Hong Kong trail running award nominees released with Stone Tsang featuring six times as voting begins

The trail running community celebrates the close of the season with its annual awards

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 1:32pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 3:07pm

The Hong Kong trail running community can now vote on the nominations for trail runners, including categories such as female and male runner of the year and masters runner for athletes over 45.

Stone Tsang Siu-keung, a stalwart of the Hong Kong running scene, is featured six times.

John Ellis, founder of the Gone Running website and the awards organiser, told the Post: “There’s a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into every Hong Kong trail running season, so we wanted to create a forum for the community to publicly recognise all of those awesome runners, race organisers and volunteers who make the local scene so special and vibrant.”

Voting closes on July 14 and winners are announced at an awards night on July 21 in Cafe 8 in Central.

The nominations, posted by Gone Running, are as follows:

WAA Female Runner of the Year – for consistently outstanding trail racing performances in Hong Kong and/or overseas by a female runner

1. Wong Mei-ying

2. Marie McNaughton

3. Elsa Jeandedieu

4. Nicole Win Yan-leung

5. Zein Williams

6. Tsang Yin-hung

The Green Race Male Runner of the Year – for consistently outstanding trail racing performances in Hong Kong and/or overseas by a male runner

1. Jeff Campbell

2. Jacky Leung

3. Michael Skobierski

4. Wong Ho-chung

5. Vlad Ixel

6. Stone Tsang

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2XU Master Runner of the Year – for consistently outstanding trail racing performances in Hong Kong and/or overseas by a runner over the age of 45 on May 1, 2016

1. Frank Pilkington

2. Janine Canham

3. Paul Tsang

4. Thomas Hardcastle

5. Michael Cheung Man-sing

6. Devlin Mo

Joint Dynamics Youth Runner of the Year – for consistently outstanding trail racing performances in Hong Kong and/or overseas by a runner under the age of 25 on May 1, 2016

1. Ng Wai-hei

2. Wat King-long

3. Nathania Tang Ying-fei

4. Maxime Frossard

5. Chun Tong-hei

Salomon Most Improved Female Runner – awarded to the runner who has shown the greatest improvement in trail running performances over the course of the 2016-17 season

1. Janice Cheung

2. Adelinda Albarin

3. Emily Woodland

4. Frances Lai

5. Habiba Benahmed

6. Wendy Porterfield

Tailwind Most Improved Male Runner – awarded to the runner who has shown the greatest improvement in trail running performances over the course of the 2016-17 season

1. Isaac Yuen

2. Max Lau Kam-yuen

3. Jeff Campbell

4. Nick Cook

5. Thierry Mok Wai-lun

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Runivore Best Solo Run – for the best trail run of the 2016-17 season by a single runner. It can be an extraordinary feat of achievement that astounded and inspired other runners, trailblazing a new path, or courage against the odds

1. Andre Blumberg – Millenium Quest

2. Stone Tsang – Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge

3. Fanny Wu – Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge

4. Angela Flynn – 9 Dragons 50/50

5. Tom Robertshaw – Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge

6. Eti Rodriguez – Ultraks Matterhorn 30k

RaceBase Best Team Run Award – for the best trail run of the 2016-17 season by a team of runners. It can be an extraordinary feat of achievement that astounded and inspired other runners, trailblazing a new path, or courage against the odds

1. Cookie Devil at Raleigh Challenge – Nicole Lau and Leo Chung

2. Team Hong Kong at Country of Origin – Stone Tsang, Chun Kit Tsang (Ying), Wong Kawai

3. 2XU at Oxfam Trailwalker – Anthony Davies, Will Davies, Anders Kartik and Peter Lee

4. Fast Kids at Lantau 70 Relay – Maxime Frossard, Olivia Niemy, Ng Wai-hei and Martin Pintrava

5. Team Japan at Country of Origin – Toshinobu Ehara, Go Yamaguchi, Takahiro Hamai, Akiko Kimata, Tatsuta Kimata and Naoko Yamaguchi

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The Andy Naylor Best Sportsmanship Award – for the runner who best exemplifies the trail running ideals of sportsmanship, fairness, integrity, respect and excellence, either in a single noteworthy action or consistently over the course of the season

1. Jacky Keung Leung-chun

2. Agnes Cheng

3. Tom Robertshaw

4. Loz Wong

5. Stone Tsang

2XU Best Race – for the race director and their team who organise Hong Kong’s best race or series, having regard for the race course and checkpoints, overall atmosphere, value for money and, most importantly, runner feedback. Hong Kong runners would be proud to be represented by this race

1. Moontrekker

2. Country of Origin

3. TransLantau

4. Hong Kong 100

5. Oxfam Trailwalker

6. The North Face 100

Black Diamond Best New Race – based on the same criteria as Best Race but for a race in its first or second year

1. LBC Ladies Race

2. 9 Dragons Ultra

3. Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan

4. XTE WAA NE50

5. Green Race Ultra

6. Tailwind Trail Chase

Ultimate Direction Best Trail Running Photo – the single image that best portrays or captures the spirit and beauty of the Hong Kong trails and its running community

1. Tommy Yuen

Vlad Ixel leading the 9 Dragons 50K in 2017 on top of Tai To Yan – February 2017

2. Radium Cheng

“No matter how hard it is, the finish line is on your side!”

3. Sunny Lee

“This is one of my favourite photos from the summer of 2016. The sunrise silhouette of a runner [Jacky Leung] at Sunset, representing the running community exploring and enjoying the beautiful trails in Hong Kong.”

4. Jun Sat

“Welcome on board to John Air. We are ready to take off on the green runway.” John Ellis at Green Race Ultra, April 2017.

5. Lucien Chan

“The enjoyment – enjoy every moment of the run, keep smiling and moving. That is trail running!” Delphine Riche-Franz at MSIG Hong Kong 50 in October 2016.

6. Foto Mo (Elvis)

“Taken at Tai Mo Shan during The North Face 100, one of Hong Kong’s hardest races and most iconic trails, with runners challenging the environment with great friendship, one of the most remarkable scenes in sports. Taken with tele lens with wireless flesh light to capture the beautiful sunset.”

7. Jon Lee

Chung Wong-ho at The North Face 50 Hong Kong – December 2016.

Icebreaker Community Award – awarded to an organiser, volunteer, sponsor or other stakeholder who has made a significant and lasting positive contribution to the Hong Kong trail running community by devoting their time, talents, expertise and passion over the past year

1. Tim Bardwell

2. Filipina Extreme Hikers

3. Virginie Goethals

4. Andre Blumberg

5. Stone Tsang

6. Doug Treasure

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Altra Lifetime Achievement Award – recognising a runner, organiser, volunteer or other stakeholder’s outstanding contribution to the Hong Kong trail running scene over a sustained period of time. Can be awarded posthumously

1. Keith Noyes

2. Li Wai-on

3. Janet Ng

4. Stone Tsang

5. Murray Maclehose

For your chance to vote and find out more about the nominees, go here.