Capper leads all the way in 10k

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 March, 2005, 12:00am

Jakarta-based Briton Mike Capper collected his second victory of the season in record-breaking style in the Perskindol Sha Tin 10K at Siu Lek Yuen yesterday.

Capper's two main rivals - Mark Williams and Gunnar Rethfeldt, failed to make it to the start line through illness and injury respectively. The 40-year-old Capper took out the 700-strong field from the gun in his normal attacking style, and came home in 32 minutes and 11 seconds to shatter the course record by 90 seconds. 'I had hoped to run a faster time today,' said former Hong Kong resident Capper. 'The cold wind seemed to be swirling around a bit, but I don't think it helped the runners on any part of the course.'

Ng Yan-chi and Bob Shorrock gave chase in the early part of the race, but neither could stay with the disappearing form of Capper. Ng trailed home in 34:18 to win the men's senior category while Shorrock placed third overall in 34:24 to come second to Capper in the men's veteran category.

Leung Ying-suet ran a tactical race to successfully defend the women's title. The 23-year-old sat on the heels of veteran Gillian Castka until the 7km mark, and then made a break. The first three women home all picked up time bonuses for breaking the existing course record with Leung clocking 39:24 to Castka's 39:41, while Chan Kit-yee placed third in 39:56.

Meanwhile, the final event of the New Balance Reservoir Cup Series took place at Tai Tam yesterday. More than 250 runners took part in the 11km event.

Lai Kat ran 45:04 to win the men's event while veteran Yeung Mei-lun won the women's event in 53:52 over Mary Dunlap, who clocked 56:29. Lai completed only two of the four events in the series so was unable to win the overall series prize in the men's open category, which went to Chan Chi-ming. Neil Tait won the men's 35-39 age group series title having won the first three events. Chung Yan-kwei took the men's 40-44 age group with two wins and two seconds. Keith Chan Wah-kwai took the men's 45-49 age group with two wins and a second while Malcolm Phillips claimed the men's 50-54 age group by a single point after resisting a challenge by Li Yiu-wo.

Dunlap's overall second place yesterday gave her the women's open series title by just one point over Alice Rosen. Grace Balintong came first in the women's 35-39 age group in the first three races to hold an unassailable total of 300 points in the series. Yeung's overall win yesterday gave her the women's 40-44 age group title on a countback from Janet Quigley. Castka won the first three races of the series for an unbeatable lead for women 45-49, which was why she chose to run the Sha Tin event.