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Ironman Champions

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Ironman Champions

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii , Oct. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — New Ironman champions were crowned as Pete Jacobs (AUS) and Leanda Cave (GBR) overtook a challenging, world-class field under difficult conditions at the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship presented by myList. Jacobs, who finished second at last year’s race, captured his first IRONMAN World Championship title. Finishing in 8:18:37, the Australian ran his way to the title after beginning the marathon more than seven minutes behind Marino Vanhoenacker , who led off the bike. An Australian has claimed the men’s title at the last six consecutive IRONMAN World Championship races. Cave had a solid race from start to finish and overcame surges by multiple competitors throughout the run to secure her first IRONMAN World Championship title, crossing the line in 9:15:54.

Ironman Champion Leanda Cave

Jacobs excelled over an impressive men’s field that included last year’s third place finisher Andreas Raelert (DEU), Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) and last year’s champion Craig Alexander (AUS). Andy Potts (USA ) exited the water first for the second year in a row, but Vanhoenacker (BEL), Sebastian Kienle (DEU) and Jacobs established themselves through the lava fields of the bike course with the Belgian and German ultimately pulling away just before the turn-around in Hawi . Kienle got a flat tire, leaving Vanhoenacker to lead the way into T2 with the lead. He held his position for almost 16 miles of the run until Jacobs, who posted last year’s fastest run-split, made the pass to take the lead.  The rest of the race was a dash to the finish as the Aussie secured the title in convincing fashion.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, it’s all a bit surreal how it happened,” Jacobs said after the race. “I was confident heading into the race that I could do it, and I just still can’t believe it finally happened.”
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The great news for Phuket is that Cave is scheduled to race this December at the Laguna Phuket Ironman. The full story is here Cave, an ITU World Long Distance Champion, has been hitting peak form in the run-up to Kona and today has proved her fitness.

Laguna Phuket Ironman race will now be awesome, despite an indifferent start to the year that followed a spectacular end to her 2011 season when she recorded a third-place finish at the Ironman World Championship, a win at Ironman 70.3 Miami, runner-up finish at the ITU World Long Distance Championship in Las Vegas and her first Ironman title in Arizona. Cave can now look forward to  a thrilling duel with 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Laguna Phuket 70.3 Champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia and fellow Australian Belinda Granger and a field of other top pros on the first weekend in December.


Ironman Champ coming to Laguna Phuket

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Ironman 70.3 World Champion to Race Laguna Phuket

In a major coup for Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket, recently-crowned 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Leanda Cave has joined the ranks of top professional athletes set to appear at this year’s event.

Welsh Superstar Cave’s entry sets up Thrilling Title Duel

Cave signed up for Laguna Phuket less than 24 hours after completing her epic World Championship victory in Las Vegas on 9 October – and before resuming training for her next title bid at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on 13 October.

Her Laguna confirmation has set up a thrilling duel with 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Laguna Phuket 70.3 Champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia – beaten into fourth place in Las Vegas by Cave – who will be eager not to lose another title to the Welsh superstar.


“To have the brand new Ironman 70.3 World Champion immediately accept our invitation to race at Laguna Phuket is a testament to the drawing power and popularity which characterises our race on the pro circuit,” said Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice President of Destination Marketing, Laguna Phuket.


“Attracting such top talent is an indication of the international stature we’ve achieved and we’re looking forward to a fantastic display of world-class competition.”

 The competitive mix

The Laguna Phuket 2012 competitive mix is also fuelled by Czech Olympian Radka Vodickova and Australian veteran Belinda Granger – both vying to become the first women’s Triple Champion of Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), a week earlier on 25 November – and also with points to prove in the 70.3.


Cave, an ITU World Long Distance Champion, is hitting peak form in the run-up to Kona and Laguna, despite an indifferent start to the year that followed a spectacular end to her 2011 season when she recorded a third-place finish at the Ironman World Championship, a win at Ironman 70.3 Miami, runner-up finish at the ITU World Long Distance Championship in Las Vegas and her first Ironman title in Arizona.

Born in the UK, Cave emigrated as a child to Australia, before moving back to the UK with her Welsh mother. She now lives and trains in Tucson, Arizona and races for both Wales and Great Britain.


Cave is no stranger to Phuket, having raced LPT in 2006 when she was second-placed behind Canadian Samantha McGlone, who then went on to become 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.


Hauschildt, currently battling back from an injury-hit season, made a determined defence of her World 70.3 title in Las Vegas, but her fourth place was more than seven minutes behind Cave’s winning time of 4:28:05.


At Laguna Phuket she’ll be aiming to hold off the challenges of Cave, Rodickova, Granger and a field of other top pros to hold onto her 2011title, which she won with a course record of 4:17:01.



Phuket International Women’s Club

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Monthly Newsletter May 2012

Phuket International Women’s Club (PIWC) is a social network providing educational opportunities for needy children. A not-for-profit organization, the club was set up in 1989 and has been growing ever since. It promotes friendship among women of all nationalities- including welcome support and information to newcomers living in Phuket, Thailand

Current Monthly Activities

Day & Time




May 10
10:00 AM – Noon

Meet and Greet

Central Festival

No RSVP required

May 17

Monthly Lunch

Holiday Inn – Charm Thai

Carole Dux
No RSVP required

May 24
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

(replaces Coffee Morning)

Member Home

No RSVP required

June 7

Committee Meeting

Kan Eang @Pier, Chalong

Carole Dux
No RSVP required

June 14
10:00 AM – Noon

Meet and Greet

Central Festival

Maria Kranker
No RSVP required

June 21

Monthly Lunch

Tawai Thai Cooking School & Restaurant
Cherng Talay

Carole Dux
No RSVP required


Regular Weekly activities


Day & Time



Mah Jong

Monday @ 9:30 AM

Member’s House



Monday & Friday
@ 1:00 PM

Phuket Country Club



Tuesday @ 1:00 PM

Laguna Phuket Golf Club



Wednesday @ 8:00 AM

Hilton Hotel


Sew ‘n Sew

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM

Member’s House


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Phuket Radio News and 91.5 FM Blues wrap up

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Phuket Radio at Blues Festival

This year The Phuket International Blues Rock Festival presented by Phuket radio 91.5 FM and held at a new venue Laguna Phuket which turned out to be ‘the best year yet’ according to the many Phuket people that attended and the Phuket tourists were also well pleased.

Topping the bill on Saturday was Chris Thomas King and he provided a set that had the whole crowd using the ‘wow’ factor after over an hour on stage. Akasha the Malaysian band topped the bill on Friday to a packed house and even with the typical Phuket weather delivering just one rain storm that can ruin outside events in Phuket the show did not miss a beat.

Local bands Colin Hill and Rockin Angels were seen and heard and also interviewed at 91.5 FM

Colin Hill at Blues Festival

Rockin Patrick

The Saturday night show was broadcast LIVE on 91.5 FM Phuket FM radio across it’s terrestrial and free online radio networks for not only Phuket radio listeners but also the worldwide audience, thanks to ever improving technology LIVE Phuket radio events are planned throughout 2012 and onwards.



Andy all smiles as usual.

With big credit to the event organizer Andy Andersen an all the Phuket people that step up each year to make this event happen whom without the volunteers and support of all the International as well as local artists this show would not be possible, the Phuket tourist Police also were there along with many other organisations including the Rotary Club of Patong beach.

Phuket Radio post the event.

There are many more pictures of the Phuket blues festival throught websites based in Phuket and on the Phuket radio websites here  and many of Chris Thomas King here.



Jaray Hits the Heights Among World Triathlon Elite in Hawaii

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First-ever Thai to complete back-to-back Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Jaray Jearanai at 91.5 FM Phuket

Thai triathlete Jaray Jearanai of Phuket is on top of the world after completing the legendary Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, among an elite global field of triathlon competitors, in a time of just over 11 hours.

His achievement yesterday (Sunday, 9 October) is all the more remarkable as this was the first-ever full Ironman challenge for Jaray, a marketing executive at Laguna Holiday Club in Laguna Phuket – venue of the annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship – and just weeks after he successfully completed the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas.

Jaray now holds the unique distinction of being the first-ever Thai to compete in both back-to-back Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships in the same year.

The annual Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, comprising a 3.8km swim, 180.2km bike ride and 42.1km marathon, is considered the ultimate triathlon challenge and most difficult one-day endurance event in the world, with its 1,800 entry slots are highly coveted by triathletes worldwide.

Jaray, sponsored by his employer Laguna Phuket and Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club where he trains, to compete in Hawaii and Las Vegas, crossed the Kona finishing line in a time of 11:04:35 after a swim of 1:04:35; bike time of 5:48:27; and run of 3:51:22.

An ecstatic Jaray (31), said: “It was the toughest experience of my life and I’m so happy to have completed it.

“It’s always been my dream to take part in a full Ironman – I just didn’t expect my first one to be the World Championship in Kona alongside some of my biggest heroes.

“This race and the Las Vegas Ironman 70.3 have been incredible experiences and I’m so grateful to Laguna Phuket for helping to make my dreams come true.”

The Kona World Championship was won by Australia’s Craig Alexander in a new course record of 8:03:56 and Chrissie Wellington of Great Britain took the women’s title in 08:55:08.

Alexander, who also won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas to make it a 2011 World Championship double, has been invited to compete at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship at Laguna Phuket on 4 December.



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Can you beat the Doris !!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^

91.5FM 6K funrun


Garry Holden, at 91.5FM

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Garry Holden, at 91.5FMWe had a special guest in the 91.5 studio today as Garry Holden, 2010 Biggest Loser Asia contender paid us a visit to talk about his bid to do both the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and the 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship also at Laguna.

Last time we saw Garry here at 91.5FM he was crossing the finishing line at the end of the Laguna half marathon in June which he did with his wife Jackie and was looking for a new challenge.

There are few bigger challenges on the island than the Laguna Phuket Triathlon – described by many as the ironman of regular triathlons – but Garry decided that alone wasn’t enough and when he found out that Laguna were hosting the inaugural 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship race he wanted to be part of that too, despite both events being only a week apart.

For the half an hour he was in the studio, we spoke about our preparations for the big race and plans for the future.

We also spoke about the relay at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon which still has places available. If you’re a good runner, swimmer or cyclist but found the idea of the full triathlon a bit daunting, why not find two friends and sign up.

Information is available at www.lagunaphukettriathlon.comand registration details are there too. You can also sign up for the 91.5FM 6km Fun Run happening on the same day giving you two chances to be part of what’s sure to be a great day down at Laguna on November 28.


91.5FM 6K Fun Run

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The Phuket 6km Fun Run

91.5FM 6K Fun Run Takes to
Airwaves in Bid for Record Entries91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio is setting the pace and burning up the airwaves with title sponsorship of the 6k Fun Run at this year’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon.The radio station is promoting the 91.5FM 6K Fun Run on-air in a bid to draw a record field of more than 250 fun runners to the triathlon spectacle on Sunday 28 November, alongside an array of international triathletes and relay teams. 

The title sponsorship follows 91.5FM’s involvement in helping attract a record number of entries and charity donations to the 5K Family Walk in this year’s Laguna Phuket International Marathon.“We’re delighted 91.5FM has joined with us again to provide a valuable Phuket community element for our local residents and visitors,” said Laguna Triathlon director Debbie DionysiusThe 91.5FM 6K Fun Run – for recreational runners able to complete the 6k course in 50 minutes or less – is held alongside the serious business of the triathlon, where super-fit competitors face a 1.8k swim, 55k bike ride and 12k run.

Fun runners will compete for enjoyment and also for prizes to be presented by 91.5FM DJs at the end of the race. They’ll be able to run alongside 91.5FM DJ “The Doris” from “The Doris in the Afternoon Show,” while the 91.5FM presence also includes Breakfast Show DJ Danny O taking on the triathlon.

Both DJs are encouraging 91.5FM 6k Fun Run entries over the airwaves in the lead-up to the big day, as well as giving listeners regular updates on their training and race preparations.
On the day itself, 91.5FM will broadcast live from the Laguna Phuket Triathlon to keep everyone listening throughout Phuket and the world fully informed with event coverage and updates.
91.5FM 6K Fun Runners have to be over 12 years of age and can register before the cut-off date on 15 November at:

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia’s premier destination triathlon, staged amid spectacular tropical scenery around Laguna Phuket. Over the past 16 years the popular race has attracted thousands of athletes as well as triathlon legends including Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michelie Jones and Chrissie Wellington. 91.5FM – Phuket FM Radio is Phuket’s No. 1 English speaking radio station broadcasting throughout Phuket on 91.5 megahertz and around the world on the internet via

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