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Hong Kong compete in 'boring' ultramarathon

Competitors run in Hong Kong"s first inner city ultra marathon on March 1, 2015 Image copyright AFP
Image caption An estimated 300 people took part in the race

Hundreds of runners have competed in Hong Kong's first inner-city ultramarathon, despite organisers describing it as "quite boring".

The 50km (31 mile) HK Ultramarathon saw competitors cover the same stretch of road 25 times.

Nestor Wong won the event in 3:24:20 and defended the course, saying it helped to hear the cheering crowds.

An ultramarathon is defined as any race above the standard marathon distance.

Ahead of the event, local runners criticised the course.

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Image caption Competitors ran up and down the same stretch of road 25 times
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Image caption The eventual winner has defended the course, saying hearing the cheering crowds spurred him on
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Image caption Organisers hope to have a longer course next year and attract international competitors

"It will be boring and very difficult, if not dizzy, for the runners who will have to do 25 laps of the same stretch of road," Thomas Kiprotich told the South China Morning Post.

"I don't mind monotonous courses, but this is a bit extreme monotony for my tastes," Michelle Lowry added.

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association and one of the race organisers, conceded that the course was "quite boring".

But he told AFP spectator access would help: "It was great that we could secure this course in the heart of the city... land in Hong Kong is very limited."

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