This was my 3rd consecutive ATB race. As always, the race started on a damp chilly day in Hamilton. The field was again huge as it continues to attract a large number of runners from all around the world. Being my first race of the year, I wasn’t fully trained as I never put in the long runs over the winter season. Therefore, I started slow and then gathered momentum as the race progressed. The wind picked up around the bay area so it was difficult to set a decent pace. Having run the race on two previous occasions, I knew the course quite well and was determined to run up the hill at the 28km mark. However, it was not to be as I got winded 200m into the climb. Near the finish line was the ever present reaper…so I shook his hand and continued to the finish line. As I crossed the finish line, I was interviewed by the local news channel…so that was my 2 minutes of fame!
Ziyad Rahim is an adventure-runner from Pakistan. He currently holds 10 Guinness World Records in long-distance running, ranging from marathons to ultra-marathons.