Archive for May, 2012

Lower Shing Mun (Better than running around the river)

A while back I went for a nice longish run from Tai Wai up to Lower Shing Mun reservoir.

It was my first trip there so the GPS file is a spaghetti mess. I will go another day an then attach that GPS file to this post.  It was a good hill workout with a nice flat warm up/down there and back to Tai Wai Station.

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Follow your nose and you should be able to find it.  there are paths left and right of the reservor.  I went left as far as I could and then back to the right for a good look around.

Overall, it is a good hill run with nice views but it is concrete / bitumen.  To my dismay there were no trails I could find.

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Macritchie – at last!

So – I finally got to run at Macritchie reservoir.

It was mostly a great experience, so here we go.  I arrived after 4pm on a Sunday and it was a bit busy, but not too bad.

I brought a change of clothes because I read up about lockers on the NParks Website. Sure enough there were plenty of lockers and require 1SG$

If you’re used to HK coin-op lockers BE WARNED – 1$ per use and your dollar is gone baby gone. (HK lockers are 5HK$ and you can get your 5$ back!)

Bummer for me because I only had one 1$ coin. So I just wiped myself down and sprayed deo after and got changed. I did intend to have a shower – well next time!

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The landscaping and change area is beautiful – and there is a nice shady area to stretch and chill, warm up and down or wait for friends to turn up if you’re in a group. Off I went in what was a counter-clockwise direction.  I was going to the Tree-Top Walk. The start skirts the Reservoir and goes past a rowing club.

After this I just followed the signs all the way to the treetop walk.  It is pretty flat, so it is similar to doing school cross country in the summer. But there is nice jungle, I saw a monitor lizard ( <> 1M long) , a couple of squirrels, and a lot of monkeys (see pics). Nice monkeys compared to the evil evil HK monkeys!

It was 5KM <> to the treetop walk from the changing rooms/lockers.  Kindly note that NO RUNNING IS PERMITTED on the treetop walk. The Treetop Walk Nazi is there to make sure of that.  I was permitted to walk briskly – thank you tree top walk nazi!

So it is a cinch getting back to the changing rooms after the treetop walk.  After the descending steps, just turn left and follow the signs.  Soon you’ll get back on the trail / road you used to get to the tree top walk and follow your nose.  All up it was around 12KM – And I strictly obeyed the tree top walk nazi, so I walked where I was told I had to.

Needless to say, the return to the changing rooms was a quick run and a breeze.

A great jaunt – strongly recommended.

Summary: Great, fast jungle run, but perhaps I went at a peak time – so too many walkers for my liking.

+ Great fun and good variety after running on HK trails all the time.

– Singaporeans on the trail – while being polite, have no trail sense or etiquette. Not rude mind you – just obtuse.

An early morning run is strongly recommended to avoid crowds.

Plenty more trails to explore here too.  As Arnie said in the Terminator, “I’ll be back”.

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Singapore Energizer NightTrail 2012

Just what I needed after the nightmare of the previous week.

It was different from my expectations, but it was a great race and great fun.

Undulating, 18KM through the ‘jungle’ it was great.

Only complaint was that I expected mud and got a lot of gravel.  There was some mud though (oh yeah!)

But my Singapore running friends promise to introduce me to some real muddy jungle trails and I can’t wait!

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Water stops were frequent, even toilets at the water stops.  The volunteers were super-enthusiastic.

If pressed, the only issue was pushing past back markers in the last 2KM, but it was tolerable.

Nothing like the chokepoints in some HK races.

If you can join it in 2013, I heartily recommend it.

Try and keep me away!

Check it out at http://www.singaporenighttrail.com.sg/

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