A team of five from British Forces Brunei pulled themselves together to take part in the annual Halong Bay Heritage Marathon in Vietnam on 26th November 2016. It wasn’t any of the runners first marathon but we had to prepare for it carefully due to the location, route and weather.
Halong is a top tourist destination and the towering limestone mountains, and tiny islets protected by forest, which rise from the emerald waters which are a spectacular view.
Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay’s magnificent spread of islands with caves over the crystal water is a vision of divine beauty and unsurprisingly running through those views is just an incredible experience.
After a series of very early long distance training schedules, we all tried our best to excel and achieve impressive results. But cold weather played a decisive part in reducing our overall timings.
The team took part in two disciplines:
- Sergeant Biken Rana (1 RGR)
- Lance Corporal Raj Sereng (1 RGR)
- Colour Sergeant Deepak Gurung (1 RGR)
- Staff Sergeant Chandra Pun (QGE)
- Corporal Amrit Gurung (BST)
There were many administrative challenges for the successful co-ordination of the event and I was honoured to lead a successful event. The team would like to thank CO and COS BFB for granting permission, and for everyone who supported us. All the money raised through this event has been donated to the GWT.
Sergeant Biken 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles