Care Action 2009!
I love this race because it bring together all the fit people of Hong Kong at a very cheap cost. HKD 200. The winners (top 300 I think) also have the opportunity to win a cool bag in addition to a designer tee shirt (ok, maybe not designer tee shirt but it’s still great!)
Now, the bad stuff. In the beginning, you’ll encounter VERY VERY VERY unruly people who push and shove to take the lead. It’s hard to overtake on many parts of the trail because it’s narrow.
The route is Pak Tam Chung to Sharp peak (little below the summit) then the peninsular, then the beaches, then Ham Tin, Sai Wan, the Pavilion and eventually back to Pak Tam Chung. The distance is about 30Km.
My target was to complete in 3 hrs 45 mins and I participated with much enthusiasm (coming from the Trailwalker a month back).
In the beginning, I fell victim to the unruliness and some SOB tripped me as he was shoving me to one corner to get past me. I tried recovering but could not do so and fell to the ground bleeding from my palm and a little from the knee. As I was falling, I fell on the dude in front of me and he fell as well! I was fearing being stampeded to death but my reflexes took over and I gathered myself in an instant and started the engines (figure of speech of course). I had to wash off the blood from my hands but didn’t have bottled water so I took to sucking water from the hydrapack and spitting it on my hands. Well, anyway, there was no way I was going to let this bother me and I wanted to find that SOB who tripped me so I accelerated. Alas! He disappeared into the crowd and now there were several dozen people running.
So, I gave up on the grudge and stuck to training protocol (for the first 20 mins!!) After that I had no choice but to accelerate wherever I could in order to get past people. I loved the control I had and started gaining speed. A lot of the time though, I found myself unable to overtake and achieve top speed.
Things went according to plan except for the unanticipated heat. I ran out of water and faced heat exhaustion after the beaches. Had to walk during several parts although protocol called for running.
Eventually, the beautiful cheer girls at the Pavilion and the prettier ones on the road to Pak Tam Chung brought out the reserve energy and I went full thrust to the finish.
Actual: 3 hrs 48 minutes
Position: 143 out of 3000 people (top 5%!)
Prizes: A bag, some “microfabric”, “multi-purpose” cloth?! and a medal and a tee shirt
Great event! Next year, have to watch for someone tripping me in the beginning.
Oh, here’s the map! I turned on the GPS a little before so the average speed and all that isn’t right.
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