Two friends who set themselves a challenge of completing one of the world’s most gruelling endurance events when they reached their 50th birthdays are celebrating after achieving their goal.
Alex Morgan and Keith Noyes, along with two teammates, completed the Oxfam Trailwalker event in Hong Kong – negotiating 100 kilometres of mountainous terrain – in 15 hours 13 minutes. They came home 17th out of 1300 teams.
Alex, a director of Birmingham-based commercial property developers Stoford, said he and Keith were now considering whether to take part in 10 years’ time when they are both 60.
The veteran of numerous endurance events, including a 72-mile run up and down 42 Lake District peaks, has now completed the Trailwalker event 9 times in Hong Kong and once in the UK.
He first became involved in the event when he moved to Hong Kong to work on the construction of the island’s new airport. This year the team was sponsored by sports brand Columbia owned by the Swire Group.
He said: “Many years ago Keith and I made a commitment that we would meet up again and take part in the Trailwalker in Hong Kong when we were both 50. We had a very good team, with JB Rae-Smith and Lueng Ping joining us.
“With an event of this length, and mountains reaching 1,000 metres with very steep slopes, you are bound to have bad periods but we came through those and eventually finished 17th. Our best result was in 2003 when we came 4th, but we were pleased with this year’s effort.
“My friends are now trying to make me commit for the event when we are 60. I’m going to take some time to think about it,” he added.
More than 81,000 people have taken part in Hong Kong’s Oxfam Trailwalker since 1986. Money raised aids development projects in Asia and Africa. For more information visit www.oxfam.org.
Stoford, a Birmingham-based commercial property developer, specialise in occupier-led property solutions for business. The company is involved in a diverse range of commercial property developments across the UK