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China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon 31 january 2016
Pleased to announce entries are now open for the China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon 2016

Please click on this link to go to the entry webpage and online entry form.  https://regonline.activeglobal.com/CCM2016

Entries to the race are online entry only and entry will close when each race reaches it's maximum number of runners.  AVOHK only organise the China Coast Half and Full Marathon, however at the same venue on the same day the Community Chest are holding the Corporate Challenge a team event with a half marathon and a 10km course.  AVOHK facilitate these races and provide the marshals and on course support but entry to these are through the Community Chest of Hong Kong.
To reflect AVOHK's diverse membership we are now awarding AVOHK members prizes to both the top 3 AVOHK members  under 40 and top 3 AVOHK members over 40 runners in the full and the half marathons.
The John Lane Tankard is awarded to the fastest AVOHK member in the Full Marathon.  Please wear your AVOHK kit .

More race info on the entry website and this page on our website   http://www.avohk.org/index.php?_room=16&_subRoom=26

Problems or querys then please email Dave Smith at chinacoastmarathon2016@gmail.com

What happens to all the old CCM race t shirts?   this picture shows one organisation we donate to.

2015 AVOHK 5K series
2015 5KM series
Remember to come to South Bay on 10th October to collect race t shirt .
Dates for the 2015 series online entry open for last  races.

Results for Race 1    
AVOHK 5k Series 2015 - Category Result (Bowen Road).pdf
AVOHK 5k Series 2015 - Overall Result (Bowen Road).pdf

Results for Race 2
AVOHK 5k Series 2015 - Race 2 Category Result (Tai Tam Tuk) .pdf
AVOHK 5k Series 2015 - Series Result (Race 2).pdf

Results for Race 3
AVOHK 5k Series 2015-Race3 Overall Results (Wan Chai Gap ).pdf
AVOHK 5k Series 2015-Race3 Category Results (Wan Chai Gap ).pdf
Series Results 2015.pdf

Race dates
29 August Bowen Road
12 September Tai Tam
26 September Wanchai Gap
10 October South Bay

Round the Island Time Trial 19 April 2015
Many congratulations to all who participated  in the RTI Time Trial, it certainly was a trial  in the very high humidity

The mens winner has been corrected and we congratulate Issac Yuen who won  in 5.48.  The ladies winner Nicole Leung ran a superb 6.42  First whimps team was Teddy Wu and Michelle Leung in the mixed vets in  6 hours 13 minutes.
Results are now on the Our Races tab, Round The Island.
Thank you to Dave Smith and all his helpers out on course, at the start/finish and in the lead up to the race.  We had 8 checkpoints, a really good team effort from AVOHK and our supporters. Top photo is the feast that awaited the runners at Po Shan Road thanks to Maria Lee and Stephen Kwan .
A relaxed looking Taylor Sun, in the True Grit category with  Bowen Road CP8 Team Leader Yvonne Wong  -  the CP8 Team  -  a welcome site for runners with around 4.5km to the finish .

There is plenty of information about the RTI on the event page under "our races" section of this website.
Dave Smith is  perpetual race director and can be reached on roundtheisland2015@gmail.com
More information please click  here to go to the event page.

2015 Malcolm Phillips Age Graded 5km Run
Castka Campbell Capture Malcolm 5km
Gillian Castka won the the ladies in a superb age graded 16:39 and John Campbell in 15:58.
On the attached results  the actual time ran is on the left and the age graded time on the right.  Top 5 Ladies were all AVOHK members and 4 of them also HKLRRC, 4 out of  the top 5 men were AVOHK members.  Click  for    2015 Results    Remember these are age graded using the percentage from the 5K Road Race on the  WAVA tables . As usual we had some interesting times, Stefano despite running an actual 17:36  was age graded into 7th place  and a sprighlty run by Evelyn Fowler saw her age graded time put her in the prize list.
Thanks from Catherine, who puts this race together, to our helpers including Stephen Kwan for writing and working the results programme, our turn around duo John Casey and John Howes, finish line crew, Geoffrey, Juergen , Dave, Pam, Maria, Angelita, Venus, number bib distributor Vicent, sweeper Martin Kennard, fruit and chocolate buyer Grace.  This is a really enjoyable club event supported by our club members and the HKLRRC of which Malcolm was also a member.  A pleasure to organise .
Pictures "The Start Line" and "Cheers"

  Please  go to event page under Our Races tab for more information

2015 - 16 AVOHK Reservoir Race Series
Many thanks to our sponsor Hong Kongs leading curtain walling company Permasteelisa Group

Due to permit problems the last race cannot be held on Sunday 20th March 2016 is now provisionally at  9:00am on  Saturday 19 March 2016. 

Anyone who has entered the series or race three and cannot make this date please contact AVOHK. We hope to be able to confirm the new race date very soon.

Race 1  18 October 2015 Aberdeen
Race 2 14 February 2015 Tai Lam Chung
Race 3  date to be advised Tai Tam Reservoir

online entry via this link


happening elsewhere...
AVOHK AGM 2015 and Athlete Of The Year


2014/15 Athltes of the Year are Rachel Sproston and Freeman Lee , both have competed copiously over the season and been rewarded with many podium positions and PB performances.

It was a very enjoyable evening at Cafe 8 above the HK Maritime Museum situated at Central Ferry Piers ,  Pier 8.  The bar will now become the AVOHK HQ for meetings.  The bar is part of a community initiative  and employs staff with special needs giving opportunity for employment in the main stream workforce.  The bar is managed  by John Macinven a fellow runner and AVOHK member .

Chris Watts  founder of Motion Dynamics gave an enthusiastic and extremely informative talk and demonstration on mobility, stretching , posture stressing the importance of good allignment to prevent injury and emphasizing it is never too late too correct imbalances.  We will be arranging a group work shop in late Summer for AVOHK members.



My Yip
From Bill Purves

Yip Lun Ming

An Appreciation

We’re sad to learn of the death of Yip Lun Ming, but we should be celebrating his remarkable life.  He was, after all, the only man to win a world championship in athletics for Hong Kong.

The Yipper was born Japanese.  He was born in Taiwan when I was still a colony.  He managed to avoid serving during the war, but afterward was trapped on the mainland where he lived through Mao’s great famine and the cultural revolution.  He never forgot the famine.  It was amazing to watch him attack a buffet breakfast and then step on the track and attack a 10,000m  twenty minutes later.  After the cultural revolution he managed to escape to Hong Kong where he supported himself assembling garments at home on piecework.  He was sometimes to be seen running through the streets of eastern Hong Kong delivering a bale of his output.

In later life he travelled the world racing in Australia, Africa, Europe and the USA.  His biggest success was his M75 world marathon championship in Durban in 1997.  His picture was in all the papers receiving his medal from a topless Zulu damsel.  He didn’t get any gold bars from tycoons, but Tung Chee-hwa gave him a community service award—a sort of junior bauhinia.  After that he was supported by Nike and earned some money appearing in TV commercials for the Standard Chartered Marathon and the ICAC, among others.

Like many of us, the Yipper never really mastered Cantonese, but he could speak several other languages which no one else could understand.  One of the few who could really chat with him was Yuko Gordon, another world champ, but they spoke in Japanese.  Until one meet in Gateshead where the Chinese team turned up with a toothless old sweetie who spoke Hokkien.  We thought the Yipper had found true love in his old age, but it was not to be.  He raced in several all-China veterans’ meets after that, but we never again saw the sweetie.

He continued running into his 80s and eventually took up the triathlon, to the distress of the Triathlon Association, whose insurance company wouldn’t cover him.  AVOHK used to take out insurance on him, but we never came close to having to collect.  Except for one meet where he was spiked and half drowned in the water jump during a steeplechase.

It was 93 years well lived.

AVOHK Kit for members

Club kit by Mizuno, shown in the photo, modeled by Phil and Holly Booth.

It is excellent value at HK$100 for a vest and HK$100 for shorts.  Various sizes and the womens kit is ladies fit, please contact Phil Booth for information and purchase.  There is also some old kit still available again Phil has details.

click to email him Phil Booth

Overseas meets - a chance to run for HK
Bill Purves co ordinates our overseas Veterans participation in various meets and events, he has a regular mail out of meets . To get on the mailing list please send a message to Bill.
The 2015 WAVA games are in Lyon , France in August we are sending a team to  receive more info please contact Bill .
 shtb @  i-cable.com

Run for AVOHK , Road ,Trail and Track.
Martin Kennard and Mark Reeves have answered the call and will act as Club Captains for team and track races.  Martin will handle team entries for races that have a team option and Mark Reeves will enter AVOHK members into HKAAA track meets .  For the latter most require you to be a HKAAA member. 
Please check this website and Vicents newsletter and AVOHK emails for events, if you see an event you would like to enter as part of a team contact Martin on martinavohk@ yahoo . com
contact details for Mark to be advised for the meantime please use the avohk enquiry mail

Congratulations Boston Runners
Well done to the AVOHkers who ran at Boston on Monday April 20th.  was a cool 7 degrees perfect for AVOHK member and dedicated race organiser Freeman Lee to run a  super 2.44.59.  Congratulations to Elain Hall and Candice Stella both AVOhkers who also ran.  Elaine had battled back from injury so was well rewarded with a 3.25.

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