Category Archives: THE BOILERPLATE TRAILS

My fastest ever Mac 3, 4 and 5

I violated the unwritten golden rule of Trail Running — “thou shall not get up late!” As a result, I couldn’t make it to Repulse Bay in time to join the gang who were going to do a recci of the King of the Hills Hong Kong route. But, I still wanted to run. So, … Continue reading


My half-marathon debut plus Sunset Peak, Lantau Peak, Ngong Ping and Tung Chung

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 … Continue reading


From “doing nothing” to running 34km (Mac 3, 4, 5)

My teammates and friends are mostly certifiably insane. One of them made me run downhill from Grassy Hill to Shing Mun Reservoir at about 17-18kmh yesterday while another one made me run 70kms “just for fun” a couple of weeks back! So, today, I wanted to regain some of the sanity I had long lost … Continue reading


The flu-bustin’ Mac 1,2,3 run

The flu-bustin’ Mac 1,2,3 run The appetite Imagine a food lover fasting for a day. The day after the fast he walks in all hungry into a gourmet restaurant and sees all these delicious food items on the menu. The food now controls his mind and he instinctively ends up ordering way too much. What … Continue reading


Totally INSANE 70km Wilson Trail training

Totally INSANE 70km Wilson Trail training Who does a 70km run just for the sake of training?? And, that’s a 70km TRAIL RUN, mind you! The answer: several of my totally insane friends. And fortunately/unfortunately, I am part of that club too! I have roughly done about two dozen races so far. And, I have … Continue reading


Double ‘O’ – Mui WO to Tai O and back! 55kms, 4000m+ elevation!

Double ‘O’ – Mui Wo to Tai O and back! 55kms, 4000m+ elevation! One of legendary trail runner KK Chan’s killer training runs is a tough run from Mui Wo to Ngong Ping and back! i.e. “The Lantau 4 Peaks”. And that involves climbing each of Hong Kong’s two highest peaks two times! As if … Continue reading


Securing bragging rights by bagging 4 peaks in Lantau

Securing bragging rights by bagging 4 peaks in Lantau Legendary trail runner KK Chan has several secrets to his success. One of them is a killer 31km training run in Lantau. It goes like this – Mui Wo->Nam Shan->Sunset Peak->Pak Kung Au->Lantau Peak->Ngong Ping->some itty bitty part of the Lantau Trail … AND BACK! We’re … Continue reading


Kickin’ ass on Hong Kong Trail (while getting cooked..)

Kickin’ ass on Hong Kong Trail (while getting cooked..) Today’s Hong Kong Trail Runners (HKTR) Bastille day celebration attracted 32 partygoers. And the definition of this “party” is slightly different to the one we are accustomed to. This party didn’t quite feature drinks or food; instead, it featured a 25km/50km run under boiling hot weather! … Continue reading


Letter of gloat to Mr. Wilson

Dear Mr. Wilson, How you doin’? Oh wait…you have some sort of a bruise on your rear end? Ah.. don’t worry too much about that. That’s just me kicking a good part of your ass in retribution of all the times you have kicked mine. In 2009, you had me on Devil’s Peak. Less than … Continue reading


Running the full Lantau Trail … well, until Shek Pik

Running the full Lantau Trail … well, until Shek Pik The 68km Lantau Trail and I share a love-hate relationship. Well, more of love now but back in 2009, there was plenty of hate. That’s because every single time I was determined to complete running the whole trail or even large chunks of it, I’d … Continue reading


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