A stiff head wind over the final two kilometres prevented Thomas Kiprotich from rewriting his course record in the Unicef Half Marathon at Hong Kong Disneyland yesterday. The Kenyan had to settle for one hour, nine minutes and 50 seconds for his third successive win on the course, where two years ago he set a Hong Kong record of 1:07:42. Kiprotich, whose next race will be in the Zhuhai Half Marathon on December 19, said: 'I could have challenged the record today had it not been for the head wind.' Hong Kong half-marathon record holder Chan Ka-ho finished about 800 metres behind Kiprotich yesterday with a time of 1:13:44, while American Colin Fishwick took third in 1:14:18. Invited athlete Kristijna Loonen, 40, had a comfortable win in the women's race, clocking 1:24:25 for the 21.1km distance. The Dutch international said she was suffering from a cold after the flight from wintry Europe, so was pleased with the win. Angelina Kong was placed second in 1:25:55, while Fan Siu-ping took third place in 1:27:31. Yesterday's event saw five separate starts and the largest-yet field of 10,000 runners taking part to raise money for the Unite for Children, Unite for Aids campaign. The men's 10km event was much more competitive than Kiprotich's gun-to-tape procession in the half marathon, with four top runners challenging throughout the race. Last year's event ended with the somewhat farcical situation of first-past-the-post Stefano Passarello being disqualified by rules officials. The benefactor of that decision was Gi Ka-man, who moved up from second to first, so yesterday's race was something of a needle match between the two. Despite the incentive, Passarello was unable to match Gi's pace over the final kilometre and had to settle for second place with a time of 32:56 to Gi's 32:29. Andrew Wright, who last week ensured another four years of government funding for the Hong Kong Triathlon Association with his seventh place finish at the Asian Games, ran a creditable third in 33:06. Yiu Kit-ching led the women's 10km from start to finish to win in 38:00. Alexis Lamb clocked 40:10 for second, while Jane Hodgskin was third in 40:33.