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Hong Kong marathon 2012 race report

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February 5th, 2012. Hong Kong.

I prepared this race with less training than usual if it’s possible. I ran here and there since the summer, with a long 12k, till last two week-ends with 20+Km each. One week rest and here we go.

My goal was to finish within the cut off time of 6:00:00. I managed to get in line 10 meters behind the start line which helped me a lot. No delay at all. I usually pass the start line 10-20 minutes after the gun (Tokyo or Tsukuba).

A 7:15, depart !

My first 5K went OK, with a wet road and still quite easy, execpt 5th Km where we started to go up the first bridge above the container port.

1km:6’52″73
2km:6’12″68
3km:7’20″31
4km:6’58″94
5km:7’12″00

5K =  34’36″66

The top of the first bridge was at 8th kilometer. Nice, brand new bridge, West Kowloon driveway. Then we went through a tunnel for about 1.5K. Very strange. First time for me to run in such a long tunnel. More tunnels later.

6km:6’40″56
7km:8’08″27
8km:7’34″63 <– the top then downhill
9km:6’27″86
10km:6’59″20

5K = 35’48”
10K = 1:10’22”

After the tunnel, second big bridge, with a ramp going up before going down to the bridge level. First cut off was at the end of the bridge, at 15,3km. I went through with 25 minutes to spare.

11km:6’57″82
12km:7’35″05
13km:7’36″82
14km:7’10″79
15km:6’48″55

5K = 36’06”
15K =1:46’28”

After the first turn around, at the end of the bridge leading into Lantau, I took the time for pictures, tweets before going for the second cut off. the turn around was at the end of the third bridge, all the way up hill.

16km:8’39″60
17km:7’12″33
18km:7’33″97
19km:7’32″03
20km:8’21″46

5K= 39’17”
20K= 2:25’45”

I passed again the cut off point with 25 minutes to spare. We then went down hill back to kowloon. But we also went up from time to time. Kilometer marks have been removed by an employee ahead of my passage. I guess people complained as he stop getting them out after 23K. A long long tunnel from 23K for 2km.

21.1km: halfmarathon mark: 9’59″00
23km:17’26″51
24km:5’38″00
25km:8’14″66

5K= 41’17
25K= 3:07’02”

I was looking for a long downhill after the tunnel but we went up a fourth bridge. Really tough, before a long downhill.

26km:9’27″54
27km:8’24″54
28km:10’32″00 <– pit stop
29km:8’33″19
30km:7’52″49

5K= 44’48”
30K= 3:51’50”

Back to Olympic City and Kowloon station then the entry into the tunnel below the Victoria harbour.

31km:8’37″42
32km:8’59″83
33km:8’45″69
34km:8’15″47 <– downhill below the harbour
35km:8’16″71 <– great surface in the tunnel

5K = 42’52”
35K = 4:34’42”

Up hill for the exit of the tunnel, past the Macau ferry terminal then on elevated road till the Star Ferry terminal, then a 40k underpass, a 41k bridge, before we found the first spectators fro the last kilometer.

36km:12’48″25′ <– I missed the mark
37km:7’07″23 <– see above
38km:9’15″00
39km:9’01″17
40km:9’33″94 <– leg breaking underpass
41km:10’10″39
42.195km:10’46″84

5K=47:44
40K= 5:22’26”

2.195K = 20’56”

Total: 5:43’42”

The race was almost only on highway, bridges and tunnel and prevented all supporters from cheering on racers except for the last 1.2 km in Causeway Bay.

Well organized, with only water and iso tonic drinks. All bananas gone for the back of the pack !

Very hilly, hot (we started at 7:15 at 17 degrees and it went up above 20 degrees in the morning.)

Thanks for reading !!!

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