Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2011

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2011


Leading Results:
1. Nelson Kirwa ROTICH, KEN       2:16.00   (US$) 34,000
2. Julius Kiplimo MAISEI, KEN     2:16.06         15,000
3. Tesfaye Girma BEKELE, ETH      2:16.31          6,500
4. Robert Kiplagat KOSEKEI, KEN   2:16.53          3,600
5. Hammou MOUDOUJI, MAR           2:16.55          1,800
6. Julius Kiprono MUTAI, KEN      2:17.04          1,600

1. Janet Jelegat RONO, KEN        2:33:42       34,000
2. Samira RAIF, MAR               2:33:51       15,000
3. Bifa Yeshimabet TADESSE, ETH   2:34:14        6,500
4. Negash Hadush LETAY, ETH       2:35:35        3,600
5. CHENG Wenrong, CHN             2:35:49        1,800
6. Rose CHESHIRE, KEN             2:38:06           --

Marathon runners urged to watch step on health
Elizabeth Law
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Standard

The record 65,000 runners participating in Sunday's Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon are advised to put personal health and safety above all else.

The alert comes after dozens of runners collapsed during last year's event, with 55 hospitalized. Most of them suffered from heatstroke, or had breathing difficulties because of air pollution.

Accident and emergency doctors said those most at risk are the inexperienced who don't know how far to push themselves.

Participants are urged to take precautions against the cold to avoid hypothermia, and to watch for slippery roads if running in the rain.

According to the observatory, while there will be sunny intervals, the day will begin with patches of rain all over the territory, with temperatures ranging from 13 to 17 degrees Celsius.

The Auxiliary Medical Services will provide support, with more than 400 personnel spread over 20 first-aid posts.

The annual event features three separate runs, including the 42-kilometer full marathon and 21km half marathon.

AMS doctor Chan Man-chung said risks are greater at the 10km mark and the finish.

The 10km mark is where most runners who are not fully prepared start experiencing leg cramps.

As for the finish, runners tend to go all out when sprinting towards the line, and very often collapse from exhaustion, Chan said.

The marathons start in Tsim Sha Tsui, then wind through Kowloon and the New Territories before reaching through Hong Kong Island to end in Victoria Park.

The less strenuous 10km challenge starts at the Eastern Island Corridor and also finishes in Victoria Park.

To facilitate the marathon, several roads in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories will be closed, with more than 130 bus services disrupted.

The MTR will begin services from 3.25am to allow runners to get to the starting point.

Members of the public can go onto www.td.com.hk for details of the affected roads, as well as the alternative transport services available.

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