Training Diaries 2014 – Going back down memory Lane! The fitness goals for 2014 are clear. To have two HKTR teams and attempt to run the Oxfam Trailwalker in less than 14 hours! Hmm. Sounds almost unachievable considering that not-so-long-back, we were only a 22-hour OTW team! And, 22-hours at that time was a gargantuan…..
Hong Kong Trash Removers – Ma On Shan Edition – April 2014 April 5th 2014 is Ching Ming Festival – according to Chinese customs, that’s the day when you’re supposed to go bai san. (Give offerings and seek blessings from ancestors). Hong Kong Trash Removers (TM) sought blessings from the Hill Gods today by ridding…..
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…..
The origins of another “kick ass” trip Dark, cold, wet, windy and cloudy. Those were the words that described Hong Kong’s weather in the beginning of March, 2014. Naturally, the only way to counter that was through beaches, sports and ample sunshine! And, thus originated the humble beginnings of yet another “kick ass” trip to…..
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…..
Tai To Yan (Knife’s edge ridge), Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls and Kadoorie Farm We set out to do what we called the “Nature’s Call” hike. Not only because we wanted to answer nature’s call in the wild (i.e. go for a pee in the peace and tranquil of nature), but also because we wanted to…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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…..
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,…..