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他預計不到的事 (下) – 誰人又投訴!邊個去包容? / 流行萬里

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高低起伏的又豈止於山路?

上集( bit.ly/1m1shVj)記序了Keith從一早未夠六點開始電話不斷。到了半夜,領先跑友已陸續反抵終點,Keith一直在守侯。


~2300 text from a race participant,

“Have dropped out at CP 7.  Too cold. Going home.  What arrangements will you make for delivering my bag to HK Island?"

My texted response, “You can pick up your bag at Tai Mei Tuk until 11 AM on Sunday morning."

“It’s not convenient for me to return to Tai Mei Tuk tomorrow and it’s not my fault that its cold and I had to drop out. Expect you to sort something out as you must have a contingency plan."

“Sorry, I don’t have a contingency plan for potentially delivering each of over 1,000 bags to places all over Hong Kong and all over Asia."

“So you’re just going to throw my stuff out?"

“Only if no one claims it."

" By reputation you’re a good guy.  Sorry to hear that you have so little respect for other people’s property."

“And I’m sorry that your property means so little to you that you want to make it my responsibility.   However, I’ll do my best to get it to HK Island."

(In the end, Martin took 5 bags back to HK Island for personal collection and mailed one bag to Beijing.  He still has a few unclaimed items.)

晚上十一點,有參賽者發信息至緊急號碼,訴說太凍了要在CP7退出,要求Keith幫忙把寄存了的行李送到港島。一輪爭議後,善良的Keith並沒有跟據慣例,把未領回的行李棄置。樂於助人的副手Martin,更把5袋行李送到港島,還有一袋寄往北京!

容許老流兜遠啲來講,主場年代曾提筆寫過此文,寫到呢一段文字感覺十分厭煩,文章就此擱置了大半年。當時感覺是分不清喜怒哀樂,其實到現在還是無法心平氣和,怕一不小心又把文章捲進了什麽中港矛盾,強人當道的主題中!點都好,地球在轉人在變,又天真又傻的老流,誠心希望這位參賽者只是一時衝動,現在已有所覺悟!

~0230 call from the Bride’s Pool Road crossing by Plover Cove Visitor Centre.  “Keith, someone has just ignored my instructions to cross the road and run straight down the road instead."  A few minutes later, a racer calls, “Keith, I’ve returned to the start, but can’t find the finish line." “That’s because you were supposed to cross the road like the marshal told you to do and come in another way.  You’ll have to go back up the road and come in the correct way."  “But I’m here already."  “And you won’t get an official time."  “Oh, okay, I’ll go back up the road."

凌晨兩點半,有個參賽者沒聽從現場工作人員指示,衝回起點後(由於路線是一個大環環迴,終點就在起點旁不遠),卻找不到終點衝線位,Keith收到電話,只能告訴他走回頭路,再從正確路線和方向衝線,否則不能當作完成賽事。

TNF100/TNF50 路線圖

TNF100/TNF50 路線圖

~1100 the course sweepers return and tell me that they have collected all of the marking signs, flashing lights and marking ribbon.  I ask where it is and am told that it is at the barbecue site where we did registration.  When we go to look, however, we discover that the Tai Mei Tuk sanitation crew has mistaken the pile for rubbish and everything has already been thrown out.

翌日早11點,賽事完成後,掃尾隊報告已把賽道上的指示燈,路標等物資收拾妥當放在燒烤場。當Keith前往觀看時,發現清潔人員把所有物品都當垃圾棄置了!


TNF100去年12月才首辦香港站賽事,當天風雲變色,下午起寒風細雨,溫度驟降,一直維持到第二天早上才停雨。高難度而又陌生的路線,加上部分參賽者準備不足, 令最後DNF(Do not finish)率相當高。 其實主辦單位為顧及安全並確保比賽水平,已要求參賽者報名時提交過往比賽成績作了一定程度的篩選(相當敏感的字眼)。天氣從來不似預期,自己準備好照顧自己是常理吧。

老流上週寫完上集後,本應該快手砌埋呢篇下集,但因應渣馬報名加唉瘋狂潮,插寫了倆篇文章。當中我提到了PB這詞,不單是參賽者力爭Personal Best, 主辦單位也應該為整場賽事做到Public Best!  The North Face 100 與渣馬相比,倆個截然不同的events,大家感受到當中分別嗎?

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Photo credit : MiuMiuMou

每次看呢張相,都會無盡暖意在心頭…

一班兇徒參賽者與被打事主Keith咁開心既?

乜嘢令眾多山友去年飽受折磨後,今年又心甘命抵搶住報名?

答案唔講,大家摸摸自己胸口靠左,跳動著的那個…

由「心」出發,跑/搞出信念!

田總,老流覺得你唔配用呢句!

謹以此文向Keith和Martin表達深切敬意!

利申 : 老流從沒有參加過Keith主辦的任何賽事,素仰其名,多次寫文章時得他提供資訊,已約好和他聚聚吹水,有機會再撰文分享他長居香港的各種體會。

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  1. 感謝攝影師用相機為我們記下這難忘的一刻!Mr. Noyes靜俏俏地走入我們的合照中,最後給我們發現,不知是誰高呼一聲,「揼佢」!大家就自動埋位,各做表情,加上攝影師的精準捕捉,構成這令人回味的照片!

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