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Feb 18 / 2017

Australian Ixel victorious - new MSIG SK50 course - HK Lo bags women's title

MSIG HK50 Series

Oct 23, 2016 - MSIG HK50 - Hong Kong Island

Dec 02, 2016 - MSIG Lantau VK (5km) – Lantau

Dec 04, 2016 - MSIG Lantau 50 – Lantau

Feb 18, 2017-MSIG Sai Kung 50 – Sai Kung

Australian Ixel victorious on new MSIG Sai Kung 50 course

while Hong Kong's Lo bags women's title

HONG KONG, Feb 18, 2017 – Vlad Ixel, the Hong Kong-based elite Australian trail runner, conquered warm weather and a technically demanding course to be crowned overall champion of the MSIG Sai Kung 50 race in Sai Kung Country Park today. Hong Kong's Ching-ling Lo grabbed the women's title in the third and final leg of the MSIG HK50 series, which saw more than 1,000 participants toe the start line at Pak Tam Chung at 6.30am this morning.

Another Hong Kong-based Australian, John Ellis, finished third overall to be crowned champion of the MSIG HK50 series, following stellar performances in the series' first two legs, MSIG Hong Kong 50 and MSIG Lantau 50. Among the women, Nepalese youngster Sunmaya Budha, just 18 years of age, secured the overall MSIG HK 50 series title by finishing second in the Sai Kung leg behind Lo to follow up on her second place in the Lantau leg last December.

The MSIG Sai Kung 50 course took runners on a big loop of Sai Kung West Country Park, followed by a smaller loop of Sai Kung East Country Park, for a total of 54 kilometres with almost 3,000 metres in elevation gain. Race winner Ixel, of The North Face team, crossed the line in 6 hours 6 minutes 14 seconds, closely followed by Frenchman Pierre-andre Ferriere (6:10:21), who was also second in last year's race, and Ellis (6:18:14).

It was a hard fought win for Ixel, who said he had struggled through the race. "The course is beautiful and I really enjoyed it, but there were climbs and other tough stuff going on. It's quite technical on the way down and your legs are already tired but then you still have to run down. It was definitely challenging today.”

Unusually, Ixel decided to use running poles for the race - a right move, he said. “The stick does come in handy. I wasn’t sure at first if I should use it today. It definitely slowed me down on the downhills and the flats, but in a way it kept my legs fresher and helped me recover quicker.”

The course had some changes this year. For example, the out-and-back portion over Sai Kung East Country Park in the final 10 kilometres was new. Ferriere, of the Gone Running/Joint Dynamics team, said he enjoyed the course. "The course is good with a nice view of Sai Kung. I like the Ham Tin Beach part most, around CP1," he said.

Ellis was delighted with his performance. “I’m really happy with the result. When you have got Pierre, Vlad and Justin [Andrews], it’s really a strong field,” he said. On the course, Ellis added: "You have some amazing views out of the sea and the islands. You just need to pay attention to the ground because often you just want to look up and take the scenery in. I love how phenomenally beautiful this course is; it’s really tough but with a lot of runnable sections. With the big hills, stage three is the most difficult part for me."

Women's champion Lo crossed the finish line in 7 hours 37 minutes 31 seconds, just ahead of Budha (7:40:26) and Yanfeng Lin from Shenzhen, China (7:53:47). Lo said: “I didn’t think too much, I just speeded up in the runnable parts and slowed down in the technical parts. I’m in good condition." Lo said she preferred this year's course to last year's. “There are some changes this year, making it more runnable. The part I enjoyed most is the view around Pak Lap, the sea and the hills were quite fascinating."

Budha, only the second time competing outside Nepal, said: “I’m happy and feel good with the result. I prefer this year’s course and I enjoyed the scenery very much."

Lin was satisfied with her timing, which was more than an hour faster than last year. She said modestly: "Maybe lots of top runners didn’t join the race, so I was fortunate to win. I liked the route, we could see the sunrise clearly when we started the race. The scene was wonderful!"

The MSIG Sai Kung 50 also included 22km and 12km races. In the 22km race, Lucy Cant of New Zealand, who has been living in Hong Kong for four years, outran not only the women but also the men to be crowned the overall champion in 2 hours 35 minutes and 9 seconds. She said: “It is an interesting race and I had a nice day. Sai Kung is such a beautiful place to run. There’s a little track around the coast right over the sea which is pretty amazing. I’ll definitely come again and challenge the 50km if I have the chance."

Malte Peter Larsen of Denmark was the 22km men's champion in 2 hours 45 minutes 37 seconds. He said: “I love how the difficult trail sometimes requires both my hands to help me. I was exhausted when I reached the first checkpoint, but it was all good.”

Australian Pak To Lai was the overall champion in the 12km race in 1 hour 3 minutes 18 seconds. He said: “One thing special about MSIG HK Series is that it has different categories, and each category has its own thoughtfully designed course. I’m satisfied with my performance today. I would like to try the 22km next year."

Hoi Sze Kwok won the women's 12km race in 1 hour 19 minutes 8 seconds. She said: “This is the first time I am champion in a race organised by Action Asia Events. I prepared several months for it. Hard work pays off, I have reached my expectations! I really like the design of the course. It’s more technical than any course in other races I have taken part in. I enjoyed the scenery lot.”

The MSIG HK50 Series is only possible with the kind support of presenting sponsor MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited and supporting partners: ActionX Store, Hoka One One, Herbalgy, OtterBox, C3fit, Bonaqua, Salonsip, AroundDB, Skyrunner National Series China, China Skyrunning Association, International Trail Running Association Member, 2017 UTMB@Qualifying Race and Action Asia Foundation.

MSIG HK50 Series

Oct 23, 2016 - MSIG HK50 - Hong Kong Island

Dec 02, 2016 - MSIG Lantau VK (5km) – Lantau

Dec 04, 2016 - MSIG Lantau 50 – Lantau

Feb 18, 2017-MSIG Sai Kung 50 – Sai Kung


Race Results

MSIG HK50 Series Sai Kung50


Top 5 Men

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Vlad Ixel –Australia- The North Face -06:06:14

2. Pierre-andre Ferriere – France- Gone Running/Joint Dynamics- 06:10:21

3. John Ellis- Australia - 06:18:14

4. Justin Andrews-– the United States -WWA Team -06:32:25

5. Mat Leng-Cambodia-Team Uglow Asia -06:37:38

Top 5 Women

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Ching Ling Lo –Hong Kong -07:37:31

2. Sunmaya Budha– Nepal- Trail Running Nepal- 07:40:26

3. Yanfeng Lin- China- 01TEAM- 07:53:47

4. Purna Laxmi Neupani-– Nepal- Trail Running Nepal-08:08:25

5. Joan Yip-Hong Kong -Overstim.s Asia -09:08:35


Top 5 Men

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Malte Larsen –Denmark- 02:45:37

2. Gertjan Donkers –Netherlands- 02:45:56

3. Justin Kent – the United States- 02:47:37

4. Chak Lam Aster Ho –Hong Kong- 02:48:03

5. Dimitri Prot –France- 02:49:55

Top 5 Women

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Lucy Cant – New Zealand - 02:35:09

2. Sherrin Loh – Australia - 02:43:58

3. Heidi Makinen –Finland - 02:56:36

4. Janine Canham –the Great Britain- 03:04:17

5. Manon Peters – Netherlands - 03:07:05

2016/17 MSIG HK50 Series Total Points


Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. John Ellis – Australia - / - 225  

2. Pierre-andre Ferriere – France - Gone Running / Joint Dynamics -108

3. Nicolas Martin – France- Sigvaris Sports Team Trail / Hoka - 100                             

3. Vlad Ixel – Australia - The North Face - 100                                     

5. Paul Ridley – GBR - Team Green Alpinamente - 91                      


Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Sunmaya Budha - Nepal - Trail Running Nepal - 176

2. Purna Laxmi Neupani - Nepal - Trail Running Nepal - 140

3. Ruth Charlotte Croft - New Zealand - Scott Running/Garmin – 100

3. Caroline Chaverot – Switzerland – Hoka - 100

3.  Ching Ling Lo  – Hong Kong - /- 100



Race Info

Event Name:

MSIG Sai Kung 50 - HK50 Series


Feb 18, 2017 (Saturday)

Start Time:

6:30 a.m. (50km start) 7:00 a.m. (22km start) 7: 15 a.m. 12k start)

Start Location:

Pak Tam Chung Picnic Garden, Sai Kung


12km, 21km, 50km (Ultra Skymarathon)


Trail Running and Hiking



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澳洲名將Vlad Ixel勇奪MSIG西貢50 冠軍


【香港2017年2月18日】一年一度的2017 MSIG西貢50越野賽於今日成功舉行。伴著明星弦月,清風幾許,淩晨六時半,上千名國際跑手浩浩湯湯從起跑點北潭涌,蓄勢而發。一場激情與速度的比拼過後,The North Face隊的澳洲越野名將Vlad Ixel以6時6分14秒摘得50公里組別的大賽冠軍;香港本地越野女將勞偵玲以7時37分31秒斬獲50公里女子桂冠。

澳洲越野猛將John Ellis在2016/17年度MSIG香港系列賽的三場賽事中,均獲得了優異名次,以總積分225排2016/17年度MSIG香港系列賽總排名榜首位;Trail Running Nepal隊的尼泊爾女將Sunmaya Budha以總分176位列女子排名第一。

來自澳洲的Vlad Ixel是50公里的冠軍。Ixel認為今天的賽事非常具有挑戰性:「今天氣溫有所回升,賽道的確需要跑手運用一定技巧。途中有許多上下坡,尤其是回程消耗了我很多體力。但因沿途風景宜人,我很享受比賽過程。我也始終相信堅持就是勝利!」然而對比之下,Ixel認為心理上回程依然相對容易,因為前方就是終點線。他介紹說:「我這場比賽使用了行山仗,它確實在平路時拖慢了我腳步,但是它幫助我的腿部肌肉更有效率地恢復狀態。」Ixel 認為清晰的知道比賽距離是一個優勢:「可以幫助我不斷調整自己的策略和速度,更好地分配自己的體力。」


來自Gone Running/Joint Dynamicsm隊的法國精英跑手Pierre-andre Ferriere 以6時10分21秒的成績繼上年再次奪得MSIG西貢50公里亞軍,他表示:「這是我第二次參加MSIG西貢50的比賽。兩年的賽道都很棒,西貢的風景依然迷人,我最喜歡的是比賽剛開始那段咸田附近的海岸。」為了取得一個滿意的成績,賽前一個月,Ferriere連續進行了四周板塊訓練:「一開始我跟在本次賽事總排名第四的Justin Andrews後面跑,我們一起跑過了賽事的前半段。我加速后緊跟在賽事總冠軍Vlad Ixel後面。」他說他明年一定會再次挑戰西貢50。

已經參加三次西貢50的澳洲精英跑手John Ellis以6小時18分14秒得成績奪得季軍。賽後採訪中他表達了自己的激動之情:「我很滿意自己的比賽結果,和Pierre、Vlad及Justin同場競技極具挑戰性。」在享受比賽的同時,Ellis也不忘醉心風景,他說:「大海和島嶼的風景十分迷人,選手們很可能只想抬頭欣賞風景,而忘記腳下的賽道。」同時,Ellis也表示,由衷喜歡西貢50這樣沿途景色優美,賽道有可跑性的賽事,明年一定還會繼續參加。

50公里女子組季軍的中國深圳跑手林艷楓,衝線時間為7小時53分47秒。今年是她第二次參加MSIG西貢50,並首次獲得名次。林小姐表示:「從去年8至9月開始準備比賽,籌備半年後成績比去年快了一個多小時,運氣與努力的結果吧,我已經感到很滿意了。」林小姐還對今次賽道沿途風景稱讚道:「 剛開始跑不到一小時,沿途太陽就從地平線上升起,那畫面真的很震撼,太美了!」

來自Trail Running Nepal隊的尼泊爾精英跑手Sunmaya Budha斬獲本次MSIG西貢50女子亞軍,這是她繼2016年12月底MSIG 大嶼山50女子亞軍后,獲得的又一個好成績。Sunmaya Budha表示:「我很高兴,很滿意今天的比賽成績。去年MSIG大嶼山50是我第一次参加國外的比賽,還有些不熟悉賽道,所以今年對香港的山徑會了解一些,所以發揮比較穩定。很喜歡這次的賽道,西貢真的很漂亮。」

22公里總冠軍由自紐西蘭越野女將Lucy Cant攬入囊中。以2時35分9秒衝線的她激動地說:「今天真的很幸運奪得冠軍!這是第一次參加MSIG西貢50的比賽,跑道很有趣,我很喜歡上坡的路段。」沿途西貢的秀麗景色深深吸引著她,尤其是海岸邊的那段小路,一眼望去便是旭日東升,海天一線的迷人風光:「景色太美了,我還順手拍了幾張照片留念。」Lucy Cant表示明年會嘗試一下50公里級別的賽事。

丹麥跑手Malte Peter Larsen 以2時45分37秒斬獲22公里組別男子冠軍,而他接觸長跑僅三個半月:「 今天狀態不錯,所以就盡情發揮了,但我快到終點的時候才知道自己的名次。」問及賽道,他表示:「 我很喜歡有些攀升路段,需要手腳並用,而回程地時候的一段平路可跑性很高又可以讓我專注在速度上。」Larsen希望繼續努力,可以提高實力,明年挑戰50公里。



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MSIG HK50越野跑系列賽-MSIG西貢50排名



50k Top 5 Men


姓名 – 國籍 – 隊伍/贊助商 – 時間

1. Vlad Ixel –澳洲- The North Face -06:06:14

2. Pierre-andre Ferriere – 法國- Gone Running/Joint Dynamics- 06:10:21

3. John Ellis-澳洲-06:18:14

4. Justin Andrews-– 美國-WWA Team -06:32:25

5. Mat Leng-柬埔寨-Team Uglow Asia -06:37:38


50k Top 5 Women


姓名 – 國籍 – 隊伍/贊助商 – 時間

1. 勞偵玲– 香港 - 07:37:31

2. Sunmaya Budha – 尼泊爾-Trail Running Nepal- 07:40:26

3. Yanfeng Lin– 中國- 01TEAM- 07:53:47

4. Purna Laxmi Neupari –尼泊爾 – Trail Running Nepal-08:08:25

5. Joan Yip –香港 – Overstim.s Asia-09:08:35


22k Top 5 Men


姓名 – 國籍 – 隊伍/贊助商 – 時間

1. Malte Larsen –丹麥 - 02:45:37

2. Gertjan Donkers – 荷蘭- 02:45:56

3. Justin Kent – 美國- 02:47:37

4. Chak Lam Aster Ho – 香港- 02:48:03

5. Dimitri Prot – 法國 - 02:49:55


22k Top 5 Women


姓名 – 國籍 – 隊伍/贊助商 – 時間

1. Lucy Cant – 紐西蘭 - 02:35:09

2. Sherrin Loh – 澳洲- 02:43:58

3. Heidi Makinen –芬蘭 - 02:56:36

4. Janine Canham –英國 - 03:04:17

5. Manon Peters –荷蘭 - 03:07:05


12k Top 5 Man          


姓名 – 國籍 – 隊伍/贊助商 – 時間

1. Pak To Lai –澳洲 - 01:03:18

2. Thomas Kitwood – 英國 - 01:03:23

3. Long Ki Mo – 香港 - 01:09:02

4. Wen-hao Yu –台灣 - 01:13:23

5. Justin Hoskins –南非- 01:13:36


12k Top5 Women


姓名 – 國籍 – 隊伍/贊助商 – 時間

1. Hoi Sze Kwok–香港- 01:19:08

2. Emeline Douteau –法國- 01:19:24

3. Bernadette Baje – 菲律賓- 01:20:43

4. Johanna EI Iman –法國 - 01:21:21

5. Tanya Lee-parker – 澳洲 - 01:26:27







2016/17 MSIG香港50系列賽總積分排名



姓名—國籍— 隊伍/贊助商—總積分

1. John Ellis – 澳洲 - 225       

2. Pierre-andre Ferriere – 法國 - Gone Running / Joint Dynamics 108

3. Nicolas Martin – 法國- Sigvaris Sports Team Trail / Hoka - 100                 

3. Vlad Ixel – 澳洲- The North Face - 100                             

5. Paul Ridley – 英國- Team Green Alpinamente - 91            



姓名—國籍— 隊伍/贊助商—總積分

1. Sunmaya Budha - 尼泊爾 - Trail Running Nepal - 176

2. Purna Laxmi Neupani - 尼泊爾 - Trail Running Nepal - 140

3. Ruth Charlotte Croft - 紐西蘭 - Scott Running/Garmin – 100

3. Caroline Chaverot – 瑞士 – Hoka - 100

3.  勞偵玲 – 香港 - 100          




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