Juniors ready to step up a gear

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2005, 12:00am

Top junior runners Grace Ng Hei-man and Ricco Chan Ye-ko say they are ready to move up to the next level in their athletic careers. With this in mind, they see the 2006 Nike Hong Kong 10km Challenge as the perfect race to set new records.

The theme for this year's race, which will be held in Tin Shui Wai on November 20, is 'Another Step - Another You, Reincarnate Now'.

Grace, 15, said she is determined to evolve.

'I want to keep improving and go faster, and the Nike 10K is one race I would really like to win,' said the Good Hope School student.

'I have been training every day. I think I will be able to record a better time than last year. Hopefully, I'll be able to break the record.'

Ricco, 18, was disappointed with his fifth-place finish in last year's race. But he, too, has been training hard and is aiming to win the boys (19-and-under) category. 'I'm confident I can finish in the top three, but of course I would like to win,' said Ricco, a former South China Morning Post Student Sportsperson of the Year.

The 10K Challenge, organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association, features nine categories - men's junior, senior I, senior II, master I, master II, and women's junior, senior, senior II and master.

Besides individual awards, there is a prize for school teams whose top three athletes record the best collective time.

Open category favourite is Hong Kong Olympic triathlete, Daniel Lee Chi-wo, who returns after a long injury lay-off. He won last year's Nike 10K in a record time of 31 minutes, 17 seconds. 'I want to beat my best and go faster than ever before,' said Lee.

Race entry costs $60 for juniors, with each receiving a free T-shirt. The application deadline is October 27.

For more details, visit www.nike.com.hk/running