INSOL Tribute Fun Run
We would like to say a massive thank you to all of the runners who joined our virtual Fun Run on Monday 16 March in lieu of our annual INSOL 5KM run which was understandably cancelled this year.
We received some great responses from around the world and are happy to have been able to provide a bit of positivity during what are most definitely challenging times.
Check out the responses below:
Justine Lau,Partner, Mourant Ozannes, Hong Kong
I love running for the challenge - it's just as much a mental one as it is a physical one. There's no better feeling than having accomplished an early morning run with my usual run buddy before stepping into the office, even if that means I sleep less than the average person #Marathon Training... There's a strong camaraderie amongst runners regardless of background, profession and stage in life and I really enjoy meeting people from absolutely all walks of life on the destination runs I've been lucky to race. Uluru has been the most interesting place I've run all that red sand and sand dunes made it an unexpectedly technical course; Guam the hottest... and I thought humidity in Hong Kong summer was intense..!
Declan Magennis, Director, BDO, Cayman Islands
Last week Monday was supposed to be the Harneys INSOL 5km in Cape Town. In the interest of trying to stick to our schedule in these challenging times, and of course social distancing. I did my own 5km here in Cayman.
Mark Craggs, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, London
Last year I went running in Kingston, Jamaica... That was interesting! Strangely, I seem to have a knack for being chased by dogs when running overseas... It's happened to me in Mexico, Cape Verde, Thailand and, most terrifyingly. Portugal (the thing was huge and slipped its chain to pursue me down a dirt-track... I had to jump over a wall to escape it!) I always enjoy running up the Peak when I'm in Hong Kong. Also, you can't beat Central Park in New York because it's so iconic (and where I got engaged to my wife after running my fourth marathon in as many weeks!) Doing a lap of the perimeter of lower Manhattan is great, too, and roughly half a marathon.
Harneys Team, Cayman Islands
Jacqueline Walsh, Managing Director, Borrelli Walsh, Hong Kong
I love running as it has given me some "quiet" during a hectic day. It is the only time when there are no phones or emails that need to be addressed. I like to run very early which usually translates to an early night and setting my alarm for 4.30am. When the run is done, I have a sense of accomplishment especially when the "day" hasn't even started. I started running long distances when I was 40 years old as I wanted to do a marathon to mark the occasion. I was hooked thereafter. A lot of my closest friends are runners it's a shared craziness talking about hydration and miles done to prepare for a race. My most interesting place to run (or event rather) was the Boston Marathon in 2013 when the Boston Bombings occurred. It was a gorgeous Boston day and I was feeling good. I was stopped by the police about 800m from the finish line. The bombs went off if you were finishing at 4hr 8min. I was scheduled for 4hr 27min. It will be a moment in time that I will always remember.
Scott Atkins, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney
Among my most memorable runs was late one afternoon during INSOL San Francisco, just five years ago in March 2015. Among the (elite - so we think) running group and peskily by my side was none other than lan Mann. Super-fit and super-confident, he puffed and panted as we hit the return leg after conquering the Golden Gate Bridge. Those who have visited San Francisco and trekked up to Knob Hill (the highest peak?) will know that it's not for the faint hearted. Leaving his humiliating defeat to one side, running is about camaraderie, personal challenge, mutual encouragement and friendship. Precisely the same characteristics that draw us into membership of INSOL. It's what we miss right now as we tip our hats to Cape Town and dream of what will be in San Diego 2021. It's what inspires me to serve as INSOL's Vice-President and ARITA's President. My challenge to us all: let's get out in force one morning in San Diego running. walking, hopping or biking and strike a pose for the values and spirit of INSOL. And when I say force - I mean every delegate. lan Mann: challenge now cemented.
Hadley Chilton, British Virgin Islands
I did enjoy the novelty of running sections of the Singapore Formula One course a couple of years ago and, despite the embarrassment of a village search party being sent out, once getting a bit lost in the vineyards near Narbonne one evening meant I did my first 10km (and a bit) completely by mistake. Key takeaway: not all "roads" on Google Maps are roads.