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…..
King of the Hills, Hong Kong – improvised (minus Twins plus pizza) KOTH Hong Kong is supposed to be the easiest course in the series. It is just 30km long and features only one real mammoth climb (General Rock). Actually, make that two. General Rock and The Twins. And the fact that it starts and…..
King of the Hills (Sham Tseng) is not only the longest race in the series but also, arguably, the hardest one to navigate. The starting point is itself a bit of a hassle to get to. I remember almost missing the race two years back because we couldn’t find the starting point. However, I have…..
3rd consecutive weekend, 3rd consecutive race. Today was the last of the King of the Hills (KOTH) races. This one took place on Hong Kong island, Repulse Bay to be precise. The assembly point reminded me of Mong Kok on a Sunday. Except, you’ll have to replace eager handbag shoppers with eager racers. Also, these…..
This was my final training run before next week’s big event – the Vibram HK100. Actually, it was a race but I gave myself strict orders : at no point during the race was I supposed to feel like crap. Meaning, I was to avoid being influenced by runners around me and play my own…..
What a grueling day! Either a sign of getting old or a sign of lack of training. Or maybe both! Anyway, the weather was perfect for the second race of the 4-part King of the Hills (KOTH) series. It was about 15 degrees centigrade and partially overcast today. The race was held in Sai Kung…..
It was the first race of the 4-part series today. Last year, we did the Sham Tseng course in New Territories, so this year we had to do the Tai Po course (it alternates every year) which actually is my most favorite King of the hills course. A self check revealed a couple of problems…..
Joined the gang for a KOTH Hong Kong Recci. Supposed to be the easiest in the series but the proximity to HK Island usually means plenty of competition. I was supposed to be running in the front, so I was given the responsibility of marking the trail with a pink piece of chalk for the…..
The idea was to do a KOTH recci (full course) in Sai Kung. Started at 0940 and was at the half way point in 2 hours 20 mins or so but then a big, big blister on my leg caused us to quit at Pak Tam Au (at about the 26km mark). Huge blister! Not…..
The 3rd race of this year’s KOTH. This time on Hong Kong island. Weather was cold – about 10 degrees centigrade and it was drizzling. That combined with easy accessibility to Repulse Bay (start of the hike) meant many people! The full marathon started about 15 minutes late (0930). I had a pretty bad start……
King of the Hills – Lantau is supposed to be the toughest full marathon in the series. The half is supposed to be the easiest. The full starts off in Nam Shan and then goes near the top of Sunset peak before deviating to the right to Lin Fa Shaan. After a couple of hills…..
What a start to the KOTH series! First of all, I had to meet Jogger Joel at Tsuen Wan West station at 0800. For whatever reason, I thought it was Tsuen Wan (they are different stations) and I reached at 0750. Joel was running a little late… but he was under the impression that I…..
So, the idea was to give KOTH Lantau a go. Timing: Lap 1: Mui Wo to Sunset Peak (the right to Lin Fa Shan): 53 minutes 48 seconds Lap 2: Sunset Peak to start of the trail to Ngong Ping: 1 hour 38 minutes [solo run from here onwards] – was unable to find the…..
Did a recci of the North East Mountain Marathon (NEMM) route. Fantastic!! It begins in Wu Kau Tang, then you go over Plover Cove until Marker 10 (which I duly missed and had to retrace). From there you take a left, go straight down to Wu Kau Tang again and then you do something. Well,…..
Today was the last King of the Hills race for 2009-2010. The Tai Po full marathon. 36Kms long. Wasn’t easy but wasn’t as tough as KOTH Lantau. Probably because the weather was great. Weatherman, for a change, turned out right in his prediction of relatively cool weather in Hong Kong today. A good relief from…..
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