Young and old in Peak performance

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 September, 2005, 12:00am

A full field of 300 runners braved the No 1 typhoon signal and blustery but dry conditions for a 4km race around Lugard and Harlech Roads on the Peak in the annual Ladies, Lads and Lassies Race yesterday.

Children as young as two and ladies of a much more mature age competed in the popular event, now in it's 25th year, in which males age 12 or below are allowed to compete against ladies of any age.

A group of young boys raced away from the starter's gun, but quickly found themselves out of gas and gasping for oxygen as they were swallowed up by the following pack before reaching the Peak Tower.

First over the finish line overall and competing in the boys 10-12 age group was Chow Mo-kei. Chow is just one-week shy of his 13th birthday, after which he would be 'too old' to compete in this event.

His time of 12 minutes and 40 seconds was good enough for a nine-second advantage over Chan Ho-kwan, while Lai Hok-yin place third in 13:23 in the same age group.

Elvis Chu won the boy's seven-nine age group by just five seconds from Chan Hon-man. Lee Yuk-ying won the girl's seven-nine age group in 15:56, while Wong Ching-yee ran 15:07 to win the girl's 10-11 category. All respectable times.

In the grown-up ladies age groups, Tsang Woon-ming won the open category in 15:36 while Carrie Cheung ran 13:41 to claim the senior category. Kiwi Heather MacLeod placed second overall in the ladies race to win the veteran one category, just one place or seven seconds behind Gillian Castka, who ran 13:02 to lead the ladies home and win the veteran two age group prize.

'I'm pleased that the weather didn't put people off from attending, as this is one of the more popular races of the year where families can come and participate together,' said Castka, who is the captain of the Hong Kong Ladies Road Runners Club, which organises the event each year.