Flying McFlynn: Irishman scoops first leg of Action Sprint series at Repulse Bay

Teacher excels in humid and tough conditions at Repulse Bay while Zein Williams, the women’s champion for the past two years, maintains her dominance

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 February, 2016, 5:59pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 February, 2016, 11:35am

Irishman Brian McFlynn stole the show in the first leg of the Bonaqua Lifeproof Action Sprint series with a sweet victory at Repulse Bay that made Valentine’s Day more memorable.

McFlynn engaged in a hard-fought battle with Lau Tsun-ling to finish the race in a brilliant time of one hour, 21 minutes and 20 seconds while Zein Williams, the female champion of the 2014 & 2015 Sprint Series, grabbed the women’s title again, continuing her dominance in short technical trail races.

It was definitely tough due to the high humidity. I hope to do the following races in Discovery Bay and Sai Kung
Brian McFlynn

Teacher McFlynn, competing in his first Sprint race in Hong Kong, excelled in the humid conditions in the race that saw more than 300 participants compete.

“It was definitely tough due to the high humidity today. Yeah, I hope to do the following races in Discovery Bay and Sai Kung as I am looking forward to them,” said McFlynn.

Lau came across the finish line just 13 seconds behind McFlynn in 1:21:33.

Third place went to British runner Nick Scott, who finished the race 29 seconds behind Lau in 1: 22:02.

UK national Hong Kong resident Williams, continued her winning form in the event.

She has won the overall series in the past two years and was again the leading female in this year’s event, clocking 1:28:45 in Repulse Bay.

The second woman across the line was New Zealander Kelly Kjestrup, finishing in 1:35:51.

Kjestrup came in ahead of another Kiwi Marie McNaughton, who completed the course in 1:36:34.

“The rocks were really, really slippery on the Violet Hill step sections. I love Violet Hill as I live on Lantau,” said Williams.

There was no river gullies this year because of new restrictions from the government.

River gullies have been used successfully since 1993, and since 2003 for the Action Sprints, but are now dedmed “too dangerous” by the government.