PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 January, 2005, 12:00am

A bull charges alongside competitors in the second race of the Reservoir Series at Ho Pui yesterday. Not even the marauding intruder could prevent Mark Williams from claiming a well-deserved victory, however. Williams, 33, was lying just off the pace at the 2km mark when the bull, grazing at the side of the road, took fright at the approaching athletes and ran down the road among the 350-strong field for 500 metres. 'It was a bizarre sight,' said Williams, who clocked 48 minutes and 40 seconds for a 35-second advantage over Neil Tait, the winner of race one at Tai Lam Chung in November. 'I've seen dogs and a few other animals during the course of a race, but never a bull. I've never had to race with one, either.'

Tait was among a small group of runners that took the early lead on the hilly but scenic 13km course, which started and finished at Shek Kong Catchwater. Tait led by 15 metres at one point but Williams decided to make his break early. 'This is a very hilly course so I decided to make a move on the flat section coming off the trail at the 7km mark, and to try and open a lead over Neil [Tait],' he said.

Gillian Castka was a doubtful starter after being bitten on the left leg by a dog on Friday, however the veteran surprised by winning the women's race in 1:01:41.