Stefano Passarello gave clear notice that he will be the man to beat over the coming road racing season with an emphatic victory in the Thaiquain Cup at Pak Tam Chung yesterday. 'I basically used the race as a training run because of the hot and humid conditions,' said the Pokfulam-based Italian, who works as a financial consultant. 'My long-term focus is to run a marathon this season - possibly the Hong Kong Marathon. 'And I also want to try to break 31 minutes for the 10km distance this year.' Passarello's main concern after yesterday's 10km race was the welfare of several runners who passed out due to the brutally hot conditions, two of whom were hospitalised. 'I have basic first aid training as both my parents are doctors,' added 27-year-old Passarello, who clocked 35 minutes and 49 seconds for his win. 'Runners should hydrate properly before competing in an event in this sort of temperature.' Matthew Jones was second across the line in 36:56 in yesterday's 1,000-strong field while prolific roadrunner Choi Tat-ming took third place overall in 37:47. Li Suet-fei chalked up her second straight win after claiming the 10km Chung Hing Cup last week in Tsuen Wan. The 32-year-old scientific researcher won in a time of 41:13, almost a full minute ahead of Leong Yuen-fan. Chan Chun-hing placed third overall and first in the women's 40 to 49 age group.