ROBERTO De Vido yesterday led his club to a narrow victory in the second race of the Watson's Hong Kong Cross Country League season in Tai Lam Country Park, writes Mike Field. Clocking 33 minutes and 54 seconds, the Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) runner cruised home well ahead of the rest of the field after some confusion over the distance.
The chasing pack seemed to be caught unawares by the extended course, allowing De Vido to clear out for his and the club's second straight win in the league. 'I just kept going on into unchartered territory until a course marker appeared,' said De Vido, who won last year's race on the same course which was set by race hosts Fire Services Sports Club (FSSC).
Police Athletic Club's Wong Wing-kuen finished a distant second in 35:30 with Hong Kong Distance Runners Club's Jimmy Young filling third in 36:10. Despite missing the services of ace cross country runner Lee Kar-lun, who was competing in the Macau Half Marathon, WAC scraped home by just nine points from hosts FSSC with defending league champions Tsuen Wan third.
Ladies Road Runners Club's Yuko Gordon also made it two victories on the bounce, clocking 40:24 to score a comfortable win over Chiu Pik-kwan (41:18) of WAC.
WAC runners swamped the opposition in the junior five-kilometre competitions, winning all three team races.
TCAA's diminutive Alli Li broke the WAC stranglehold in the junior competition when she won the girls' five-kilometre race in 18:56.