MK Goes Above and Beyond!
Man-Kei “MK” Tam, Regional Programme Manager for Earthwatch’s Hong Kong office, finished Sunday’s 2012 London marathon in just three hours and fifteen minutes.
MK was taking time out of a UK visit to run the marathon for Earthwatch. So far, he has raised £1,660 – surpassing his target of £1,500!
Fresh from the finishing line, MK said:
"Gorgeous weather, sunshine and a mild temperature were the perfect conditions to make a good time – and euphoria crept in my body! My original target was three hrs and nine minutes, but I thought, 'Why not try a sub-three? I’ll see how it goes.'
"I was in Zone 2 at the beginning which was relatively near the front, and the runners all looked very fit – which also helped to put me in a faster pace. I made exactly one hour and thirty minutes in the first half marathon and I was feeling great. However I hit the wall at around 20miles - earlier than I had predicted. I tried to push, but my body refused to listen! My energy dropped sharply, and had I not thought of all the faces of the people who had supported my run, I may not have been able to cross the finish line. My eventual finishing time was three hours and fifteen minutes - not a personal new record but I don’t regret it. You always have to try to see your limits and get ready to push them further, right?
"And last but not least, thanks for all your support."
There’s still time to reward MK's efforts and help support Earthwatch. Just drop by MK’s fundraising page. Any donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated and will help support vital Earthwatch research projects around the world.
Read about how MK trained for this achievement
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