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Runners cross the starting line at the start of the Lantau Island race. (photo credit: K K Leung)
Runners storm across the starting line at the beginning of the Lantau Island race. (photo credit: K K Leung)


Attracting hundreds of entrants this year, Hong Kong's King of the Hills Mountain Marathon Series 2016- 2017 came to a close in March. Swire Pacific, Swire Resources and Swire Coca-Cola HK were race sponsors for the second year running. The challenging four-race series took place at Wong Nai Chung Gap on Hong Kong Island (27th November), on Lantau Island (8th January), in Sai Kung (12th February) and in Tai Po (5th March). All the routes offered great views, and were specially designed by Seyon Asia, the race organiser and an experienced race and adventure travel event company.

Runners from across the Swire group attempted to conquer this trail race series. Challenging their boundaries with either a full or half marathon, they all demonstrated relentless determination and great stamina. As its name suggests, this event is not about running long sections on pavement, or even using the more established trails; instead, runners race off-road, along some very rough and tumble routes. Chilly weather was no barrier and spirits were high.

Volunteers cheer on the runners along the route.
Volunteers cheer on the runners along the route.

The scenic, but very challenging race route. (photo credit: K K Leung)
The scenic, but very challenging race route. (photo credit: K K Leung)


Despite the gruelling conditions, William Davies, Swire Beverages' Global Safety & Sustainability Transformation Lead, won three races in his age category this season. Rivalry aside, the Swire runners are united by their common passion for trail running and some firm friendships have been fostered.


Taking part in another capacity, around 15 Swire volunteers helped out at each race, serving food and drink at the finish area and cheering on the runners, to help boost their morale along the way.

Swire runners and volunteers celebrate after a race.
Swire runners and volunteers celebrate after a race.

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