The north-south bypass tunnel here in Brisbane finally opened last night (15th march 2010).
This after weeks of anticipation and even radio call-in guessing competitions for when it will open. The official opening follows the open day two weeks ago on the 28th February.
Before the open day there was a fun run.
I ran over the Brisbane river before.
bridge to brisbane (10km run)
Now i'm about to run under it.
After a few minutes of noisy chatter from the race announcers, finally the time came for the run.
I was feeling okay at the start, but a few minutes in at about the 3km mark, my bladder started complaining and sent pain messages to my brain. As any aspiring medical doctor still in prep-school will tell you, nerves quicken the build-up of urinary fluids. It doesn’t help that one had a cuppa coffee and twice that amount of water, just prior to the race start.
I held on up to the 4km mark but lots of people were queueing at the portaloos. So i plodded on and somehow got to the turning point (around 5km). I paused to quickly snap a photo before joining the run.
From the dim depths, suddenly a light seemed to appear in the distance. I told myself that the end is near, so i kept jogging towards the daylight. What seemed like a couple of hundred meters to the end, was actually a lot farther – maybe 800m. I could no longer lift my legs when i finally made it to the finish line. The one-hour race time (which was my target) had come and gone, but i was just relieved to finish on my feet.
• The tunnel stretches 4.8 kilometres underground
• Cost $3 billion
• tunnel links Bowen Hills on the city's northside to Woolloongabba in the south
• officially opened by the Lord Mayor Campbell Newman at 10:00pm AEST on 15 March 2010
• four entrances - one on the northside and three on the southside.
• project was completed seven months early.
• 12,000 men and women worked for three-and-a-half-years
• Tunnel was named in memory of the Dr Clem Jones, [former] lord mayor of Brisbane
Some of the 4400 finishers:
1 Hintsa Mebrahtu 32:56.8
2 Jonathan Peters 33:11.7
3 Neil Labinsky 34:39.0
4 Alexander Rose 35:48.7
5 Dennis Fitzgerald 36:36.0
6 Masayuki Atsumi 36:40.9
7 Keith Williams 36:50.7
8 David Kalinowski 37:12.5
9 Patrick Nispel 37:20.8
10 Roxie Schmidt 37:23.1
215 Martin S 49:05.4
307 R Martin 51:09.3
463 Martin W 53:58.7
532 K Martin 54:59.2
554 Martin Sc 55:13.5
845 Martin Sch 58:52.3
895 Martin P 59:26.7
918 Unknown Partic. 59:41.5
1174 Martin Polichay 1:02:07.0
1308 Unknown Partic. 1:03:11.3
1416 Unknown Partic. 1:04:09.0
1636 Dean Martin 1:06:09.7
1731 Martin Spu 1:06:59.7
1808 Martin Shi 1:07:40.6
2318 Martin Gol 1:12:10.7
2358 p martin 1:12:31.8
2502 R Martin 1:13:48.7
2550 Martin B 1:14:22.7
2695 Pa Martin 1:15:53.0
3020 Martin He 1:18:50.1
3025 Martin Le 1:18:54.6
3048 Martin M-Woods 1:19:26.7
3255 B Martin 1:22:30.0
3390 Martin Sha 1:24:23.5
3485 Ni Martin 1:25:52.4
3486 Unknown Partic. 1:25:52.8
3551 Martin Seym 1:26:59.4
3570 Martin Ho 1:27:20.7
3931 MARTIN CES 1:38:04.8
I finished in the top 30* which is a bonus.
ps. that should have been the top 30% - typo that he he.
tho i did finish in the top 30 of the Martins!
Ah the stories to tell when i get back home.
My running history:
- 2008 bridge to brisbane (5km) 0:27:30
- 2009 bridge to brisbane (10km) place 6600 (out of 45,000 runners) time 0:59:59
- 2009 mousdash (10.5 km mt coot-tha) place 373 (out of 650 plus runners) time 1:03:50
- 2010 clem7 tunnel run (10.45km) place 1175 (out of 4,400 runners) time 1:02:10
- where to now? fade into the twilight perhaps?