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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Twilight running festival 2010

Twilight running festival 2010 (21 March)

Racing along the green bridge during the run.

While waiting for a running mate (see previous post), i registered for the 2010 Brisbane twilight running festival 10km run.



This event is held against the backdrop of the University of Queensland grounds in St Lucia.




The start and finish lines are at the UQ athletics ground.


I’ll just say i finished the race in a personal best time.

I do feel bad about two female runners who stumbled in the pavement in front of me during the race. These were on two separate occasions, and i knew there were first aid officers about on bicycles throughout the course. But i still feel i should have stopped to aid them. What price a personal best heh? The pride of a PB comes before a fall (even if it's a pretty girl) he he. Thinking back on it, I really should have stopped at either or both instances where those girls stumbled. Who knows they might have shared a drink with me after the race. do i hear someone say: tell Martin he's dreamin'...
So folks, a good Samaritan should always stop and help - if you see your sister fallin’ by the way...
Next time i’m not chasing time, i know i’ll give a hand...

After the race i got to rub shoulders with the male winners of the 10km and the half-marathon. I should qualify that by saying they rubbed shoulders with me. I was standing on the sidelines watching the other runners finish, as these two gentlemen sidled up beside me. They did all the talking, and i couldn’t get a word in, although i wasn’t in the conversation in the first place he he.

They must have fancied my white shirt that said “Igorotak”.



So anyway i studied these two young men for a bit wondering what made them tick and run so fast. They’re no more than 2 inches taller than me, maybe less even. They’re both of slim build. Thinnish to lanky would be a description. I concluded that the only thing i had in common with them is the good looks heh. I was about to congratulate them, when they were called up by the marshalls for the medal ceremony.
C’mon Martin you can’t be that rude!
I would have gladly posed for a photo with them but too late, they missed the chance he he.
I did carry a camera but i didn’t have a mate to take photos.

As if i didn't know it yet this planet is such a small world.

A few minutes after mingling with the elite runners, i bumped into a University classmate from right on 20 years ago. Artie is a professional colleague whom i catch sight of every decade or so at the odd seminar or conference. He had to rush off but fancy meeting someone like that in the oddest of places. Brisbane is a sizable city that we don’t cross paths enough.

He said to catch up at the next run. I omitted to tell him that my race may be ran.

I hastened off to grab a hot cross bun, a banana, and a sports drink from the refreshments stand, before sitting my damp butt in the driver’s seat back to home.

Twilight 10km 2010 results, , , , , ,

Place, Name, Age Cat Place, Bib #, Chip Time, Race Time, Diff, Pace

The top 5
1, Hintsa Mebratu, M 18-29, 1395, 32:30.0, 32:30.0, , 3:15/K
2, Bior Arok, M 18-29, 26, 34:45.0, 34:45.0, , 3:29/K
3, Clare Geraghty, F 18-29, 442, 35:50.0, 35:53.0, 0:03.0, 3:35/K
4, Matthew Reis, M 18-29, 7604, 36:12.0, 36:15.0, 0:03.0, 3:37/K
5, Ricarda Lisk, F 18-29, 1503, 36:36.0, 36:36.0, , 3:40/K

The rest
190, Martin D'Allurer, 37 M 40-49, 276, 48:18.0, 49:06.0, 0:48.0, 4:50/K
438, Martin Polichay, 126 M 40-49, 4945, 54:09.0, 55:02.0, 0:53.0, 5:25/K
456, Martin Regal, 18 M 50-59, 1119, 54:18.0, 55:21.0, 1:03.0, 5:26/K
459, Martin Speedy, 19 M 50-59, 1152, 54:41.0, 55:27.0, 0:46.0, 5:28/K
781, Martina Lo, 121 F 30-39, 753, 1:00:38.0, 1:01:53.0, 1:15.0, 6:04/K
870, Martin Hea, 187 M 30-39, 538, 1:02:01.0, 1:03:51.0, 1:50.0, 6:12/K
987, Martin Lee, 126 M 40-49, 731, 1:05:19.0, 1:06:31.0, 1:12.0, 6:32/K
990, Martin Lem, 117 M 18-29, 735, 1:05:57.0, 1:06:36.0, 0:39.0, 6:36/K

Remember Artie my mate at Uni? I didn't know it before but that tall tanned Aussie is an elite runner! He finished in the top 50.
I did finish in front of another mate at Uni who is also a current colleague at work. I won't mention his name cos he might think i'm bragging. So i'll just say he is my katokayo he he. I didn't know he ran too until i saw the results a few days after the race.
There were 3000 participants in the twilight run on 21 March 2010.

Some of them were kids (9 yrs and younger) who took part in a 1 km run.


About 2000 of the runners registered for the half-marathon (abt 800) and the 10 km (abt 1200).
Here's the field massing at the start line.


Many of the fun runners like me are middle aged men and women who are mindful of the benefits of running and keeping fit. Good on 'em.

when we started it was not dark yet , but by the finish, it was getting there.
(thanks for that line zimmy).


the crowd milling at the finishers' area.

Another run, another bib.
A souvenir - a vest for the finisher.

My running history updated:

2010 Twilight Running Festival (10 km) place 440 (out of 1250) time 0:55:00

2010 clem7 tunnel run (10.45km) place 1175 (out of 4,400 runners) time 1:02:10
clem7 28/02/2010.

2009 mousdash (10.5 km mt coot-tha) place 373 (out of 650 plus runners) time 1:03:50
mousdash 14/11/2009

2009 bridge to brisbane (10km) place 6600 (out of 45,000 runners) time 0:59:59
bridge-to-brisbane aug 2009

2008 bridge to brisbane (5km) 0:27:30.

Anyone for a running mate yet? look at all the sights you're missing out on.