"First Lady Cup" fun run
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The excitement around Dili this week has
been the â€śFirst Lady Cupâ€ť. This is a fun
run sponsored by the â€śFirst Ladyâ€ť of
It is a 10km run or a 5km walk and the monies raised goes to the local disabled charity. Part of the fun is that they are amongst those competing in the race, all there on their 3-wheeled bikes with the runners and the walkers.
Once again I had expected to be in the mix with the organisation since the start/finish line was outside the Government Palacio and the is Diliâ€™s main road.
I enjoyed my breakfast as I do every
working day and discussed who was going to be participating from our contingent.
I was picked up and we drove into town. I had heard already, from Nigel who had dropped the three competitors off, that there was some issue with the road blocks not being put in place at 6.30am as planned. Someone had decided that since it didnâ€™t start until 8am theyâ€™d go down and stop the traffic at 10 minutes to. Naturally they failed to account for the setting up of the festivities, the porta-loos, and the official start/finish rope.
After we got to the office and checked the
e-mails to see what drama had occurred overnight (if any) I grabbed my camera
and walked back to the event. It was
My timing could not have been more perfect. I wandered about for a couple of minutes taking some snaps and then saw Rowan approaching the line. She was the first of the women so we Kiwiâ€™s were able to revel in her glory â€“the fastest woman in Timor Leste!
A couple of minutes later I snapped Tim crossing the line. Not the glorious position that Rowan had achieved but as far as I was concerned a better run than I was ever going to do. We soon became a tight little cluster of Kiwis as the NZ Aid staff joined us.
The whole thing was very exciting and even more so since our girl featured so prominently.
I was hoping to stay and see Rowan get her
prize but I was meant to be working and you can never assume things are going
to happen in a timely way here. I headed
back to the office just after the band started playing. I was a little bummed about that too, they
were pretty good.
Apparently Rowan received her lovely trophy from the First Lady and had her photo taken with the Prime Minister. The second woman home was a local girl that had won last year.
The first few men were all locals but I was sorry to hear not too many Timorese had entered, most of the entrants were soldiers (NZ or Aussie being the only two forces here) or UNMIT personnel. Looking at the event being in itâ€™s 5th year though, itâ€™s a terrific thing to have for the country.
In a couple of months Iâ€™ll be overseeing the traffic plan for the Tour de Timor, a five day mountain biking challenge with a US$50 000 prize pool. That should put the little country on the world stage in a positive light.