THE crunch comes today for Hong Kong's leading distance runners and clubs when the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) Cross-Country Championships are held at Au Tam Mei army camp in the New Territories. In-form Watson's Elite Squad distance runner Cheung Man-ho who will be representing Road Runners Athletic Club in the team competition starts favourite in the men's individual 10 kilometres race after a fine win in the second race of the adidas King of the Road two weeks ago. But he is likely to be pushed hard by a posse of Watson's Athletic Club (WAC) runners including seasoned cross-country man Lee Kar-lun, last year's King of The Road Martin Peace, and Macau's top distance runner Li Hon-wah as well as both the men's seniorand junior 5,000 metres track record holders Roberto De Vido and Simon Parsons. Defending team and current league champions Tsuen Wan Athletic Club (TWAC) also have strong contenders in the individual race with Kwok Hon-kwai, Wong Yip-chor and Li Ho-tung all likely to be well up at the finish. Watson's Maggie Chan Man-yee starts favourite in the women's race run over the same distance although she may be a little stretched at 10 kms.