I’ve been running on and off for about 7 years now – the last 3 of which I have been truly dedicated to the sport, injury free.
In these past 3 years I’ve run about 5 half marathons, a whole whack of 10 km races (not counting the many 10 km + training runs) and a whole bunch of other races too, and I’ve seen my times get better (taking an amazing 20 or so minutes off my half marathon PB), and my body get fitter and stronger too.
Along the way I’ve come across many people whom I have come to admire greatly in the sport – people who run locally in the UAE, friends I run with, and of course, the elites who are pushing out 2-hour marathon finishing times.
Last year January I did not run the Standard Chartered 10 km (which I’d done a few times previously) but rather sat on the sidelines supporting the runners – and I used this opportunity to get some photos of these elites who are just amazing! To think that they run 42 km’s in approximately the same time that it takes me to run 21 km’s – you can’t help but admire them!
In the series of photos below you have the 2 leading ladies – Aselefech Mergia and Gladys Cherono – belting it out for that first place finish. They start off practically next to each other, and as the photos progress, you can see how Aselefech dips into all of her reserve adrenaline energy and sprints home for the title… a winning time of 2:20:02, with Gladys only 1 second behind her, 2:20:03. Talk about a tight finish!
And one last picture – another person whom I have huge respect for in running, and as a friend, is Nat. She has helped me push myself on a number of occasions where I possibly would have otherwise thrown in the towel!