Youngster Yip Ngo-ching steals show in Hike and Run with victory in women’s 5k run
Only 12 years old, the running enthusiast made her father proud by beating older runners to the line at Tai Lam Country Park
Yip Ngo-ching made it a day to remember for her family when she won the women’s 5km race in Sunday’s Hysan Healthy Hike and Run at Tai Lam Country Park.
Only 12 years old, Yip took the spotlight in the run, well-known as a social and competitive event for runners and their families and friends, completing the 5km course in 30 minutes and 45 seconds. Yip went to the race with her father and said she was definitely up for the challenge.
“This] cross-country race was different from any running race we’ve run before. My father is a cross-country trail running enthusiast and completed the 13km race today. I felt so happy taking part with him,” she said.
Australian runner from the North Face team, Vlad Ixel, raced to victory in the men’ s 21-km race in a new course record, becoming champion once again in one hour, 44 minutes and three seconds. He beat Australian-born Darren Benson (1:49:31) and Austrian Michael Skobierski (1:52:48). Ixel said: “The course is amazing and I really enjoy it. There was a little bushwhacking for a while, but I still managed to run the whole way”.
UK resident Zein Williams took first place in the 21km women’s category in two hours, 14 minutes and 13 seconds. She finished in front of Nicole Leung (2:21:37) and Flora Ching (2:27:56).
More than 1,000 runners and hikers took part in Sunday’s event.