POST Event Sports News Release – Adventure racing – Trail running
Ribeiro lowers course record and takes lead in series - Williams thinks she's better at trails
Bonaqua Mountain Hardwear Action SPRINT adventure race series
Race 1 – Mar 4, 2012 - 12 km - Repulse Bay, HK Island - 9am
Race 2 – Apr 1, 2012 - 12 km – Mui Wo, Lantau – 9:30am
Race 3 - April 15, 2012 - 13 km - Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung - 9am
Race 4 - May 6, 2012 - 12 km - Discovery Bay, Lantau - 9am
Map of courses on official website www.actionasiaevents.com
Hong Kong – Apr 1, 2012 – Portuguese Macau resident Pedro Ribeiro lowered the Mui Wo course record to 1 hour 8 minutes 57 seconds and took the series lead at the 2nd leg of the Bonaqua Mountain Hardwear Action Sprint series.
“I went as fast as I could at the start over the first 8km of mountain trails so I wouldn’t get caught on the rocks and my strategy paid off. The gully had great dry conditions, so I didn’t lose too much time to the other faster technical runners” said the New Balance team runner Ribeiro taking 41 seconds off Thomas Bellamy’s old course.
“It was very hard as a bit of a cold today so had no breath. I took advantage of the technical sections, but Pedro was too far ahead in the river to close the gap” said the Raidlight runner Dumont finishing 2nd overall in 1 hour 11 minutes 3 seconds.
Champion Systems Klayten Smith is back racing again after a bit of an absence from the racing scene grabbing 3rd overall.
“Happy I’m back racing again as haven’t done much since beginning of January and I finished without injuring myself which is always good on a technical course like this. Pedro had a good race. I’m not complaining about 3rd”, said Smith finishing in 1 hour 12 minutes 8 seconds.
Zein Williams took over 4 minutes off Claire Prices Mui Wo record putting her name in the record books with an outstanding performance in 1 hour 23 minutes 54 seconds.
“I liked the variety of the different sections, going thru the mountain trails, beach, rocky coastline and river gully. Enjoyed the rocks more, but saying that I’m usually a better trail runner than adventure racer” said Williams the overall Women’s winner.
“Enjoyed the rocks, but the ocean section was the best as could cool off near the end of the race on the lovely coastline. Love the Action Asia races as always challenging sections in the different corners of Hong Kong that nobody goes too” said 2nd Women’s overall winner Georgie Inglis finishing in 1 hour 39 minutes 41 seconds.
“I hated the rock scrambling, but enjoyed myself as found the gorge quite beautiful” said Rachel Loosemore grabbing 3rd overall in 1 hour 47 minutes 17 seconds.
Category winners are splitting over HK$100,000 from Protrek, Mountain Hardwear, Escapade, Montrail, Sportsworld, Dymocks over the 4 race Bonaqua Mountain Hardwear Action Sprint series.
The adventure race series could also not happen without the kind support of Bonaqua and Mountain Hardwear as Co presenting sponsor’s and support from Protrek, Vaude, Smartwool, Montrail, Dymocks, Action Asia Magazine, DBay, Coors Light Beer, Aquarius, OL&N, Escapade, Sportsworld, Garden, Sportsoho and the Action Asia Foundation.
Over 300 registered for the Mui Wo to Pui O race involving 7 km of trail running on Lantau trail, 1km beach run, 4 km of rock scrambling on ocean coastlines and river gullies for a total of 12 km finishing at Pui O beach, South Lantau.
Just a little different than your average trail race.
Men’s Overall Top 5
1st - Pedro Ribeiro / New Balance - 1:08:57 (NEW RECORD)
2nd - Clement Dumont / Raidlight - 1:11:03
3rd - Klayten Finlayson Smith / Champion System Adventure - 1:12:08
4th - Ho-chung Wong / - 1:15:36
5th - Chiu Yin Leung / Team Patagonia - 1:16:34
Women’s Overall Top 5
1st - Zein Williams - 1:23:54 (NEW RECORD)
2nd - Georgie Inglis - 1:39:41
3rd - Rachel Loosemore - 01:47:17
4th - Keibun Kin - 1:47:34
5th - Kate McAlister - 1:47:45
FULL RESULTS POSTED AT BOTTOM OF MUI WO - BONAQUA MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SPRINT PAGE
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