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Friday, October 21, 2016, 00:20

Local runners preparing for HK marathon

By Li Yinze
Local runners preparing for HK marathon
Runners brave heavy rain al ong the Nathan Road during the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2016 on Jan 17 . (Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Local runners said they are doing intensive training for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon next February.

The annual race, added with a 21-km half marathon, as well as a 10-km race, attracts thousands of participants every year since it was introduced in 1997.

Local runners said they are doing intensive training for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon next February

Vivian Leung Wing-yu, 43, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, told media that she is now in full preparation for the race after her recovery from the disease.

It was very hard for Leung to cope with the cancer. And her preparation for the London marathon this spring was hampered due to her poor physical condition.

She felt frustrated at the time, Leung recalled. “But I kept encouraging myself to carry on, for I still need to finish my running in London someday,” she said.

She believes appropriate exercises have played a key role in her speedy recovery, saying that gradually increasing physical activities helps strengthen the immune system.

With the consent of her attending doctor, Leung returned to the running tracks in August, after several surgeries.

“Running makes me happy,” she said, “I hope I can run for as long as possible.”

Another runner Clara Hui Chung-yan has finished several marathon races in Europe, Asia, and Africa, together with Leung during the past years.

This is the seventh year for her since she started to run marathons, Hui said, adding that running has brought her endless fun.

Hui told media that she began to raise funds for charity and collect old running shoes for Kenya runners after her visit there years ago. “Running still means so much to them despite their poor economic situation,” she said, “it impressed me a lot.”

According to the marathon organizer, the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, it is estimated there will be some 74,000 participants in the annual Hong Kong race held on Feb 12, 2017.

yinzeli@chinadailyhk.com

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