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20160721_054808560_iOS

#HKTRP #64 – Talking to ultra runner Rory Mitchell (3/3)

Here’s Part 3/3 of my interview with Rory Mitchell.

This also marks the end of this season of The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast. A big ‘thank you’ to all the guests for sharing their wisdom with our listeners. Also, a big ‘thank you’ to all the listeners of this podcast! And, for all the comments and emails supporting this podcast. We’ll be back with a fresh new season and many more interviews in time to come!


Part 3:
In this part of the podcast, we’ll talk to Rory about his mental training strategies and will also ask him some personality questions. We will conclude by asking him about his future goals

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?
  • What are his downtimes in running? When he didn’t want to run and felt miserable?
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?
  • Talk about Run Rabbit Run
Advice:
  • For beginners getting into 100km+ running, what kind of advice does he have
Parting words of wisdom:
  • #1 key to success. Winning formula in life?
  • 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)

20160721_054808560_iOS

#HKTRP #63 – Talking to ultra runner Rory Mitchell (2/3)

In the previous part of the podcast, we spoke to Rory about his humble beginnings. This week we’ll focus on his training routine and some of the races he has done that have left a strong impression on him.


In Part 1 of the podcast, we spoke to Rory about his humble beginnings and how he got into running. In this second part of the podcast, we will ask him about his training routine. We will then go over two races and have him talk about his experience in those two races and how he trained for it

Rory’s racing list: 
2009
Standard Chartered Marathon – 5:28

2010
UNICEF Half Marathon – 2:37

2011
China Coast Half Marathon – around 2:40
Apple Daily 10km – around 1:05
UNICEF Half Marathon – 2:46

2012
Green Power Hike 50km – around 10hrs
Moontrekker 40km – DNF
UNICEF Half Marathon – 1:53

2013
China Coast Half Marathon – 1:48
Green Power Hike 50km – around 7hrs
Moontrekker 40km – 6:11
Luang Prabang Half Marathon – 1:43
Trailwalker – 26:41
UNICEF Half Marathon – 1:41
KOTH Sai Kung Marathon – 5:54
MSIG Lantau 27km – 4:10

2014
KOTH Lantau Marathon – 4:57
HK100 – 16:34
Standard Chartered Marathon – 3:26
Translantau 50km – 7:58
TNF Philippines 100km – 28:54
UTMB CCC – 24:13
Moontrekker 43km – 7:12
XTE Midnight Express 45km – 7:56
TNF HK 100km – DNF

2015
HK100 – 21:41
Moontrekker 43km – 7:14
XTE Maclehose Challenge 45km – 7:35
UNICEF Half Marathon – 1:37
TNF 100km – DNF

2016
UTHK 100km – 20:01
Garmin Mountain Marathon 42km – 6:42
Translantau 100km – 22:35
Stairmaster Lantau – 4:50
Stairmaster Twins – 2:09
Yading Skyrun 30km – 5:45
Green Race Pottinger 13km – 1:46

  • Walk us through the top 3 races, the preparation, the training, the nutrition
  • 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?
  • 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 Rory? 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 Rory take any painkillers during runs? What’s his philosophy on that? What’s been his most painful run?
  • Talk to us about injuries, what he learnt from it. Does he believe in the needle guy?

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)

20160721_054808560_iOS

#HKTRP #62 – Talking to ultra runner Rory Mitchell (1/3)

To introduce our guest today, I am going to read an email I got from a listener.

 

“Hi Vince, not sure if you know Rory Mitchell but I saw him at the Stairmaster Lantau when he passed me going up Lantau Peak and I was thinking, “yeah right big guy, I am gonna see you later again” – and I never did. He put in fact 5 min on me which is totally cool and no big deal when running in the middle of the pack BUT Rory has some 40-50 pounds on pretty much everyone else who runs in this terrain which is super impressive!!

 

He’s not just a big boy, by all standards he’s pretty BIG for a guy negotiating these types of challenges. I sat down with him later telling him that I am super impressed given his body type and that he’s just pure inspiration. If there was a BMI weighted category he’d surely make the podium in his group!! I was thinking to myself that he must a have an extremely good bone structure and some bullet proof resilience to endure this but what it shows is that trail running is really the great equalizer where you can never judge a book by its cover. We have all been passed by guys that didn’t strike us to look the part, right?

 

That doesn’t really apply to road or track running where you can pretty much easily spot who’s at home there and who isn’t really. When people see Rory finishing the Stairmaster the way he did, no one  has any excuses left!

 

Just checked the Yading Skyrun results and he did well! He also seems to have a 16h HK100 and 3:25h marathon in his books which is all pretty impressive!
This could be good content about reaching one’s full potential and becoming the best runners they can be and Rory is way ahead of most of us in that respect! You throw all these variable into one pot, rank them and spit out one number that represents how good a race someone ran or how great a runner someone is and guys like Rory will likely come out on top! It’s not just about fast (and fastest) times, not at all for most people anyway. If I could unlock my potential the way he does I would be running in a different league”

 

So, let me welcome Mr. Rory Mitchell to the show

 

Show Notes: (The get to know Rory better section)
  • Who’s Rory Mitchell?
  • Where’s he from?
  • Was there anything in his past that lead him to trail running?
  • What is his day job?

 

Trivia for Rory:
  • What is Rory’s favorite trail in Hong Kong and why?
  • What’s his favorite race and why? (can be local or overseas)
  • What in Rory’s view is his best accomplishment in the field of running
  • In his running career, has he had any mentors? Who has had the most influence on him?
  • Does Rory have role models in the field of running? 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?
Questions for Rory:
  • 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?
This concludes Part 1 of the podcast. In Part 2 of the podcast, we will continue to talk to Rory about his training routine – both physical training and mental training

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)

20160624_124615853_iOS

#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)

20160624_124615853_iOS

#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 #64 – Talking to ultra runner Rory Mitchell (3/3)

Here’s Part 3/3 of my interview with Rory Mitchell.

This also marks the end of this season of The Hong Kong Trail Rockers Podcast. A big ‘thank you’ to all the guests for sharing their wisdom with our listeners. Also, a big ‘thank you’ to all the listeners of this podcast! And, for all the comments and emails supporting this podcast. We’ll be back with a fresh new season and many more interviews in time to come!


Part 3:
In this part of the podcast, we’ll talk to Rory about his mental training strategies and will also ask him some personality questions. We will conclude by asking him about his future goals

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?
  • What are his downtimes in running? When he didn’t want to run and felt miserable?
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?
  • Talk about Run Rabbit Run
Advice:
  • For beginners getting into 100km+ running, what kind of advice does he have
Parting words of wisdom:
  • #1 key to success. Winning formula in life?
  • 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)

20160721_054808560_iOS

#HKTRP #63 – Talking to ultra runner Rory Mitchell (2/3)

In the previous part of the podcast, we spoke to Rory about his humble beginnings. This week we’ll focus on his training routine and some of the races he has done that have left a strong impression on him.


In Part 1 of the podcast, we spoke to Rory about his humble beginnings and how he got into running. In this second part of the podcast, we will ask him about his training routine. We will then go over two races and have him talk about his experience in those two races and how he trained for it

Rory’s racing list: 
2009
Standard Chartered Marathon – 5:28

2010
UNICEF Half Marathon – 2:37

2011
China Coast Half Marathon – around 2:40
Apple Daily 10km – around 1:05
UNICEF Half Marathon – 2:46

2012
Green Power Hike 50km – around 10hrs
Moontrekker 40km – DNF
UNICEF Half Marathon – 1:53

2013
China Coast Half Marathon – 1:48
Green Power Hike 50km – around 7hrs
Moontrekker 40km – 6:11
Luang Prabang Half Marathon – 1:43
Trailwalker – 26:41
UNICEF Half Marathon – 1:41
KOTH Sai Kung Marathon – 5:54
MSIG Lantau 27km – 4:10

2014
KOTH Lantau Marathon – 4:57
HK100 – 16:34
Standard Chartered Marathon – 3:26
Translantau 50km – 7:58
TNF Philippines 100km – 28:54
UTMB CCC – 24:13
Moontrekker 43km – 7:12
XTE Midnight Express 45km – 7:56
TNF HK 100km – DNF

2015
HK100 – 21:41
Moontrekker 43km – 7:14
XTE Maclehose Challenge 45km – 7:35
UNICEF Half Marathon – 1:37
TNF 100km – DNF

2016
UTHK 100km – 20:01
Garmin Mountain Marathon 42km – 6:42
Translantau 100km – 22:35
Stairmaster Lantau – 4:50
Stairmaster Twins – 2:09
Yading Skyrun 30km – 5:45
Green Race Pottinger 13km – 1:46

  • Walk us through the top 3 races, the preparation, the training, the nutrition
  • 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?
  • 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 Rory? 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 Rory take any painkillers during runs? What’s his philosophy on that? What’s been his most painful run?
  • Talk to us about injuries, what he learnt from it. Does he believe in the needle guy?

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)

20160721_054808560_iOS

#HKTRP #62 – Talking to ultra runner Rory Mitchell (1/3)

To introduce our guest today, I am going to read an email I got from a listener.

 

“Hi Vince, not sure if you know Rory Mitchell but I saw him at the Stairmaster Lantau when he passed me going up Lantau Peak and I was thinking, “yeah right big guy, I am gonna see you later again” – and I never did. He put in fact 5 min on me which is totally cool and no big deal when running in the middle of the pack BUT Rory has some 40-50 pounds on pretty much everyone else who runs in this terrain which is super impressive!!

 

He’s not just a big boy, by all standards he’s pretty BIG for a guy negotiating these types of challenges. I sat down with him later telling him that I am super impressed given his body type and that he’s just pure inspiration. If there was a BMI weighted category he’d surely make the podium in his group!! I was thinking to myself that he must a have an extremely good bone structure and some bullet proof resilience to endure this but what it shows is that trail running is really the great equalizer where you can never judge a book by its cover. We have all been passed by guys that didn’t strike us to look the part, right?

 

That doesn’t really apply to road or track running where you can pretty much easily spot who’s at home there and who isn’t really. When people see Rory finishing the Stairmaster the way he did, no one  has any excuses left!

 

Just checked the Yading Skyrun results and he did well! He also seems to have a 16h HK100 and 3:25h marathon in his books which is all pretty impressive!
This could be good content about reaching one’s full potential and becoming the best runners they can be and Rory is way ahead of most of us in that respect! You throw all these variable into one pot, rank them and spit out one number that represents how good a race someone ran or how great a runner someone is and guys like Rory will likely come out on top! It’s not just about fast (and fastest) times, not at all for most people anyway. If I could unlock my potential the way he does I would be running in a different league”

 

So, let me welcome Mr. Rory Mitchell to the show

 

Show Notes: (The get to know Rory better section)
  • Who’s Rory Mitchell?
  • Where’s he from?
  • Was there anything in his past that lead him to trail running?
  • What is his day job?

 

Trivia for Rory:
  • What is Rory’s favorite trail in Hong Kong and why?
  • What’s his favorite race and why? (can be local or overseas)
  • What in Rory’s view is his best accomplishment in the field of running
  • In his running career, has he had any mentors? Who has had the most influence on him?
  • Does Rory have role models in the field of running? 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?
Questions for Rory:
  • 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?
This concludes Part 1 of the podcast. In Part 2 of the podcast, we will continue to talk to Rory about his training routine – both physical training and mental training

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)

20160624_124615853_iOS

#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)

20160624_124615853_iOS

#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)

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