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NIEUWS van Maart 2004
French runner Ditier Pommey sets a new Pafos Marathon course record

A bright sunny morning assisted in producing a festive atmosphere as 500 runners assembled for the various events (Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km Road Race). The Marathon course started from Petra tou Romiou (Birthplace of Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty) and finished at the Pafos Mediaeval Fort square. The other two races (Half Marathon & 10 km Road Race) started and finished at the Pafos Mediaeval Fort square.The events were successfully organised by NIKI Sports Management. The starting gun fired by the Deputy Mayor of Pafos Mr. Savvas Vergas saw the Marathon depart at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Half Marathon at 9:15 a.m. and the 10km at 9:30 a.m.

The number of runners that participated indicated the big impact of the event, as most of the runners came from abroad, especially to participate in the event. There were runners from more than 15 different countries such as UK, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Holland, Norway, Switzerland etc.

The French runner Ditier Pommey won the SpiderNet Pafos Marathon 2004 finishing in a time of 2:52:41 which is a new course record. Mr. Mikhail Gogolin from Russia was second in 2:57:24. Ms Seidel Susanne of Germany clocking 3:27:23 won the women’s race with German Marathoner Josi Guttenberger in second place with a time of 3:27:24.

The French runner Richard Darribere with a time of 1:19:47 won the SpiderNet Pafos Half Marathon with Briton runner Adam Stephens in second place with a time of 1:21:17. The UK lady Helen Hinsley with the time of 1:24:28 won the ladies’ race. Second lady in the Half Marathon distance was Dr. Sabine Hofer from Austria. The male winner of the SpiderNet Pafos 10km Road Race was the UK athlete Peter Hockin with a time of 34:06 (new course record) and female winner was the UK lady Deborah Webb with the time 40:13 (new course record).

Each participant who finished the SpiderNet Pafos Marathon 2004 was given a quality, commemorative T-shirt and an engraved medal. Awards were given to the first three runners in each of the 48 categories with the overall winners of the three races being awarded adidas vouchers for a total amount of CY £1200,00. After the race the Organisers offered to all participants ample quantities of seasonal fruits, free Leon beer (origninal Cyprus Brew), ENA juices and AGROS mineral water. The Pafos Dancing Group of Genethlios Stavrinou performed for all runners and spectator alike after the completion of the running events. It was a real running festival! Results can be seen in the Web page:

All in all the city of Pafos produced a spectacular event that heralded not just a few but hundreds of winners. As the many finishers exited Pafos Mediaeval Fort square an overwhelming sense of achievement radiated from the Fort. The Organisers of the SpiderNet Pafos Marathon 2004 express their sincere thanks to all the sponsors of the race. The major sponsor of the event Spidernet Services Ltd. and the supportive sponsors Photos Photiades Distributors Ltd. - Leon beer, Leptos Group of Companies, adidas, CO-OP Bank of Strovolos, Cyprus Airways, Violaris Press, Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Pafos Municipality and FOTOKINISI. NIKI sports Management would like to thank each and every one who was involved, in any capacity, in this, the running of the SpiderNet Pafos Marathon 2004.

Preparations have already begun for the 2005 SpiderNet Pafos Marathon which will be held on Sunday 6th March 2005. Looking forward welcoming you to Cyprus.

All the best with your running,
Stavros Kakourides
Race Director

SpiderNet Pafos Marathon -

P. O. Box 12063 Tel:00357 22370396
2340 Lakatamia Fax:00357 22370404
Nicosia E-mail:


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