Onifa & Williams King and Queen at Hoka One One Lantau 2 Peaks
HONG KONG, 6 Oct. 2019 – The much-anticipated trail season curtain raiser - HOKA ONE ONE Lantau 2 Peaks was back at Lantau Island on 6 October (Sunday). For the 23km men open category, Filipino male runner John ‘Stingray’ Ray Onifa took over 5 minutes off Jeff Campbell’s 2017 course record winning in 2 hours 42 minutes 38 seconds just over 3 minutes ahead of Taiwanese runner Chou Ching came in 2:46:04. Onifa said he tried his best and felt so excited after cramping in the chest and lungs going up Lantau Peak on the first part of the course.
UK’s Zein Williams and previous winner of numerous Action Asia Events grabbed the Women’s 23km open category title. “The most difficult part today is definitely the route after you come down Lantau Peak on the South Lantau trail as I’m use to favouring the hills but that little 3km section just about killed me as was scared the others were going to catch me until I started the final Sunset Peak climb and the confidence came back as feel much more comfortable in the hills” she said.
With transport issures, there were still close to 500 participants and local elites that grabbed whatever transport they could with buses running in the morning to the event.
HOKA ONE ONE Lantau 2 Peaks, like the name says, reaches the 2nd and 3rd highest peak of Hong Kong in Lantau Island – Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak covering close to 2000m positive elevation gain and 2000m elevation loss for a 4000m accumulative gain/loss) in 23km with the start finish line located in Tung Chung at sea-level.
For the 23km category runners, they will experience a very tough and difficult hill climbing course that training must be needed. The steep mountain trails are the most strenuous part of the race, that runners can enjoy the magnificent views around.
The event could not happen without the generous support of the title sponsor HOKA ONE ONE and the supporting partners, Action X Store, Watsons Water, Citygate Outlets, Theragun, Plantronics, Royale International, Herbalgy, Salonsip, Around DB, New Life Plastics, Horizon Sports, Lion Rock Brewery, Hong Kong Chiropractors Association (HKCA) and Skyrunner® National Series.
Moreover, a special cooperation with New Life Plastics (NLP) will be conducted this year. Recycling bins will be placed in the track for collecting plastic bottles and soft drink cans. This can encourage our participants to contribute to the environment.
Name – Nationality – Time
23km Top 5 men
1. John Ray Galutera Onifa-Philippines - 2:42:38
2. Chou Ching-Taiwan-2:46:04
3. Solomon Wettstein-Switzerland-2:57:16
4. Jeremy Ritcey-Canada- 2:57:41
5. Logan Marshall-New Zealand- 2:58:19
23km women overall
1. Zein Williams-United Kingdom-3:25:36
2. Lucy Cant-New Zealand-3:31:57
3. Lauren Decoff-United States-3:33:06
4. Andrea Buessenchuett-Not provided-3:46:53
5. Katia Kucher-Canada- 3:49:57
15km men overall
1. Bryan Crane-Canada-1:29:10
2. Nicolas Meillassoux-France-1:29:59
3. Marco Mueller-Switzerland-1:30:25
4. Limbu Yama Nath-Nepal-1:33:48
5. Dan Falconar- United Kingdom-1:36:00
15km women overall
1. Karen Farzam-Not provided-1:52:17
2. Justine Clark-United Kingdom- 1:52:32
3. Olivia Napier-United Kingdom-1:53:27
4. Jill O'Mahony-United States- 1:57:08
5. Carolynn Crane-Canada- 1:57:08
Event Name Lantau 2 Peaks - Skyrunner® National Series
Date 6 Oct, 2019 (Sunday)
Start Time 7:30 am (23km), 8:00 am (15km)
Start Location Citygate, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Distance 23km (2 Peaks), 15km (Half Peak)
Category Trail Running, Fast Hiking
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Action Asia Events the operational arm of Asia's largest televised 50km trail series, the premier adventure racing series Action Asia Challenge inspires and pushes the boundaries of adventure travel, ultra marathon and team building. These responsibilities range from selection of the course venue, dates and race format to raising the funds essential to run the race as well as liaising with the Hong Kong registered charitable section of the Challenge, Action Asia Foundation, to determine fund raising activities associated with the Challenge.