Folks, this is NOT about Mesh. Our runner crossed the finish line at 4:24sumthing (i just sa the pics it was 4:23:42!) covering the distance of 42kms on her own two feet. I’ll write about her later.
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At the Kalayaan Flyover, after begging and explaining that we were supporting the runner in yellow aka Mesh , we were allowed to go up.
We checked on her and saw that she was still running strong. We decided to proceed to the next checkpoint. After a few meters,I saw a male runner. He was shuffling and seemed to be having a hard time. Since it was hot and we had spare ice, I decided to offer him some to help him cool off a bit.
After receiving the ice, he told us that he was quitting the race. He said he had upset stomach and asked us for a lift. We hesitated. We didn’t know him and it’s not safe but I thought … What if something bad happens to him and we denied him assistance.
To compromise, I said. “Okay, you can ride with us but we will let you off at the nearest aid station so you can get a lift from the race officials.”
We dropped him at the water station at the bottom of Kalayaan Flyover and informed the officials that he was quitting the race.
He was wearing Bib No. 75.
We proceeded to our next checkpoint to wait for Mesh. Before we saw her, we saw Runner #75 running strong towards us. We shouted to him that he should take off his bib since he hitched a ride with us but he ignored us.
I informed the officials manning the timing mat near the Post Office about him.
At the finish line, I saw him carrying a loot bag. He obviously finished the race and crossed the finish line. Kapal!
I’ve sent an email to MrB regarding Runner #75.
Used and abused and all we wanted to do was to help out a fellow runner.
Tsk tsk tsk …