Double dose for Wanaka doctor
Challenge Wanaka is a gruelling event. With a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon distance run, it is a full triathlon distance. How or why anyone would want to do double this distance is an anomaly, but it is exactly what Wanaka doctor Andrew McLeod did.
After completing multiple Challenge events, Coast to Coasts, 24 hour races and marathons, Dr McLeod wanted to jump into the unknown and find out what his body was truly capable of.
Despite working up to 55 hours per week leading up to the event and managing to train only 15 hours per week, he had confidence in the support around him, namely his trainer Val Burke and his wife Karen.
And he was right to be confident. He finished the 7.6km swim, 360km overnight bike ride and 84.4km run in a remarkable 28 hours.
He credited adrenaline for keeping him awake, particularly through the white knuckle overnight ride alongside the Hawea and Clutha rivers, plus the hard work of his support crew and his own mental toughness for getting him through.
After a well earned swig of champagne at the finish line, Dr McLeod can proudly look back at completing one of the all-time great endurance sport performances.
53,000 people took to the streets of Singapore at 5am under the magical Christmas lights of Orchard Road for the 2012 edition of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.
Described by participants as a 42km long party, the event once again lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s greatest running events.
Kenyans once again dominated both the male and female events, with Kiproo Lilan Kennedy winning the men’s open category in a time of 2:17:20 and Irene Jirotich Kosgei taking out the female open category for a record third consecutive year in a time of 2:37:53.
Indeed, it’s little wonder participants choose to return to the Singapore marathon year after year. With a course that takes in iconic landmarks such as Orchard Road, the Singapore Flyer, Sentosa, Universal Studios and the Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore marathon is as much about the experience as it is the achievement. Thousands of enthusiastic spectators take to the streets to cheer on runners in the humid Singaporean sun.
Participants in the full marathon, half marathon, 10km and kids dash all revelled in the event’s vibrant atmosphere, with many runners sporting fantastic fancy dress costumes despite the ever present heat. Another all around success in Singapore; get ready for December 2013!