Foul air fails to deter runners

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 September, 2007, 12:00am

Parents defied government health warnings to compete with their children in the annual Ladies, Lads and Lassies Race at The Peak yesterday.

The race is very popular with parents, many of whom accompany their children around the 3.2km Lugard-Harlech Road course. 'The pollution level was acceptable and better than on Friday or Saturday,' said Chui Ho-lai, who joined her three children in the race. 'The traffic-free environment plus the many trees around The Peak made it a bit better than where our home is situated in Kowloon.'

Chui's 16-year-old daughter, Jayne, who finished second in her age group, added that it was 'OK for a 3.2km race' but said that she wouldn't have wanted to run any further in the same conditions.

Dubai-based Gigi Young placed second in the women's veteran (one) age group and said that she felt it was 'a little bit harder to breathe' the polluted Hong Kong air. 'Dubai also suffers from air pollution but it's not as bad as it is here,' Young said.