Fly­ing the flag at Coun­try of Ori­gin

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IN CON­TRAST TO THE men­ac­ing grey skies, a plethora of na­tional flags and colours were on dis­play around the hu­mid trails of Lan­tau on Satur­day April 23 for the sec­ond an­nual 30km ‘Coun­try of Ori­gin' trail run. Run­ning to­gether in t heir na­tional squads of three, many in cos­tumes with props and oth­ers in coun­try colours, all the dif­fer­ent teams bat­tled each other around a course that took them over sev­eral moun­tains on Lan­tau. The Ja­panese sailor­moon bunch cap­tured hearts and at­ten­tion while every­body waited for the race to be­gin, while over-en­thused Tai­wanese run­ners yelled at the top of their lungs to en­cour­age their team mem­bers. Main­tain­ing their lead, John El­lis who ran in his Speedos and a surf res­cue cap along with his team­mates Vlad Ixel and Dar­ren B e n s o n , t h e Auss i e s c l a i med v i c tor y i n t hre e hours and 31 min­utes. In the women's race, the Kin Hang Ladies of Hong Kong surged ahead from the start to leave their clos­est com­pe­ti­tion s t u c k i n t h e mud, f i n i s h i n g in four hours and 51 min­utes and se­cur­ing a home­town win. This year, there were also two teams that par­tic­i­pated from Free To Run, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports refugee women from con­flict ar­eas through track train­ing and hik­ing. Both teams suc­cess­fully com­pleted the race in less than nine hours.

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