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- Bonaqua Fortis Action Sprint in assoc with Volvo Rep Bay
- Mar 30,2008
- Repulse Bay, Hong Kong -
- Sprint run
Bonaqua Fortis Action Sprint Adventure race series in association with Volvo
Repulse Bay Race 3 – March 30, 2008
Post event report.
Stone and Price rock to new course records
A great race turnout and very much appreciate the hard work that all the volunteers had put in to the race and nice to hear some of the race leaders talking about the course marshals.
We wont go into detail on garbage but please remember when we say you are NOT ALLOWED to take water bottles away from the water station we mean it. Every race we have different volunteers on the course and we try to explain to them to enforce this, but some are shy so we are leaving it up to you participants to make sure you follow the rules. Some of you did take away some bottles and then drop them within 100m after the water checkpoint. Please remember this is not allowed and you are not allowed to take away water bottles. This is why we want you to have your own hydration system so we can leave the country parks clean. If you throw garbage in the park, we wont be able to get future permits to stage events. So please remember this important message.
The weather turned out great and interesting to hear before the race, Chuck Cosman saying his strategy was to hang on to Stone as long as possible from the start. Chuck said he managed to stay with Stone most of the way to the top of Violet Hill and by the time they hit the bottom before the river, that was the last he saw him. Stone just disappeared. We know it’s never easy trying to stay with one of HK’s top runners but glad someone is trying.
Zhou Wenlu won his second race in the Mens 14-19 in 1:54:20, but by less than a minute with Kwong Pui Kan claiming 2nd in 1:55:12 and Chan Sik Him, CHAN 10 minutes behind in 2:05:36 for 3rd.
In the Men’s 20-29 Stone Tsang Siu Keung had his overall victory and category win in 1:13:35 with Chuck Cosman 6 minutes behind in 1:20:03 getting his 2nd place again overall in the series after a great race in Sai Kung. Adrien Choux 1:24:58 taking 3rd again after also coming 3rd in Sai Kung and winning his category in Tung Chung.
Anthony Leung had his best race of the Sprint series so far finishing first in the Men’s 30-34 in 1:25:54 ahead of regular podium finisher Michael Maiers who grabbed 2nd in 1:28:01 with Seng Ly Hong happy finishing 3rd in 1:30:57.
Long time adventure racer and someone who you always seem to see on the winners podium was Wong Wai Kin finishing strong in the Men’s 35-39 category winning in 1:23:15 with Seth Fischer (3rd in Sai Kung) with his best result of the series just under 4 minutes behind in 1:27:01 taking 2nd and Kevin Claus a further 8 minutes back in 1:35:27 for the final place on the podium.
Mr Andrew Thomson put an end to Mr Tim McCosker’s domination of the 40-49 category with a convincing win in 1:21:50. Tim put this 2nd place finish in 1:25:23 purely on the fact that he had been drinking at the 7s the whole weekend and just took a short break to come and race and run back to cheer on the Australian rugby team while continuing what Ozzie’s do best. David Loader had competition on his hands and settled for 3rd in 1:28:12 after placing 2nd last 2 races, but must have been happy that his team won the 7s to make up for his personal placing.
Choi Fu Loi set a blistering pace finishing the Men’s 50+ category in an amazing 1:26:34 with Shek Kong not far behind in 1:32:11 for 2nd and just over 3 minutes back Chan Wai Lam coming home in 1:35:42 for 3rd. We believe everyone above 50 just participating and finishing is great inspiration to us all.
This was the first race Amy Burns had someone to stand beside on the Women’s 14-19 podium as she finished in 2:10:27 with Eva Lam and Mary Hui both coming in together in 3:04:15. We hope to see more in his category in the future.
Kristin Anderson was happy again after winning her category for the 2nd time as she won the Women’s 20-29 in Tung Chung and finished the Repulse Bay course in 1:54:39 with 2nd place Rebecca Woodman coming home in 2:18:22. Angela Pasley was just over 6 minutes back for 3rd in 2:25:03.
Overall Women’s champion and Women’s 30-39 category winner Claire Price finished in a smoking 1:28:17 and probably didn’t realize that she beat the previous course record by Hiko Takeda. Tung Chung 2nd place finisher Juliane Rethfeldt claimed another 2nd in 1:38:55 with Anne Beetham taking the final podium position in 1:55:51.
Not sure if Corinna Turner was celebrating later about NZ’s rugby team, but she should have been celebrating her 3rd win coming home in 1:46:16 in the Women’s 40+ category after winning in Tung Chung and Sai Kung. Not far behind and close together was Law Yuk Sim taking 2nd in 2:01:02 and Betty Chan just over 1 minute behind in 2:02:33 for a close 3rd place.
Almost 70 Fortis bankers got more than they bargained with most finishing the tough, technical trail and river gorge 12 km course. We’re sure they’re must be lots of funny stories making their ways around Fortis Bank yesterday and today. The fact that many were doing their first race in their life was a great motivation to many of us to encourage more of our friends to get into the outdoors and keep fit.
A special thanks to all the volunteers and other emergency rescue groups and course staff that made the race a success.
Rest assured we will have these photos up on our site soon. We know you are all anxiously waiting and have been reminding us far too many times.
Special thanks also to Suunto watches, Protrek, Optic Nerve, Discovery Bay for some great prizes for overall winners, Bonaqua, BonActive and Fosters for drinks and cider, to Action Asia Magazine for some copies, PowerBar for gels, OL&N, the Dublin Jack and Profession Sports uniforms.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SUNDAY APRIL 13 IN MUI WO as a nice cross country trail course for the first 8 km as you are running on the South Lantau popular hiking trail. After you reach the water checkpoint at Pui O beach the next 4 km is made up a 1 km ocean coastline, 1 km river gorge with big boulders (much easier than Tung Chung race) and a 1 km hiking trail / short road run followed by 1 km same coastline back to Pui O.
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Thanks again for all your support and spread the word to your friends about the series as 2 great courses coming plus the awards party in Lan Kwai Fong at Dublin Jacks on May 15th at 7pm.
Michael Maddess – Race Director & Course Designer
Official Energy Bar
- Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Repulse Bay Beach Sprint start - To get to the start and finish location easiest way is enter opposite the 7-11/Pizza Hut on Beach Rd in front of the big parking lot at Repulse Bay beach. Walk past the LCSD large complex with toilets and showers and turn left when facing the ocean. Walk around 100 meters along the walkway in the direction of the new shopping centre they just built. There is a small children's playground and another small toilet/shower block that is where the sprint races start.