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 possible. But, we decided to run regardless.

As we crossed the bridge from Tai Mei Tuk to the Plover Cove trail, nature gave us a brief demo of what she was capable of. The skies looked relatively calm but cloudy for about a minute and then it suddenly changed – almost as immediately as the next new fashion trend! Wind started blowing fiercely and with the wind came heavy rain. The rain lashed against our ears as though someone was pricking our eardrums with a pin. I saw one lone guy who was braving the thunderstorm with an umbrella in his hand. Nature almost snatched his umbrella away from him and he sat down on the bridge laughing out loudly as if to say, he was powerless in front of nature!

Running across the bridge was our first adventure for the day and above us we started to Read more


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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 assembled at Tai Mei Tuk at 9.15am and looked at each other in disbelief. Were we really going to run 29km in the heat? That too, the hilly TNF Sections 1,2 and 3? The reluctance was evident in the beginning as we all looked at each other and waited for that first runner to ignore the heat and start moving his legs. That runner happened to be Dom, not because he was really fond of the heat, but because he was the organizer and it was his duty to break the inertia!

We took Pat Sin Leng country trail from Tai Mei Tuk to Wu Kau Tang. That was barely 7km long but we were already feeling the pinch of the scorching sunshine. It felt like we were in some oven. After arriving at Wu Kau Tang, Dom announced that he was going to walk a flat stretch with Read more


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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 Top 4 Spectacular ridges in Hong Kong. Speaking of which, my personal favorites in that category would be:

1. Plover Cove ridge: this ridge is a sure cure for depression. Life sucks, boss is an idiot, etc, etc – – just run Plover Cove and experience a positive change in the state of your mind (FYI: I am one of the owners of this)
2. Tai To Yan ridge: this ridge will make you realize that what makes Hong Kong truly special is its countryside and not its cliché skyscrapers
3. Pat Sin Leng ridge: Another spectacular ridge which will certainly cement the thought that Hong Kong should be better known for its countryside than its skyscrapers. The views are different from Tai To Yan but equally stunning. This ridge makes you feel as if you are in the mountains of China
4. Ma On Shan ridge: a Read more


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HKTR Plover Cove Championships – 2014 Edition

HKTR Plover Cove Championships – 2014 Edition

Rewind to a decade back
(Picture an actor absorbed in deep thought. This is where the camera slowly pans into his eyes as he begins to narrate his flashback)

Plover Cove…. I fell in love with it the very first time I ran it. It was only 18kms long but every ridge I ran felt like magic. Especially the last ridge, which was surrounded by bluish-green waters and green trees. I felt so lucky to be alive that nothing else seemed to matter! I was living only in the present. Endorphins were rushing through my brain making me feel naturally euphoric. I soon found myself so addicted to that feeling that I started to run Plover Cove many times. And, many more times. Soon, so many that I lost count. And, that’s when it hit me — I had to own Plover Cove and make it totally mine. I did that and told the world that I owned Plover Cove!

Plover Cove — Love at first sight

BUT, on one dark day, my pleasure of owning Plover Cove was suddenly interrupted by someone else who also dared to make a very bold and unfounded ownership claim…

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Tai To Yan (Knife’s edge ridge), Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls and Kadoorie Farm

Tai To Yan (Knife’s edge ridge), Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls and Kadoorie Farm

We set out to do what we called the “Nature’s Call” hike. Not only because we wanted to answer nature’s call in the wild (i.e. go for a pee in the peace and tranquil of nature), but also because we wanted to feel the touch of nature in one of the most pristine areas of rural Hong Kong. Actually, Hong Kong has been generously bestowed with many such tranquil spots. For today, we thought of two such spots which were especially worthy of an encore visit. The Tai To Yan ridge (called Knife’s edge ridge in Cantonese) and Tai Mo Shan waterfalls (one of the highest waterfalls in Hong Kong). Oh, and we decided to throw in Kadoorie Farm as well, which was more of a picnic than anything else. I last visited the farm back in 1994 and I’ve been meaning to go back! Yes, talk about procrastination! In fact, Hong Kong’s first ever wild crocodile found temporary housing in Kadoorie farm after a highly paid Australian crocodile hunter rescued the croc from the swampy waters of Yuen Long. Since then, the croc Pui Pui has been moved Read more


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