完成六大馬拉松高手介紹四:Patrick Fung (English below)

(編按)本周日,本版有幸邀請五位完成六大馬拉松的香港高手,在太子TC2 Cafe分享經驗。講座前,我們先介紹這五位講者,讓大家先熟悉:

Patrick Fung的六大馬拉松

Partrick Fung
2008: New York
2012: Boston, Berlin
2013: Chicago
2014: Tokyo
2016: London

能夠完成World Marathon Majors 純粹是偶然性的。記得2007年第一次出外參加海外馬是厦門,雖然成績不理想,但開啓我跑出香港之路。

2008年選擇海外馬地點時,我不其然想到紐約,不是因為它是World Marathon Majors 之一,而是因為可以順道探堂姊,更可以見證美國總統大選,就這樣完成我首個六大賽。

跟著我過始認真跑步,追求更好成績,確實有點進步,在2009首爾馬跑了個不錯PB, 跟BQ 要求相差7分鐘。這加強我追求跑波馬诀心。2010年終於在東京及長野達到BQ, 使我2011年跑首次波馬。其後於2012年再跑第二次波馬。

跟著身邊的朋友介紹World Marathon Majors 資料並鼓勵我走餘下的六大。柏林馬,芝馬,東馬相繼完成。

最後是抽了多年都不成功的倫敦馬。幸運地遇到好友,去年介紹一個英國慈善機構給我,其籌款額較低,於是不理甚麼便向這機構申請慈善名額。幸運地今年四月順利完成倫馬,正式六大畢業。

為什麼說是幸運地?因為為了要去跑波士頓馬,自己練習受傷,這傷患到現時仍影響我表現,自始我成績退步許多,不復前勇。但我也要感謝主及教練,跑友,幫助我完成這本不可能的夢。
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Six World Marathon Majors Finisher: Patrick Fung

(On coming Sunday, we organise a sharing session on Six Major World Marathons and invite 5 elite runners who has finished all six.)

Patrick Fung

Partrick Fung
2008: New York
2012: Boston, Berlin
2013: Chicago
2014: Tokyo
2016: London

I can finish World Marathon Majors because of luck. My first overseas marathon is 2007 Xiamen Marathon, China. My time was not good but that trip enlightened me to start exploring marathons outside Hong Kong.

I did New York marathon in 2008. Why I chose New York because I planned a trip to visit my cousin and also experienced the atmosphere of US President Election, not because it was one of the six major marathons.

Afterward, I was more serious on training and focused on my performance. My time improved much and I performed well in 2009, Seoul Marathon. It was just 7 minutes under the threshold of Boston Marathon Qualification time.

Then, I realised that I could have chance to qualify Boston Marathon if I train harder. In 2010, I successfully got the ticket for Boston Marathon in Tokyo Marathon and Negano Marathon. I have done Boston Marathon twice, 2011 and 2012.

My friend knew that I had finished New York and Boston, they encouraged me to try Berlin, Chicago, London and Tokyo which has been included as one of WMM after 2013.

The last piece of puzzles is London Marathon. I had entered ballot for many years but never succeeded. A friend referred an official charity to me which I could apply for NGO bib. As the fund raising requirement is not too high, I agreed immediately and finished London Marathon this year.

Why I say I have luck? Because I was injured when I was training for Boston Marathon and I haven’t recovered yet. My performance now is not as good as before, but I appreciate lord, my coach & running buddies, without their help, I cannot achieve this impossible goal.

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