Ashley Liew - Got what he wanted at Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2012
Having run the 10km race a day before the Gold Coast Marathon, I felt that the last 3km of the 10km race became quite hot. After running the 10km race in 47min 17sec, approximately, I discussed with Ashley Liew to watch out for the weather. In the year 2011, the weather was good, except for the last 10km of the race for him. In this race, I hinted to him that the weather was be hot, especially since the race starts at 720am on Sunday.
Ashley asked me whether it would be a good idea to wear sunglasses before the race. In Singapore, it is ok to run in the hot sun as the sun is not as glaring as in Australia. It may end very glaring if the sun comes out. Eventually, Ashley told me that he would run with the sunglasses on.
As expected, while Ashley was running in the race he started to feel the heat of the sun 15km onwards. As for me, I realised that the sun was out at the start of the race itself. However, Ashley decided to stick to the plan of going 1hr 17min for the first half, instead of going 1hr 13min or 14min. Our game plan was to go 1hr 17min if Ashley felt good and go for 1hr 16min if he felt very good for the half-way mark of the marathon race.
During the race, Ashley ran the 1st 1km in 3min 38sec, following the plan that we had set. The plan was to go 3hr 40min per km all the way to the half-way mark of the marathon and then do a negative split from then. At 5km today, Ashley did 18min 07sec and at the 10km mark he did 36min 09sec. His half-way time was 1hr 16min 27sec, as according to plan.
Around the 31km mark, I saw Ashley running by. The time then was 1hr 52min 40sec. I then realised that he could do a personal best time between 2hr 32min to 2hr 36min. However, the weather got hotter. At that point, I also saw some top runners vanishing from the scene and some elite runners slowing down, becoming a casualty to the weather and humidity. While waiting at the finish point, I saw the 1st, 2nd and 3rd men open marathon runners finishing in a time of 2hr 10min plus to 2hr 12min. These are runners with personal best times between 2hr 08 to 2hr 09min.
After some time, as I saw some runners finishing, finally at the bend Ashley appeared and was going for the final stretch. At that point, seeing the way the first and second women open marathon runners finishing the race, I thought Ashley would be coming back between 2hr 36 and 2hr 38min, because of the turn of the event, the weather becoming too hot. However I saw Ashley giving his final burst and finishing very strongly with a time of 2hr 35min 40sec, finishing 18th overall. After the race, I shook hands with him and told him, "We did it!". We felt that all the hard work of sacrificing time, money and effort had finally materialised.
In order to do this time, I ensured he was disciplined enough to do warm-ups and stretching indepedently, so as to harness his energy before the race and not be too hyped up. Just before the race, he was calm and looked very confident of achieving our goal, which was to do between 2hr 30min and 2hr 36min.
In the race, Ashley and I had an opportunity to take a photo with the men's open marathon winner by the name of Shumye from Ethiopia who did a time of 2hr 10min plus, who was less than a minute away from the course record of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon
Split times of Ashley Liew
1km - 3min 38sec
2km - 3min 35sec
3km - 3min 38sec
4km - 3min 40sec
5km - 3min 35sec sub-total time - 18min 07sec
6km - 3min 38sec
7km - 3min 34sec
8km - 3min 35sec
9km - 3min 33sec
10km - 3min 40sec Sub- total time 36min 09sec
11km - 3min 39sec
12km - 3min 36sec
13km - 3min 38sec
14km - 15km 7min 19sec , sub-total time 54min 22sec
16km - 3min 41sec
17km - 3min 33sec
18km - 3min 35sec
19km - 3min 35sec
20km - 3min 42sec sub-total time 1hr 12min 30sec
21km - 3min 33sec sub -total time 1hr 16min 27sec
22km - 3min 38sec
23km - 3min 36sec
24km - 3min 36sec
25km - 3min 39sec sub-total time 1hr 30min 34sec
26km - 3min 44sec
27 to 28km - 7min 21sec
29km - 3min 38sec
30km - 3min 44sec sub-total time 1hr 49min 02sec
31km to 32km - 7min 30sec
33km - 3min 48sec
last 2.195km - 8min 11sec
Total Time Taken - 2hr 35min 40sec