Hong Kong Trail Running Awards - Asia Trail
Posted on July 31 2018
Press Release - Three-peat for McNaughton and Hong Kong 100 in star-studded awards night
Wanchai, 27 July 2018 – Hong Kong 100 and Marie McNaughton continued their dominance of the Gone Running Hong Kong Trail Running Awards, taking out the 2XU Best Race and GreenRace Female Runner of the Year awards, respectively, for the third year running.
46 years young and a mother of three, McNaughton continues to defy gravity, with another dominant season, highlighted by over a dozen local wins as well as winning Transjeju in Korea and runner-up at Ultra Trail Mount Fuji STY in Japan. Despite not winning the public vote, McNaughton was the clear favourite with the expert panel from the Trail Runners Association of Hong Kong, with the awards decided based on both inputs.
Accepting her award, McNaughton reflected, “Thanks to everyone for the support. It’s been another fun season and great to see the competition just getting stronger and stronger.” Happily for the other ladies, this upcoming season could be McNaughton’s last, given plans to move back to New Zealand.
The men, however, are proving much more adept at sharing, with WONG Ho Chung becoming the third winner of the Male Runner of the Year award, narrowly beating WAA’s Jeff Campbell. Chung received over half the public vote for another fine season, with big performances all over the world. As well as victory at the DMZ Trail Race 100K in Korea, he podiumed at The North Face 50 in China, The North Face 100 in Hong Kong and only narrowly missed the win at Four Deserts Namibia.
Hong Kong 100 has been a popular choice for Best Race since the awards started, even winning in 2015/16 when a polar vortex stranded runners on Tai Mo Shan. This year was another strong showing for Hong Kong’s first solo 100 kilometre race, with Hong Kong 100 being a firm favourite with the public vote as well as the expert panel.
Andy Naylor Best Sportsmanship Award
The Andy Naylor Best Sportsmanship Award is named after former Sai Kung elite runner, community leader and family man, Andy Naylor, who tragically died during the New York Ironman. Nominees are judged based on the trail running ideals of sportsmanship, fairness, integrity, respect and excellence, with the winner receiving a $5,000 Gone Running voucher, courtesy of the Hard As Nayls trail race.
This year’s winner was Mr & Mrs Camel FUNG, a much-loved couple on the Hong Kong trail circuit. Wearing a prosthetic blade, Camel is widely known as "Blade Runner" and has run numerous trail races and desert ultras, including Gobi, Namibia and the Atacama deserts. He lives life to the fullest even with disability and is a great role model for all.
However, this could not have happened without Mrs Fung, his best training buddy, racing team mate, supporter, and post-operation recovery nurse. Not only are they good runners, they have actively supported many organisations through their charity fundraising campaigns in races.
This year’s awards also saw the inaugural Alpinamente Asian Runner of the Year award, recognising the tremendous growth of the sport across the region. In a very tight contest, China’s YAO Miao narrowly pipped Nepal’s Mira Rai, Kaori Niwa from Japan, and Thai-based Harry Jones. 22 year old YAO crushed the Hong Kong 100 record by almost 40 minutes as well as winning a number of high profile races in China.
The Hong Kong Trail Running Awards are now in their third year and seek to recognise and celebrate the best runners, races and volunteers within the Hong Kong trail running community over the past racing season. The awards are organised by Gone Running (www.gone.run), a local community trail running store in Wanchai, and backed by a number of generous sponsors including Salomon, 2XU, GreenRace, HOKA, WAA and Tailwind, who have contributed over $35,000 in prizes. For any inquiry, please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
HONG KONG TRAIL RUNNING AWARDS WINNERS LIST
Alpinamente Asian Runner of the Year Award - YAO Miao 姚妙
GreenRace Female Runner of the Year Award – Marie McNaughton
Salomon Male Runner of the Year Award – WONG Ho Chung
HOKA Master Runner of the Year Award – Mo Devlin
Tailwind Youth Runner of the Year Award – NG Wei Hei
Ultimate Direction Most Improved Female Runner Award – CHIU Wai-Yin Winnie
WAA Most Improved Male Runner Award – Brian McFlynn
Salomon Best Solo Run Award – Stone Tsang
RaceBase Best Team Run Award – Alice Lee & Celvin Tsang
Andy Naylor Sportsmanship Award – Mr & Mrs Camel FUNG
2XU Best Race Award – Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race
CrampFix Best New Race Award – Gurkha Trailblazer
Altra Best Trail Running Photo Award – Feng Er
T8 Community Award – Elton Lam
2XU Lifetime Achievement Award – Keith Noyes
Gone Running Sponsors Award – Beauty & The Beasts & Jeff Campbell
7月27號晚於灣仔 舉辦的第三屆喜跑香港越野跑頒獎禮，Marie McNaughton及HK100繼續稱霸，連續三年分別蟬聯最佳女運動員及最佳賽事獎！
現年46歲並且是三女之母親的Marie今季表現依然出色，嬴得多項本地和海外賽事，例如韓國Transjeju冠軍，日本Ultra Trail Mount Fuji STY 亞軍。今屆各得獎名單由公眾投票和香港越野跑總會委員選出，以總成績計算，Marie最終蟬聯GreenRace最佳女運動員獎項。接過獎項的Marie感言『感謝大家的支持。今季好高興看到越野跑的競爭越來越激烈，大家的表現明顯提升了。』Marie計劃搬回新西蘭，來年應該是Marie於香港最後一個賽季。
男子方面，今屆最佳男運動員由本地運動員黃浩聰獲得，以些微票數之差壓倒上年得主WAA運動員Jeff Campbell。浩聰於公眾投票方面取得過半數支持，上季勝出賽事包括韓國DMZ Trail Race 100K，中國The North Face 50，香港The North Face 100，更差點嬴得Four Deserts納米比亞站。
為支持越野跑在亞太區的發展，今年新增Alpinamente亞太區最佳運動員獎項。中國的姚妙於激烈競爭中擊敗大熱的尼泊爾選手Mira Rai。年僅22歲的姚妙以約40分鐘之差打破Hong Kong 100女子舊紀錄，亦於中國獲獎無數。
今年是第三屆香港越野跑頒獎禮。希望藉此讓大家共同表揚過去一年在越野跑上表現出色，不斷作出貢獻以及極具體育精神的運動員或有關人仕。頒獎禮由『喜跑』，一間位於灣仔的本地越野跑商店(www.gone.run) 籌辦並得各贊助商送出超過35,000港幣的禮品，包括Salomon, 2XU, GreenRace, HOKA, WAA, Ultimate Direction and Tailwind等等。
Alpinamente 亞太區最佳運動員- 姚妙
GreenRace 最佳女運動員 – Marie McNaughton
HOKA最佳元老級運動員– Mo Devlin
Ultimate Direction最佳進步獎女運動員– 趙蔚賢
WAA 最佳進步獎男運動員– Brian McFlynn
Salomon 最佳個人表現獎 – 曾小強
Andy Naylor最佳運動員精神獎– 馮錦雄與太太莊冰英
2XU最佳賽事– Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race
CrampFix最佳新賽事 – Gurkha Trailblazer
T8最佳公益獎– Elton Lam
2XU終生成就獎 – Keith Noyes
喜跑贊助大獎– Beauty & The Beasts & Jeff Campbell