VISITING Macanese athlete Lam Weng-hei destroyed a high quality field of local athletes to take victory in the first race of the 1995-6 Reservoir Race Series at Park View yesterday. Lam, who has a personal best marathon time of two hours and 28 minutes, led the 200-strong field from the gun and was never caught over the hilly eight-kilometre course. The first two kilometres of the race descended the steep downhill section of Tai Tam Reservoir Road, before taking to the trail around Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir. Most of the final six kilometres of the race was run uphill, via the challenging southern section of Mount Violet. Lam's time of 36 minutes and six seconds was a full two minutes clear of second-placed finisher Cheng Wai-lee, who ran an even-paced race throughout. British Forces runner Jimmy Young ran well early on, but midway through the hilly Mount Violet section, succumbed to the fast pace set by Lam and Cheng and eventually had to settle for third place overall in a time of 38:10. Pre-race favourite Babs Bukunola ran well to finish in fourth place, but suffering from a severe cold and chest infection, his time of 39:10 had little hope of troubling the three front runners. In-form veteran athlete Lance Robertson, having this year moved up to the men's 50-years-and-over age group, ran a remarkable race to finish first in the men's veteran-three section and eighth in the race overall. Robertson's impressive time of 40:59 would have placed him fourth in the Men's veteran-one category, a category which features runners aged from 40 to 44 years. In the absence of last year's overall champion, Yuko Gordon, who is in Taiwan to compete in a full marathon, Gillian Castka, running in the ladies' veteran-one section, had little opposition in the women's race and crossed the finish line in a comfortable time of 46:18, almost two minutes clear of the second woman home, Yeung Mei-lun. Last year's ladies veteran-two overall champion, Marie-Helene Arnauld ran 49:19 to come home in a creditable fourth place overall. Arnauld topped the veteran-two category by a massive seven minute margin over Caryl Hartwright.