HKTR Plover Cove Championships – 2014 Edition

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, My Plover Cove!

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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 2011
(This is where the camera pans away from the hero’s eyes and focuses on a grouchy looking figure aka “the bad guy”)

Hannes aka “the bad guy” – don’t be fooled by the smile. Think of it as an evil smile! Photo courtesy: Hannes

There are a couple of things about him that make him a role model. For instance, his unique ability to perform effortless wheelies on his BMW motorbike. Or, for that matter, the way he rides his motorbike without holding the handlebars, pretending as though they are just there for show. And, not to forget his total disregard for cops and traffic signals. I should touch upon his Swiss punctuality too. He respects his Swiss time as much as he cares for his Swiss fondue. As you can imagine, he is an inspiration and a role model in many ways but alas! There was one not-so-great trait too. He was my competition for Plover Cove. He laid claim to MY property. Thus began one of histories’ greatest battle of the trails. Mr. Natteri vs Mr. Niggli.

Enter Mr. Peacekeeper
The name is M. M Doekes. On one fine morning, I visited the Hong Kong Trail Runners website to find a post titled “BYOG – HKTR Plover Cove Championships” posted by M. I didn’t even know what “BYOG” meant. Could it have been Bring Your Own Gun? I quickly realized that we were not in the USA, so “G” could not have been “Gun”. I then messaged M who told me that “G” stood for “Garmin”. He was organizing an unofficial race which was intended to help resolve the ownership dispute at my Plover Cove.

On that eventful day in 2012, chronicled “The Great Battle for Plover Cove“, I lost 60% of my ownership shares to Hannes. We also unintentionally ended up forming a “Sub 2-hour Plover Cove Club”. Memberships had to be earned, not bought. One had to earn it through courage, bravery and, most importantly, speed! Only those who successfully ran Plover Cove in less than 2 hours were allowed to be members of this highly exclusive club.

This wasn’t necessarily a good thing though. I’ll tell you why. All of a sudden, many new “villains” wanted a shot at ownership. Many wanted to become members of this coveted club. Take another bad guy, Dom, for instance. He has always set his evil eyes on my property. Unfortunately for me, he has pretty strong legs to match his evil eyes. He went out at warp speed and ran the course in 1 hour and 45 minutes and started to indirectly lay claim on my property by forcing himself on the Ownership Committee for Plover Cove! Then came Jan who beat everyone else’s record with some ridiculous time that I can’t even remember! Even Mr. “Don’t get lost” Dawson decided to participate in 2013. But, luckily for me, true to his title, he probably got lost and didn’t get membership to the club in 2013.

Anyway, Plover Cove was getting away from me. It made me realize that what is hard to achieve is often more coveted. And, what is coveted is often fought fiercely.

Rewind to 3 days back – HKTR Plover Cove Championships 2014
The stakes were high. Plover Cove’s popularity skyrocketed. So many new players were interested in MY Plover Cove. I wasn’t sure whether to feel happy or sad! And, so many of them wanted access to the super exclusive Sub 2 Hour Plover Cove Club.

The players at the start
All Garmins were started at 9am under the supervision of Mr. Riche who was organizing the official timing for this race. Recovering from an injury, Hannes opted out of the race and organized logistics instead. Although that may sound like a good thing (one competitor less), there were many more strong contenders vying for access to the Sub 2-hr Club. Nic, Andrew “don’t get lost” Dawson (this time with stronger navigation skills), James, Dom, and our superstar, celebrity runner Jacky. Jacky’s entry into the Sub 2 hour Club was pretty much guaranteed. His reputation preceded him.

My experience in the first half of the race
I started at a relatively slow pace and saw Dom, Nic and James disappear into the distance in front of my eyes. I wasn’t going to let my ownership shares disappear into the distance, so I followed them as fast as I could and first had Adrian in my crosshairs. I wanted to get him to stop and let me pass him. And, I knew I could achieve this simply by annoying him enough! I breathed down his neck so hard and sounded like an old, rusty water pump. He couldn’t take that noise, so he stopped, turned around and said, “are you alright, Vince?” I gave him a cunning smile as I passed him, feeling a sense of accomplishment, as though, I had found some practical use for Sun Tzu’s teachings in his book, “Art of War”.

A little while later, I saw our very own M climbing one of Plover Cove’s famous slopes. He was wearing his usual UCAN tee shirt. In front of him, ran a tall man of athletic build, who I later learned, was James. I set off to overtake M and wanted to yell out “with UCAN in your stomach and Teva’s on the foot, HE CAN!” but I unfortunately ran out of breath near the top of that climb! It took me another one of those climbs to overtake M. (I still couldn’t manage the slogan though).

Then I felt a lanky figure trailing me closely. I thought it was M playing mind games on me but it turned out to be James who seemed to be keeping up with me without any problem whatsoever. Then, all of a sudden, Dom emerged from the opposite direction. He was limping. I asked if he wanted any help. He declined and asked me to continue with my run. The grimace on his face told a story of a badly twisted ankle.

At the halfway point, I saw Retha standing there with one of Rom’s phones getting ready for the timing. I quickly presented my arm to her. She gently swiped the phone over my Racematix wristband and I was on my way down some steep steps into the 2nd part of Plover Cove.

The race to the finish!
James was still trailing me quite effortlessly and I couldn’t shake him off my tail. So, I did what any runner would have done in my shoes. I took a pee and let him overtake me! (Hey, that’s the way to go to preserve a big ego and keep the bladder empty).

At one of the final climbs, Colleen, Brendan and her dad waited patiently with plenty of coke and cake! I gulped as much coke as I could, grabbed a slice of cake and thanked them for their kindness! It provided much needed relief.

Near the dam, I saw our Racematix star, Mr. Riche himself who did a quick timing scan. I looked past him, and around 200m in front, I saw Nic running at a steady speed. The competitive nature in me lightened up for a second. He was in my crosshairs and I judged that he was at most around 30-40 seconds ahead. I sipped some water and tried to maintain a pace of around 12kmh while charging my batteries for the final “let’s-get-Nic” sprint.

On the long bridge to Tai Mei Tuk, I switched my music to the heavy beats of Linkin Park on my Mp3 Player which immediately gave my legs more juice. It wasn’t enough though! Nic was increasingly becoming more and more of “the figure in the distance” despite my high-octane Linkin Park powered music. That’s when I decided that I was going to have to give up on trying to get him.

At the finish by the helipad, I saw Nic who generously shared with me his secret of success. He tuned into Metallica during the final stretch. Hmm. Metallica vs Linkin Park? Hard one but, on this day, Metallica won and “Nothing Else Mattered”. I finished in 1 hour 59 minutes and came 5th. Ahead of me were “trail running celebrity” Jacky, “don’t get lost” Dawson, James and Nic.

Victory celebration
Nature decided to celebrate another fantastic year of the HKTR Plover Cove Championships with some thunder and lightning fireworks. Cynthia, our timing representative at the finish, didn’t leave her post despite the heavy thunderstorm! Hannes was also there supporting the runners and ensuring that everyone was alright… which is when we heard that we had our first casualty of war!

HKTR Quick Reaction Team mobilized
One message on Facebook from Joyce about her twisted ankle quickly united all competing forces of Plover Cove, much the same way a crisis in the US can “temporarily” unite both the Republicans and the Democrats.

Our QRF (Quick Reactionary Force) was quickly mobilized. Rom left his post at the timing junction while Brendan left his coke-and-cake spot to accompany Joyce while M deployed our state-of-the-art Hong Kong Trail Runners’ Ambulance service to meet her at the end of the dam.

Hannes and I put our ownership differences apart and ran as a team at over 20kmh to meet Joyce and the QRF team at the other end of the dam.

In a superbly timed and coordinated response which clearly exemplified HKTR’s “kick ass” style, we saved Joyce and emerged as one big heroic team.

Oh, except for one little incident at the very end. M adopted the take-it-easy strategy and refused to pedal our HKTR ambulance on the way back. But, in true heroic fashion, Hannes and I pushed our ambulance to the other end of the dam with every sinew and muscle in our body.

Our HKTR Quick Reactionary Force. Hannes and I propel the cart while M (seated inside) is day dreaming. Brendan was helping though. Joyce (in the front) is being rescued HKTR style. Photo courtesy: Claus

Thus ended the 2014 edition of HKTR Plover Cove Championships. Race results are here.

And, before I sign off, I’ll have to reiterate for the record that my ownership shares in Plover Cove are indeed intact and will always remain that way.

Yours Truly,

Plover Cove Owner

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

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Cloudy Hill!, My Pat Sin Leng!, My Plover Cove!, Other insane runs!

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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

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HKTR’s Annual Plover Cove Championships

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Plover Cove!

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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 their parents and their background, etc, etc? Well, much to his credit, Hannes does seem to know his stuff about Plover Cove and her background. For instance, did you know that:

- Plover Cove was the first “reservoir in the sea” all over the world
- The King of the Hills Tai Po marathon went around Plover Cove from 1984 – 2006
- The highest point of Plover Cove is about 5 minutes away from the main trail and has a trigonometric station on it

I didn’t know any of this until he told me. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t love Plover Cove enough, let’s say it just means that “love is blind”, so I can chalk up my ignorance to true love!

Read about the actual event and the results up ahead

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Two (clean) Trails Are Better Than One – Plover Cove & Sharp Peak in one day

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Plover Cove!, My Sharp Peak!

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Two (clean) Trails Are Better Than One

Choosing is a lot easier than you think
Do you want a delicious slice of pizza with some extra cheese on it OR do you want a cup of mouth melting ice cream with some extra dark chocolate on it?

I know what you’re thinking — do you really have to choose? If you have the ice cream, you’ll miss out on the pizza and if you have the pizza, you’ll miss out on the ice cream. Why not just have them both? And, that’s exactly what I did today! Oh, hang on, I didn’t really eat anything for the most part of the day but what I mean to say is that I chose to run not one but TWO of the best trails in Hong Kong in one day — Sharp Peak in the morning and Plover Cove in the afternoon! Why choose between them when you can run both of them in one day?

Sad to see my home on Sharp Peak being dirtied
And so, I parked my motorbike in Pak Tam Chung at about 10.45am (yes, late start) and took a bus to Pak Tam Au. I reached the summit of Sharp Peak in 51 minutes and was disgusted at what I saw.

A repulsive waft of stinking smoke on top of the peak was my welcome into my own home!! There were two guys smoking their lungs out and exchanging one cigarette between them. Repulsive. I looked around and the place reminded me of a big garbage dump. Cigarette butts lay strewn all over. Plastic bags were omnipresent and a conspicuous eyesore. Chocolate wrappers, tissues and other waste material were dispersed all around. I was appalled. My love with Sharp Peak began around 10 years ago when I was mesmerized by the views and loved being on the summit. I read my newspaper there every Saturday. Today, the place looked more like a public rubbish bin. I was deeply disappointed.

I decided I wasn’t going to point fingers at anyone. Bottom line — the place needs to be cleaned up and an appeal needs to be put up on that Trigonometric Station at the top. An appeal to fellow hikers to remind them that we are truly lucky to have these beautiful trails in Hong Kong. The least we can do as hikers and nature lovers is to keep them that way. That doesn’t just include *not* dumping garbage ourselves but it also includes picking up any garbage that’s been irresponsibly strewn around at the top by others.

I invite all readers to join Hong Kong Trail Runners in a Sharp Peak clean up event. Let’s join forces to rid our peaks of garbage. Please see the details here.

I barely spent a couple of minutes at the peak. I couldn’t stand the cigarette smoke. I couldn’t stand looking at the garbage. I decided we would launch a Sharp Peak cleanup event and eventually extend the event to other peaks — one peak a month. I planned the event in my mind while running to Ham Tin. I then ran to Sai Wan and finally back to Pak Tam Chung to conclude my Sharp Peak Circuit in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Pizza eaten, now for dessert
The “dessert” (Plover Cove) was supposed to be a 20-minute motorbike ride from Pak Tam Chung via Ma On Shan. Sadly, my navigation went awry. I spent around an hour on the motorbike touring parts of Hong Kong I had never heard of before. Around 40 miles and an hour later, I was (somehow) back on Tolo Highway and reached Wu Kau Tang at about 2.30pm to begin my Plover Cove run.

Plover Cove, being much harder and exposed, was relatively cleaner compared to Sharp Peak. But, like Sharp Peak (minus the garbage), the trail never ceases to amaze. It ALWAYS feels like a gift to be back on the trail.

I overtook some random hikers along the way and reached the halfway point in about an hour. I was already experiencing the trail runner’s high. (No, I don’t mean the kind of high Lance Armstrong felt — I mean the natural kind). In 2 hours and 10 minutes, I finished the run at the helipad at the end of the dam.

What a great day out! And, Sharp Peak is going to get sharper after we’re done with the cleaning. Please join us on the cleanup event and let’s bring back the cleanliness to our trails and (hopefully) civic sense to the community! Details here.

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Post-Trailwalker recovery run on Plover Cove

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Plover Cove!

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Post-Trailwalker recovery run on Plover Cove

When I was running Stage 10 of the Maclehose trail during the Trailwalker, I realized (yet again) how boring it was. In fact, almost all of the reservoir trails in Hong Kong are dead boring except for the reservoir I personally own — Plover Cove. You don’t realize how much you miss something until you’re away from it. So, I decided to go run around *my* reservoir today (I think for the 10th time this year) and I also decided to gift the Mac 10 reservoir to former Plover Cover owner Hannes Niggli. (He needs something to own other than Mong Kok. Besides, whatever said and done, at the end of the day, I AM a generous guy!)

Another reason for the run was to test how quickly I’d be able to recover after a 100km run. Why? There is a pretty insane event being organized in Hong Kong in January. See this link. Andre has a new twist to the already insane challenge. He is challenging someone to do the four big trails of Hong Kong (Maclehose, Wilson, Hong Kong Trail and Lantau Trail) in 3 days. That’s roughly 300kms. Possible? Not sure. Time will tell. But I know there at least two insane guys contemplating on taking up the challenge. One is my Trailwalker teammate Chad and the other … is a stunning looking, talented Indian guy. (No prizes for guessing who that is). But, I have to admit, I might do 2 trails in 2 days and call it quits. Even insanity has its limits.

Anyway, going back to the post-Trailwalker recovery run around my reservoir, it went pretty well. I attempted getting under the 2-hour barrier but I had strict “no injury” orders to obey. So, I went at my optimal pace and finished strong in 2 hours and 8 minutes! As I read on a road sign during my epic motorbike trip around Kashmir in India, “Speed thrills but kills”. But, they were probably referring to those lunatic truck drivers…


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Visiting my property – Plover Cove

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Plover Cove!

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Back to my Plover Cove

It is, of course, a well known fact that I own Plover Cove. Not that I need to prove anything regarding ownership, but I wanted to see what it would take for me to do a Sub 2 hours Plover Cove circuit. Again, having run Plover Cove eight times this year alone (that’s not including races), I am rightfully entitled to own her. She’s all mine. I’ve got the maximum number of runs there. Period.

All I wanted to do today was to see what it would take for me to do the circuit in sub 2 hours.

(1) Temperature: Although the weather today was not as hot as it is during May/June, it was still hot! Plover Cove is HOT! And, I mean both “hot” as in pretty and “hot” as in temperature! An ideal Sub 2 hours would need Jan/Feb kind of temperature

(2) Faster flat stretches and faster downhill speed: I think my uphill speed was good enough (I was even running up anything that was less than 40 degrees in inclination). On the flats, I averaged around 11-12kmh. A successful sub 2 hour attempt would need 13-14kmh flat running speed

(3) More risks! I’ll need to skip steps while running down and push the body beyond the “enjoyable” limits

2 hours 8 minutes was what it took me today at an enjoyable yet optimized speed. To cut off 9 minutes more from that might not be my cup of tea. But, as the owner, I give everyone else permission to attempt that!

The details

At Tai Mei Tuk


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Recovery Run/Hike – Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng and Plover Cove

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Pat Sin Leng!, My Plover Cove!

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Recovery Run/Hike – Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng and Plover Cove

112 – that’s the magic number. My total mileage for last week. Two words to summarize it – “too much!” So, after having already run 44kms this week, I wanted to do a lazy 37km recovery run to give my legs a chance to recover from training too much. Besides, my two teammates Vic and Romain were also uncharacteristically feeling extremely lazy. I’ll tell you why in a second but, before that, here’s what the Hong Kong Government advises people to do when there is a Typhoon 8 signal.

Typhoon 8 Precautions
Do not stand near windows on the exposed side of your home. Move all furniture and valuables away from these areas. Make sure you have a safe place to shelter, should windows be broken.

Avoid staying in the street. Return home as soon as possible if conditions so permit.

When Typhoon Kai Tak paid a visit to Hong Kong on Thursday night, my HKTR teammates had a game plan. And, it didn’t quite involve heeding HK Government’s “avoid staying in the street” precaution. Instead, in their typical insane fashion, they literally threw caution to the wind and embarked on an overnight 48km Typhoon 8 run beginning at 10.30pm, exactly when the Number 8 Typhoon Signal was hoisted. They were banking on the Signal 8 lasting throughout the night and on Friday, meaning they wouldn’t need to go to work on Friday.

They met in Yau Tong, ran the Wilson trail until Sha Tin pass and then ran stages 6,7 and 8 of the Mac, finishing at 6.30am in Route Twisk. That’s 48kms in distance and about 2500m in elevation under a Typhoon 8 signal! It was as though they disdainfully danced on the butt of the typhoon! Of course, no typhoon would have tolerated such blatant disrespect. So, in what seemed like a brutal act of sweet revenge, typhoon Kai Tak taught them a lesson by weakening just in time for work on Friday morning! That left Romain spending all day at work on Friday without having slept a wink the previous night while Vic feigned some excuse and “worked from home” on Friday (read: slept at home).

When I met Romain in the morning, unsurprisingly, he looked exhausted – both physically and mentally. Vic looked better (thanks to “working from home”) but still seemed tired from the typhoon festivities. All in all, this meant that we all were going to take today’s run very easy!

The Group

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Fulfilling responsibilities + admiring the beauty of Plover Cove

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Plover Cove!

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Fulfilling responsibilities + admiring the beauty of Plover Cove

The Webster dictionary defines “responsibility” as “moral, legal or mental accountability”. Shirking responsibility is defined as “evading the performance of an obligation”.

As one of the owners of Plover Cove, I have assumed full responsibility of ensuring that the trail is free of litter and well taken care of. This requires the commitment to run around Plover Cove in all kinds of weather – scorching heat, bitter cold, thunderstorms, typhoons, etc, etc.

My fellow “owner” Hannes Niggli, hardly shows up, if ever. And on a hot day like today when the temperature reached 34 degrees celcius, he was off relaxing in Switzerland. The run today required 4L of water! It was HOT. But, I showed up. And that’s despite having run a hilly 32km yesterday. If this isn’t being truly responsible, what is! I’ll have to gather public support to oust him as one of the owners of Plover Cove and assume full control.

The views were absolutely breathtaking. It’s hard to believe that Hong Kong is home to such natural beauty. Take a look.

Taken in the beginning

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Cloudy Hill, Pat Sing Leng and a SUPER HOT Plover Cove

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Pat Sin Leng!, My Plover Cove!

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Cloudy Hill, Pat Sing Leng and a SUPER HOT Plover Cove

One of the hardest 37km courses in Hong Kong has to be Tai Wo MTR to Tai Mei Tuk via Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng and Plover Cove. And when it is HOT, I promise you – you ain’t gonna love this course! It’s a true acid test of a trail runner’s ability to withstand heat!

As the whole world already knows, I own the last part of the course, i.e. Plover Cove. I can make a legitimate claim to Pat Sin Leng as well but in order to give “other people” (read: Hannes Niggli) a chance to own something, I am doing the noble thing and not contesting ownership of Pat Sin Leng. However, despite resolving the Plover Cove ownership dispute successfully and in a true gentlemanly fashion, it looked to me like Hannes wasn’t treating me like an equal partner as he unilaterally declared the following on the event page: “i have opened both properties for ‘common people’s access’ but please observe opening hours as i will close pat sin leng at 1030 and plover cove at 1300″.

8 of us showed up at Tai Wo MTR station to take on the heat and this course. Except for my teammate Vic, who was much slower than usual because of a highly intensive gym workout the previous day, we were mostly running as a group until the first hill of Pat Sin Leng.

The group

As I was by the side of the trail on top of Pat Sin Leng, I saw Romain pass me without noticing me. I waited for the rest of the group to catch up with us and once they did, I chased after Romain. He thought I was in front of him and was running at a fast pace to “catch up” with me! That’s like the Coyote running after Road Runner! This little unintentional chase took us too far ahead of the group! By the time we reached the end of Pat Sin Leng, we were roughly 30+ minutes ahead of the group. The sun was also shining strongly and we were out of water; so, we decided to wait for the rest of the group at Wu Kau Tang. For immediate relief from the strong sun, we decided to take a much-needed dip in the Bridespool pools.

Bridespool falls

Cooling down in Bridespool

This relief from the sun was short-lived as we started our climb on Plover Cove. To give you a taste of what it was like, I am going to ask you to imagine that you are in a HOT yoga session (no, no, no, no, I mean WITHOUT the hot girls!) Now, imagine being trapped right under the source of the hot air with no escape. Next, substitute the hot yoga exercise with 17kms of trail running that includes some killer ups and downs. That is what it was like! As Romain soon discovered, that’s not a very pleasant experience! The heat takes away all the energy from the body. The views were indeed ever so beautiful, but it’s hard to appreciate beauty when you are in a beat up state!

Can you appreciate this beauty..

When you are in this state?

Unwilling to succumb to the scorching heat, we soldiered on slowly, yet steadily. Soon, we were almost out of water! I realized that the two most precious commodities under hot weather are shade and water! Then came a big surprise from Vic in the form of a text message. He was walking towards us from the other direction carrying a cargo of 5 bottles of cold water! It reminded me of my teammate Dominic’s gesture when we attempted this course under similar weather in 2010! When someone brings you cold water when you most need it, you never forget it! Thank you Vic!

Vic bringing us water

Suffering (and surviving) the last leg

A very sensible warning from the Government

And there’s only one way to aptly conclude the 37km run for the day under scorching heat. And that is to take a dip in the Plover Cove reservoir!

Chilling (literally) in my reservoir

Oh and before I forget, the icing on the cake was a special video we shot for Hannes at MY reservoir.

Special message for Hannes


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Plover Cove spin with love and dedication

Author: ltcommander  //  Category: GORGEOUS TRAILS, Hiking in Hong Kong, My Plover Cove!

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Sunday was officially supposed to be rest day. But during the “resting” moments, glimpses of Plover Cove kept flashing in my mind. Like a responsible owner who matches words with not only action, but also with a lot of love and dedication, I instinctively decided to go on a spin around my reservoir. For the record, this is the 5th time I have run Plover Cove this year. That’s a full 18km of love and care! And, I have done at least a part of the course a total of 9 times this year. Now, you tell me, if this isn’t true love, what is?

Oh, and as for my speed, who cares? When you talk about love and care, speed is of least importance.

Distance: 17.88 km
Time: 2:25:00
Elevation Gain: 564 m


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