I finished in 2 hr 2 min 44 sec, 99th / 191 overall; 53th / 79 in Men's open.
|Sheung Tung Au (Full/half split) 雙東坳
|Junction to Sunset Peak 大東山路口
|Pak Kung Au 伯公坳
|Nam Shan Finish 南山
It's my first ever race on Lantau soil. It's now near for me, as I moved to Tsing Yi.
I planned to catch the Lantau bus at 7:55 am, but the bus E32 arrived Tung Chung at 7:32 am,
so I could catch the Lantau bus earlier, and arrived at 8:15 am.
I'm the first one, and I have to wait for nearly 2 hours in the cold weather of just higher than 10 degrees.
5 or 10 minutes later, a van arrived, and the staff brought the stuff for the starting point.
10:00 am start for full marathon, and 10:15 am for half.
When we gathered for the start of half marathon,
a man found that he missed the start of full marathon and started at the last.
As I start at the front, I can take photo without a camera.
Thanks for runner 313 of 鷹傑之友.
They started like running 100 metre race, I ran at the right side and let them go.
Before that helicopter landing pad, a few hundred metres from the start, I saw a woman limping back.
She probably suffered from the battle for positions in front. It remind me a safe race is the most important.
The way up Sheung Tung Au (Full/half split) 雙東坳
Many people passed me on the up-stairs on the first half of the up-hill.
I just relaxed and let them go.
In the middle part of the up-hill, there were some short flat or gentle slopes between stairs.
I shift up gear initiated by a strong arm-swing near the end of the stairs,
ran passed some people on the flat trail while they were recovering from the stairs,
and shift to low gear for the stairs. Running pass walkers is always the easiest.
At Sheung Tung Au 雙東坳, I was running in about 103 th to 106 th.
The way down to Pak Kung Au 伯公坳
When I reach the Sheung Tung Au 雙東坳, a man was in front of me.
This man was weak on level trail, so I passed him easily.
When we reached the Lantau camp, it's steeper, and he passed me again.
Whenever there was level trail, I ran pass him, when there was up-hill, he walked pass me.
I tried to drink the In's jelly, but it's too cold to drink! Just managed to drink one third of it.
In the very start of the trail down to Pak Kung Au, I ran pass that man and never saw him again.
Soon, I caught some people, but later on,
I was passed by 1 or 2 man, who was even faster than me on down hill.
In the last 5 minutes, a woman was running at my tail, but I could just hold the margin,
and it took just 16 minutes rolling down the Sunset Peak.
Overall, I was gaining position, up to 105 th, 1 hr 10 min into the race, a sub-2-hour-finish was possible.
South Lantau country trail
As the weather was too cold for me, just took a cup of sports drink.
It's also too cold for me to drink, but I just swallowed fast and dropped the cup into rubbish bin.
That woman passed me easily after my pit-stop.
After a few minutes of running, I saw her back again, and she's just jogging.
It's great hope! I ran for a few more minutes, and she just let me to pass her.
I tried to run even faster. In the midway, I saw another group of runners,
I just managed to pass them after a few minutes of chase.
Afterwards, I have to due with my loosen shoe lace, and the work done before was paid back.
I drank the rest of the In's jelly on running, easing off for a while, and charged them afterwards.
There was no time to drink the 200 ml water in my bag. It's just carried for the whole race.
Later, I caught some of them in that group of runners, but some of them were never seen again.
With less than 10 minutes to 2 hour, there was still about 2 km to go.
It's possible in sports ground, but it's a big challenge on the rough trail.
On the final down hill steps, I was running at the tail of a foreigner.
He fall right in front of me, I escaped from him and I passed him.
Maybe I chased him too hard and he was too tired and made that mistake.
Later on, I also catch a man in red. When we reached a junction, I guessed he was unsure,
and I ran pass him before that corner, and I ran the bend like running Indianapolis.
I didn't dare to slow down, like running a Formula one car at the limit.
The speed was like running intervals of 400 m. It's dangerous on the trail.
With some slow running and walking people in sight, I grabbed a few more positions,
and finished just 2 min and 44 sec outside the 2-hour barrier. The race was fast and clean.
It's already half an hour faster than in my training a week ago.
After finishing the race, I found some blood stains on my trousers.
I didn't have any injuries, and why? It maybe spilled from the man who fell in front of me!
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