It started off as four runners looking to beat the previous record of Round the Island Run which was 6 hours and 55 minutes, however the four runners decided to put their efforts to even better use, by using the run as a vehicle to raise much needed funds for The Samui Special Needs Foundation. This they did very handsomely by raising 120,000, baht themselves, plus a further 20,000 raised through the efforts of the Foundation itself. Total amount donated 140,000 baht. There were of course a few small incidental expenses such as cost of running vests and a complimentary payment to the brilliant support team, who provided medical cover and several safety vehicles to follow the runners all the way round the Island. The Runners said that the Support Team, lead by Khun Sadanan did a fantastic job and they could not have asked for more.
The individual times of the Runners, which incidentally all beat the previous record were as follows:
Michael Biedermann – 5 hours and 55 minutes.
Denis Sarychev – 6 hours and 3 minutes.
Laurent Gas – 6 hours and 9 minutes.
Andrea Orru – 6 hours and 26 minutes.
Everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed the event, so much so, that they are discussions taking place about the possibility of doing it again next year, but hopefully with even more runners. So watch this space Folks.
The Foundation would like to thank all the Runners, the Support Team and the Organiser (Khun Ying) for all their wonderful efforts, so that the Special Needs Children on Koh Samui may benefit from this wonderful event.