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Hysan Healthy Run 2011

Dumont continues winning streak in front of Ritcey taking another record at Hysan Healthy Hike & Run
27 March 2011
HYSAN HEALTHY HIKE & RUN (5k-13k-21k), Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Hong Kong – With shoes slipping on loose steep gravel, sweat pouring down Clements Dumont’s face, hamstrings burning from being in overdrive after a 300m elevation climb, it was at this point 10km into the Hysan Healthy Hike & Run 21km course that Dumont finally could shake loose Salomon Bonaqua Racing’s Jeremy Ritcey and go on to break the course record in a blistering time of 1 hour 47 minutes 1 second.
“Jeremy and I were together until that big hill after the water cp and I just pushed as hard as I could to build a lead there as was too difficult earlier. Coming down the other side I pushed even harder with a bit more
confidence knowing that if I was fast there I could build a slight lead and hold it, which was the outcome” said Frenchman Dumont who recently broke another Action Asia Event record.
“Fantastic course, enjoyed it and Clement did well. We were together a long time, he got me on the climb, pushed hard after but not enough to real him in” said Canadian Ritcey taking 2nd overall in 1 hour 51 minutes 50 seconds who also went under last years course record.
Chan Chun Fun took third overall in the Men’s 21km category finishing in 2hours and 54 seconds. ”Well I went hard and managed to stay in front of friends behind me who I didn’t see later in the race with the same not seeing those in front as they were too far ahead, so was interesting running by myself the whole race as quite funny but very enjoyable as smooth course. Love the technical downhill the most as big holes you had to jump. Enjoy that kind of stuff”, Chan said.
“It’s fantastic too see so many people who care about a healthy living and getting out on some of Hong Kong’s most scenic trails in Tai Lam Country Park. Seeing so many huge grins at the finish line and awards ceremony with the ladies in the 50 plus category going crazy was very rewarding” said Michael Maddess, Race Director and Course Designer for the Hysan Healthy Hike & Run.
In the Women’s 21km category, Singaporean Jeannette Wang took the title in a close fight against others winning in 2 hours 23 minutes 10 seconds setting a new course record. “Well talking about a trail course. All I can say is after living in Hong Kong for just over 1 month, Singapore trails are Mickey Mouse compared to Hong Kong. Wow. Impressive” Wang said relishing the fact that there is something Hong Kong people can be a bit proud of in terms of running trails.
“I think I enjoyed the first half more than the second half until I hit that big hill. I did get back into it later in the race, but that took a lot out of me. I’m glad to take 2nd as didn’t realize I was so close to the front”
said Mak Lim Luen, taking 2nd overall in the Women’s 21km in 2 hours 24 minutes 33 seconds also under last years course record.
Erin Bowland took 3rd overall in 2 hours 35 minutes 40 seconds for the 21km. “Nice trail run and great route. I didn’t drink that much on the course as filled up around a litre in my hydration system and it got me thru most of the course due to cool temperatures” said Bowland.
The Hysan Healthy Hike & Run had over 740 competitors enter Sunday with 3 categories involving a 5km easy route, 13km intermediate route along the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir MacLehose stage 10 section and 21km more technical route all the way around the reservoir taking in a 300m mountain stage, before a tree descent finishing on the historic Yuen Tsuen Ancient trail.
The event could not have happened without the valuable support of Hysan the presenting sponsor, Vitasoy the official water sponsor, Gatorade the official sport drink, Action Asia Magazine the official travel magazine, Sportsoho the media partner, Seasons Fitness the offical fitness center and kind support from Doritos, Quaker Oats, Lays potato chips with the official charity Action Asia Foundation.
Map of course and pictures on official website