So here are some of the photos I've managed to compile for this year's edition of the Borneo International Marathon.
Dr Joseph Lau, the gangster-looking gynaecologist running an awesome full marathon this year. He's passing the Harbour City in the background. Actually, the sun is already up at this time, but runners had a very brief moment of shade by the Harbour City shops.
My friend from west Malaysia, CP Tan, who found out the hard way about the kind of morning heat we have here in KK. At this point, runners are running facing away from the sun. But on the return leg along this same road, runners can't escape facing directly into the sun for at least a full hour!
Arriving at the Harbour City shade (about 29km) within a decent 2:54. At this juncture, I'm feeling a bit of exhaustion in my legs, but still holding a steady pace.
Teo, with his trademark kneestraps at the Harbour City/Sutera vicinity, looking very happy and going strong.
Now approaching the Tg Aru First Beach, and both legs suffering a bit of cramps. A long and painful pace in the direction of Tg Aru, but still facing away from the sun.
Teo, running through the arch into the stadium all smiles. The lucky devil only developed cramps in his legs within the last 3km of the 21km of his race.
And here is Teo again, crossing the finish line at his PB of 2:22 (he had targeted 2:25 prior to this race.)
My brother, Harry, running through the arch to the finish line to complete his first ever half marathon with a respectable 2:27.
Dr Joseph crossing the finish line at an admirable 3:49, beating his own time of 4:26 in BIM2 last October.
Kevin passing the arch, heading for the finish line, having been overtaken by Dr Joseph about 1.5km from the finish line. He finishes about 20-30 seconds behind Dr Joseph, but still achieves his sub-4-hrs target by about 10 minutes! His previous best for the full marathon was 4:10
Judy Liew finishes her full marathon with an impressive 4:13, and declared the runner-up. She walks away with a trophy and RM1,500 cash.
Vivian finishes her second half marathon a few minutes shy of last year's time of 2:49. This year she's 6 minutes adrift at 2:55.
Dr Helen, the self-proclaimed forever-fit marathon guru of SMC! Unlike in previous BIMs, she's just running a half marathon for BIM 2010, with a view of achieving something special in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on 04 July!
CP Tan, running against the sun up to the end. An unpleasant experience for him I'm sure. But he improved on his PB by a minute to finish at 3:56 anyway! Good job, CP!
Dr Felice, shortly after crossing the finish line, obviously very happy that the torture is over within 5:55! She gave Andrew quite a bit of headache before this for her indecisiveness whether to run the full or half marathon. But she decided at the very last minute to run the full marathon anyway!
That's me finishing with energy from who knows where within 4:36 ahead of that tormentor!
And this is none other than that forsaken tormentor, living up to his name. I have a shrewd suspicion that he entered this race for the sole purpose of driving me up the wall! Well, he almost cost me my life within those last few kilometres because of exhaustion!
And a few seconds later, he crosses the finish line with so much pain in his legs, but still able to laugh for the comedy we both created over the last 5km or so.
A small group photo shortly after we finished. From left to right: Vivian, Dr Peter, myself and Harry.
With CP Tan at the finish line. He ended up with a detached toe-nail and had to go to the hospital to perform a small surgery to remove the nail.
Mia, just shortly after crossing the finish line. I don't know how she endured the hot sun, but she made it in 6:25! An amazing fighter, I'm very, very impressed!
And finally, of course not to forget the most important people, a big thank you to the "official photographers" of our small group of freak runners, Buddy and Sophia! By the way, very sorry for looking so damn messed up here.