WITH less than three months until the starter’s gun goes off for the 2018 Standard Chartered Marathon (渣打香港馬拉松) participants including those with disabilities are up and running.
Martha Ng Hoi-kei (吳凱琪), 39, who had part of her cerebellum removed after a stroke in 2007, is raring to go for her eighth marathon. Ng said her ability to walk and speak became significantly weaker after surgery.
She was able to improve her running skills only when she met her coach Kam Wing-keung (金永強) who taught her how to adjust her breathing and posture. To prepare for the marathon on 21 January, 2018, Ng runs four days a week and trains with healthy people.
“Although I lag behind other runners, I can finish all the training classes,” she said.
Kam, who will participate in the full marathon, had suffered from anxiety disorder. During his darkest days, he stayed in bed all day. With the aid of religion and medical therapy, Kam slowly resumed running.
He also started to be a guide runner for blind people as he wanted to further challenge himself. He was encouraged by the perseverance of those who are visually impaired.
Jason Wong Kuan-leung (黃冠良) suffers from hearing impairment and cannot hear his coach so he mimics his speed and posture. “It is very tiring, in fact, but people with hearing disabilities have great perseverance. I have now learned to run with a stable rhythm,” he said.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 13 November 2017)
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2018
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