Fierce battle on water and land
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.