The North Face (Hong Kong) – 100 solo

Wow! What a tough course! Keith warned me about it and he wasn’t kidding. The last 3-4 hours were especially brutal! I usually try and recce courses in advance, but, with this one, I decided to surprise myself (and I felt shocked at the end). Well, to be fair, I’ve done bits and pieces of…..

Oxfam Trailwalker 2014 — The debrief

Trailwalker is not just about 4 guys running a 100kms. It’s much more than that. It’s about running and finishing as a team while making sure that the bond in the team is strong from start to finish. The success of finishing tastes sweeter because of this team bond. Trailwalker is also an exercise in…..

Lessons learnt from a DNF: Lantau 70 2014

Lessons learnt from a DNF: Lantau 70 2014 The most dreaded acronym in the running world – DNF. No, not, Do Not Forget but Did Not Finish! Well, I guess you Do Not Forget that you Did Not Finish but that feeling only lasts a while. Or, it lasts only until you write a report…..

Surviving Wilson Ralleigh – 2014

Wilson Trail… What can I say? We don’t like each other. It’s only 80kms long but… it always and I mean always… questions my ability to run long distance races! This post I put on Facebook addressed to Mr. Wilson himself sums it up. “I saw you for the first time a couple of years…..

Trail running in the Swiss, Italian and French Alps (UTMB/CCC) and learning French in the process

Trail running in the Swiss, Italian and French Alps (UTMB/CCC) and learning French in the process All photos are here. The only “CCC” I had heard of before was “Credit Card Company”. My hardcore trail running friends redefined that acronym for me. Unfortunately, I can only remember the expansion of the first ‘C’ now —…..

The almost 40kms McWilson Trail

40kms McWilson Trail A formidable group showed up at Yau Tong for what was supposed to be a 60km run with sufficient early exits. The route was going to be a combination of Wilson Trail and Maclehose trail — hence my cool name, “McWilson trail”. It was Vic’s idea: we decided to skip the two…..

Tung Chung -> Tung Chung, via Lantau Peak (2 times!) – 31km, 2600m elevation

Tung Chung -> Tung Chung, via Lantau Peak (2 times!) – 31km, 2600m elevation Some things never change It was supposed to be a tough hike on a hot summer day. As usual, I made two mistakes right off the bat. (Some things never change). 1. I forgot to take my hat and wore a…..

Thunderstorm Training 2014: Tai Mei Tuk -> Sam A Tsuen -> Yung Shue O -> Luk Kung -> Tai Mei Tuk

Thunderstorm Training 2014: Tai Mei Tuk -> Sam A Tsuen -> Yung Shue O -> Luk Kung -> Tai Mei Tuk The skies looked ominous at 8.30am in the morning. Vic, Marcia and I were keen to start our run but there was this slight concern about heading straight into a thunderstorm which looked increasingly…..

Training Diaries 2014: Wilson Trail (Yau Tong to Tai Po)

Training Diaries 2014: Wilson Trail (Yau Tong to Tai Po) Another super hot day and another 40km run! This one was a scorcher (I guess like the one before this one and the one before that one…) I ran with Tilly and Dom from Yau Tong to Sha Tin Pass. Despite being jetlagged and not…..

Training diaries 2014: Mui Wo to Tai O via Lantau Peak/Sunset Peak

Another super hot day. Another fantastic run. Quick facts (as I am outta time time today): 1. Tung Chung to Mui Wo: Distance: 8.7km Time: 51 minutes 2. Mui Wo to Pak Kung Au (via Sunset Peak) Distance: 9km Time: 1 hour 45m 3. Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping (Wisdom Sticks) via Lantau Peak…..

Training Diaries 2014: TNF 1,2,3 in the heat

Training Diaries 2014: TNF 1,2,3 in the heat The mad crowd 33 degrees sunshine. Scorching heat. Over 10 people originally signed up for today’s 29km run but the weather seemed to have dissuaded many from venturing outside for a run. That left only 6 super brave (read: highly insane) runners to stick to plan. We…..

Training Diaries 2014: Tai To Yan and Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls

Training Diaries 2014: Tai To Yan and Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls Tai To Yan: It means “Knife’s edge” in Chinese but I don’t think it is quite as ominous as it sounds. Something like Sharp Peak is probably more deserving of that title. What Tai To Yan does deserve, however, is a entry into the…..

Training Diaries 2014: Mui Wo to Mui Wo via Chi Ma Wan / Nam Shan

Training Diaries 2014: Mui Wo to Mui Wo via Chi Ma Wan / Nam Shan What so good about summer runs? S U M M E R. I love it. Hong Kong feels so humid that every movement of the muscle invariably produces only one thing — sweat! And, running when it is close to…..