Personal best: accident of time helps Boston runner survive

Smolar visiting a memorial for victims. Photo: Brad Smolar

While many runners commit, sacrifice and train for years to earn the monikers of "Boston Marathon qualifier" and "Boston Marathon finisher", I will now always be first and foremost, a Boston Marathon 2013 survivor, one who can still live to run another day.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 11:30am 1 comment

Marathon Mania: Running on inspiration

Marathon runners Martha Ng (left) and Francis Ngai at West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Upon hearing of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon slogan "run for a reason" last year, Paul Evans knew he had to sign up.

20 Feb 2013 - 10:07am

Marathon Mania: Under starter's orders

Rachel Jacqueline (black top) trains with top local female marathon runner, Alison Chow. Photo: Nora Tam

It's finally here. Three months of arduous training have flown by, and on Sunday, I will run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

20 Feb 2013 - 10:05am

Marathon mania: Mind over muscle

Laura Walsh (left) and Rachel Jacqueline stride out in the Mid-Levels. Photo: Dickson Lee

It's no secret that training for a marathon requires hard work, as early mornings, thigh-thrashing long runs and pushing near-sickening speeds become the norm.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:04pm

Marathon Mania: What's best in the long run?

New runners are advised to train for 12 months before competing in a marathon. Photo: Dickson Lee

Logically, if running is good for your health, then more must be better. But experts have discovered a point where the benefits are outweighed by the wear and tear on your heart - and research suggests it's about half of what training for a marathon requires.

22 Jan 2013 - 11:21am

Marathon Mania: week 3

Rachel Jacqueline undergoes a VO2 max measurement test at the Institute of Human Performance. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The standard formula for calculating one's maximum heart rate is "220 minus your age". But experts suggest the textbook is wrong: everyone's maximums, from heart rate to output, are different. Understanding yours is the key to peak performance.

18 Dec 2012 - 9:42am

Unsung heroes

Name Ivan Li Chun-yin School Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School Grade Form Six Sport Athletics (long-distance running)


8 May 2015 - 5:57pm

Unsung heroes

Name Cheryl Cheung Wai-yin School Institute of Vocational Education (Chai Wan) Grade Year Two Sport Athletics

Achievements Cheryl, 20, from Tin Shui Wan, is a long-distance runner with Alexander Athletic Club and the athletics team at IVE, where she is studying for a higher diploma in beauty and health.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Step in the right direction

If it weren't for running, Gi Ka-man would probably be on a different path in life. The long-distance runner has represented Hong Kong and started his own athletic club, but he took a winding road to get there.

Gi, 28, grew up in Yuen Long where his family owned a grocery store. He started smoking in Form One and often skipped class in secondary school.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Give the gift of life with blood donation

While needing a blood transfusion is not a matter of choice, becoming a blood donor is.

Many people donate blood regularly to help others and this is a crucial service to those struggling with illness.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Runners should be in good shape

The annual Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon is a noteworthy event, but the death of a 26-year-old male runner cast a shadow over this year's race.

It brought up the question of whether the organisers should ask participants for medical approval beforehand.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fevered Rebecki keeps her cool to win

Last Sunday's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon - an annual road race for Hong Kong runners - attracted a record 70,000 entrants.

8 May 2015 - 5:57pm

Collapsed marathon runner used false name

A Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon participant whose run landed him in hospital competed under a friend's name without official authorisation.

Mok Yu-ming, 25, collapsed in Victoria Park after finishing the 10- kilometre race on Sunday and was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai. His condition went from critical to serious yesterday.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Triple happiness for 10km champ as friends win, too

Winning is always great, but joining his sweetheart and his good friend on the winners' podium provided triple happiness for Chan Ka-ho, champion in the 10-kilometre race.

'I am over the moon, as this is my first win in the 10km, 11 years after I first joined the Hong Kong Marathon,' the final-year Baptist University student said.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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

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.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am