Firemen beat Gurkhas on trail

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2007, 12:00am

The reigning champions of the Oxfam Trailwalker, the Securicor Gurkhas, were ignominiously knocked off their pedestal by a team of firefighters last night.

Fire Services Beyond Limits crossed the finishing line in Tuen Mun at 9.24pm, completing the gruelling 100km charity event in 12 hours and 20 minutes.

The team - which came second to the Securicor Gurkhas last year, the Gurkhas' fourth consecutive win - failed to match the record of 11 hours and 57 minutes set by the Gurkhas in 2004.

All four members, Kong Chi-ming, Wong Ka-wai, Tsang Siu-keung and Fong Ming-fai, are from the Fire Services Department.

The Securicor Gurkhas were still struggling to the finishing line late last night after one of the four was injured about midway through the race.

Second place in the 26th annual Trailwalker went to the Sunhing Cosmo Boys, who crossed the finishing line two minutes behind the firemen, followed by Eurosport Dudes in third place.

John Sayer, director general of Oxfam Hong Kong, greeted the teams at the finish and presented them with certificates.

Under the slogan 'exhausting, painful but it's worth it', 1,040 teams are participating in the charity trek along the MacLehose Trail this year and will continue crossing the finishing line over the weekend. Organisers hope the event will raise at least HK$21 million for projects for the poor around the world.