner, Yiannakis Gabriel chipped an astonishing 8 minutes off his own record time set in the 1994 event. Marta Visneyi successfully defended her title with another smart victory.
3rd APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, 1/12/1996
The Greek champion Spyros Andreopoulos successfully defended his title finishing first with a time of 68’13’’ in front of 450 runners. German runner Birgit Brauckmann clocked 86’36’’ in winning the ladies’ event. The Greek lady Maria Psatha finished second and the girl from Britain Pamela Jennings took third place. The number of runners that participated reached record levels, indicating the big impact of the event. The biggest single group came from Germany and included more than 100 runners. Talent was abundant as athletes of the class of Olympian double gold Waldemar Cierpinski lined up at the start of the race. Present for the second time was the fastest-ever German Marathoner Jorg Peter. A very large group of Argentinean runners participated for the first time while a group of runners from neighboring Israel took part for the first time. Other countries that provided runners included England, Austria and Hungary.
4th APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, 30/11/1997
The number of runners that lined up at the start of the Aphrodite Half Marathon swelled to 530. Barry Royden from England won the race in 67’01’’ leaving dual winner Spyros Andreopoulos in second place. Israeli champion Dov Kremer could only manage third place. However, another Israeli runner, Eti Einer, won the ladies’ event, in 82’55’’. Katerina Pratsis of Cyprus finished second and German Liane Muschler came in third. Yiannakis Gabriel faced stiff competition in the wheelchair event, but eventually managed to beat off the challenge from German and Hungarian runners and claim yet another title.
5th APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, 29/11/1998
Possibly the best organised so far. The whole set up was very impressive and many runners have already booked their number for next year. New technology was introduced that made result extracting very easy, quick and accurate. Last year’s winner, Barry Royden, faced stiff opposition but managed eventually to defend his title successfully, clocking 67’19’’ in winning the race. Mark Flint also from the UK finished in second place leaving the Cypriot 10km champion, Stelios Marneros, in third place. It was the first time Marneros raced longer than 10km and it was not a bad effort. A German lady, Rosemarie Kossler won the ladies’ race with a time of 80’35’’ leaving Katerina Pratsis of Cyprus again in second place. Briton, Mandy Wright was third. Wheelchair runners failed to materialise this time round, however, they did promise a strong comeback next year. It is worth mentioning that the race saw the biggest overseas contingent of runners participating in the event. However, the best is still to come, it appears, as tour operators have informed the organisers to expect a bumper turnout in November 1999, the last big race in Cyprus of the millennium.
6th CYPRUS APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, 28/11/1999
The organisers have already started work for what amounts to the last big race on the island of the millennium. All early indications point to the fact that simply … the 6th Cyprus Aphrodite Half Marathon is an event not to be missed!SPONSORS
The Cyprus Aphrodite Half Marathon is kindly sponsored by:
Cypria Maris Iberotel
Cyprus Sport Organisation
Cyprus Tourist Organisation
The event was also supported by:OPAP
CAF COMPUTERS NICOSIA
THE POPULAR BANK