Broken arm but typhoon can't stop Lantau 2 Peaks runners
- Written by October 5, 2015
More than 1000 runners braved the tough conditions caused by Typhoon Mujigae to run the Lantau 2 Peaks race on Lantau Island on Sunday.
Swiss Salomon team member Remi Bonnet, 20, powered through to take the overall champion title in two hours, 14 minutes and seven seconds.
Salomon top runner Yngvild Kaspersen took the women's champion title in two hours, 42 minutes and four seconds.
Conditions were fierce thanks to Typhoon Mujigae which caused runners to be lashed with rain and wind.
The South China Morning Post reported one runner slipped off the trail and plunged down a slope near Ngong Ping.
The 45-year-old man was reported to have fallen four metres before a tree broke his fall and he escaped with a broken arm.
Rescue efforts took four hours before the man could be taken to hospital.
Lantau 2 Peaks is the fourth Skyrunning race under the 2015 Skyrunner World Series and reaches the second and third highest peaks on Lantau Island - Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak.
As the only Skyrunning race in Asia this year it attracted many international elite runners to Lantau.
Participants climbed and descended Sunset Peak (the third highest summit in Hong Kong) running over 800m in elevation and Lantau Peak (934m) with runners summiting before contouring around Nei Lek Shan.
They then descended to Tung Chung at sea level. Participants climbed a combined elevation gain of 1987m and combined elevation loss of 1988m with a total elevation gain loss of 3975m.
Photographs of Remi Bonnet (top) and Yngvild Karspersen courtesy Action Asia Events