The oldest participants at the starting line of the 35th Oxfam Trailwalker on Friday were in buoyant mood ahead of the 100km challenge, throwing in a few jokes and laughter.
The Oxfam Trailwalker is an iconic Hong Kong 100-kilometre trail race that began in 1981 as a training exercise for the Queen's Gurkha Signals during the city's colonial days. Since opening the event to civilains in 1986, more than 93,000 participants have raised over HK$500 million to support Oxfam’s various poverty alleviation and emergency relief projects in Africa and Asia. In teams of four, Trailwalkers have 48 hours to complete the 100km MacLehose Trail that begins in Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung Country Park and ends at Tai Tong Holiday Camp in Tai Lam Country Par, Yuen Long. The race celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2016.