When: Saturday, 5th September 2015.
Where: Lorne, Victoria
Distance: 21.1km (half marathon)
So, Bin and I kinda retired right now. That's right.
Then Jon invited Bin and I to be part of his 21km relay team less than 3 weeks ago.
|Best team name ever!!!!!|
We spent Friday night at Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park and spent the of race day at Sheoak picnic area.
Due to too many events taking place in August and September, the crowd at the inaugural Surf Coast Hell Run was a small one. It felt so much more cosier this way, which I rather enjoyed, although I'm sure any race director/organiser would prefer it the other way round.
|The 21km runners were flagged off at 9am.|
There were 4 categories: 7km, 21km, 42km and 63km. Except for the 7km, the rest of the runners had to run a 21km loop which consisted of a U-turn point at the 11km mark. The 63km runners needed to do 3 loops and the 42km runners would do 2.
The route was described as, 'up, up, up, and then down all the way.' Despite the undulations and 'gentle' slopes, the route was mainly made up of 4WD tracks with no trail technicality involved.
|"WHERE'S MY TEAMMATE??" Jon panicked.|
"Hello????" I furiously waved my arms in the air to catch his attention.
SCTR Laksa Lovers was the 1st team to sign up, with SCTR Catch Me If You Can signing up at the last moment. There was friendly ribbing between the 2 team captains Gavin and Jon a few days leading up to race day.
Clueless me went into the race thinking our team was just in it for a relaxing weekend run. Haha!
Gavin and Jon were the 1st runners for the teams, with Gavin coming in at 2:11:xx and Jon at 2:18:xx, giving the other team an 8-9 minute head start. I was pretty impressed with these 2 chaps!
|"I'll just keep ... running ... until ... that tree ... over there ..." I huffed.|
The weather was nice and cool that day, with occasional showers.
The first 4km of the run was filled with teasing undulation, which made me think, "OK, this isn't too bad!" until 4km. The next 4km involved trudging up (with the help of 2 sticks) and a few seconds of flat after every 1.5km.
It probably doesn't make any sense to you, so don't bother doing the maths!
|"Let there be a view!"|
|The one and only aid station at the 8km/14km mark.|
John Yoon and George Mihalakellis were there to greet me, with George telling me hurry up as Ken was 14 minutes ahead!
I was like, "Whatever..." :P