2018 Gammon China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon – Sunday 28 January 2018
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This video gives you a taste of the event
2018 Race Directors are Dave Smith and Catherine Leonard supported by AVOHK committee, we always need help! please volunteer if you are not running the event.
Gammon Construction continue their sponsorship of the China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon for the 2018 races. Gammon have a running team that has regularly participated in the Corporate Challenge and the company are doing a great deal to support athletics in the community in Hong Kong. This race is AVOHK ‘s flagship event and was the first AIMS certified marathon in Hong Kong. It was first held in 1981 and won by Ron Hill in a time of 2:34:35. Ron described it as the toughest marathon he had run and although the course has changed over the years, it is still a tough challenge. It is not a race at which personal bests are set, but it offers very good racing against some of Hong Kong’s hardiest runners and through some of Hong Kong’s most stunning scenery. Being held in January gives the best chance of good running weather. The current course record is 2:38:44 set by Kevin Ball in 1989 which reflects the difficulty of the terrain.
The races are a good alternative to the crowded, polluted and impersonal HKAAA’s Standard Chartered Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. China Coast is organised by runners for runners and AVOHK endeavour to ensure that all the participants feel welcome and looked after.
The race headquarters on race day is the Po Leung Kuk holiday camp at Pak Tam Chung.
In line with AVOHK’s mission to support veterans athletics as well as over all winners prizes and trophy’s there are age group awards. AVOHK members at time of race registration are also eligible for awards.
In response to the world wide initiative to reduce the use of single use plastics and from runner feedback we are not providing plastic luggage bags at the race nor are we giving out plastic bottles of water at the finish. Water will be provided to runners in reusable bottles.
If you have any questions after you have read the following race information or wish to volunteer to help please email us at: email@example.com
Runners please read the following information:
The races take place on the service roads at High Island Reservoir. Sai Kung Man Yee Road and Sai Kung Sai Wan Road, there are markers every 5km. The courses are AIMS certified. Races start and finish at Pak Tam Chung.
For a map of the half marathon course and a description of the turning points click here and then click on the map title on the left hand side of the Google Maps page.
For a map of the full marathon course and location of the turns click here then click on the map title on the left hand side of the Google Maps page.
Both races start together at 8:00 am.
Time limit is 6 hours for the marathon and 4 hours for the half. Runners who are not able to complete the course in this time will be prevented from starting the return leg to the East Dam. The course will begin to close from 1pm onwards and finish area at 2pm.
Marathon and Half Marathon Categories
Men: Open 18-34, senior 35-39, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70+
Women: Open 18-34, senior 35-39, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70+
Marathon and Half Marathon Trophies and Awards
Overall top 3 men and women in each event
Age Group Trophies and Awards for First Three
Men: Open 18-34, Senior 35-39, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65*, V70+*
Women: Open 18-34, Senior 35-39, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60*, V65*, V70+*
* subject to number of entries in category
Special AVOHK members trophy’s in both races for first three male and female AVOHK members under 40 and 40 and over who do not place overall First, Second or Third in the overall finish ranking. You must be an AVOHK member at the time of race registration.
The John Lane Tankard will be awarded to the First Veteran (over 40) AVOHKer in the marathon regardless of them being eligible for another prize.
T-shirt and souvenir
Souvenir t-shirt, finishers medal and race souvenir will be given to all finishers.
Runners are urged to use the free bus service to get to the races. There are pick up locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. You register for the bus when you enter online. Runners must register for the bus, contact us if you need to register.
Parking at Pak Tam Chung is very limited . Police will ticket illegal parking. If you need to drive to the race we suggest you park in Sai Kung and take the runners bus departing 06:15 and 06:45 from Mei Yu Street near the police station entrance . Please register with us for the Sai Kung bus. There is also a taxi stand at the sea front terminus.
Route 1 6.00 am Central, City Hall, bus stops 6.15 am North Point , Java Road near exit A1 North Point MTR
Route 2 6.00 am Salisbury Road , TST West side of Space Museum 6.15 am Kowloon Tong , Somerset Road
Route 3 6.00 am Sham Shui Po Dragon Centre Yen Chow St 6.15 am Tsuen Wan Luk Yeung Galleria, Sai Lau Kok Rd near MTR exit B2/B3
Route 4 6.00 am Tai Po Market MTR 6.15 am Shatin Central near Citibank at Lucky Plaza
Route 5 6:15am and 6:45am Sai Kung Mei Yu Street, near Sai Kung Police Station entranceThere are no tickets but we have a record of the route you have chosen. Please arrive at the locations promptly before the stated time to be sure of boarding the buses. Drivers have been instructed to leave precisely on time. There are bus marshalls wearing red jackets .Buses will have signs to identify them as AVOHK buses.Location Map for Route 1 North Point pick up Route 1 (Central + North Point)
Location Map for Route 2 TST and Kowloon Tong Route 2 (TST + Kln. Tong)
Location Map for Route 3 Sham Shui Po and Tsuen Wan Route 3 (SSP + Tsuen Wan)
Location Map for Route 4 Shatin Cental and Tai Po Market MTR Route 4 (Tai Po + Shatin)
Location for route 5 Sai Kung Route 5 (Mei Yu St., Sai Kung)Return buses from Pak Tam Chung to University MTR station only. Return buses to leave every half hour from 10.30 last bus 14.00.Most locations can be reached by the MTR provided you take the first train. Check the MTR website for details www.mtr.com.hk
Timing device and number bib collection
Race number bibs incorporating timing device distributed on race day morning from 6 am in the grounds of the Po Leung Kuk Holiday Camp. NO PRE RACE PICKUP
Runners must bring their online entry letter to collect their number bib, if you do not have your letter please request a copy before race day. If you forget your email on the day please go to the Help Desk.
Help Desk is clearly signed and located in Registration Area at Po Leung Kuk Camp.
Other Race Information
All pre and post race administration, prize presentations etc at Po Leung Kuk camp
Bag drop at Po Leung Kuk, baggage tags provided. Please note bags are stored in the open and NO plastic luggage bags are provided
Pre race water provided in bag drop area at Po Leung Kuk
Toilets at Po Leung Kuk, Pak Tam Chung BBQ, Pak Tam Chung bus terminus and portable toilets by start /finish
Medical aid on course provided by AMS
Water every 5km for all runners
Sports drink for marathon runners
Bananas on course for marathon runners
Food after race for all runners
Changing and showers available at Po Leung Kuk
All runners entitled to use Po Leung Kuk facilities on race day
T shirt for all finishers give out post race at Po Leung Kuk.
Certificates mailed by post only to those who requested with their entry
Contact us with any further questions on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Half Marathon Results: click here
Marathon Results: click here