Gray defends MSIG VK title while Bishnu does Nepal proud with 1st overseas win

HONG KONG, 05 Dec. 2015 – The 3rd event of the MSIG HK50 series kicked off Saturday morning with a vertical kilometer (VK) with runners starting at Tung Fuk beach and running up to the 934m tip of Lantau Peak covering a single track technical 5km course with American Colorado Springs based  Joseph Gray (Mío Global/Spenco) defending his MSIG Lantau VK champion title in a blistering 38 minutes 35 seconds just 50 seconds off his 2014 VK course record with Nepalese young 19 year sensation winning her first overseas race in 51 minutes and 50 seconds picking up HK$6000 cash and a chance for both winners to win the MSIG “Double”.

Top 5 men vk going 4,2,1,3,5. Awards at Ngong Ping for MSIG Lantau VK this morning. Expect some tired muscles starting the 27 & 50 tomorrow

 

Picture: reaching half way through the MSIG Lantau VK, American Mío Global and Spenco runner Joseph Gray defends his champion title in 38 minutes and 35 seconds

Winning for his 2nd year in a row Gray is using this weekend to help prepare for his 2016 Olympic marathon trials. “I had to run really fast to keep a distance from other runners, so that I could maintain the lead in the last 500 meters before reaching the peak, but happy, well organized and a great race today as love Hong Kong,” Gray said.

 

Only 12 seconds later and a close 2nd was Norwegian Inov8 runner Eirik Haugsnes, grabbing the overall first runner up. “I could hardly see anything in the last couple kilometers as it was too windy with clouds coming in,” said Haugsnes, “but comparing to other runners I have an advantage because I am used to cold and windy weather in my country so I could keep my own pace.”

Bed Bahadur Sunuwar from Nepal took the overall third place in 40 minutes and 36 seconds. “I enjoyed today’s race because I like the weather and the good view along the way. For tomorrow’s MSIG Lantau 50, I will run faster since the distance is longer as felt good today and so happy also for Bishnu in doing Nepal proud,” said Bed Bahadur.

Nepalese runner Bishnu Maya Budha grabbed the MSIG Lantau VK female champion title in 51 minutes and 50 seconds which will give her some praise from Nepal. This was her first time leaving her country and her first win in overseas competition. “I was very excited about this race and very happy that I won,” said Maya, “I enjoyed every bit of the race and the brand new experience in Hong Kong. I am quite use too hills and would say that it wasn’t too difficult but tomorrow will be much more difficult for me”, said Champion Nepalese Maya.

French Adidas runner and past world champion in longer distances Maud Gobert took Women’s second place in the MSIG Lantau VK race and crossed the finish line in 52 minute 30 seconds. “I am very familiar with this kind of windy weather so I could run quite fast. I love this trip in Hong Kong not only because of these awesome races, but also because all the friendly people I met here. Beautiful course and scenery”.

French elite and HK based runner Charlotte Henry reached the summit finish in 54 minutes 5 seconds. “At the first kilometer I ran really fast, and this is the lesson I learn from the last year Lantau event. As for the last kilometer, I knew how to keep my pace and knew how many people were behind me and who I was up against. I’m use to climbing in windy day days in the mountains so I got used to today’s weather quite fast and feel luck and at ease with this course,” said Charlotte, who will participate in 27km distance Sunday for the VK/27 double.

The events could not have happened without the support of MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited, the ActionX Store, OtterBox, Bonaqua, Salomon, Key Sun Zinke, C3fit, Kitsound, Salonpas, Herbalgy, Pearl’s, Oldham Li & Nie Lawyers, AroundDB, the China Skyrunning Association, the Action Asia Foundation, Del Monte, Suunto, Redback, Berrytime, Herbalgy, Oregon Scientific, AroundDB, and VR2HAM Hong Kong.

 

2015 The MSIG Lantau VK Race Results

Top 5 Men

Name-Nationality-Team/Sponsor-Time

1. Joseph Gray-United States-Mío Global, Spenco-38:35

2. Eirik Haugsnes-Norway-Inov8-38:47

3. Bed Bahadur Sunuwar-Nepal TEAM-Nepal-40:36

4. Orlando Edwards – UK - 40:44

5. Anders Kleist-Sweden-IL Akele-41:27

 

Top 5 Women

Name-Nationality-Team/Sponsor-Time

1. Bishnu Maya Budha-Nepal-Nepal-51:50

2. Maud Gobert-France-Adidas-52:30

3. Charlotte Henry-France-54:05

4. Rebecca Nakuwa-Kenya-55:18

5. Nicole Lau-Hong Kong-55:28

 

The MSIG Lantau VK Information

 

Event Name

MSIG Lantau VK

Date

Dec 5, 2015 (Saturday)

Start Time

9:00 am

Start Location

Tong Fuk Beach, Lantau, Hong Kong

Finish Location

Lantau Peak - then awards Ngong Ping campsite area near bottom of stairs (not far from Bhudha)

Distance

5 km (+934m)

Category

Trail Running and Hiking

Website

www.actionasiaevents.com

 

 

 

美國Joseph Gray衛冕MSIG千米競速賽總冠軍 

尼泊爾Bishnu MayaBudha首次出賽摘女子冠軍

125日,香港 ── MSIG大嶼山五公里垂直千米競速賽於今天早上九點在福塘海灘起跑,沖向香港第二高的鳳凰山。最終,美國選手Joseph Gray3835秒獲得該項目總冠軍,尼泊爾新星Budha Bishnu Maya獲得該比賽的女子冠軍,用時5150秒。此次比賽中香港女選手Nicole Lau也獲得了女子第五名的好成績。該賽事是香港唯一一個獲得International Skyrunning Federation認可的MSIG HK50 越野跑系列賽中的一站。

Mío Global Spenco贊助的美國選手Joseph Gray3835秒蟬聯男子總冠軍。Gray說:「今年的比賽相比起去年難度更大,而今天天氣非常潮濕,更受大風影響。我從比賽一開始就盡力保持領先,但最後500米和第二名Eirik的距離其實已經很近,好在我咬牙領先到了最後。」同時,第二次到港的Gray表示此次更加體會到香港的美麗景色和地道美食,讓他十分開心。

尼泊爾女將Budha Bishnu Maya此次獲得MSIG港島50的女子冠軍,成績為 5150秒。首次參與國際賽事就奪冠的Maya非常開心地說:「很感謝我的團隊支持我來參加比賽,也感謝動感亞洲活動組織與舉行這麼精彩的比賽,我現在非常興奮與開心。這是我第一次走出尼泊爾,我十分享受這次的比賽的美妙經歷。」

圖片: (到右)女子組第四名肯亞選手Rebecca Nakuwa, 第二名法國選手Maud Gobert, 尼泊爾選手Bishnu Maya Budha 5150秒摘得 MSIG Lantau VK 女子組冠軍, 法國選手Charlotee Henry, 女子第五香港選手NicoleLau

Inov8贊助的挪威隊員Haugsnes Eirik獲得總亞軍,時間為38:47Eirik說:「最後一公里因為大霧的關係視線不佳,同時今天天氣比較寒冷和大風,使比賽變得更加有挑戰。不過好在我來自挪威這個有相似氣候的國家,所以我很快就適應了。」

尼泊爾選手Bed Bahadur Sunuwar4036秒獲得男子組季軍。Sunuwar說:「今天我真的很高興能參加這場有趣的比賽!賽道雖然充滿挑戰,但沿路風景也很美,感謝大會的完善安排。」

女子組別的亞軍被另一位法國知名女將Maud Gobert斬獲,時間為52分鐘20秒。Maud評價這次的賽道說:「這次比賽在一個風景非常美麗的地方舉行,讓我整個比賽過程都很享受,我個人對於這次的比賽成績也感到滿意。期待明天的賽事我能繼續發揮應有的水平。」

來自法國,居住香港的Uglow女將Charlotee Henry5405秒的時間獲得女子組別季軍。她開心的表示:「因為我參加過去年的比賽,所以我知道一開始一定要盡全力放快腳步跑,不然之後一定跟不上領先團隊。跑到最後一公里的時候肯亞女選手Rebecca緊跟在我身後,但她沒有參加今年的大嶼山兩峰賽,所以可能在風雨中挑戰鳳凰山沒有我那麼有經驗。這是我第一次有機會和來自肯亞的選手競爭第三名,很開心也很幸運能跑進前三。」

此次MSIG 大嶼山Vertical Kilometer是一項挑戰肺活量極限的限時競跑,選手需在極短路程內爬升一段極大的高度。Vertical Kilometer在近五年風靡歐洲,並被Skyrunning World Championship選作超級馬拉松的熱身賽。這次Vertical Kilometer比賽路線依國際標準設計,在短短五公里中需爬升九百三十四米高度。並且由於這項Vertical Kilometer定於MSIG 大嶼山50的主賽程前一天舉行,選手們可以把參加Vertical Kilometer作為備戰第二日大賽的熱身。今次MSIG 大嶼山 Vertical Kilometer登陸香港,選手們將於海平線起步,跑向大嶼山九百三十四米的最高峰,其高度亦是全港排名第二。

MSIG HK50越野跑系列賽」由動感亞洲活動舉辦,榮獲MSIG三井住友保險冠名贊助,並感謝(排名不分先後) Action X StoreSalomon薩洛蒙,OtterBoxBonaqua飛雪, Key Sun Zinke SkinsSalonpas撒隆巴斯, Herbalgy健絡通,Oregon Scientific OL&NChina Skyrunning Association, Pearl’s, AroundDB,Action Asia Foundation的大力支持。

 

比賽結果

The MSIG Lantau VK

Top 5 Men

名字-國籍-隊伍/贊助商-時間

1. Joseph Gray-United States-Mío Global, Spenco-38:35

2. Eirik Haugsnes-Norway-Inov8-38:47

3. Bed Bahadur Sunuwar-Nepal-Nepal-40:36

4. Edwards Orlando-United Kingdom-40:44

5. Anders Kleist-Sweden-IL Akele-41:27

 

Top 5 Women

名字-國籍-隊伍/贊助商-時間

1. Bishnu Maya Budha-Nepal-Nepal-51:50

2. Maud Gobert-France-Adidas-52:30

3. Charlotte Henry-France-Uglow54:05

4. Rebecca Nakuwa-Kenya-55:18

5. Nicole Lau-Hong Kong-55:28

 

 賽事信息

 

賽事名稱

MSIG HK50越野跑系列賽 –MSIG大嶼山五公里垂直千米競速賽

日期

125 (星期六)

時間

9時開始

地點

塘福泳灘,大嶼山,香港

距離

5公里

賽道

http://www.actionasiaevents.com/our-events/upcoming-events/2015lantau-vk/course.html#content