Sunuwar breaks 50k race record

Kathmandu, December 15

Tribhuvan Army Club’s trail runner Bed Sunuwar clinched the North Face 100k title with record time in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Sunuwar completed the race in five hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds, and broke Australian Vlad lxel’s mark by 10 minutes. With the win, Sunuwar earned the voucher worth HK$50,000. Tsang Siu Keung (5:57) of Hong Kong and Jensen Andres Kartik (5:58) of Denmark came second and third respectively.

Sunuwar, who had finished the MSIG Lantau 50 & MSIG Lantau VK-HK50 Series in second position a week ago, also earned ranking points for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 2016. Sunuwar said he missed the chance to win the previous races because of course confusion. “I would have won the race but I missed the course route thrice,” said Sunuwar upon his arrival today. “This time it was not that hard to win the race,” he added.

Sunuwar, who has been running trail races for Nepal, thanked sponsors and his club for the support. “I would like to thank coach Pushpa Raj Ojha for his support and I would also like to thank my sponsors and Nepali people in Hong Kong. They were very supportive during the event,” he added.

Another Nepali athlete, Bishnu Maya Budha also participated in the race. She finished in fourth position despite injuring her leg. “She got an injury during the 50k race which prevented her from performing to her potential in the North Face event,” added Sunuwar.