‘I was initially a bit apprehensive when Kwong Yin made City to Surf his New Year resolution. Actually our daughters asked why Mum had to do Dad's New Year resolution. We walked the course in March with some friends in about 2 and a half hours. We were told that anyone who finished within 160 minutes would get a certificate. So we made the qualifying 160 minutes our target. We started to run a bit on our way back from our morning walk so that we can have a safety margin. Things then started rolling in and we ran a bit more and more. Interesting that unlike Kwong Yin, I didn't like running before. My last run was in 1970, during my first PE lesson in HKU. May be another one with Jee-Lin when she was about 4 years old, for a few metres.
Our daughters were very surprised that we joined the event. They told all their friends about it!! When Jee-Lin kissed us goodnight the evening before the event, she said 'good luck and don't overdo it' as if I really have the energy to overdo myself! While we couldn't stimulate either one of them to join us, a colleague less than half my age joined the event because of me. She said that her mother would never do something like that!!!!! She even jogged with me a few times round an oval near work.
The weather was unseasonably hot that day. We sort of ran and walked. Kwong Yin ran a lot more than I. I felt a bit exhausted at the last kilometre. But I knew that I had already given it all. It is an event of individual goal. I was very happy with myself at the finishing line, so is everyone else.
For your information, the oldest participant this year is a lady of 91 years old. Her finishing time is 158 minutes. She is surely very fast for her age