Four Nepali athletes to participate in Oxfarm Trail-walker in Hong Kong

Lalitpur, November 12

Four Nepali athletes are on Sunday leaving for Hong Kong to take part in the Oxfarm Trail-walker, a 100km fundraising event slated for November 18.

Bhim Bahadur Gurung, Purna Tamang, Tirtha Tamang and Bed Bahadur Sunuwar will compete in the four-athlete team event. The South Asian Games record holder marathon legend Baikuntha Manandhar bade farewell to the athletes amidst a function organised by the Himalayan Expedition today.

Gurung, who is the member of Nepali team that won the event twice, is also the two-time champion of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon. The two-time winner of the Annpurna Trail Race of 100km, Gurung recently won the Trofeo Kim Ultra Sky Marathon of 52km held in Italy in August.

Purna Tamang, who won The North Face 100km race in Hong Kong in 2013, is the winner of Kathmandu Marathon’s ninth edition. Tamang is also the winner of 50km Annapurna Race. Likewise, Tirtha Tamang is the winner of the Vibram Hong Kong 100km Ultra Trail Race  and UTMR Ultra race, a 118km event that stretches from Italy to Switzerland. Tamang also won this year’s Ultra-marathon category of the Everest Marathon.

Sunuwar, who won open category of 2016 Everest Marathon, was the winner of the last year’s Asian Mountain Racing Challenge in China and finished first in The North Face 50km race in Hong Kong last year.