44-year-old conquers 'up-and-down' course

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 February, 2012, 12:00am

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Angelina Kong Fung-sin showed running's not just a young person's game when she took the women's 10km title at the age of 44.

The New Territories housewife won the 8km Mizuno Fat Choi race on The Peak last month and a 10k at Shek Kong in December.

She made it three titles in as many months in a time of 38 minutes and 57 seconds, ahead of Charlotte Cutler (39:40) and Yu Wing-hay (40:03).

'It's a really good course. A lot of people cheer for you, and I like it. They were shouting 'first woman, first woman' and I said 'thank you'. It was a very good experience, though I expected under 38 minutes,' Kong said.

'The course was very up and down, and I didn't expect it. My daughter [Stephanie] described it as very flat, only going up in the last 200 metres, but all the way it's a little bit up and down; it's killing - you can't trust your daughter.'

Stephanie, 14, a Sha Tin College pupil, also ran the race, for the second year. She made abundantly clear what she thought of mum's training tips with a facial gesture that said it all.

'It's too much pressure. [Mum] puts me off. She runs very fast.' she said.

Kong did the marathon three times, but wear and tear has put paid to that, though her string of recent titles is a testament to traditional Chinese medicine. 'The most I can do now is a 10k or half-marathon. You can see the bones coming up in my knees; it's very painful. Every week I get acupuncture - 22 needles in each knee!' she said.