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05 Nov, 2023

Heat doesn't slow Carey & Lim - Hysan Island Hike & Run

Carey and Lim take honors at Hysan Island Hike & Run

Hong Kong - Nov 5, 2023 - How things change in a year, as many will remember the 2022 Hysan Island Hike & run edition as the first event in 3 years given permission for bananas in Hong Kong with restrictions to space out the bananas several inches. But it was all systems go for food, water, energy drinks, beer and great weather this past weekend with UK’s Matthew Carey (KipMovin) - storming home over the 19km course in 1 hour 58 minutes 29 seconds while Hong Kong’s Katherine Lim (Greenobo) took the top Women’s honor in 2 hours 28 minutes 35 seconds with over 400 entering.

“Really good course by Hysan and Action Asia and fast start on the catchwater, hit the Twins which were pretty brutal, then Mt Butler, Jardines Lookout, bit of cramp on the way down, but managed to fend it off and make it to the end so super happy with that and great day for it and great race,” said Carey the overall Men’s winner in the 19km.

Second overall was French national Louis Montfort finishing in 2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds, saying, “Second time I’ve done this Hysan event, last year was hard, this year, was good condition, we had a lot of fun and will be back. Can do this in French if you like” laughing next to fellow compatriot Alan Zagury who grabbed 3rd overall.

“It’s the second time he beat me in a row” said Zagury looking at Louis Montfort. Continuing “I love the course, it’s my backyard, not too technical, managed to sprain my ankle, twisting it twice, but it’s ok, lots of sweat, I enjoyed it and big thumbs up” said Zagury grabbing 3rd overall in the Men’s 19km in 2 hours 11 minutes 20 seconds.

Not to far behind in the Men’s 19km was South African Will Dalling in 2:15:59 and UK national Gregor Mcmillan in 2:21:23.

Katherine Lim found the revised course a bit tougher this year due to more elevation after the twins and the heat. “I’m so happy to be at this race today as such a fun course. A little detour around the Twins loop, but even though tougher, really loved it and thanks so much Hysan and Action Asia for making this event happen as will be back” said Lim winning the overall Women’s 19km in 2 hours 28 minutes 35 seconds.

Second overall in the Women’s 19km was Philippine national Ilyn Vaso Alina in 2 hours 46 minutes 22 seconds showing how strong some of the local Philippine women are getting in Hong Kong making podium. “I really loved the trail. Not too technical, but do love running & hiking  the Twins and Mt Butler steep climbs and think this is one of the best for me. Thanks again so much Hysan and Action Asia” said the very confident strong Philippine runner Alina.

“So glad this was arranged and my second time entering this Hysan Island Hike & Run which really enjoyed and will definitely come back to this next Hysan Action Asia event as very well organized” said Hong Kong’s Wu 胡 Po Ling 寶玲 finishing 3rd overall in the Women’s 19km in 3 hours 3 minutes 10 seconds.

In the Men’s 13km category, UK’s Chris Davis had a good battle with Hong Kong’s Yiu Po Kit pushing hard on the technical downhill and hitting the hills hard flying thru the checkpoints winning overall in 1 hour 17 minutes 16 seconds to Yiu Po Kit’s 2nd place time of 1 hour 17 minutes 49 seconds.

In the Women’s 13km category it was almost the same scenario as the Men’s with a hard fought battle between the leading 2 women UK’s Mia Troffigue Mia coming home in 1 hour 42 minutes 17 seconds just ahead of Swiss national Magdalena Cvetkovic who grabbed 2nd in the 13km in 1 hour 43 minutes 57 seconds.

For Hysan it’s the concept of promoting a healthy living through running in some of Hong Kong's most scenic trails. As a part of Hysan’s wider commitment to giving back to the community, the Company and Action Asia Events are proud to promote wellness and sustainability through this premier hiking and running event every year. Routes for the 3 distances were changed slightly due to landslides from previous bad weather which changed the regular 5km, 14km and 22km format to a 5km, 13km, 19km format for the 2023 edition inside the Tai Tam Country Park with beautiful scenery and different levels of challenges.  

“Hysan is delighted to partner with Action Asia Events again for the Hysan Island Hike and Run, not only to encourage more people to embrace a healthy sports habit through trail running, but also to immerse themselves in the picturesque landscape of our city. As the COVID restrictions are lifted, we are delighted to see runners enjoying the outdoors without masks. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the parties’ unwavering support that makes the event possible under a safe and enjoyable environment, despite of the eventful weathers in months earlier. We are happy that the event is at a full capacity, with participants of all ages coming together to embrace sports and the wellness benefits it brings”, said Mr Ricky Lui, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Hysan Development. 

Action Asia Events Director Michael Maddess was extremely happy with the feedback and believes it is only a short time when things will open up for all food to be allowed. “A great step forward for Hong Kong with the Hysan Island Hike & Run to be first in getting food permission but believe very soon the government will allow all categories of food soon as why wouldn’t they, as think if you can eat different meals in a restaurant, it’s only a matter of time where all food is allowed in the mountain. Looking forward to Hong Kong opening up to get tourists back and welcoming them to our events”.

The Hysan Island Hike & Run started and finished at Wong Nai Chung Gap in Happy Valley with the 19km covering 820m elevation gain with a maximum height of 422m, while the 13km category has around 472m elevation gain with a maximum height of 422m while the 5Km that goes over Violet Hill and covers close 281m elevation gain with a max elevation of 436m.

The Hysan Island Hike & Run was organized by Action Asia Events and could not have happened without the kind support of Hysan Properties, Lee Gardens, Royale International, Action X Store, Watsons water, Street Value, Blue Girl beer, C3Fit, OCA plant based energy drink, St Johns Ambulance and Action Asia Sports Academy.



Men’s Top 5 overall – 19 km

Position / Bib# / First Name Last Name / Nationality / Sponsor /Time

1 (109) Carey Matthew - UK - KipMovin - 01:58:29

2 (111) Montfort Louis - France - 02:06:32

3 (204) Zagury Alan - France - 02:11:20

4 (159) Dalling Will - South Africa - 02:15:59

5 (206) Mcmillan Gregor - UK - 02:21:23

Women’s Top 5 overall – 19 km

Position / Bib# / First Name Last Name / Nationality / Sponsor /Time

1 (164) Lim 林 Katherine 嘉琦 - HKSAR - Greenobo - 02:28:35

2 (272) Ilyn Vaso Alina - Philippines - 02:46:22

3 (103) Wu 胡 Po Ling 寶玲 - HKSAR - 03:03:10

4 (119) Lau 劉 Ka Meng 嘉明 - HKSAR - 03:05:57

5 (219) Dong 董 Nan 楠 - HKSAR - 03:08:57

Men’s Top 5 overall – 13 km

Position / Bib# / First Name Last Name / Nationality / Sponsor /Time

1 (590) Davis Chris - UK - 01:17:16

2 (564) Yiu 姚 Po Kit 寶杰 - HKSAR - 01:17:49

3 (620) Chow 周 Chi Yeung 志洋 - HKSAR - LA Fitness 01:25:38

4 (561) Connolly Creighton - Canada - Gone Runners - 01:25:59

5 (567) Yeung 楊 Kin Wai 建威 - HKSAR - 01:27:06

Women’s Top 5 overall – 13 km

Position / Bib# / First Name Last Name / Nationality / Sponsor /Time

1 (641) Troffigue Mia - UK - 01:42:17

2 (595) Cvetkovic Magdalena - Switzerland - 01:43:57

3 (510) Delassus Laetitia - France - 01:49:36

4 (648) Chan 陳 Wing Yee 詠儀 - HKSAR - 01:52:34

5 (627) Marrie Sophie - France - 01:59:48

Men’s Top 5 overall – 5 km

Position / Bib# / First Name Last Name / Nationality / Sponsor /Time

1 (830) Ng 吳 Yin For 燕科 - HKSAR - 00:38:50

2 (855) Yung 容 Lelan 朗軒 - US - 00:39:30

3 (845) Mok 莫 Wai Chung 偉聰 - HKSAR - 00:42:36

4 (828) Yang 楊 Bo 波 - HKSAR - 00:46:43

5 (827) Ng 吳 Jason 志倫 - HKSAR - 00:47:43

Women’s Top 5 overall – 5 km

Position / Bib# / First Name Last Name / Nationality / Sponsor /Time

1 (824) Pao 包 Mandy 鎔銘 - HKSAR - 00:43:36

2 (896) Chan 陳 Ka Wai 嘉慧 - HKSAR - 00:46:27

3 (847) Li 李 Sheena 倩雩 - HKSAR - 00:49:14

4 (806) Corpuz Maureen - Philippines - 00:51:38

5 (807) Yap 葉 Ching Yung 青榕 - HKSAR - 00:56:35

Race Info

Event Name

HYSAN Island Hike and Run


Nov 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Start Time

8:00 a.m. (19km, 13 km & 5km)

Start Location

Wong Nai Chung Gap, Hong Kong Island, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island

Finish Location

Wong Nai Chung Gap, Hong Kong Island, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island


5km, 13km, 19km


Trail Running and Hiking

Website Hysan event page



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About Action Asia Events:

Action Asia Events is the organizer of spectacular, extraordinary remote marathons for adventure travel seekers & trail running enthusiasts that inspire and push the boundaries of participants. Having organized over 290 events over the past 23 years Action Asia Events constantly keeps inspiring and pushes the boundaries of adventure travel, ultra-marathon and team building. Responsibilities range from designing courses, selection of the venue, dates and race format to raising the funds essential to run the race as well as liaising with NGO’s and non-profits for fund raising activities related to environment, education and health.

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