A surprising win at the Barclays Moontrekker 43km overnight trail race last weekend to make it two years in a row as the champ! Race report to come.
Moontrekker podium: with race organiser Will Sargent and men’s winner Vlad Ixel. Photo: Moontrekker
The win also makes it two in two weekends. The Sunday prior, another surprise win at the Oakley Prizm Trail 10.5km race at Hok Tau. Not sure what I am doing right but I hope these good vibes continue!!
Gliding home at the Oakley Prizm Trail race in Hok Tau. Photo: Oakley
Something different for a Friday night, and a fab way to wake up on a Saturday.
After work, with headlamps to light the way, we hiked about 2 hours through Sai Kung Country Park to Ham Tin Wan, pitched our tent, had a picnic for dinner and fell asleep under the stars. Sunrise at about 5.30am was a stunning wake up call, and then I set off for Sharp Peak while the summer’s day was yet to blaze. The rest of the day was lazy: food at On Kee Store on the beach (tel: 2328 2262), reading and napping, dipping in the clear blue bay, strolling across the soft sand, and then a sunset speedboat (tel: 9800 3601, Mr Man Tsam for booking) back to Sai Kung Town for a Thai dinner. Perfect.
Two weeks, two races, two podiums, and lots of swag.
WWF Run for Change 10k, Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Shatin – 43min 46sec for 1st in 30-39 age group and 3rd woman overall.
Oakley Prizm HK Trail Series race 1 HK island 14k – 2nd Women Open, 3rd woman overall.
WWF Run for Change. Photo: Sportsoho
Oakley Prizm Hong Kong Trail Series – race 1 HK Island 14km
Landed in my mailbox along with 58 pieces of running tops and bottoms. Thanks Nike SEA!
Certainly feels like I’m living in one. The weeks have flown by and in the blink of an eye we’re a third of the way into the year. Wasn’t it just yesterday when we were counting down to 2016?!
The past weeks have mainly been occupied by new developments at work (goodbye paywall!), as well as two long weekends (Easter and Ching Ming), two races, many days of a nasty cold and cough (both little M and I) and lots of wonderful precious family time.
The races – the AVOHK Reservoir Series race 3/3 Tai Tam 11k, and the HKDRC Mt Butler Heritage Race 15k. Both courses started at the same place and had similar routes for the first 3-4k (aka boring). But since the start line was just a short trot from home, I thought, what the heck, let’s just give the legs some fast paced practice. It turns out I won my age-group in both races, and was 3rd woman overall in the AVOHK race and 2nd woman overall in the HKDRC race (no thanks to the nasty cold and coughing my lungs out). Some cash and swag at the HKDRC race was a nice bonus, though if I wasn’t sick I reckon I could have had a real shot at the overall woman’s title and the HK$1,000 bonus.
Feeling strong at the AVOHK Reservoir Series Tai Tam
Feeling sick at the HKDRC Mt Butler Heritage Race
I wish time would slow down – especially with how quickly little M is growing up – though there’s also much to look forward to in the next couple of months with a few trips planned.
Five years since I arrived in HK and still discovering the immense natural beauty of this city. Still finding new trails and getting goosebumps running down stunning ridgelines like these on clear blue days.