Message from the Chair – Nov 2021

Dear AVOHK Members

Well, there’s quite a few updates this month …

China Coast Marathon

Sunday, January 16th, is the date for the 2022 China Coast Marathon. Catherine and Dave are working closely with the Home Affairs Bureau to make sure that our race will satisfy all the current COVID-19 precautions.  We are planning for the full marathon only this year and are hoping to open registration very soon.  Please keep an eye on the website for announcements.

Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday, December 8th, at Café 8.  It’s a great way to catch up with old friends, especially since there haven’t been many races this year!  We would also love to meet and get to know any new members, so please sign up and come along.  We will have a fantastic buffet meal and drinks and there will be music from Keith Raymont.  Further details are in the newsletter.


Membership for 2022 is now open for renewal or sign up; it’s HK$150 for regular members or HK$75 for age 60+.  Life members don’t need to worry about renewal.  Membership gives you more than 12 months of Club benefits, including reduced fees for many AVOHK races and social events.  As an AVOHK member, you may also apply for HKAAA membership.  This then allows you guaranteed or priority entry into HKAAA races, including the Standard Chartered Marathon.

For any queries about membership or payment, please contact

New Website

Committee members Aldo Kriel and Nigel Raymont have been working extremely hard over the last year to build a totally new website for the Club.  It is looking great and has a host of new features.  They will do a short presentation at the Christmas Party and you can have a chat with them about the project.  The website will go live in January.

Standard Chartered Marathon

Many of our members turned out to run in the various events last month.  I hope everyone had the race they were aiming for! Congratulations to everyone who raced and especially those who achieved PBs.  Special mention to Club members Gi Ka-man, who finished second overall in the Men’s Half Marathon in 1:08:55 (having crossed the line hand-in-hand with the winner), Rachel Sproston, who won the Women’s Master 2 10K by almost a minute faster than the runner-up in a time of 42:05, and Charlotte Hall, who finished second in the Junior Women’s 10K in 38:18 in her first attempt at the distance.

I hope to see many of you soon at the Christmas Party.

Happy Running!

Elaine Hall