Fin­ish line ahead

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more chal­leng­ing. It was get­ting dark when we ar­rived and Lee, who had knee prob­lems from the start of the event, needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion. The cold, fa­tigue, sleep de­pri­va­tion, hunger and Lee’s painful knee all made it more dif­fi­cult for us to achieve our tar­get time of 12 hours.

How­ever, we were de­ter­mined to com­plete the trail to­gether in line with this year’s event slo­gan: “Press On Through Life’s Peaks And Val­leys”. No mat­ter what chal­lenges we faced, we felt we could over­come them with stamina, de­ter­mi­na­tion and team spirit.

Fi­nally, we ar­rived at the fin­ish line at Po Le­ung Kuk Jockey Club at al­most mid­night. We had walked for 33 hours, climbed count­less steep paths, ne­go­ti­ated chal­leng­ing ter­rain and we made it as a team.

We crossed the fin­ish line hold­ing our hands to­gether as a big group of wait­ing sup­port­ers cheered us on. The at­mos­phere at that mo­ment was fan­tas­tic. It was al­most mid­night and sud­denly I dis­cov­ered that I was wide awake!

De­spite not achiev­ing our tar­get time of 30 hours, I was happy that the team had dis­played ex­cel­lent team spirit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment in over- com­ing all the ob­sta­cles and dif­fi­cul­ties along the trail. We were also truly im­pressed with the well-or­gan­ised event and happy to sup­port Oxfam’s causes. In fact, for next year’s event, we are look­ing to spon­sor an all-fe­male team. Our cur­rent male team will then be the sup­port­ing team for the ladies, help­ing them to carry stuff, run­ning along­side and en­cour­ag­ing them along the trail.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the rough ter­rain, scorch­ing days, chilly nights and sleepi­ness, we will be more pre­pared next year. The event was not about com­ing in first or last, it was about de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment in over­com­ing all ob­sta­cles and dif­fi­cul­ties along the trail while help­ing to raise funds and elim­i­nate poverty.

I sin­cerely hope many Malaysian run­ners will sup­port this event in the fu­ture.

For more info, visit http:// www.ox­fam­trail­

The Ooooi Faster Lah team com­pris­ing of (from left) cap­tain Foo Yuen Cheng, Lee Yeu Sheuan, Khor Swee Kiah and Uu Ban Leong run­ning next to a reser­voir.

Ooooi Faster Lah cross­ing the fin­ish line in 33 hours, 10 min­utes and 41 sec­onds.

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