HKTR (Hong Kong Trash Removers) clean up Mac 2 and Sharp Peak

HKTR (Hong Kong Trash Removers) clean up Mac 2 and Sharp Peak

Hong Kong Trail Runners put on their Samaritan hats to become Hong Kong Trash Removers. The idea was to restore the beauty of Sharp Peak by getting rid of all the garbage on the peak. Prior to the hike, I received intelligence reports stating that a recent cleanup crew had already cleaned up Sharp Peak, so I only wanted about 10-15 Samaritans instead of the 25+ people who had volunteered. However, what we realized on this cleanup hike was that no amount of helping hands can ever be too much to clean up our trails! Maclehose 2 was one heck of a dump yard! Here, take a look:

Hong Kong Trail Runners preparing to become Hong Kong Trash Removers

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

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 Read more

Visiting my home on Sharp Peak

I was originally going to simply chill and laze away this rainy day but there is no greater action-inducing driving force than a threat to one of my properties. It’s like the animal kingdom. A hippo, for instance, hates it when another creature encroaches into his territory. He immediately defends what rightfully belongs to him. Similarly, when I learnt that fellow Plover Cove contender Hannes Niggli was in my Tai Po property, I immediately jumped out of my sofa and went to defend my 2nd property on Sharp Peak.

By the time I got there, the rain clouds disappeared and the weather was simply superb. Great trail running. Take a look:

Views from my balcony

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Mac 1,2 and Sharp Peak

As part of my penultimate training for next week’s HK100, I was torn between deciding which of my two luxury homes to visit – Plover Cove or Sharp Peak. After much contemplation, I eventually decided on Sharp Peak.

It was a cold day. It seemed like even the cows in Pak Tam Chung were exercising to stay warm. They were playing some sort of running and catching game. As I watched them in amazement, I noticed something unusual about them. I ran a little closer to examine. Then I noticed something quite bizarre – the cows were all wearing some sort of earrings on one ear! Nope, not the iconic rock star kind of stud earring hanging from the lobe of one ear, but more like an ugly 5cm plastic tag attached firmly to the upper part of their left ears. I zoomed in to read the tag on one such “rock star” cow and observed some random number on it. I was initially a little puzzled, but a moment’s reflection made things clear: our super rich Hong Kong Government is tagging each and every cow in the Sai Kung area! Oh man! Look where my tax money is going! We pay so much money in taxes to the Government so they can attach ugly (and probably irritating) tags to all the cows in Sai Kung?? Wonder what that project cost!

Anyway, I did Mac 1 in 53 minutes and then made my way to my home on Sharp Peak. It took 1 hour and 54 mins. I took a 12 minute break on the summit to chitchat with some of my guests who showed up about the same time as I did. I told them to keep my home clean and to lock the main door on their way out. I then made it back to Pak Tam Au in 49 minutes.

I took bus number 94 back to Pak Tam Chung as I wasn’t that enthusiastic about running on that concrete road back to Pak Tam Chung.

Distance: 28.67 km
Time: 3:50:46
Elevation Gain: 1,350 m



Me, my paper and my Sharp Peak

It was back to old times today. I bought the bulky (and increasingly expensive) South China Morning Post and decided to pay a visit to my mansion on Sharp Peak to read it.

I started the run right at Pak Tam Chung as that’s the furthest you can park motorbikes in Sai Kung. I took the Pak Tam Trail and ran to Pak Tam Au and then did the usual Sharp Peak circuit.

Ran into friends from the Hong Kong Trampers on Mac 2 and had a great catch up session! Unloaded my cargo (SCMP) on the peak and was irked (as usual) to see Classified Post 1, 2, 3, 4 .. (kind of like CCTV 1, CCTV 2, CCTV 3..) occupy the bulk of the reading material (who reads that anyway?)

HK Trampers

If you feel depressed or negative, you have to go to the peak of Sharp Peak and take a deep breath. It will fill you up with immense positive energy that will last for days! You should then pay the toll tax to me for visiting my premises and that will fill me up with positive energy for days.

Pak Tam Chung to Pam Tam Au: 23 mins 52 secs
Pak Tam Au to Sharp Peak: 1 hour (including a 8-10 minute chatting break with the HK Trampers)
Newspaper reading time: 44 mins
Sharp Peak to Sai Wan village: 46 mins 32 secs
To Fu in Sai Wan village: 10 mins 12 secs
Sai Wan village to Sai Wan Pavilion: 18 mins 7 secs
Sai Wan Pavilion to Pak Tam Chung (motorbike parking): 33 mins 17 secs

Distance: 24.94 km
Time: 3:58:21
Avg Pace: 9:33 min/km
Elevation Gain: 1,003 m