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…..
The Green “Italian” Power 2014 The Italian connection I have worn a French cap, a Canadian cap and a Dutch cap before on races. Today was the first time I wore an Italian cap. I chose to be “Giuseppe” for the day — my injured teammate who gave me his bib which allowed me to…..
Our early morning mission The original plan was to support my friends at Hong Kong’s newest solo 50km/100km trail running event — The North Face 100 (TNF 100). One of the most green and beautiful courses that Hong Kong has to offer. The day started very early at 5.30am when I got on my motorbike…..
Oxfam Trailwalker 2013 The team We had a collective 29 years of Trailwalker experience in the team! We had veteran Rupert who was on his 17th Trailwalker, effectively dwarfing my 7th consecutive Trailwalker experience and Vic’s 5th consecutive Trailwalker experience. Michael, our new teammate, was attempting his first 100km run but judging by his recent…..
Lantau Two Peaks 2013 – Relivin’ the race Bonjour! I wore my French running cap for the day to replace my injured French teammate, Rom. It was our first race in the 2013-2014 racing calendar and Michael was my teammate for the day. We showed up nice and early at around 7.30am in Tung Chung…..
King of the Hills (Hong Kong) — 2013 Edition To “pee” or not to “pee” In the last King of the Hills, i.e. KOTH Lantau, Michael heroically demonstrated how the sport of trail running has the unique ability to eliminate the need for a dump. Yes, he showed us that having a heavy + full…..
King of the Hills – Lantau (2013) To go or not to go The usual KOTH runners assembled at about 9.15am in Nam Shaan. Michael showed up a little late and told us that he had forgotten to take a dump in the morning. That began an interesting conversation. I offered my “expert” advice and…..
Clinching a Greenpower victory by 12 seconds It was Hong Kong Trail Runners’ first ever sponsored event. Lafuma was the sponsor and some simply awesome French-designed backpacks were at stake. (Well, the other “usual” things were at stake too, like sense of glory and achievement, etc, etc but the backpacks, I tell ya, were alone…..
Vibram Hong Kong 100, 2013 edition My third consecutive time in three years on the Hong Kong 100. The first time I did it, I completed the course in 14 hours and 53 minutes. Last year, I surprised myself by finishing it in 13 hours and 28 minutes. This year, I somehow completed it in…..
King of the Hills – Sham Tseng (2013) Rewind time to two years back: I completed the KOTH Sham Tseng marathon in 4 hours 57 minutes and came 16th overall. I also got lost in two different places. This is what I wrote about that race two years back: ” So, for the first 2…..
Putting the “Care” back in Care Action! What happens when you send 5000 people racing up a narrow trail? Answer: plenty of pushin’ and shovin’. When I first ran this race 3 years back, I fell victim to some ruthless pushing. I still sport war injuries from that race! A small scar on my right…..
Mark Green’s first Action Asia Event Would the real Mark Green please stand up? My name is Green, Mark Green. Two weeks back my name was Martijn Doekes and last week it was Romain Riche. No, I don’t suffer from any multiple personality disorder. I was simply racing on behalf of injured or unwell friends……
Climbin’ and slidin’ on Stage 1 of HK Top 10 Turning French for the day I had to put my French cap on for the day to impersonate superfast trail runner Romain Riche on
Care Action circuit + going Gangnam style on Sharp Peak Picture this: 5000 people racing up a narrow trail. Plenty of pushing and shoving and jostling and falling. Add to it, bushwhacking, boulder hopping, bum sliding and reckless overtaking. Oh, did I mention pushing, shoving and jostling? Well, one kick ass, hardcore, trail running competition…..
My half-marathon debut plus Sunset Peak, Lantau Peak, Ngong Ping and Tung Chung Sold on a road run No denying that I am an addict. A trail running addict that is. So, when my friend Martijn sent me a message that read “want to do a race for free?”, I pounced at the opportunity! It’s…..