Today we chat with Jeff Campbell, who was virtually unknown a couple years back and is now sweeping the shorter trail races in Hong Kong, with 13 wins and 1 second from 14 races last season, in part, due to a monster engine with his VO2max measured at 88!
1. Where do you live and where are you from?
A. I’m from Toronto, Canada, and have lived in Hong Kong since July 2014.
2. Why did you get into trail running?
A. By accident, really. When I arrived in Hong Kong, I met some folks who were avid trail runners. Within a few months, I was peer pressured into trying out a few short races. Around that time I began to fall in love with the mountains and trails we have over here.
3. Favourite race so far?
A. So many good ones, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the Lantau Vertical.
4. Dream race?
A. I’m going to keep this one a secret for now! But I’d like to do well at some longer races someday.
5. Best trail racing result?
A. Probably the double course records at the 2017 Hoka Stairmaster Lantau and Twins races.
6. Best trail memory?
A. Helping support Oxfam Trailwalker teams across the finish each of the past three years. Back in 2014, I “muled” for a team from CP7, and at over 30km it was the longest run of my life up to that point. I thought my legs were going to fall off, but I somehow managed to not slow the team down!
7. Advice for beginners?
A. As someone who is still constantly learning about the sport, I would say keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. For improving performance, however, increasing my training volume, mixing in high intensity sessions and keeping a good diet have worked for me.
8. Your favourite piece of trail running kit or nutrition?
A. For kit, I love my Alpinamente sunglasses for both training and racing. My nutrition isn’t special or particularly complicated. I just try to eat a variety of real foods for my everyday diet. For racing, I will usually use a combination of gels and Tailwind.
9. What it means to you to be part of the Gone Running-Joint Dynamics team?
A. It means support on multiple levels. I’m lucky to be able to train with some of the best trail runners in Hong Kong each week, and I try to learn as much as I can from them. Plus, David Jacquier at Joint Dynamics has been a huge part of improving my strength and keeping me injury-free.
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