Henry Li, China: I want to challenge myself

Henry Li, from our Hangzhou office in China, on why the Relay is a first – even for an experienced athlete

From 17 February eight of our staff will embark on a challenge never attempted before. They will make history by taking part in a 90-day Belt & Road Relay across 44 markets where we have a presence along the Belt & Road. Henry is representing our ‘Greater China & North Asia’ region.

The Relay is a first for me

I have never run 10km every two to three days over three months, so I can’t wait to challenge myself. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I am excited. I know I need to be prepared, so I’ve gone full force on the training, which involved running 10 races in the last quarter of 2018, including four half marathons. I can’t wait to get started on the real challenge!

I can’t wait to visit so may new places 

I am particularly excited about running in Africa. I know Africa is an important part of the Belt and Road initiative, and many Chinese companies, including some of my clients, have invested in the region.

I am China Grade 2 national athlete

This means that physically I don’t feel worried about the Relay. It will be a challenge, but I am confident in my endurance. Mentally I am a little nervous, though – this is a big responsibility!

I got into running at a young age

I took up running to lose weight. I started pushing myself and became the school sports champion. I am now a competitive runner in international marathons, and usually placed in the top 100.

I feel very lucky

Everyone in my life, my friends, family and colleagues, has been really supportive about the Relay. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such lovely people.

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