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Hong Kong Half Marathon 2024 Race Recap

I usually google race dates earlier than reserving a vacation, simply checking to see if there’s something I can join whereas I’m there. Usually it’s a neighborhood 5K however each every so often you hit the jackpot and handle to overlap your dates *coincidentally with a giant metropolis race.

Otherwise you modify your dates to make sure they overlap as I’ll have carried out on this case! (we had been invited by some pals to a villa in Thailand and got here by way of Hong Kong utilizing Tom’s employees airplane tickets).

The Commonplace Chartered Hong Kong Marathon weekend is a promote out race weekend boasting a full, half and 10K race choice. The marathon kicks off at 6am, while the primary waves of half marathons begin simply earlier than 8am and the 10K had race begins from 6-8am. There’s additionally the opportunity of doing each the 10K and half marathon in the event you get your timings proper (and wanted to get a future carried out!)

My race morning began getting modified within the lodge lavatory (we stayed at Nina Lodge Causeway Bay conveniently positioned close to the end line and expo – kindly organised and coated by Uncover Hong Kong). Fellow runners and I piled into McDonalds to get a espresso on the solely place open domestically earlier than leaping on the MTR practice to the beginning line by Kowloon Park. For runners who needed to drop their luggage,

Octopus playing cards work like Oyster Playing cards/Debit playing cards in Hong Kong (you may solely faucet into the MTR utilizing an Octopus card or VISA – no Mastercard as I found on race morning having spent the final of my Octopus stability on my espresso!) If you happen to noticed my Reel you then’ll know I additionally spilt a number of the espresso onto one other runner on the MTR a lot to my horror (and his!).

Race morning was environment friendly, with actually no means you might squeeze your self into an earlier begin corral. Apparently half marathoners had been seeded by their predicted ending instances (can’t keep in mind what begin time I gave to be beginning in wave 3) The one factor lacking was pre-race loos with seemingly only some for hundreds of runners. I utilised the services of one other McDonalds earlier than my 8.30 race begin.

Bang on 8.30 our wave began. It was VERY crowded as that first mile usually is, however sadly it felt like that for a lot of the race.

The race takes you thru Kowloon alongside West Kowloon Freeway with views over Hong Kong Island, earlier than you run by the tunnel at Western Harbour Crossing, a 2KM tunnel connecting Kowloon with Hong Kong Island. While this feels a bit suffocating at mile 8ish of the half marathon, it hits round Mile 20 of the marathon which have to be brutal! I want they’d blasted music or had a band within the tunnel, to assist preserve runners motivated.

Support stations had been roughly each 2 miles or so, with water, sports activities drink and weirdly at one assist station, water with oil??

The route itself was fortunately much less hilly than I used to be anticipating, and the climate was on our aspect, with temps round 16-17*C and 59% humidity whereas I used to be working. The tunnel was fairly stifling with out the breeze however apart from that, the working situations had been good and I think about even higher in the event you had been doing one of many ‘problem’ races that began at 5.40am. These ‘problem’ races (the marathon, half marathon and 10K) required proof of end time, the equal of London ‘Good for Age’ and the race needed to be accomplished inside a sure time. Discover out extra right here. If I used to be going to run once more, I might attempt to apply for one of many Problem races to start out/end early after which exit and cheer!

Speaking of spectators, there have been areas that had been nicely supported, notably within the early phases on Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island, nevertheless there have been massive stretches alongside the freeway and inside the tunnel that had been quiet. I took headphones however didn’t find yourself utilizing them, preferring as a substitute to simply take within the sights and sounds of the race.

Tom was ready as the ultimate spectators earlier than the end line (he’s undecided why extra individuals weren’t within the bleacher space as apparently it was open to the general public, however gave Bertie an excellent space to run round in whereas they waited). He requested if I needed to take Bertie with me over the end line (apparently somebody earlier had completed with their 4 yr outdated), I checked with an official who stated it was high quality, and grabbed Bertie – making an attempt to run the ultimate 100m. Bertie was laughing away having a good time…

Nevertheless as quickly as we crossed the end line he needed to be put right down to stroll by himself. With runners ending the half, full and 10K races, the end space was organised chaos, with individuals gathering their medals, water, bananas and being funnelled out by way of numerous exits into Victoria Park. I barely regretted taking him with me as I wrestled to maintain him in my arms till a pleasant runner gave him a banana which saved Bertie occupied till we discovered Tom and the buggy!

I actually loved the race, though I’m undecided it could be one I’d go for a PB at. Principally although, I simply actually appreciated the truth that I’m lastly again in form to run a half marathon with out stressing about it. While I’m no-where close to the pace I used to be beforehand, or wish to be, it’s all base constructing with the aim of a BQ marathon within the autumn.

For now, it’s focussing on getting match to have enjoyable in my Spring Marathon!

How a lot is entry to the Commonplace Chartered Hong Kong Marathon/Half Marathon?

Entry for locals is $600 HKD for full, $520 for the half and $420 for the 10K, while worldwide runners are charged $90 USD for the complete marathon, $85 for the half, and $70 for the 10K – making it a fairly low cost marathon however slightly costly 10K race for these coming from overseas!

When does registration open?

Entries for the 2024 race opened on thirty first August till fifth October.

Is there a bag drop?

Sure, bag drop was on the race begin with luggage delivered to the end line in Victoria Park. For the 10K runners, the beginning and end was in Victoria Park alongside bagdrop.

What’s the time reduce off for the marathon, half marathon and 10K?

Marathon reduce off is 6 hours, half marathon is 3 hours and the 10K is 2 hours. If you’re finishing the half marathon problem it’s good to end inside 2 hours quarter-hour.

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