Hong Kong expats support protestors by running umbrella shaped marathon

Published:  30 Oct at 6 PM
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Although Hong Kong’s expat community is divided over the ongoing student protests in the heart of the city, two of its number today took part in an umbrella-shaped 102 km marathon in support of democracy.

The pair, both experienced ultramarathon runners, were expecting to take around 15 hours to cover their planned course, shaped on a map of Hong Kong as an umbrella in honour of the protestors. John Ellison and Andrew Dawson told reporters prior to the start that the route had been deliberately designed to be long and hard as it symbolises the students’ struggle for democracy.

The run began at 04:00 this morning on the mountainous trails close by the Chinese border and the Upper Shin Ming reservoir. Looping the New Territories and crossing the busy streets of Kowloon, it is due to end opposite Government House in the area occupied by the student protestors.

Friends of the pair are lining the route offering refreshment and encouragement, with Ellison and Dawson determined to finish as promised by around 19:00 after passing the initial protest site by around 16:00. The pair, along with many other expats in Hong Kong, are determined to be seen to support the students’ pro-democratic demands in spite of fears that the Chinese government may consider their stance as interference.
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