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AF­TER MONTHS OF IN­TEN­SIVE TRAIN­ING through the MSIG Ac­tion Asia Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme, Hong Kong rep­re­sen­ta­tives fin­ished strongly at the World Skyrun­ning Cham­pi­onships Ul­tra race in Kin­lochleven, Scot­land on Septem­ber 14. Eigh­teen-year-old ter­tiary stu­dent David Ng, and or­thopaedic doc­tor Karen Che­ung, went through a five-month train­ing plan, de­signed specif­i­cally for the chal­lenges at the Cham­pi­onships. “I’m very happy and ex­cited that I have fin­ished the race and I’m ex­tremely thank­ful to the kind and gen­er­ous sup­port of MSIG Ac­tion Asia Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme,” said Ng, af­ter cross­ing the fin­ish line in 6:26:56. “The first half of the race was very muddy, slip­pery and windy on the moun­tains that I was not used to and I was doubt­ing my­self whether I could fin­ish it. It was def­i­nitely the most dif­fi­cult race that I have ever raced in. The down­hill was very tech­ni­cal and it was very cold through­out the whole course.” “I fell so many times at the muddy down hill sec­tion and it was the most dif­fi­cult part as the mud was re­ally thick. The trail was more runnable later so I caught up and passed a lot of run­ners to­wards the end of the race,” com­mented Che­ung, the 28- year-old who fin­ished in 6:39:31. An ini­tia­tive by MSIG In­surance (Hong Kong) and Ac­tion Asia Events, the devel­op­ment pro­gramme pre­pares lo­cal trail run­ners for the world stage.

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