|on the "podium" as winning team... we are already grooming future talents..(3 kids on the lefts are mine)|
AVOHK is one of the pillar clubs of the HK running community and I was their member before going on to set up the Italia R.C. with other friends...
Anyway, the formula of the race was quite interesting:
- each team formed by 6 runners (of whom at least 2 Masters)
- the start was at staggered waves and 1 runner for each team for each wave: 1st wave at 16.00, then 16.01, 16.02 and the last 3 runners only separated by 30 seconds.
- women were running 7 km, men 8km.
- the result was taken on the last runner of each team to pass the finish line.
Sounds complicated ? well, basically it was a kind of equalizer... a team could place his slower runners in the first waves without penalizing the overall results. Women were also a good components of a team, because 1km less means around 3'45"-4'00" of time.
Despite being at 4pm in Summer, it was not too bad because of some rain in the morning.
We did a good plan on how to arrange our team members and in the end we delivered a nice victory for the club, with Michelle, Solange, Philippe, Peter , Curtis and myself all running well.