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Ramp Series Race: Lung Cheung Road-Beacon Hill

I was interested to join this race – the closest thing to those European Vertical K races you see on YouTube.

It was great fun, and although I felt there was something left in the tank at the end – I had a great time, and ran a good time. But the short stuff is not really my forte.

Pics up soon.

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XTE.hk – Another BIG_FAIL

If you’ve read my Sea2Summit post you are aware of my regard for XTE – ZERO.

Check the thread below for some poor victims of this ‘race organizer ‘:

http://www.hkrunners.com/node/4579#comment-1039

Apparently they are continuing to try and organize races and are doing an even worse job of it than they did with the Sea2Summit.

OMG, I hope they give up soon.

If you don’t have time to read through the booard thread (above) , here are a few choice quotes;

“That was totally (a) disaster!”

“Quite clearly a case of organizer incompetence.”

“Quite frankly the whole event was shambolic.”

Apparently there will be an article in the South China Morning Post soon. Can’t wait!

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SeaToSummit: Steaming pile of S%$t!!!

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The SeaToSummit 30KM was without a doubt the worst trail race I’ve ever had the misfortune to be involved with.

I will not be involved with the race ever again.  Nor will I have anything to do with events organized by xte.hk

As the race started, I found myself at the rear, obstructed not only by fellow 30KM competitors, but by 20KM competitors milling around obstructing 30KM competitors!  POORLY MANAGED.

The race was rife with chokepoints, which really demand more staggered starts. I found myself literally lifting unfit competitors up the side of a hill to clear them out of my way!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!  This is all just in the first 3KM!!!!!

There was excessive bushwhacking, which led to more chokepoints – 6 minutes for one KM and then 35min for the next, anyone?

Then, a rarity – a nice clear run and smooth sailing.  Too good to be true? Yes!

19K out of 30 – arrive at the Checkpoint only to find no water or sports drink.  “Don’t worry, someone will bring us water “they said. “When?” I asked. “We don’t know “they said.  Well I’d had enough.

“Count me out.” I said.  I went to the Peak in a straight line – 2KM+ WITHOUT WATER! ( my drinks ran out just before the CP!)

I ate and drank at the 7-11 in the Peak Galleria, and then went on  to the finish point to collect my bag.

“Have some pizza” , they said (the race organizers).  Frankly they’re lucky I didn’t pelt them with their f***ing pizza!

No amount of pizza will get me back next year!

For the record: I did not fail, but the race organizers sure did!

THE END!

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The Innaugural Lantau50: “It’s a Journey”

So many things to say, where should I begin?  It was a great race, but being the first running – there were a few tiny kinks, but nothing that could overshadow a  FANTASTIC race.

For resources online on course, pics etc. check www.Lantau50.com

Some of the friendships made along the way and the beautiful views and terrain…”it’s all good” as they say.

In this Post I will give a brief summary of the race with a few observations.  Another posts will focus on different aspects; organization and the mental aspects – perhaps a guide for others considering entering this race (or similar) in the future.

Start to CheckPoint 1 (CP1)

The start was all well and good, but again a bit of a chokepoint with a rocky uphill section.  But still – manageable. Nothing like the dabacle the previous week. My feet were nearly skewered by trekking poles a few times, but avoided. Geez folks, it’s not Mont Blanc- it’s Discovery Bay, FFS!

After the uphill section, there was a nice flowing single track and a fire trail that I hung back on a bit.  In retrospect, I should’ve pushed myself a bit harder on this downhill. After this downhill the village concrete paths went on for a K or so and to CP1.

CP1 to CP2

A great uphll section that is testing, but not a killer followed by some rock hopping around Sheung Tung Au. Then a short descent into Pak Kung Au for CP2. Feeling fresh.

CP2 to CP3

The easiest or nearly easiest section of the race.  South Lantau Country Trail to Nam Shan. My brain checked out and I fell flat on my face. Dressed the scratches with some clay from the cliff side and continued on, and the adrenaline helped because I did a pretty good time for this section.  Thanks to the wonderful CheckPoint Nurse who dressed and bandaged my bloody hand.

Here is really where things went pear-shaped. My mistakes;

1) Not changing from visor to cap – bright sun and virtually no hair!

2)Not consuming enough fluids at CP for longer section and not taking enough with me – 2L only 😦

3)Eating too much at CP and lingering for too long.

CP3 to CP4

This devolved into a zombie-like hobble around Chi Ma Wan. By the end of it, I snapped out of it to some extent – but wasted over an hour.  FAIL. Positive, met a new friend – David Ong – thanks David for your support and hearing me out.

CP4 to CP5

This was a short session along a coastline and through Mui Wo town.  A solo run.

CP5 to DBPLaza & Finish

This section was fantastic.  Everything you want in a trail run.  BUT – after over 40+K and over 2K+ elevation it was a bit of a tough slog.  It was made worthwhile by a new friend Eva, (AKA CatWoman) and David ran with me for a while too.

Finally – near the rear of the Plaza, both a fellow runner and myself couldn’t find the ribbon to follow. I just went the most direct way to the Plaza and Finish Line. Apparently, DB Management forced the organizers to rent Security Guards that didn’t do their job and went AWOL. Haven’t lived there since 2004, but some things change – and some don’t!

My time was 10H:58M give or take.

Slow, but many places away from last – so by no means shamed.

With this sort of thing, ALL FINISHERS ARE WINNERS ANYWAY.

Congratulations to the organizers for a great race.  See you all back in DB next year if my body hold together!

<…More articles to come…>

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Favourite Trail Running Videos

These are great motivation and breathtaking to watch in HD.  Enjoy!

All credit to Salomon and those involved.  The humility and passion is so inspiring.

* Pic Courtesy Salomon

 

Salomon Team – TNF Endurance Challenge San Francisco :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q3yeSEeCh8

 

Salomon Team – Leadville Trail 100 miles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWRActOyvek

Enjoy!

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