Lau Kwok-man (1117) leads the pack during the Coca-Cola Running Fun 2005 at Sha Tin yesterday. The strong winds and heavy rains that forced the cancellation of the Hong Kong Cross Country Championship at Hok Tau yesterday morning did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the 894-strong field of the that turned up to compete the race, which started and finished outside the rowing centre on the west bank of the Shing Mun River. Lau, 20, a student at the IVE College, won the race, which is just 50m from the start to finish area, used his considerable knowledge of the course to good effect and to come home a minute clear of fellow junior Lui Kin-hung. Lau clocked 26 minutes and 17 seconds. Veteran runner Kenna Lee Pui-kam, the runner-up last year, had a slightly smaller winning margin in the women's race, but still managed a comfortable 21-second advantage over Tong Mei-leng, who clocked 31:32 to win the women's senior division from Lucina Lo. Lee's time of 31:11 was 41 seconds off her runner-up time of last year.