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22 Oct 2017

ESF opens its first ever marathon to celebrate 50th Anniversary

Over 2,000 participants joined the celebration

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the English Schools Foundation (ESF) organised its first ever running event in Central today.

The event was supported by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Commission on Youth, and was open to both the ESF community and the general public. Race categories included 1km to 10km runs and a 1km family walk. Over 2,000 participants joined the celebration.

An opening ceremony was held in the morning. Officiating guests included Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Secretary for Education, and Mr Lau Ming-wai, Chairman of the Commission on Youth. From ESF, Mrs Belinda Greer, Chief Executive Officer of ESF, other ESF board members and senior leaders from ESF also attended the ceremony.

Despite the sweltering heat, runners unleashed their potential and demonstrated strong spirit. Brendan Kean from ESF Clearwater Bay School and Jennifer Whybrow from ESF Peak School were crowned champions in the 10km Individual Run Male Master 1 and Female Master 1 categories. They finished the race in a time of 0:33:22 and 0:45:47 respectively.

A community carnival was also held at Edinburgh Place, Central, with exciting performances and games booths organised by ESF teachers and students and other organisations. A wide range of music and dance was performed by our alumni and students from across nine ESF schools.

“To mark our golden celebration, the ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon serves as a sporting event promoting health and wellbeing, and at the same time, encouraging community involvement, promote sports culture and spirit and raise public awareness of caring and supporting children with special needs through our network,” said Mr Abraham Shek.

The Marathon is part of the series of ESF 50th Anniversary celebrations to celebrate ESF’s 50 years in Hong Kong.

“Established by the Government in 1967, ESF started with just two schools, Island School and Beacon Hill School. Now we are the largest international school system with 22 schools in Hong Kong serving 17,500 students from over 60 nationalities,” said Mrs Belinda Greer. “Celebrating the golden jubilee is a remarkable milestone. It provides the perfect time for us to pause and appreciate the incredible community we have created through ESF.”

“Education plays a vital role in shaping and ultimately, making history. ESF schools have enjoyed a starring role in Hong Kong’s history,” she continued. “We are an education system for Hong Kong’s young learners and an important presence on the international school scene. ESF students have established themselves among the highest-achievers in the world. Every year, our graduating class achieve incredible results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma examinations and the Applied Learning programme. This is an important legacy for Hong Kong, because these young people are the leaders of the future.”

Race results: Champions in different categories are as follows:

Category Champion School Complete time
10km Challenge Individual
Female Master 1 Jennifer Whybrow ESF Peak School 0:45:47
Female Master 2 Patricia Greer ESF Centre / Therapy Centre 0:48:49
Female Senior Jessica Williams ESF West Island School 0:47:47
Female Junior Michelle Wong Sponsors and supporting organisation 1:06:28
Male Master 1 Brendan Kean ESF Clearwater Bay School 0:33:22
Male Master 2 Roberto Veneziani ESF Sha Tin Junior School 0:36:08
Male Senior Thomas Kiprotich ESF Discovery College 0:33:33
Male Junior Kevin Xin ESF Discovery College 0:45:37
ESF Centre & ESL Tze Chun Au Yeung ESF Discovery College 0:38:15
6km Individual Run
Male (Year 12-13) Ernest Wong ESF West Island School 0:22:55
Female (Year 12-13) Megan Lee ESF Sha Tin College 0:27:37
3km Individual Run
Male (Year 7-9) Michael Brewster ESF South Island School 0:11:25
Male (Year 10-13) Swiss Duangthip ESF West Island School 0:10:30
Female (Year 10-13) Minji Kwon ESF South Island School 0:13:12
Principal Challenge James Schmitz ESF Renaissance College 0:13:25
3km Family Run
Students – 2 in a group (Year 1-2) Kaiman Lau & Elize Ho ESF Peak School 0:17:31
Students – 2 in a group (Year 3-4) Theo & Norman Ngao ESF Sha Tin Junior School 0:14:15
Students – 2 in a group (Year 5-6) Louis & Justin McLaughlin ESF Bradbury School 0:13:35
Students – 3 in a group (Year 1-2) Elvin Liao, Liao Xiaodong & Li Yanyu ESF Kowloon Junior School 0:22:33
Students – 3 in a group (Year 3-4) Callum, Vincent & Vivienne Ng ESF Renaissance College 0:16:22
Students – 3 in a group (Year 5-6) Ella, Olivia & Nick Phillips ESF Glenealy School 0:18:15
1km Student Individual Run
Female (Year 1-2) Carreen Zhang ESF Quarry Bay School 0:06:10
Female (Year 3-4) Charline Felbabel ESF Renaissance College 0:03:47
Female (Year 5-6) Claudia Brunner ESF Clearwater Bay School 0:03:45
Male (Year 1-2) Sota Asaka ESF Kowloon Junior School 0:04:55
Male (Year 3-4) Kit Anderson ESF Kennedy School 0:03:52
Male (Year 5-6) Yan To (Toto) Lim ESF Quarry Bay School 0:04:17
1km Family Walk
ESF International Kindergarten (2 in a group) Kerry & Anya Ngao ESF Wu Kai Sha International Kindergarten 0:06:44
ESF International Kindergarten (3 in a group) Federic, Charlotte & Fabienne Holive ESF Abacus International Kindergarten 0:07:18
ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (2 in a group) Karin Wetselaar & Jenny Lingham ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School 0:11:24
ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (3 in a group) Brandon, Charles & Susanna Goh ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School 0:09:01