Got a little lost getting to the venue even though I recced the place earlier. Ended up getting to the venue 15 minutes later than our original planned time. Both wifey and me like to get to the race venues early cos of the parking issues so this time we had to park quite far and walk to the start location which was quite a distance, mind you.
The race overall was pretty good but like I said earlier, the hills and inclines littered throughout the route were a challenge, especially for one who doesn't do incline training. But I'm pretty pleased with my performance cos I completed the route without stopping even once!
The race started out with the women running first followed by the men ten minutes or so later. I wasn't at all happy with the route cos it was pretty narrow with everyone being sandwiched together for quite a while before it started spreading out.
The first 4 kilometers were spent just cruising and trying to avoid the slower runners who were beginning to walk and block the faster runners. While I respect each and everyone there for even taking part but please keep to your left if you intend to walk and let the other runners through. It's not easy having to weave in and out when you're trying to conserve as much energy as possible to fight the hills at the later stage.
|The downhill stretch of the 'aiyoo' hill ...|
KM5 to KM8 was pretty decent with more flats than inclines. I drove past the route way before the race and knew what was ahead from KM8 to the finish. I wasn't looking forward to it and was dreading it cos there was this mother of all hills to fight through before the final leg towards the finish. Even driving up the hill in my car was daunting let alone running up the darn thing!
|The finish line ...|
|The goodie bag queue ...|
|the tired runners ...|
And on a sadder note, I'd like to offer my condolences to the family of a runner who collapsed and passed away during the race. It is never nice to hear of such things after a race. I have no idea as to the reason why but whatever it was, may he rest in peace.