WATSON'S Athletic Club's Lee Kar-lun yesterday overturned the form books to score an upset win over teammates Roberto De Vido and Martin Peace in yesterday's Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) Cross Country Championships held over a hilly 13-kilometre course at Au Tam Mei in the New Territories. Clocking 42 minutes and 15 seconds on a course that was changed from the original 10 kilometres by organising club British Forces, Lee revelled in the hills to leave both De Vido and Peace behind as he stepped up the pace over the last three kilometres in the hills. De Vido hung on for second place with a time of 42:20 while Peace, who was expected to score his first win over Lee and De Vido in the series, suffered on the hills and finished a further six seconds back in 42:26. From the start the trio completely dominated the 200-strong pack as they shared the early pacemaking to leave their Tsun Wan Athletic Club opponents Wong Ip-chor and Kwok Hon-kwai trailing in fourth and fifth places at the finish. 'Although I like the hills I did not think I had the speed to hold off De Vido and Peace at the finish,' said Lee who with De Vido competed in the recent Singapore Marathon. But disaster struck Watson's in the men's open team race when useful runner Ying Tze-kin fell and twisted an ankle while packing in the top 20 after three kilometres. Ying's withdrawal gave Tsun Wan victory by a single point, 101 to 102, in the closest finish to the cross country series. Competing in one of her last races before leaving for America early next month to further her studies at Brigham Young University, Maggie Chan Man-yee cruised home to an easy win in the women's 6.5-kilometre race. Clocking 23:29, Chan had no difficulty in holding off Ladies Road Runners Club's in-form veteran Yuko Gordon who took the overall second slot in 23:59, ahead of her LRRC teammates Lucy Ramwell and Gillian Castka in third and fourth places. As expected, Ladies Road Runners had no opposition in the team event with their A and B squads finishing first and second. HKAAA officials are now expected to select squads for both next year's Asian and World Cross Country Championships from the season's four cross country league races including yesterday's championship event.