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TRAIL TIPS - Post race interviews with the TransLantau winners

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Congrats to everyone that ran the TransLantau last weekend. It’s a brute of a course and Race Director Clement Dumont clearly enjoys inflicting pain - as well as some stunning views and beautiful trail - so just finishing the race, whether it was the 15, 25, 50 or 100, makes you a winner. We spoke to some of the TransLantau champions to see what tips they had to offer us mere mortals.   TransLantau 50 – Men’s winner Justin Andrews Photo credit: Daniel Chung In the 50km, American Justin Andrews showed his class with a start-to-finish win in 5:42:31, a...

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Hard as Nayls - the man behind the race

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(Originally published on 11 March 2015) I never knew Andy Naylor. I hadn’t even heard of him before he died.   However, over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with his family and friends to find out what drove Race Director Steven Carr and the Sai Kung running community to start a race in his honour. I have yet to hear a bad word about Andy, and it’s become unequivocally clear that Hong Kong was deprived of a great man, father, police officer and athlete, with his untimely death at the New York City Ironman in...

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GONE RUNNING GEAR REVIEW – Salomon S-LAB Sense Ultra Set

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The first thing that strikes you is the weight. At 110 grams, this is a seriously lightweight pack. It comes in well under half the weight of its two closest peers in the minimalist race category, the Salomon S-LAB Advanced Skin 5L (250 grams) or the Ultimate Direction AK Race Vest 4L (350 grams). Considering the weight, the pack is surprisingly versatile with some decent storage options. There are 10 pockets in total, including a large top-feed sleeve and “kangaroo” pouch at the back, plus two roomy zipped side pockets. The stretch mesh expands well to accommodate bulkier items so,...

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A runner's guide to the TransLantau 100 (2015)

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** Please note the course has been reversed and changed for 2016 ** In only its third year, the TransLantau 100 has already established itself as one of the blue ribbon events on the Hong Kong ultra trail calendar. It is also one of Hong Kong’s toughest, with DNF rates of 29% in 2013 and 32% in 2014, however, that hasn't stopped another record field headed by local favourites Vlad Ixel and Santosh Bishwash, and Australian Majell Backhausen in the 50km. With the 13 March 2015 kick-off only a few weeks away, we thought we would preview the race, with tips on...

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Hong Kong's first 24-hour race - Lessons Learned

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          KK Chan gutsing it out on the second day. Photo credit: Kimmy Yu. Hong Kong's first IAU-sanctioned 24-hour race kicked off at 11am on Friday 30 January at Pak Shek Kok Promenade. Congrats to China's Zhao Ziyu for a winning distance of 243.1km but also my friends Alger Cheng Sai Kit (203.5km), Wong Ho Chung (202.4km), Wong Kam Cheong (201.3km) and Gigi Tsang Suk Fan (189.2km), all from Hong Kong, for their incredible results.  Of course, the normal rules of regular eating and drinking, and nothing new on race day, still apply. However, for those...

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