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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

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

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…

Fast forward to Read more

Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng, Plover Cove plus plenty of sunshine

Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng, Plover Cove plus plenty of sunshine

A poolside Corona or a 37km run?
35 degrees centigrade. 90% humidity. Zero cloud cover. Scorching heat. This is the kind of weather an average Joe would spend relaxing, lying on a poolside bench and sipping an ice-cold Corona. But, us? No, not the Hong Kong Trail Runners. Our way of relaxation in this weather is to go out on a mammoth scorching hot run. And not just any run. Today’s run was the mother of all heatstroke-causing runs. Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng and Plover Cove. 37kms of sheer brutality with over 2200m of accumulated elevation. Extreme endurance training at its very best.

The sunshine lovers – courtesy Vic

Read about the HOT trail running experience and the “rescue” effort up ahead

HKTR’s Annual Plover Cove Championships

HKTR’s Annual Plover Cove Championships

Battle for love
We’ve seen this so many times in the movies — the classic love story plot. Two guys fall for the same beauty and, after an arduous fight, only one of them emerges victorious and the disappears forever into the sunset!

Well, that’s just the movies. Real life is very different. In real life, you can actually slice up the “beauty” so that both men came partake in the victory. Yes, that’s right, and that’s exactly what happened last year when Hannes and I fought tooth and nail for our beloved Plover Cove. The fight was worth every kilometer of the 18km long trail which remains Hong Kong’s most beautiful trail by a wide margin.

Last year, after several rounds of heated exchange, Hannes and I settled for co-owning this beauty. The agreed split was 60/40 (60 to Hannes and 40 to me). It was the best I could negotiate at that point in time in that Thai restaurant. (It was hard to concentrate while savoring some delicious eggplant curry). But, in all fairness, I’ll have to give Hannes some credit. You know how if you really like someone intimately, you’ll invariably end up learning more about Read more