3rd Annual Midnight Charity Race
If you were in the area of Lian Hua Shan park at 10.30pm Saturday night, then you would have seen a large number of energetic people in beautifully designed blue T-shirts warming up for the 3rd Annual Midnight Charity race. The idea of the race is for runners to get together with old and new friends, participate in the race and raise money for charity. Well, there were a lot of new friends this year, with over 124 runners taking part! Last year’s event had 52 runners and many were back again to beat their previous race times.
The fundraising goal for this year’s race was 100,000RMB for Captivating Internationals ‘Project Eden’, based in Dongguan. This project supports Chinese foster parents who are caring for children from disadvantaged circumstances in a safe and secure environment. Eden is also now home to 9 older girls from Captivatings program in Qinghai, who are learning Chinese in the local school. You can read more at: http://www.captivating.org/
Both the 5k and 10k race kicked off at 11.00pm, eagerly cheered on by supporters and passersby. The atmosphere was buzzing at the finish line, as helpers handed out water to the 10k runners on their first pass through (checking the timer!) and supporters looked out for the first of the 5k runners to come in.
The winner of the 5k was Claire Taylor (23:05), with Daniel Woslten (25:39) for the men.
The winner of the 10k was Nicolas Rousseau (42:43), second place Patrick Connicker (42:51) and Third place Liam Rodden (42:53). The womens 10k winner was Christe Klauberg (48:45) , second place Laurene Kaeppelin (49:54) and third place Molly McCluskey (52:09).
A lot of runners improved on last years times and even those who walked were nicely surprised with their performance !
A very welcome ‘air-conditioned and free Tsing Tao provided’ coach was waiting to take runners and supporters to Rapscallions café and bar, who hosted the prize giving and after race party. Rapscallions donated 10RMB for every Tsing Tao bought and provided great food, a raffle with some special prizes and good fun for the night.
A big THANK YOU to Greg, all the runners, sponsors and helpers for organising and coming out to raise 100,000rmb for a great charity. It was a huge success, so well organised and great fun !
*This article was amended on 16.11.11 to reflect that there were 124 participants at the race, not the originally specified 160.