MSIG Trail Running Series 2019 concluded with the final leg – MSIG Summits
MSIG Trail Running Series 2019 concluded with the final leg – MSIG Summits @ Mui Wo
Local runners Wong Ho-chung and Tsang Fuk-cheung bagged
the title of 17K and 50K Solo
Guillaume Perrot and Fredelyn Alberto were crowed
Open Series Long Distance Champion
[Hong Kong, 4 November 2019] The sold-out MSIG Summits @ Mui Wo, the fourth and final leg of the MSIG Trail Running Series 2019, was successfully held on Lantau Island yesterday with around 500 runners taking part across 50km, 27km and 17km distances. Runners, competing either solo or in teams of two or four, scaled a total of 2,700m elevation gain on the 50km course, 1,730m for the 27km course, and 500m for the 17km course.
In the 50km event, which spanned the length of Lantau from Mui Wo to Tai O and ascended all major peaks on the island, local runner Tsang Fuk-cheung was first across the finish line in 06:23:01. He claimed the HK$3,000 winner’s cheque, pipping Guillaume Perrot by around 10 minutes. Elsa Jeandediew bagged the women’s 50km title and also HK$3,000 in 07:51:16, ahead of Marie Mcnaughton by merely 9 seconds.
17km solo winner is elite trail runner Wong Ho-chung, who was sixth at this year’s UTMB. Wong joins a short distance race this time to lead and accompany his students who had also participate in the races. He believes that the MSIG Youth Development Program is a positive step towards nurturing Hong Kong’s future trail stars. “We have to promote trail running to more youth, just like other sports,” said Wong, whose running club, The Peak Hunter, offers a youth program targeting 10 to 16 year olds. “I started running at 24. I believe if our youth can start trail running early, they can have a higher potential than myself for sure — I started too late.”
As the final race of the inaugural MSIG Trail Running Series, the MSIG Summits was also the last chance for contenders to earn points towards the final series rankings. To be eligible for the grand prize, competitors must complete a minimum of three races in either the Short or Long MSIG Series. Guillaume Perrot and Fredelyn Alberto were crowned the Open Series Long Distance Champion and as a reward, they will receive an entry to a Racing The Planet 4Deserts Series race.
Hong Kong student Ng Wai-hei, the 20-year-old and the youngest member of the inaugural MSIG Youth Trail Running Development Program, has won all four legs to emerge as the Youth Series champion, and confirmed his top-ranked spot in the MSIG Youth Trail Running Development Program. Together with female athlete, Wong Mei-yan, they have successfully guaranteed themselves a coveted spot to compete in a European trail race in August 2020 sponsored by MSIG.
Ng Wai-hei expressed his joy after the race: “I am very happy to rank 1st in the MSIG Youth Trail Running Development Program. After joining the Programme, my performance in short distance trail running has
improved. I worked more on speed training, power training and muscles training, thanks to Joint Dynamics. Also, I have done more uphill training on the trails and this has strengthened my legs and power. I have a good nutrition plan provided by Katia, who helps me choose different foods that is suitable for me. Also, the fitness training at Joint Dynamics has helped me strengthen my body through training different parts of the body and muscles.”
Kucher, a top trail runner herself, said: “I have seen some changes in their diet and fueling, and their performance level is quite impressive.” Kucher explained that the personalised training plans also includes some strength and core workouts, stretching and yoga sessions to make sure that the runners’ bodies are well-balanced. “Combining road and trail runs with some speedwork in training is very efficient in increasing their overall performance and stamina,” she added.
All finishers of MSIG Summits were awarded a unique sustainable finisher’s medal sponsored by Victorinox — makers of the original Swiss Army Knife — and an MSIG-branded Uglow 10,000/10,000 rain jacket. In keeping with TheGreenRace’s sustainable spirit, participants could also opt out of these entitlements (and receive either a partial refund of the registration fee or donate the money to charity).
The MSIG Summits decided the final rankings of the MSIG Trail Running Series. The race results can be seen below, and at the following link: http://msig.tgr.run
*The results may subject to change within a week after the race, please refer to official website for the latest and final results
The MSIG Trail Running Series encompasses four trail running events throughout 2019, offering UTMB qualifying points to participants. The Series aims to bring the Hong Kong running community a meaningful new trail challenge that showcases the city’s spectacular and unique country parks. The Series endeavours to create development opportunities for Hong Kong’s local running talent, with a focus on nurturing the city’s talented young trail runners.
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