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Blue skies welcome Gozo Half Marathon participants on Sunday

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Blue skies welcome Gozo Half Marathon participants on SundayThis year’s 44th edition of the Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon 2019, took place in perfect weather and in front of large crowds of spectators lining the route from the start in Xaghra to encourage them along the way.

More than 2000 athletes took part in the weekend of racing for adults and children through the beautiful Gozitan countryside, with participants hailing it a “great success and well organised.”

The Organising Committee thanked each individual athlete for their sheer commitment, passion and enthusiasm which made this event such a success.

The also thanked the “incredible group of volunteers who ensured that this event would go as smooth as possible from the start of the first ever running EXPO in the Maltese Islands to the end of of Sunday’s event.”

Blue skies welcome Gozo Half Marathon participants on SundayThe 44th edition of the half marathon was won by Spanish national Pedro Antonio López de Haro, who clocked in at (01:13:18:904) and was the winner closest to beating Charles Cilia’s 2006 half marathon’s record of 01:11:40. He was followed by Gozitan Stefan Azzopardi (01:15:38:882) and multiple time title winner Drew Lang (01:22:17:087).

Maltese national Josann Attard Pulis, who is also the current female record holder of the half marathon (01:27:32:300 in 2016) was the first lady to cross the finish at 01:30:03:785. Following her in second place and third place were Gozitan Jolene Debattista (01:42:24:950) and British national Sarah Holland (01:43:16:701).

Gozitan Charlton Debono was the first male to cross the finish of the first edition of the 10K race at 00:35:07:676, closely followed by Matthew Cutajar (00:36:57:414) and Neil Brimmer (00:37:19:414).

Joelle Cortis finished first female in the 10K race at 00:40:32:387 followed by Gianella Bugeja (00:44:56:108) and Gozitan Felicienne Mercieca (00:46:43:847).

Isaac Bonnici (00:15:06:139) and Kyla Farrugia (00:15:49:414) placed first boy and first girl overall in the 4K race respectively. Nahor Grima was the first Gozitan boy to cross the finish the finish line at 00:16:03:639, whilst Keira Attard was the first Gozitan girl in at 00:17:55:122; both placing second overall boy and girl respectively.

In the 2K race, Andrea Incorvaja placed first boy overall at 00:07:07:947 while Gozitan Leah Said placed first girl overall at 00:07:52:442. Robbie Formosa, who placed 2nd boy overall, was the first Gozitan boy to cross the finish line at 00:07:21:947.

Next year’s event will be taking place on the 25-26th ofApril 2020. Early bird applications are already being accepted.

The event is supported by Teamsport, Diadora, Ministry for Gozo, Malta Tourism Authority, Heritage Malta, San Michel, Gozo Express Services and Xaghra Local Council.

The full results for the Gozo Half Marathon 2019 is available here.

Photographs by Alain Salvary

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