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Bringing your A-Game - with Jeff Campbell

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We were privileged to have Hong Kong Male Runner of the Year and #WAAELITE, Jeff Campbell​, in the shop to walk us through his tips on bringing your A-game to a race. Read on for some key takeaways for any aspiring trail runner. Don't forget to warm up. Jeff likes to spend 10-30 mins, shorter for long races, longer for short races. This will help you get ahead of any early bottlenecks. Jeff's race day nutrition is a light brekky, then Tailwind and GU gels for 200-300 calories per hour during the run. In the race lead-up, he'll eat the same calories...

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A Runner's Guide to TransJeju 100 - with Women's Winner Marie McNaughton

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For anyone thinking about running TransJeju next year, here is a brief summary of the course and six race tips from women's champion, Marie McNaughton. Photo credit: TransJeju It’s hard to run 100 kilometres but, if you are somewhere new and stunning, it certainly helps! Korea is particularly attractive for trail runners as it has lots of beautiful unspoilt runnable forest trails which so lovely underfoot and fun to navigate. The TransJeju course is no exception. It's stunning and quite unique. It kicks off at 6am with a climb to the top of the Halla volcano that looks daunting on the course...

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TDS Tips from Majell Backhausen

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The UTMB running festival is almost upon us. For those running TDS, here are some last minute tips from the one and only Majell Backhausen, who monstered a sixth position in 16:05 at last year's race. Added to his 22nd at UTMB 2015, this guy knows how to run Chamonix! TDS really is a different beast, but a beast which can be tamed. Don't let it intimidate you, be friends with it and work the course to your advantage. This course has some steep continuous, seemingly endless climbs but also long sustained descents and really good runnable sections. Yes, runnable! The...

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60 second Q&A with GR-JD speedster Jeff Campbell

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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,...

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CCC Race Tips - with Ruth Croft

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In this series of interviews, we ask runners to give us a few tips on some upcoming big international trail races. Here's a treat - in today's interview, we have Scott trail running superstar and #GoTailwind Trailblazer, Ruth Croft, for her advice on how to have a successful race at Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix, commonly known as CCC and one of the big races at the UTMB race festival in late August. Ruth smashed CCC in 2015, finishing in 12:55 as first female (over an hour ahead of second place who won Western States that year) and 8th overall. It was, quite simply, an...

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