|Two Bays Trail Run 2014|
It came as quite a shock to know that our running buddy, Siqi a.k.a. Ricky, a.k.a. Smiling Assassin, was leaving Melbourne so soon (this Sunday) to return to his home country. 24-year-old Siqi has been here for 2 years and recently graduated from the University of Melbourne.
A few of us were lucky to have the opportunity to spend a little time with him for lunch today.
Von: What will you miss most about Melbourne?
Siqi: That will definitely be the friends here.
Von: What about the trails??
Siqi: Definitely the Alpine area!
Siqi: Yeah! Pretty good.
Gary: Surf Coast!
Von: Among the trail events, or running events you have done in Australia, which one is the most memorable one for you?
Siqi: Memorable one ... I would definitely say last year's Buffalo Stampede when I got lost and while climbing Mick's Track. It was already dark and it was raining, I couldn't see anything. It was right after 14 hours of running. I got lost with a bunch of guys.
|Mucking about at Buffalo Stampede 2014.|
Von: How many events did you take part in (Australia and New Zealand) since your stay in Australia?
Siqi: About 15 to 20. I have done 2 events in New Zealand. This year, I did about 2 events per month this year.
Von: If you were to return to Australia in the near future (very soon again!), which event would you like to do again?
Siqi, Oh, definitely Alpine Challenge! That's my only DNF, 'Did Not Finish' race.
Von: Which distance would that be?
Jon: He would not leave home for anything less than a 100 miles!!
Siqi: I think 100km is pretty good, but if I can, I might try the 100 miles. To do it now would be beyond my capability, I would say. I did not finish that 100k race and I need to finish that!
|With Yuan, after they both completed 2015 TNF100 Australia.|