Fierce bat­tle on wa­ter and land

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CANA­DIAN HONG KONG RES­I­DENT JEFF Camp­bell won t he an­nual Lan­tau 2 Pea ks skyrace on Oct 1. He com­pleted the 23-kilo­me­tre race in 2 hours 47 min­utes and 40 sec­onds – f ly­ing over the tech­ni­cal course that fea­tures close to 2,000m el­e­va­tion gain. The course chains to­gether Nei Lek Shan con­tour trail, Ngong Ping, Pak King Au, Tai Tung Shan and Wong Lung Hang Coun­try Trail. It re­verses di­rec­tion each year to keep the chal­lenge fresher for re­peat par­tic­i­pants. Not that the lead­ers had much time to get bored any­way over such chal­leng­ing trails. “Lan­tau is so tech­ni­cal and in­tense. It was def­i­nitely a tough race for a tough group of run­ners. Top three run­ners were stuck to­gether up to Ngong Ping, CP1. It was re­ally tough run­ning up Sun­set Peak where I broke away. This is my first time com­pet­ing in Lan­tau 2 Peaks and I’m very ex­cited to grab the cham­pion ti­tle,” said Camp­bell. Sec­ond went to Aus­trian Michael Sko­bier­ski, who was only 3 min­utes 56 sec­onds be­hind. Ir­ish­man Kevin Scallan came in third – the same plac­ing as last year. French run­ner Em­i­lie Saint Pé walked away with the ti­tle in the women’s bat­tle, while in-form Hong Kong run­ner Yee Ting Kwan wasn’t dis­ap­pointed with sec­ond: “Sun­set Peak was my favourite part as that was the fi­nal part of the race. Af­ter I got up to the peak, it was a huge re­lief, and it felt great.” As ever the event saw not only fierce com­pe­ti­tion, but also many shared mo­ments with friends, old and new.

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