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#HKTRP #61 – Talking to Richard Scotford from HKTRL (2/2)

Part 2/2 of the podcast with Richard Scotford, founder of The Hong Kong Trail Racing League. In the previous part, we spoke to Richard about the initial days of the HKTRL. This week, we will talk about the format and how it has evolved.

The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The 2014 format)
  • What was the format in 2014?
  • Was the concept of prize money crucial to the idea you had for HKTRL in 2014?
  • Talk to us about the mechanics of HKTRL
    • Scoring
    • Calendar
    • Promotion
    • Who managed all the tallying and the FB page and all the “being the work” scenes?
  • 15 times entered the first year but the sponsors and sponsor prize money didn’t quite come about. Why?
  • You used your own money to fund the prizes in 2014. Why did you do so?
  • What lessons did you take away from the 2014 edition? What worked and what didn’t?
  • Was this effort worth it for you? What did you personally want to get out of all this?
The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The 2015 format)
  • How did the HKTRL evolve in 2015?
  • Talk about the two leagues – Trail League and Ultra League. Why the change?
The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The 2016 format)
  • What changed?
    • This year we will again have two racing leagues. An Ultra League, with race distances going up to 170km and a Trail League, with race distances ranging from approximately 10k – 30k. Both leagues have international standard athletes as well as ordinary trail racers competing.
  • Number of people in a team
    • 6
  •  Trail League and Ultra League
    • For the Ultra League these 6 races need to include three races of at least 42km distance. The remaining races are the runners’ choice.
    • For the Trail League, all 6 races are the runners’ choice
  • Points for volunteering
  • League Division
  • Talk about some of the races in the Ultra League and some of the races in the Trail League (http://www.hktrl.org/#!races/t0wue)

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166)

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#HKTRP #60 – Talking to Richard Scotford from HKTRL (1/2)

Today, I have with me on the podcast the founder of The Hong Kong Trail Racing League, Richard Scotford. If you don’t know what the HKTRL is, then don’t worry – we are going to cover what that is and how it has evolved. Richard Scotford is quite a runner himself and we’ll touch upon that on this podcast too. So, let me welcome Richard to the Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast.

Show Notes: (The get to know Richard better section)
  • Introduce himself in his own words
  • Where’s he from?
  • Was there anything in his past that lead him to trail running?
  • What is his day job?
  • What is your favorite trail in Hong Kong and why?
  • What’s his favorite race and why? (can be local or overseas)
  • What in his view is his best accomplishment in the field of running
  • In your running career, do you have any mentors? Who has had the most influence on you?
  • Do you  have role models in the field of running? Who are they and why?
The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The Humble Beginnings)
  • What is HKTRL?
    • i)  To give runners the opportunity to be part of a racing team no matter what level they run at (7hh2vvd6)
    • ii)  To create exciting competition for runners right across the results spectrum
    • iii) To help create brand-families, where racing teams can make opportunities to work with brands, regardless of whether they’re elite or not
    • iv) To encourage greater participation in trail running events in Hong Kong
    •  v) To contribute to the development of running talent in Hong Kong
  • When did it start? (2014)
  • What gave you the idea?
  • People tend to have ideas all the time. For example, I want to start a rock band but there are certain ideas that receive action whereas most don’t. Why was this cause so important to you to put so much energy behind it?
  • What did you have to give up to fuel this idea? Time / money / energy
  • How much support did you get from the community and family to turn this idea into a reality?
  • What were you expecting the HKTRL to look like 5 years from when you first started it?
The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The 2014 format)
  • What was the format in 2014?
  • Was the concept of prize money crucial to the idea you had for HKTRL in 2014?
  • Talk to us about the mechanics of HKTRL
    • Scoring
    • Calendar
    • Promotion
    • Who managed all the tallying and the FB page and all the “being the work” scenes?
  • 15 times entered the first year but the sponsors and sponsor prize money didn’t quite come about. Why?
  • You used your own money to fund the prizes in 2014. Why did you do so?
  • What lessons did you take away from the 2014 edition? What worked and what didn’t?
  • Was this effort worth it for you? What did you personally want to get out of all this?
The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The 2015 format)
  • How did the HKTRL evolve in 2015?
  • Talk about the two leagues – Trail League and Ultra League. Why the change?
The Hong Kong Trail Racing League: (The 2016 format)
  • What changed?
    • This year we will again have two racing leagues. An Ultra League, with race distances going up to 170km and a Trail League, with race distances ranging from approximately 10k – 30k. Both leagues have international standard athletes as well as ordinary trail racers competing.
  • Number of people in a team
    • 6
  •  Trail League and Ultra League
    • For the Ultra League these 6 races need to include three races of at least 42km distance. The remaining races are the runners’ choice.
    • For the Trail League, all 6 races are the runners’ choice
  • Points for volunteering
  • League Division
  • Talk about some of the races in the Ultra League and some of the races in the Trail League (http://www.hktrl.org/#!races/t0wue)

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166)

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#HKTRP #59 – Conversation with popular photographer and runner Lloyd Belcher (2/2)

Today on the podcast, I have with me one of the most famous photographers of Hong Kong. You may find one of his carefully crafted photos on several publications like Asia Trail Magazine, Summit and Facebook. It has the watermark “Lloyd Belcher Visuals”. Lloyd has traveled the world, covered trail running races in Taiwan, New Zealand and many other places. He is also known for his short films and one that was recently screened in Hong Kong – a film about Nepali runner Mira Rai. His website is a must visit – it showcases some of these amazing photographs – lloydbelchervisuals.com

Lloyd is also quite a runner himself. He has completed tough races such as Dragon’s Back (not the HK one!) and UTMF (100 miles)

But, what is ultimately cool about Lloyd is his awesome free flowing beard. I don’t know if you have heard of a music band called Collective Soul. Lloyd looks like the lead singer from Collective Souls.

In Part One, we focused on Lloyd the photographer and in this Part Two, we will look at Lloyd the runner.

So, let me welcome Lloyd Belcher to the podcast.


Lloyd the runner:
  • Intro – when did he start hiking/running? (what year) Humble beginnings: where it all started
  • Did he start off as a road runner? Does he enjoy both road running and trail running?
  • Why does he run? What is more fun – running for fun or racing?
  • In his journey so far (both running and racing) – does he have any unforgettable experiences? If so what are the top two experiences he can never forget?
  • Talk about Dragon’s Back and UTMF
    • What was it like?
    • Walk us through the journey. What was it like? You slept during the race. What happened? Did you want to stop?
    • Did he put a lot of pressure on himself to complete? What was the “outside” pressure like on him?
    • What were the up and down moments of this race? Describe the race to us and what more impressed you about the race
Training: (physical)
  • How often does he train and how? Does he have a routine?
  • What’s his weekly training plan / mileage?
  • Has his training resulted in injuries and if so how does he deal with them?
  • How competitive is he? How important is it to him to best himself? Would he risk injuries in order to achieve certain goals?
  • What’s his philosophy on team runs like the OTW? Would he push his team to do better or would they do it “just for fun” ?
  • Does he take any painkillers during runs? What’s his philosophy on that? What’s been his most painful run?
  • How does he balance his family time vs running / training? How supporting is his family?
  • Talk to us about injuries, what he learnt from it. Does he believe in the needle guy?
Training (mental)
  • How does he do so many races / such long distances during painful moments? What’s been his most painful mental moment?
  • What is his philosophy on pain? When does he know when to persist and when not to?
  • What does he tell himself mentally when he has to persist through pain and continue to the finish line?
  • During long distance runs, does he listen to music? How do you maintain your focus?
  • Is he scared he will someday lose his passion for running? What keeps him passionate about running?
  • What are his downtimes in running? When he didn’t want to run and felt miserable?
  • Which is more fulfilling? Photography or running?
Personality:
  • If he could not run, what else would he do?
  • Does he have any strategies for mental training?
Goals:
  • As far as running is concerned what are his goals for 2016?
  • For beginners getting into 100km+ running, what kind of advice does he have?
  • What advice does he have for budding photographers?
Parting words of wisdom:
  • Advice for 20-year-old self

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166)

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#HKTRP #58 – Conversation with popular photographer and runner Lloyd Belcher (1/2)

Today on the podcast, I have with me one of the most famous photographers of Hong Kong. You may find one of his carefully crafted photos on several publications like Asia Trail Magazine, Summit and Facebook. It has the watermark “Lloyd Belcher Visuals”. Lloyd has traveled the world, covered trail running races in Taiwan, New Zealand and many other places. He is also known for his short films and one that was recently screened in Hong Kong – a film about Nepali runner Mira Rai. His website is a must visit – it showcases some of these amazing photographs – lloydbelchervisuals.com
Lloyd is also quite a runner himself. He has completed tough races such as Dragon’s Back (not the HK one!) and UTMF (100 miles)
But, what is ultimately cool about Lloyd is his awesome free flowing beard. I don’t know if you have heard of a music band called Collective Soul. Lloyd looks like the lead singer from Collective Souls.
We’re going to divide the podcast into two parts. In Part One, we will focus on Lloyd the photographer and in Part Two, we will look at Lloyd the runner.
So, let me welcome Lloyd Belcher to the podcast.

Show Notes: (The get to know Lloyd better section)
  • Introduce himself in his own words
  • Where’s he from?
  • Was there anything in his past that lead him to trail running?
  • What is his day job?
Trivia for Lloyd:
  • Answer these questions from a running / photography angle:
    • What is his favorite trail in Hong Kong and why?
    • What’s his favorite race and why? (can be local or overseas) (To run / Cover)
  • What in his view is his best accomplishment in the field of running
  • What in his view is his best accomplishment in the field of creative photography
  • In his running career, has he had any mentors? Who has had the most influence on him?
  • Does he have role models in the field of running / photography? Who are they and why?
  • Something or someone that has shaped him and his thoughts?
  • Does he have a coach? Who is it? When did he get the coach?
Lloyd as the photographer
    • I’ll start with a quote from Lloyd’s website: “Photography and film making are multi-faceted and I hesitate at attempting to neatly frame these constructed artistic mediums. However, there are key ingredients that exist in images that cause us to take a second, third or continuous gaze. An image [whether static or motion film] is a vehicle for emotions, provokes memories and can visually transport us to places and scenarios that we have never personally encountered. With this in mind, one of my aims is to enable those viewing an image, to connect with the subject, emotion and environment. Whether it be a commissioned assignment for a brand or a spontaneous episode on a mountain side with an athlete, my aim is to blend narratives from both sides of the camera lens while striving for technical excellence.” Talk to us about this. What are those key ingredients? What makes a good photo?
  • How did he get into becoming a photographer and why a trail photographer?
  • Where did this passion for photography begin?
  • What’s been the most interesting and the most memorable experience Lloyd has had as a photographer?
  • What is the experience like on the trails as a photographer? Does he make observations on runners that ordinary people miss?
  • How fit does a person need to be in order to be a trail photographer?
  • Talk to us about the camera gear he uses. What camera makes / why and what lenses?
  • How long does it take to touch up photos before publishing them?
  • What makes a good photographer in his opinion?
  • Would he rather take photos or run?
  • When he’s on the trail waiting to take photos, how does he kill time?
  • Does he ever get bored of photo taking during a trail race?
  • In his view, what are the quality one needs to be a good photographer?
  • “The most striking images and powerful visual journeys I have traveled on have never been captured on camera nor have I sought to. They are etched deep within my being where they belong.”  – reminds me of that Walter Mitty movie. Talk to us about these striking images. What is the hardest shot he has ever taken?
  • Let’s get into Lloyd’s involvement with motion pictures. ”     Since being released on March 30th 2016, ‘Mira’ has been awarded ‘Best Film on Mountain Culture’ at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival. Other short film pieces include  ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’ and ‘More Than A Race’ [released in May 2014] that was screened on Cathay Pacific Airways flights
  • Talk to us about the movie. How did that come about? How was that different from his photography experience?
  • Is there anything else you’d like for the listeners to about Lloyd the photographer?

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166)

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#HKTRP #57 – Talking to Singapore ultra runner Paviter Singh (3/3)

I have with me one of Singapore’s famous ultra runners – Paviter Singh. He did his first ultra in 2011 and since then has done the TNF, CCC and many other races representing Singapore. We’re going to divide this podcast into 3 parts. In the first session, we got to know Paviter better and asked him about his background and what lead him to running. In the 2nd session, we asked him questions about his training program and get him to talk about two of his most memorable races. In this 3rd part, we’ll ask him some personality questions and finish with his goals for 2016.

Training (mental)
  • How does he do so many races / such long distances during painful moments? What’s been his most painful mental moment?
  • What is his philosophy on pain? When does he know when to persist and when not to?
  • What does he tell himself mentally when he has to persist through pain and continue to the finish line?
  • During long distance runs, does he listen to music? How do you maintain your focus?
  • Is he scared that someday he might not be able to defend his top spots?
  • Is he scared he will even run out of challenges?
  • Is he scared he will someday lose his passion for running? What keeps him passionate about running?
  • When he is running, does he view competition as targets he has to overtake? Are there people he wants to overtake and be ahead of?
  • What are his downtimes in running? When he didn’t want to run and felt miserable?
  • Which is more fulfilling? Work or running?
Philosophies:
  • Does he believe in taking medicines? If so, when and how? Has he taken medicines before during a race in order to finish the race?
  • What does he think about DNF-ing?
Personality:
  • If he could not run, what else would he do?
  • Does he have any strategies for mental training?
Goals:
  • As far as running is concerned what are his goals for 2016?
  • Has he even thought of attempting the Grand Slam (either HK or USA) or doing the 4 Trails?
Advice:
  • For beginners getting into 100km+ running, what kind of advice does he have?
  • How can someone who has plateaued develop themselves further? How do you get from becoming a good trail runner to a great trail runner?
Parting words of wisdom:
  • #1 key to success. Winning formula in life?
  • What is the creed he lives by?

To subscribe to this podcast, please go to iTunes and search for The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/hk/podcast/hong-kong-trail-rockers-podcast!/id994423166)