80pc of walkers beat deadline

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 November, 2008, 12:00am

The Oxfam Trailwalker 2008 ended yesterday with the last team crossing the finish line at Tuen Mun at 1.50pm.

The Hawk team's members took 47 hours and 50 minutes to complete the 100km journey as they joined thousands of others in a bid to raise HK$27 million for charity.

'It does not matter who is the first team or the last to have reached the finish line; each team that made it this far has shown great determination and commitment in overcoming all the obstacles and difficulties along the 100km trail,' said John Sayer, director general of Oxfam Hong Kong.

Oxfam said 3,870 participants in the fund-raising event, or 80 per cent of all walkers, managed to finish the walk along the MacLehose Trail within the required 48 hours.

Beyond 512, the team comprising a Sichuan earthquake survivor and quake rescue volunteers, finished the walk in 39 hours 47 minutes. 'I am glad to be able to complete the trail, and make an effort to fight against poverty,' team member Qiu Suju said.

A spokeswoman for Oxfam said about six people felt unwell during the event and one was airlifted to hospital by the Government Flying Services, with the 'casualty' figure similar to last year's. First place went to the G4S team, comprising four Nepali Gurkhas in a record time of 11 hours and 52 minutes. In second was the PowerBar Great Eagle Salomon team in a time of 13 hours, 53 minutes and third was the Convoys Cosmoboys team, which completed the course in 13 hours, 57 minutes.

The sudden drop in temperatures during the race might have made it more comfortable for some participants but others found it too cold.

The temperature in Tuen Mun dropped below 20 degrees Celsius between 5am and 7am yesterday and the highest day temperature was about 24 degrees. The Observatory said the weather was expected to be dry and cool today and tomorrow.