"Khop Chai Lai Lai"
Thank you all so much.
We hope every runner had a great time: certainly all of the ones who have written to us since have said they did, and we can assure you that all of the organisers did too! So thanks are due to everyone who took part, from runners to fundraisers to sponsors to organisers to volunteers to photographers to the kids who came out to cheer unexpectedly: everyone. If you were a part of this, and you know you were, thank you!
It's supposed to be unfair to single one person out, but not this time. All of the organisers worked hard to put this race together, but all except one would openly admit they had no idea what they were doing! Barbara Oravetz was our guide through all of this, and even though Bere Olmedo, Michael Gilmore and Justin Crane worked (almost) as hard as she did in the days leading up to the race, the race wouldn't have been the success it was without her. In fact, it would probably have been a disaster. Thank you Barbara.
On a more official note, this race could not have taken place without the generosity and assistance of so many people and organisations:
- His Excellency, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng, the Governor of Luang Prabang, and his entire staff.
- Mr Sitthideth and Lester Song of Lao Airlines
- Matt Cannon and Roland Wee of HSBC Capital Markets
- Gary Tyson, Carolyn Turnbull, Malai Wuvanich of Amanresorts
- Serge Ditesheim of Maison Souvannaphoum, Angsana Resort
- Mads Brinks and team at Beer Lao and Tiger Head
- Kirsty Danks-Brown at De Le Paix, Luang Prabang
- Rodolphe Gay of Luangsay Residence
- Axel de Boynes of Villa Maly
- Ivan of The Apsara, Urban of Mekong River View, Paul of BelleRive and Guillermo of Xiengthong Palace
- Emi Weir of Ma Te Sai and Bananaboats
- Julie and team at Luang Prabang Yoga
- The JOMA Cafe Crew
- Everyone at L'Elephant
- Ock Pop Tock, Caruso Lao, Khiri Travel
But maybe most importantly, we need to thank two more groups of people:
The staff of Friends International, who do such important and inspirational work that it makes it easy and rewarding to support them. And also thanks to Tessa Boudrie of Boudrie Advisory for helping us find them.
And the people of Luang Prabang for always being so hospitable, and preserving a town that is just so lovely to run around, that so many of us wanted to do it not once or twice but three times!
(Or maybe more... we will be asking for permission to host the Luang Prabang Half Marathon again next year. Please watch out for details.)