Hard to believe that a year has passed since our first trip to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon – how time flies! (no pun intended!)
Since last year our running club has grown from strength to strength, and we have continued to take part in events all over Malaysia. Just in 2010 we have run together for the Pacesetters 20km/30km race, the inaugural Putrajaya Night Marathon, Cyberjaya Energizer race, Great Ocean Road Marathon, and the Borneo International Marathon. We have more runners, and they are getting pretty serious about the whole running thing!
So this year we sent another 20 runners to Gold Coast but we ‘upped the ante’ as it were, only sending runners for the half marathon or full marathon (i.e. no 10km runners). All together 13 took part in the half marathon, many for their first time, and 8 were brave enough to attempt (and complete!) the full marathon.
Further to our staff participation we also sponsored 2 very special runners;
Jenap ‘Catwoman’ from Singapore who donned the red and pink outfit similar to last year, and Hem Bunting from Cambodia.
Now, many of you may not know Hem Bunting but you no doubt soon will. Aspiring to qualify for the Olympics on merit, the first Cambodian to do so, and one of South East Asia’s best long distance runners, we have welcomed him to the AirAsia family to help him follow his dreams to the Olympics.
With the fantastic running conditions at the Gold Coast, not to mention the phenomenal atmosphere and community spirit throughout the entire race, it was an absolute pleasure to be back ‘down under’ for the marathon.
A few of us achieved personal bests; our Melbourne Station Manager running the marathon at the rapid speed of 3hrs 26minutes (!!!!!), as well as Azran and a few of our runners in both the full and half marathon categories; it was an event for us to all be proud of.
After the race the team made their way (slowly…) to the Gold Coast Airport team tent where they very kindly hosted us with a traditional Aussie BBQ and then we returned to the hotel for stretching/sleeping and a little bit of aching, before going for a team dinner at an Italian Restaurant in Broadbeach.
The carbohydrates were welcomed and celebrations in order for the fantastic achievement of everyone. But before long we were all ready to hit the hay for some much needed rest.
Unfortunately I had to get back to KL on the Monday but the rest of the team enjoyed a day trip at ‘catch a crab’. Check out Yvonne’s blog to find out more…
Next running club challenge; Angkor Wat International Half Marathon. And we’ll be doing some other run’s in KL until then!!
By Katherine Mccleary