MY NEW CHINA

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

I used to run with the Bil­ler­icay Strid­ers in Es­sex. Now I live and work in Nan­chang, Jiangxi Province in China, and re­cently com­peted in the lo­cal half marathon, my first since 2011. Over­all, 15,000 peo­ple took part in the 5K, half and full marathons – it was a great day. I can't tell you how many times peo­ple shouted ‘Laowai, jia you, jia you!’ (‘For­eigner, come on, come on!’) All com­peti­tors were asked to wear a small red scarf to com­mem­o­rate the sol­diers who fell in the great wars – Nan­chang is his­tor­i­cally known as the ‘city of heroes’. Tom Bai­ley, Nan­chang, China

Tom Bai­ley (left) is all smiles af­ter his first half marathon since 2011. His friend looks as if he could run another one

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