HKBU runners scoop four awards at Hong Kong marathon
04 Mar 2013
The 1,200-strong HKBU team that competed in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 held on 24 February brought home four trophies. Led by Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, the HKBU team was composed of staff, students and alumni. The University was presented with the “Top Ten Most Supportive Group Award” for the third consecutive year.
This year, four students and alumni brought honour to the University. So Man-ho (Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 1) scooped the first runner-up prize in the men’s junior half-marathon race with a time of 1:19:38 hours. Cheung Ting-yan (Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 3) won the championship in the 10 km women’s overall race with a time of 39:30 minutes. Alumnus Chan Ka-ho clinched the second place in the 10 km men’s overall race with a time of 32:33 minutes, while alumnus Fung Ying-ki captured the championship in the men’s half-marathon wheelchair race with a time of 1:09:56 hours.
The University first joined the marathon in 2010 with a team of 237 members. This year, the number of runners jumped four-fold. As compared with last year’s 800-plus runners, the number of participants this year represents a 50% percent increase. The number of runners indicates the University community’s passion for sports.
As in previous years, the University set up a service booth at the Causeway Bay Playground and recruited more than 130 marathon ambassadors to form a supportive team to take care of the athlete’s bags and offer them food and beverages. Cheering squads also encouraged the HKBU runners to finish the race. In addition, staff and students from the School of Chinese Medicine provided a massage service for the HKBU athletes. These arrangements demonstrated the solidarity and caring spirit of the University.