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07 Apr, 2019

Nepalese Yamanath comes from behind - Bonaqua Action X SPRINT - Lau places Queen of Women

Bonaqua Action X SPRINT Trail Series 2019

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Nepalese Yamanath comes from behind in hills to grab Bonaqua Action X SPRINT title while Hong Kong’s Lau places Queen of Women

17th year of running and still Bonaqua Action X Sprints going strong

HONG KONG, Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Nepal’s Yamanath Limbu came from behind in the mountain section and pushed hard to get by some of the race favorites to fly on the technical downhill at the Bonaqua Action X Sprint Sai Kung 13km to place top of the podium as overall champion in a time of 1 hour 5 minutes 5 seconds (1:05:05), now in its 17th year of running.

Hong Kong’s Nicole Lau took the overall Women’s title in 1:20:14.

Temperatures skyrocketed after the 9am start forcing many runners to think hard about going too fast at the classic Bonaqua Action X SPRINT Trail race now in it’s 17th year of running in Hong Kong by Action Asia Events.

First runner up in the Men’s category was Swiss national Thomas Alder, finishing in 1:07:26. Alder grew up in Hong Kong and abroad studying in London. “I came here to visit my parents because I grew up here. I play football, but I’ve always wanted to do trail running so here I am doing my first trail running race.” Despite not having any experience in trail running, Alder’s cardio showed he could keep up with elites. “I used to run quite a lot in the mountains of Switzerland, but nothing competitive. Today’s Bonaqua scenery as great as enjoyed a lot” Alder said.

Local Hong Kong runner Gump Wong finished third overall in 1:07:26 after leading for the first half of the race running strong in the flat sections.  He enjoyed the course a lot because there’s a lot of different elements. “I love that the course this year includes rolling short hills, mountain trails, and stairs. The ups and down sections made the course very interesting.” Wong has been competing in this same competition for six years in a row. “I come back every year to see how I do compared to the previous year.as I always compete in the SaiKung Bonaqua Action X Sprint because I live in Ma On Shan so close by.”

Hong Kong favorite Nicole Lau completed the race in 1:20:14, becoming the overall Women champion. “I am very happy to be the winner here at the Bonaqua Action X Sprint. I enjoyed the course a lot despite my weakness of running downhills which I need to improve on.”

Lauren Decoff took second place overall in the women’s category finishing in 1:22:43. Decoff was very excited saying, “I came in second place so I’m super excited, especially since I just had an ACL surgery in Novermber so going down was the most difficult part for me on today’s course so just excited to be here and thanks for having me as awesome day out and great marking.”

Third overall across the finish line in the Women’s was British national Sophie Robbins  ”So lovely marked and great design as quite challenging on the uphill section for a course 13km long, but loved it. Will be back.”

The race flagged off at 9am with participants first running 5km through country park road towards Sai Wan, then tackling around 6km of off-road trails that included a mix of technical track, a river gorge to cross and stone stairs up and down to the lower sections of Pak Tam Road where the final 2km was a sprint on road back to Pak Tam Chung as same place they started for almost 13km of challenging fun. The course was designed to suit runners of all abilities as well as fast hikers.

The Bonaqua Action X SPRINT Trail Series is now in it’s 17th year of running with the first edition in 2003. Action Asia Events is dedicated to creating diversified and challenging routes, and giving runners the opportunity to set foot on less-trodden trails and explore the suburbs away from the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.

The event is possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsors Bonaqua and Action X Store with supporting partners: Royale International, Lion Rock Brewery, C3fit, Herbalgy, Salonsip, Lorence & Company and HK Living Magazine.


Race Info

Event Name

Bonaqua Action X SPRINT Trail Series – Sai Kung


April 7, 2019 (Sunday)

Start Time

9:00 am

Start and  Finish Location

Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site, Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung, Hong Kong


13 km


Hiking and Trail Running





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