Cosmo Boys Fire Trailwalker Warning Shot
On a beautiful Sai Kung fall day, the Cosmo Boys showed the trail running world
that they are ready to defend their Trailwalker title. Three of the first 4
overall finishers and five of the first 15 to complete the rough Sai Kung Mountain
Marathon course were Cosmo Boys. Only Alex Morgan's strong second place effort
prevented a clean Cosmo sweep of the top places. Alex led most of the race,
but lost his 4 minute lead due to some confusion at the Mosquito Hill checkpoint
and eventually watched Lau Yu Chun overtake him on the last up hill. This was
Lau's first ever mountain marathon win and could be a scary portent of things
to come for at the age of 25, he is well below the age at which people usually
begin winning mountain marathons. Cosmo Boys Chan Kwok Keung and Mak Ping Yin
were the first M-40's across the line and came in 3rd and 4th respectively.
Team Green showed that they also have a strong Trailwalker team with three top
places among the first 14, but will be hard pressed to challenge the Cosmos.
Wong Pak Kun edged Marc Progin in the M-55 category, ahead of Chow Wo Kwan
and John Lane (who admitted to being a bit tired following 10 hours of training
the day before).
Jenny Roper celebrated turning 40 this year by winning the women's marathon
outright, less than one minute ahead of fellow veteran Fung Yuk Ling. Fung headed
up a strong Cosmo Girls contingent who have their sights set on breaking the
all-female team Trailwalker record.
The fast and relatively smooth half marathon course attracted many top runners
more normally seen on the roads. With Peter Faarbaek, John Myatt and Clive Saffery
helping to push the pace, it wasn't surprising that several course records were
Most spectacularly, John Powers destroyed the old course record and literally
ran away with the race. His time of 1:45:29 put him almost six minutes clear
of his nearest pursuer, Peter Faarbaek. Kwok Wah Kun and John Myatt both shattered
Andy Pickle's M-40 record with Kwok finally eking out the win by a mere two
seconds in 1:51:45. Not to be outdone, F-40 superstar Marie Helene Arnauld dominated
the women's half marathon and set a new age group record of 2:09:17.
Special thanks must go to the Kin Hang Hiking club who provided course race
marshals for the event. Aware of the large turnout and the warm weather, they
sent several people on extra trips up the hills to supply the checkpoints with
adequate water for all the runners. Thanks also to Swire Coca-Cola for beverage
support and to Sunhing Millenium which took over title sponsorship of the King
of the Hills series this season.
The next race in the series takes place in Taipo on December 16th. See www.seyonasia.com
for further details.
Results - Full Marathon
Male Open: 1) Lau Yu Chun, 4:13:49; 2) Alex Morgan, 4:16:45; 3) Justin Searle,
Male Veteran: 1) Chan Kwok Keung, 4:19:34; 2) Mak Ping Yin, 4:28:41; 3) Raymond
Male Senior: 1) Wong Pak Kan, 5:16:00; 2) Marc Progin, 5:21:07, 3) Chow Wo Kwan,
Ladies Open: 1) Fan Sui Ping, 5:28:26; 2) Melissa Frauenfelder, 5:30:45; 3)
Cheung Yin Kei, 5:43:22
Ladies Veteran: 1) Jenny Roper, 5:23:50; 2) Fung Yuk Ling, 5:24:16, 3) Patricia
Results - Half Marathon
Male Open: 1) John Power, 1:45:29; 2) Peter Faarbaek, 1:51:11; 3) Greger Anderson,
Male Veteran: 1) Kwok Wah Kun, 1:51:45; 2) John Myatt, 1:51:47; 3) Rob Appleby,
Male Senior: 1) Bob Nipperess, 2:27:27; 2) Peter Widmer, 2:29:00; 3) Lee Kwok
Ladies Open: 1) Julie Mackenzie, 2:20:22; 2) Antonia Middleton, 2:29:02; 3)
Ivy Yew, 2:39:41
Ladies Veteran: 1) Marie-Helene Arnauld, 2:09:17; 2) Caryl Hartwright, 2:28:21;
3) Grace Miranda, 2:28:45