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Hong Kong U19’s warm up for Chiang Mai with All-Star masterclass

Charity Fun Run at Hauy Tung Tao attracts 1,200

Hong Kong U19’s warm up for Chiang Mai with All-Star masterclass

Former Australia test star Justin Langer explains batting technique to members of the Hong Kong women’s U19s team. (Photo courtesy Hong Kong Cricket Sixes)

The Hong Kong women’s U19s cricket team will head for the international tournament in Chiang Mai next month with an extra spring in their step – after a coaching session from a quartet of the game’s greats.
The teenagers were given a masterclass by Australian legend Justin Langer, England bowler Matthew Hoggard, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and South African allrounder Tyron Henderson.
“It’s great having these international cricketers come to our training, said team manager Angela Kwan during the coaching session at Mission Road Cricket Ground in Mong Kok.
“It’s a thrill for the girls to meet their cricket idols and to have the opportunity to play with them and learn from them.
“We’re playing in an Asian tournament in Chiangmai in Thailand from December 11 to 24 and this is a fantastic way to prepare for that tour.”
The young Hong Kong players were given fielding practice, put through their bowling paces and then had the thrill of facing fast bowler Hoggard – 248 wickets in 67 test matches – in the nets.
Langer, Hoggard, Fleming and Henderson played in the All-Stars team which took part in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club last weekend.


Charity Fun Run at Hauy Tung Tao attracts 1,200

The runners pose for a souvenir shot before the event.

Michael Davies
The Four Seasons Hotel’s 2nd Annual Charity Fun Run, in aid of HM Queen Sirikit’s Centre for Breast Cancer and the Thai Red Cross, was held on November 1 and attracted no less than 1,200 Chiang Mai citizens, all prepared to run for a good cause!

Young and old, fit and unfit, all “having a go!”
Registration began at 7 a.m., and the run itself took place at 8 p.m. The 250 baht (180 baht for kids) registration fee included a t-shirt and a breakfast box, and Starbucks were on hand to serve much-needed coffee to those who has celebrated Halloween the previous night a little too enthusiastically. To wake up those for whom mornings are not a great time, the Four Seasons Band (all staff members) provided loud music. The immediate neighbourhood will, of course, have appreciated this touch.
The runners were welcomed by Todd Cilano, the Four Seasons’ general manager, Somchai Maijandang, the director of the Provisional Office of Tourism and Sport, and Siranya Soonthorn, the representative from Mae Rim Red Cross. In his welcoming speech, Todd congratulated 7th grade students from Chiang Mai International School, who are considered the most active group involved in helping create awareness in cancer care. The Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Thailand have been holding the runs for 13 years, and have raised a total of more than 18 million baht, all for cancer research.
The run itself was over a distance of 3.5 kilometres, around Huay Tung Tao reservoir, and was suitable for all abilities and ages, including the disabled. Parents came with strollers, others came with their dogs, and many came from Vienping Orphanage and Prem School. Before the run started, fitness instructors warmed up the runners to make sure there were no disasters! Most people finished by 9 a.m. – with some hardy types deciding to go round twice – and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the entire morning.
If you are planning an event, invite aroundtown @chiangmai-mail.com to make it that little bit more special.