RUNNING TEENAGE distance runner Simon Parsons captured the spotlight in the 10-kilometre Adidas King of the Road race when he ran second overall to open series winner Martin Peace.
Parsons, an 18-year-old former King George Vth School pupil who just graduated from college in Australia, pushed pre-race favourite Peace to the limits and only lost in the run-in.
His time of 31 minutes and 55 seconds broke the old course record and it was most commendable he beat overseas entrant Brendan Reilly, an American stationed in Japan but representing Singapore.
Also finishing behind Parsons were Hongkong internationals Cheung Man-ho, Ng Fai-yeung and Kwok Hon-kwai.
Jockey Club Ti-I College student Chan Man-yee was in a class of her own in the girls' category, leading all the way to win with a respectable time of 38 minutes and 32 seconds.
TRIATHLON STAR junior triathlete Brian Bozarth showed he is capable of holding his own in open company by giving Asian number one Ian Rayson a hard race in the winter sprint triathlon on Lantau Island.
Rayson, unbeaten in the territory since his arrival with the Royal Air Force five years ago, was first to complete the 750-metre swim in 10 minutes and 27 seconds.
Seventeen-year-old Bozarth was fifth out of the water but demonstrated his prowess on a bicycle when he shot past the leaders just after halfway through the 20-kilometre cycling routine.
He was first to make the bike-run transition with his elder brother, Don Junior, in second place ahead of top senior triathletes Rayson, Alan Wilson, Tony Wu Kai-fai and Tony Chui Kam-tong.
Rayson pulled in the Bozarth brothers during the five-kilometre run to stamp his supremacy, completing the race in 59 minutes and 17 seconds.
But it was Brian Bozarth, the Asian junior champion from Hongkong International School, who was widely praised as he came second overall in one hour and 16 seconds.
His brother Don also had a good race to finish second in the junior division less than a minute away with Brian Hartwright a distant third.