If you think the runners looked tired as they fought the elements, spare a thought for the volunteers sorting out everything from the water stations to the prize presentations. Most of them had to report for duty at 4am and hang around until the last stragglers were collected, re-hydrated and packed off to their homes. Kallista Yeung Hoi-kei, 18, was one of the early risers, helping make sure everything ran smoothly around the full marathon's starting line on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. 'We came in yesterday for a briefing and to learn what our jobs would be and then we went home to get as much sleep as possible,' said Yeung. Once all the marathon runners were well under way yesterday, Yeung and her colleagues packed up the start and headed off to the finishing line at Victoria Park to see if they could be of any help there. There was just enough time in between for a sandwich and a drink. 'It's a long day for us, but worth it,' she said. 'The marathon is one of the biggest events we hold in Hong Kong so for young people like me, volunteering gives a chance to see how all the different parties work together to make it possible. 'We only really each play a small part, but I guess it is important when you put it all together.'' A management student at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education in Chai Wan, Yeung said she hoped to volunteer again next year. 'It's tiring, but a good experience for me,' she said.