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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.