Let's begin with...
In response to a certain post, actually a certain comment on that certain post to be exact
Hahaha okay, it's been a long long.. long long long while since I last made a picturish post. In fact, I think I didn't after I completed my UK/Europe/London posts...
Well, I'm gonna do one today, thanks to my lenglui housemate Peggy who took loads of photos for this event and is kind enough to share with all of us..
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Into topic.. what am I doing with Cath in that outfit? Well, this event actually happened last month, Sunday November 16th 2008 to be exact.. ladies and gentlemen, it's the Penang Bridge International Marathon 2008!! Well this PBIM is actually an annual event by the way..
No! I didn't participate in the 42km Full Marathon category. They have the 21km Half Marathon and the 10km Fun Run as well, and we just took part in the fun run ~.~"
Full Marathon starts at 3.00am, Half Marathon 4.00am, starting point in front of Queensbay Mall..
Us Fun Run noobs, starts in front of Pulau Jerejak jetty..
At 5.30am sharp, off we go!!
It's ridiculously huge, the crowd, I tell you.. if u were staying in any 1 of the high rise condo nearby, I bet all you can see that morning would be a sea of orange! Unsuspecting people might be wondering if it's another 'illegal' gathering organized by opposition parties ~.~"
Let's be honest, the only reason we took part in this run is not because of health reasons. It's just that, the run takes us on to the Penang Bridge.
Maybe you don't understand the significance of this.. to make it straightforward, let's just say, it is almost the only opportunity we can get to get onto the bridge by foot and take photos at our own leisure!
You don't stop your car on the bridge side during normal hours as it is a 2 lane, congested 24hrs a day kind of bridge!
More scenes on our way..
That's Phaik Geok, me and Cath. Phaik Geok is Peggy's buddy at work, and the 4 of us ran together for most of the time..
Peggy doesn't appear much on this post, because she is the one holding the camera.. she does take quite a number of candid shots though.. an example being the few below, which were taken when we reached the halfway point of our run, near the middle of the bridge..
You see, all along the bridge, there's actually many spots where you can climb across to the other side and run back to the finishing point, pretending that you have run the full 10km course, so what the organisers do is that, at the halfway U-turn point, they have officials distributing coloured wristbands to differentiate the genuine finishers and the fakers..
Me? I just noticed it when Peggy showed me the photos yesterday ~.~"
Quarter Marathon is to classify those 10km runners aged below 12 or 15 years old, I forgot which..
It must've been due to the idea that I've at least completed half of the 10km, hahaha..
10km was not really that tough for us.. we half run, half walked, and still managed to reach the finishing point ahead of the time limit... but that's not the case for some people...
1. People who gave up and waited for the 'sweeper bus' at the road side.
2. People who did not want to, but forced to give up and sit at the road side.
3. People who cannot manage to even think about giving up due to excessive pain, just collapse at the road side.
4. First aid personnels on standby along the course.
It was not tough, but it sure was tiring... the last 400 meters were really a huge psychological boost for us.. so much of a boost that we forgot our sorry state of body and began taking photos every 100 meters..
The angle is quite misleading, it seems like I am doing something weird to Cath ~.~"
Finishing point for Fun Run is the same as Full and Half Marathon, which is in front of Queensbay Mall...
Upon crossing the finishing line,
The 2 Half Marathon-ers in picture, How Chen and Chin Tuan. How Chen is Peggy's boyfriend, I think most of you should know, he's mentioned quite a number of times in my blog already. Chin Tuan is a colleague of Peggy and Phaik Geok..
Medals are only for Half and Full Marathon finishers. Peggy is just
And as usual, things like this, usually is won by the Africans.. but it's good though, it just proves that there's actually people who know about this tiny island in Malaysia... hehehe..
That's all for this post... long time no write so long d.. song!!