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From a Cheerer to a Full Marathoner

From a Cheerer to a Full Marathoner - Miranda Wong

Miranda Wong 黃好儀BSocSc 2004

The Full Marathon medal is just beautiful, beautiful as the persistence, perseverance, patience and passion can better describe the excitement behind. No the "signature" turning point at of reaching 21 point at Ting Kau Bridge and Bridge, the 41Km...and passing all the milestones after reaching the finish line at Victoria Park.

 

Inspired by the slogan "HKUnited We Run", Miranda joined the HKU Marathon Team, which she would like to "do something" for the HKU family. "My first encounter with marathon was cheering for the HKU Marathon Team when it was formed in 2006. Together with other HKU cheering members. I cheered for HKUers at the starting point on Nathan Road at 4am. Though I was not a runner, I shared their excitement, sweat and tears, and the pride of being an HKU member," said Miranda.

 

A year later, Miranda took the plunge and registered for 10Km race. She kept achieving her "personal best" in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in the following three consecutive years (an individual's best performance in a given sporting discipline). Next, she beat the "10Km bottleneck" by turning herself into a Half Marathoner. "Unlike the 10km race, Half Marathon is the starting point of long-distance running that requires not only passion but also discipline, intensive training and strategies.” “As I used be a cheering team member, I understand how cheering can “ignite the engine" of the runners while they are burnt out.” Miranda stayed behind and joined the HKU cheerers after she had finished her race.

 

What motivates Miranda to keep on running is not to impress or to compete with others. "There's nothing more rewarding than accomplishing the goals that I have set for myself," said Miranda. The "can-do” spirit further drives Miranda to join the Full Marathon (42.195Km) in 2017.

 

"I can't thank Pauline more. When I was shivered down my spine and encountered difficulties during my Full Marathon training, Pauline always reminded me that the most important thing is to perform my best and run to the finishing point.” Pauline Tse 謝麗僑 (MSc(ECom&IComp) 2002) who is an award-winning marathon runner and one of the founders of the HKU Marathon Team.

 

"Completing a marathon is a combination of individual accomplishment and familial support. Without HKU, I would not have been able to be a marathon runner."

Completing a marathon is a combination of individual accomplishment and familial support. Without HKU, I would not have been able to be a marathon runner

  • Miranda cheering at Nathan Road at 4am in 2006, her first year joining HKU Marathon Team
  • 2017 marathon medal from Miranda