Champion marathon athlete Gloria Baebo completed the fourth and final leg of Standard Chartered’s Greatest Race on Sunday in Hong Kong in a time of 2 hours 50 minutes.
As the eighth woman overall to cross the finishing line – the Race has several categories – her time puts the South African team, entered in the Women’s Team Challenge category, in unofficial sixth position.
A tough relay marathon that has been contested in four countries over the past five months, the Standard Chartered Greatest Race on Earth features total cash prizes of $1,5 million.
A total of 320 athletes drawn from 30 different countries have competed in the four legs of the Greatest Race; 15 teams ran in the Women’s Team Challenge category.
Pretoria-based Baebo had to compete not only with her fellow athletes but also 95 per cent humidity levels during today’s leg of the Greatest Race.
The course across the city and between Hong Kong’s skyscrapers included a tunnel section, described by Baebo’s coach, Nick Bester, as “a sauna”, and a punishing five kilometre climb to the finish line.
Capetonian Farwa Mentoor ran the first leg of Standard Chartered’s Greatest Race on Earth in Nairobi in October, and Pretoria athletes, Riana van Niekerk and Louisa Leballo, the Singapore and Mumbai legs in December and January respectively.
Standard Chartered Bank, the creator and sponsor of the Race is one of the world’s most international banks. The Bank has more than 60 000 employees in 56 countries, including South Africa.