|Kat Hing Bridge
|Ho Pui Reservoir
|Intersect with the Maclehose (long/short split)
|Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail
|Tsing Fai Tong
|Sham Tseng Settlement Basin (Finish)
Only a few days before, I decided to use a small hip bag around the shoulder
instead of the flexi-flask and drinking tube, as it is time consuming to refill water.
It was cloudy at the start, but sunshine started an hour later,
and it became harder to go up from Ho Pui Reservoir.
Reaching the long/short split, I was 8 min faster than that in my training.
I was heading a woman at that place, but I have to give-way to her
on the descending overgrown trail down to Sheung Tong.
She ran down hill very fast on rough surface,
even though I wore gloves to run down by holding the trees aside.
When I reached the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail,
I found someone worrying about how to cross the river, and I told him to follow me.
This shown that many of them did not familiarize themselves with the course.
Approaching Tsing Fai Tong, the heat started to affect. After drinking a cup of sports drink,
I wanted to splint for the last section, but the quadriceps cramped slightly on the few ascending steps.
So I could only run with reservation.
After crossing the final bridge, I crawled up the final few steepest steps
with both hands and legs, and splint for the final 100m to the finish.
The 2nd half was only 3 minutes faster than that in my training.
This should be the advantage of carrying less water and cloths only.
I finished in 3:23'05 (official result),
and I was 24th in Men's Open, 44th in Men's, 55th overall.
(91 finished the half marathon in 6 hr limit, 11 women finished in front of me.)
I found that many of the runners did not even visit the course, and many of them got lost!
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