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Kenyans make it a 1-2-3 at 14th Pattaya International Marathon

15 years that were…

New committees installed for five Rotary Clubs in Chonburi area

Five Rayong Rotary Clubs install new committees

Rugby handles PCEC questions with ease

Kenyans make it a 1-2-3 at 14th Pattaya International Marathon

Rain delays start but champion Rotich sets new course record

Martin Bilsborrow
Photos by Tom Brown &
Pattaya Mail reporters

A torrential downpour delayed the start of the 14th Pattaya International Marathon last Sunday morning and had the thousands of gathered athletes running for shelter, rather than the from the start line, as the city streets became awash in the deluge.

Nelson Kima Rotich races towards the finish line to set a new course record in the 2008 Pattaya International Marathon.
When the runners were finally able to get underway, it became a familiar story at the head of the main marathon field as the strong, experienced Kenyan athletes began to exert their authority on the race, as they have done so often in the past.
The damp weather conditions certainly seemed to agree with the eventual champion, 27-year old Nelson Kima Rotich, who stormed home in a new course record of 2.16.07 to collect the first prize of 200,000 baht and a trophy, plus an additional 50,000 baht for setting a new course record.
Rotich was followed across the finish line by compatriots Loks Kipicimoichelimo (2.17.01) and Christopher Kipkemboi (2.19.21) who picked up cash prizes of 75,000 baht and 50,000 baht respectively for their efforts. In the female marathon it was another victory for Kenya as Fridah Chepkite Lodepa held on to finish just ahead of Thailand’s Sunisa Sai-lomyen in a time of 2.53.35. Sunisa, a past multiple winner of this event put in another great effort this year and crossed the line in a time of 2.54.00 hours.

Kenya’s Nelson Kima Rotich celebrates his victory in this year’s marathon.
Lodepa was rewarded with a cheque for 200,000 baht and a trophy, whilst the Thai athlete picked up a consolation prize of 75,000 baht. The final spot on the female podium was taken by another Kenyan, Magaret F. Wangui Niuguan, who finished in a time of 2.58.41 hours and received a cheque for 50,000 baht.
The half marathon this year featured a special incentive for the Thai runners, with the best local athlete in both the men’s and women’s categories receiving an all expenses paid trip to Australia to take part in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2008.
The men’s race was won by another international athlete, Richard Bett Rotich in a time of 1.10.13 but the first Thai across the line was Sakchai Namket in 1.10.55. The female race was won by a local lady, Pacharee Chaithongsri in time of 1.31.03 and both Sakchai and Pacharee will now go on to represent Thailand in Sydney in September.

Sukhum Namlun put in a great effort to finish third in the wheelchair marathon.
Aside from all the able bodied athletes, the wheelchair marathon was also closely contested this year with the first three across the finish line being Akachai Janthorn, Kajornsak Thamasophon and Sukhum Namlun in that order.
The Pattaya International Marathon also featured both a quarter marathon and a 5km fun run in which thousands of local athletes of all shapes and sizes, and both young and old took part. Altogether runners from 12 different nations were represented in the various races on Sunday morning and an approximate field of some 15-20,000 participants were at one time or another trundling along Pattaya’s streets.
On Saturday evening a large party was held for all the runners and local hotel operators and restaurants provided a banquet for all those taking part.
Whilst the weather this year obviously didn’t help from a spectator point of view, the atmosphere at the race was as buoyant as ever and the increasing standard of athletes being attracted to take part in what is now Thailand’s richest road race, with some 1.5 million baht up for grabs, was borne out by a new course record being set.
Let’s all hope for more of the same for next year – albeit hopefully with a little less rain.

Pattaya City Mayor, Ittiphol Khunplome (2nd left) looks
on as Pacharee Chaithongsri (3rd left) and Sakchai Namket (4th left) receive their
 all expenses paid tickets to represent Thailand in this year’s Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in Australia in September.

Fridah Chepkite Lodepa was the first to cross the line in the women’s marathon.

A Pattaya Marathon tradition, “Jae Ma” and her pet dogs at the start line.

The rain pelts down as the race gets underway.

15 years that were…

Pattaya Mail began the 15 years young celebrations with a well-visited exhibition at the brand new Vista Hotel on Beach Road Soi 4. The exhibition presented a step back in time, displaying all 15 editions that were featured in anniversary edition’s beautiful 15 years young supplement.

Pattaya Mail’s Creative Director, Phromthep ‘Dave’ Malhotra (left), the mastermind of the 15yearsyoung.com campaign at the exhibit with his brother Tony, director of Pattaya Mail.
From the first issue of Pattaya’s first English language newspaper, right up through to the latest “big”, community affecting headline, 15 editions of Pattaya Mail, one from each year of existence, were laminated and on display for all to get a close up look at.
The exhibition, entitled ‘15 years that were…’ and showcasing front pages and news stories from 1993-2007, took place over the marathon weekend July 19-20. During the two day exhibition, many people left messages of thanks, and provided helpful feedback, wishing Pattaya Mail further success.

One of the 15 selected front pages: ‘December 10, 1999’ issue dramatically showing how firefighters fought the massive Thai Oil blaze.

The laminated front pages with their different colors, fonts, and graphics, and how the news was delivered showed how the Pattaya Mail has gradually progressed forward from the first issues of the paper until the most recent.
The exhibition was not only a history of the Pattaya Mail, but was also a brief history of Pattaya. 15 years worth of news, brought to readers through hard work, determination, and the commitment of many people. Pattaya has experienced seemingly a lifetime full of events in the past 15 years, and the Pattaya Mail has been right here to present them to you. So much has happened, in fact, one wonders what the next 15 years will bring. Be sure that Pattaya Mail will be here to report on it.
If you missed this first exhibition, don’t worry. There will still be many more opportunities to visit it close up throughout the year. The next event will be announced shortly in the Pattaya Mail.
The celebration has begun. Be part of it. Log on to www.15yearsyoung.com

The Lobby of the Hotel Vista was the perfect venue for the inaugural exhibition
to mark the 15yearsyoung.com campaign.

Tony Malhotra shows Chief Warrant Officer Yuthakarn Wonganek the August 9, 2002 issue when Pattaya Mail produced a full color supplement to mark the occasion of Her Majesty’s 70th birthday.

Guests signs in and receive special glossy supplements produced
by the Pattaya Mail media group graphics team.

Fans of the Pattaya Mail enjoy San Mig Light,
which was sponsored by the hotel.

The very first issue of the Pattaya Mail received lots of attention from the visitors.

15yearsyoung banners set up at the entrance of the Hotel Vista.

New committees installed for five Rotary Clubs in Chonburi area

Sawittree Namwiwatsuk
Five Rotary Clubs in Zones 5 and 6 in District 3340 held an installation ceremony for their new committees for the period 2008-2009 on June 29 at the Town in Town Hotel.

PDG Jin Srikasikorn welcomes everyone to the event.
Jin Srikasikorn, past district governor of 3340 during the 2005-2006 period chaired the event at which the Rotary Club of Pattaya was the host and the Rotary Clubs of Sriracha, Banbung, Panat and Laem Chabang were taking part.
Banglamung District Chief Mongkol Thamakittikhun, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Pratheep Malhotra, district governor of 3340 were amongst those attending.
June of each year is the time that the new Rotary administrative committees are installed, with five Rotary Clubs from Zone 5 and Zone 6 in District 3340 taking part in this joint occasion.
The ceremony started with PDG Jin presenting an opening speech, which was followed by Som Inpayung, former district governor of 3340 for 1995-1996 taking the stage to present a toast.

PDG Som Inpayung leads Rotarian in a toast to Rotary International.
The emcee then introduced the guests and Rotarians who included members of the Banpaew Rotary Club in Region 3330, the sister club of Sriracha Rotary Club. Following this, the new committees for the five clubs were installed.
District Governor Pratheep then ceremonially pinned the badges on the members of the five new committees.
Afterwards, Premprecha Dibbayawan, former district governor of 3340, presented a Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International to Wiboon Rakthongsuk, president of the Sriracha Rotary Club, in recognition of his work in the project to provide free eye operations for the needy.

PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan (right) presents a Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International to Wiboon Rakthongsuk, president of the Sriracha Rotary Club, in recognition of his work to provide free eye operations for the needy.

District Governor Pratheep Malhotra (right) awards a medal to Wiboon Rakthongsuk, president of the Sriracha Rotary Club.

PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan presents medals
to outstanding Rotarians during the installation ceremony.

Congratulations Rotary Clubs of Pattaya, Sriracha, Banbung,
 Panat and Laem Chabang.

The 2008 - 2009 Administrative Committees
 for all five clubs are installed during the ceremony.

PDG Premprecha Dibbayawan pins “Make Dreams Real” broaches on Rotarians.

Members of five Rotary Clubs in Zone 5 and Zone 6 in District 3340 raise
a toast to the new administrative committees for 2008 - 2009.

Five Rayong Rotary Clubs install new committees

Pramote Channgam
Five Rotary Clubs in Zone 3 of District 3340 held a joint ceremony on June 28 at the Golden City Hotel in Rayong to install their new administrative committees for the period 2008-2009.
Rotary Clubs worldwide complete the installation of their committees before July 1, and on this occasion the five Rotary Clubs of Maptaput, Rayong, Sattahip, Plutaluang and the Ban Pae Koh Samet were holding a joint installation.
Guest of honor was Chidpong Ritthiprasat, governor of Rayong Province who said that he follows the activities of the Rotary Clubs in the province as they create enormous benefits for the community, especially the underprivileged, and have been doing so since Rotary became active in Rayong 37 years ago.
Pratheep Malhotra, district governor of 3340 said that the Rotary symbol for the 2008-2009 year is of a mother tenderly carrying a child, and that it is the duty of Rotarians to help underprivileged fellow countrymen and children in our world.
The installation of the five new administrative committees then began with the introduction of the five new presidents.
Prasit Taechathamakraikul is the new president of the Rotary Club of Maptaput, Urisa Sripayungchant of Rayong, Chaweewan Adinan of Plutaluang, and Capt Sanit Bunpuan of Sattahip. As the newest Rotary Club, Ban Pae Koh Samet was the only club that had no changes. Following the inauguration of the new presidents, the administrative committees were installed.

District Governor Pratheep Malhotra congratulates the 5 Rotary Clubs.

Prasit Taechathamakraikul, President of the Rotary Club of Maptaput for 2008 - 2009, presents his closing speech at the installation ceremony.

Supachai Namthip, President of the Rotary Club of Maptaput for 2007 - 2008, says farewell.

Rayong Governor Chidpong Ritthiprasat addresses the gathering and gives his congratulations.

Chaweewan Adinan is installed as President
of the Rotary Club of Plutaluang for 2008 - 2009.

Prasit Taechathamakraikul is installed
as President of the Rotary Club of Maptaput for 2008 - 2009.

Capt. Sanit Bunpuan is installed as President
of the Rotary Club of Sattahip for 2008 - 2009.

District Governor Pratheep Malhotra welcomes Rotarians, both new and old.

Urisa Sripayungchant is installed as President
of the Rotary Club of Rayong for 2008 - 2009.

The Rotarians congratulate the administrative committees for 2008 - 2009.

Rugby handles PCEC questions with ease

The regular Sunday meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club got underway on July 13 at the Amari’s Henry J. Bean Restaurant. Master of Ceremonies Roger Fox opened the meeting by introducing Barry Kenyon, Honorary British Consul. Barry commented on a recent change at Pattaya Immigration regarding the 90 day address reporting requirement. He said that some form of documentation is now required to show as proof of the reported address. The document should have your name and current address. Acceptable documents can be a house paper, a lease, or simply a recent bill for electricity, water, telephone, cable, or satellite service.

Immediate past chairman Richard (right) introduces Chutipon “Rugby” Kamolnath, secretary to Mayor Ittipol of Pattaya City. Standing in for the mayor at the last minute, Rugby provided PCEC members with news about the future plans for traffic and other issues in Pattaya.
He also clarified that if using 800,000 baht in a Thai bank to qualify for a retirement visa, the funds must have been on deposit for at least 90 days prior to initial application. However, if using a combination of funds on deposit in a Thai bank and retirement income (certified by embassy letter), there is no requirement those funds be on deposit for 90 days.
Chutipon “Rugby” Kamolnath, secretary to the mayor, arrived and noted that Mayor Ittiphol was ill and would be unable to speak as planned. However, he said the mayor would talk to the club at the July 27th meeting. Rugby said he would discuss some of the mayor’s plans that are currently being considered or are underway. He explained that the City of Pattaya has a mayor and four deputy mayors. Each deputy has a particular area of responsibility such as education and monetary matters, city sanitation, etc. The city council has 24 members who represent the people from different areas of the city. These council members monitor the mayor and deputy mayors carrying out of their duties. Rugby said, as the secretary, he coordinates all activities of the mayor and the deputy mayor. He said that his office is on the 3rd floor of city hall and that if anyone has a suggestion or complaint about city operations, to feel free to visit him or to telephone him at 038-253-101.

New board member John Fishback provides an update into the new condominium act of Thailand.
Rugby then commented on some of the mayor’s plans to address the city’s well known problems. The city in conjunction with the Chonburi governor have taken action to limit beach vendor sprawl so that there is more open area for the public to enjoy. If a vendor continues to ignore the requirements, they could lose their license. He also said they have budgeted funds to purchase 2 or 3 beach cleaning machines for testing.
Another major issue is traffic. Rugby noted that the city is currently studying several possibilities for improving traffic conditions, some of which are short range and others are long range. Currently, they are studying the feasibility of constructing four tunnels under Sukhumvit Road for traffic, which will cause more congestion during construction, but when completed, will improve traffic conditions.

Incoming chairman, Michel de Goumois, introduces the new PCEC governing board.

Also being looked at is the feasibility of building a couple of light rail lines - one to serve the North and the other the South. Consideration is also being given to constructing some underground car parks for cars and motorcycles as well as building some outlying car parks for the tour buses. The tour buses would use these car parks and passengers would be picked up and dropped off using smaller vehicles.
Another concern is what to do about all the motorcycles for rent that clog Beach Road. In arriving at a solution, Rugby noted that they need to come up with some alternative for these vendors so that it does not severely impact their livelihood.
Rugby then answered many questions. In response to inquiries about complaints, such as illegal construction, he said that these matters should be brought to his attention. In doing so, he said he would appreciate receiving detailed information, pictures, and location whether it be illegal construction or beach chair encroachment.
The new chairman of the governing board, Michel de Goumois, then introduced the club officials for the coming year. These officials are Stuart Saunders, vice chairman, David Meador, secretary, and Al Serrato, treasurer. MC Roger Fox then brought us up to date on upcoming events. Following that, Bob L’Etoile, ably assisted by Sig Sigworth, led a humorous and interesting open forum session.