Yun Yanqiao and Marie McNaughton big performances at the Ultra Trail Australia

The Blue mountain provides the backdrop in the Ultra Trail Australia. Photo: Lyndon Marceau

The Blue mountain provides the backdrop in the Ultra Trail Australia. Photo: Lyndon Marceau


Ultra Trail – Australia

Several Asian runners and Asian based runners took part in the Ultra Trail 100km race in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney in Australia with some of the worlds best runners in attendance.

Pau Capell from Spain won the race in a time of 9:20:14 with Beth Cardelli from Australia winning the women’s race in 11:14:16. From Asia Yun Yanqiao from China was the first male Asian runner to finish coming third overall in a time of 9:42:09. Marie McNaughton who lives in Hong Kong was the first female Asian based female runner to finish in a very respectable sixth place in a time of 12:42:42.

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Teams of 2 working together in the paddle and run race. Photo: Clive Choy


Run Light Paddle/TerraMar Hong Kong Trail Half Marathon – Hong Kong

The team from Terramar organised two races on Sunday in Hong Kong both having the same finish line. The Half trail marathon started in Siu Sai Wan and finished in Stanley with a distance of 23.5km taking in some some iconic Hong Kong trails along the way including dragons back and the Hong Kong trail. The Run Light Paddle race consisted of a 7km kayak and 7km run which started and finished in Stanley featuring two runs on dragons back and around Tai Tam reservoir and kayaking in between each run section.

In the men’s half marathon Stefano Del Favero finished first overall in a time of  1:57:00 with sixteen year old local Hong Kong runner Wai Hei Ng three minutes behind in second place overall in 2:00:02 and second in the men’s open category. Seth Fischer finished third overall and first in the senior category one minute behind in 2:01:00.
In the women’s half marathon Ng Choi Long won in a time of 2:27:36 also taking the women’s open category. Rebekah James finished second overall and first in the women’s senior category in 2:31:33. Rounding off the podium in third place overall and second in the senior female category was Jennifer Sze Ying Jen Cheung in 2:42:25.
In the run light paddle race Nick Scott and Richard Cowley finished first overall and first male team home in a comfortable winning time of 2:08:46. In second place and second male team was Wai Kin Wong and Jimmy Yee Hing Tong in a time of 2:23:13. In third overall and first mixed team was Chris Davis and Magdelena Cvetkovic in 2:26:18.
Top 5 overall half marathon:
1. Stefano Del Favero 1:57:00
2. Wai Hei Ng 2:00:02
3. Seth Fischer 2:01:00
4. Chun Keung Leung 2:05:51
5. Michal Francke 2:07:46
Top 5 overall run light paddle:
1. Nick Scott and Richard Cowley 2:08:46
2. Wai Kin Wong and Jimmy Yee Hing Tong 2:23:13
3. Chris Davis and Magdelena Cvetkovic 2:26:18
4. Camille Mondiano and Christophe Letilier 2:28:31
5. Lok Man Cheung and Kin Yiu Leung 2:33:04

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Jeju Trail Running. Photo: Jeju

Jeju International Trail Running. Photo: Jeju


Jeju International Trail Running – Korea

Taking place on the island of Jeju which has an oval shaped crater feature created by a volcanic eruption 1.2 million years ago boasts is own unique volcanic topography. Situated in the Korean strait to the south of the main land the Jeju International Trail Run in Korea kicked off on Saturday with the Ultra Trail 50km race starting at 6am. The race starts by going to the highlight of the race the volcano of Mt Hallasan which is a UNSECO world heritage site sitting at 1,200 meters high with the elevation total for the race at 2,107. The course provides a variety of trails from technical volcanic rocks, pine tree forests to luxuriant vegetation together with the brief appearance of deer’s that made it a race to remember. On Sunday there was also shorter trail races on offer in the form of a 5km and 10km race.

The lead group of five runners took off at a fast pace from the start tackling the first  13km with several dry river crossing, before starting the 7km climb to the edge of the volcano that offers an intimidating view of the local surronding. Local runner Hee Seong Noh lead from the start and paced himself wisely to keep the lead despite  Hong Kong based Frenchman Clement Dumont chasing him for the last 5km. Noh managed to just edge the the win in 5:28:50, closely followed by Dumont 30 seconds behind. Dong Wook Kim another local runner completed the podium in 5:50:20. In the ladies category, Sarah Goudreau from the USA was the first to cross the finish line in 7:39:18 followed by Min Hwa Cha in 7:45:11 and Se Hee Kim rounding off the podium in 8:30:23.

Top 3 overall:


  1. Hee Seong Noh – Republic of Korea – 5:28:58
  2. Clement Dumont – France – 5:29:31
  3. Dong Wook Kim – Republic of Korea – 5:53:58


  1. Sarah Goudreau – USA – 7:39:18
  2. Min Hwa Cha – Republic of Korea – 7:45:11
  3. Se Hee Kim – Republic of Korea – 8:30:23

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Malaysia Eco 100. Photo: Eco100

Malaysia Eco 100. Photo: Endurance


Malaysia Eco 100 – Malaysia

The Malaysia ECO 100 was held over the weekend in west Malaysia with a number of options for runners including a 100 miler, 100km, 50km and 13km. Runners got a taste of  the typical Malaysian geographical, social and cultural heritage running through oil palm plantations, rubber and pineapple plantations, several Malay kampungs Chinese new villages, and Indian temples, paddy fields and the challenging hills of Tokun.

The 100 miles had an elevation gain of 4033 meters, the 100km 3507 meters and the 50km a 3034 meters gain. The highest point on the course was 550 meters.

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Totsukawa trail run

Totsukawa trail run. Photo:


Totsukawa Trail run – Japan

The Totsukawa trail run was held over the weekend near Nara with runners tackling the 35km course and 2,500 meters of elevation gain.

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Smiles all around at the Doushimura Trail race in Japan. Photo: Leighann Mcgrew-Lawrentz


Doushimura Trail Race – Japan

The Doushimura Trail Race was held over the weekend on the outskirts of Tokoyo with mount Fuji in the background. Know as one of the harder trail races in Japan runners choose between a 42km or 20km course.

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