Former champion Michael Capper is hoping the strong group of overseas runners will push the pace and help him shatter his best Hong Kong time in the 20th Adidas King of the Road 10-kilometre race at Chek Lap Kok tomorrow. The Briton, who set a Hong Kong best of 31 minutes and 58 seconds on his way to winning the race at the old Kai Tak Airport two years ago, will pit himself against a record 3,000-plus field including the defending champion, Denmark-born Kjeld Dissing, Mama and Ballester of the Philippines and Taiwanese Lin Yi-chier. Capper should not be too worried about not knowing how good the field is. He said a month ago at a press conference that the only runner in the world he feared was world 10,000-metre record-holder Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia. 'The race is expected to be fast and I hope at the least I will improve Hong Kong's best time. I can't be certain of winning but I hope they push the pace and ensure a faster time,' Capper, 37, said. Capper felt that this year's course, which features a number of hilly sections, was much harder than the one at Kai Tak but what mattered was the pace of the race. 'The course at Kai Tak was flat but I led all the way and there wasn't much competition,' he said. Capper is in good shape, winning the 5,000m at last weekend's Watson's Athletic King Championships in 15:13.32 - the fastest time clocked in Hong Kong in four years. Other challengers in the men's open category include 1995-1996 champion Roberto de Vido, 1998 champion Lee Chi-wo, veteran Lee Kar-lun and Mo Wai-shing. In the women's category, Christine Double will be intent on defeating defending champion Winnie Ng Lai-chu and taking her first Queen of the Road crown. Lai Ka-wai and 1999 winner Gillian Castka are also in the running. Meanwhile, 500 students will be competing in the inter-school relay. Yan Chai Hospital Number Two Secondary School will be aiming for their third consecutive girls' title while the boys' race will be more open. The two-lap race will take the runners from the northbound lane on East Coast Road, south towards Guo Lo Wan Road before returning to Scenic Road for the finish.