WHY DO YOU RUN RACES TOGETHER?
Dr Ng:It started with the J.P. Morgan run in 2008, which was the first time we ran together, followed by the Sundown Marathon that same year. Then we followed that up immediately with the Standard Chartered Marathon and The North Face trail run. Until last year, The North Face was always a race for two-man teams, so that’s one main reason. Subsequently, it simply became a thing we did together. It’s something we have in common outside of work. It gives depth to our relationship. We run because we enjoy it.Dr Wang:It’s not like we’re competing with each other.Ivan has been running longer distances than me. I’d been
playing tennis and running 5km to 6km at most. But ever since the J.P. Morgan run, Ivan has been asking me to go for longer and longer races – and that’s how it all started.
Dr Ng:On shorter 25km races, Ernest is almost always faster. But more than that, I’m faster. We’ve different strengths.Dr Wang:He has spare batteries.
DO YOU TRAIN TOGETHER?
Dr Ng:We always train alone.Our working times are different, so it’s difficult to do it together.I’ll run the rails at Mac Ritchie about five in the morning, with a runner’s headlight – so that I don’t get taken down by low lying branches. I like that time because the temperature’s cool. But Ernest doesn’t. Dr Wang: I run in the evening.I like to run alone; it’s quite a nice feeling.