Mira Rai Found Her Chance

Mira Rai

Photo by Martina Valmassoi

 

“Everything is bonus here! Free flight, free bus — everything free!” reports Mira Rai by phone from her home district of Bhojpur in eastern Nepal. “Now I am a little bit up here! Wow!” She’s referring to her newly elevated status as a hero of her district, complete with VIP treatment. “Here, network a little bit problem. OK, bye-bye time. Ciao ciao!” and she continued on the two-day journey to her village.

Rai’s spoken English has its own system of grammar, in which ‘Wow’ and ‘Ha ha’ serve as punctuation, but it also conveys happy disbelief in her still-unfolding fairytale, a zero-to-hero story with a fast-paced plot line.

In the fall of 2013, Rai was prepared to go to Malaysia to work in a factory, but at the last minute, her former karate instructor invited her to come to Kathmandu and train for track and road racing. Bearing in mind her strength and endurance, he suggested 10,000m might be her best event.

The venture was not entirely successful. Unable to afford the small fee to train at the stadium, Rai phoned a coach for training plans, and was often prescribed a counter-productive slog along the heavily polluted ring road around Kathmandu. She improved this regimen by running up a hill to a scenic viewpoint most mornings. She’d never heard of trail running, or “hilly up-down running,” as she called it.

By March 2014, with just 20 rupees left, Rai was ready to quit Kathmandu for home, when, on her viewpoint morning run, she met two other runners who invited her to a ‘game,’ a race, that Saturday morning. She showed up for the tough Himalayan Outdoor Festival 50km in a cotton t-shirt, tracksuit pants, and $3 running shoes. Nine hours, a hailstorm, and a washed-out trail later, Rai was the first and only female finisher. She accepted prizes of $80 and a pair of Salomon shoes, and her trail-running career was born.

Fifteen months later, Rai won the prestigious Mont-Blanc 80km in Italy, breaking Emelie Forsberg’s course record. The finish-line photo showed Rai, beaming, holding the Nepali flag above her head.

“I was thinking if I could win that race, while my country was crying [due to the earthquake], I could bring a small bit of happiness. I believe the timing was important,” she said. She was right: Rai made the front page of the national daily newspapers, pushing tedious politics aside. “She did something good for Nepal,” said a shop owner in Kathmandu. “It is very good.”

“After my birthday, this is the best day of my life,” she said of the Mont Blanc race, her longest effort yet. “I was running with Hillary [Allen], just staying behind. I took it a bit easily. Really enjoyed. Wow, checkpoints they have fruit, everything, to eat,” she said, making a mouth-filling motion with both hands. “You can drink so much you have to spit it out! Near every checkpoint — ‘Allez allez,’ ‘Dai dai,’ cow bells tung tung tung. I am ‘Hello, hi everybody,’” she laughs. “At 65km, I said, ‘Let’s go, Hillary,’ and started a little bit fast. First sister [Anna Comet Pascua of Spain] was walking hands on legs. I am just walking normally, and passed her. I met Greg [Vollet, of team Salomon] at 70km. ‘Wow Mira, you are very strong,’ Greg said. OK, I will try. Bye-bye Greg brother, then I am going, and I ran hard.”

Tite Togni, a trail runner who has hosted Rai in Italy the past two summers, said this about her sponge-like aptitude: “She’s a fast learner, adapting very quickly to situations, which I bet comes from her practical schooling (agriculture) — not too much theory. In Italy, every morning before training she watched Kíllian [Jornet] videos to learn.”

The trajectory of her trail-running career has been as steep as some of the trails. Just over 12 months from her first competitive race found her challenging reigning champion Emelie Forsberg for the Skyrunning World Championships at the 109km Ultra Pirineu in Spain. Rai finished in second place, just 4min back. “I started the competition too soon,” she said at dinner a few hours after the finish. She passed Núria Picas, caught up to Forsberg, and took the lead too early in the race, which gave Forsberg a chance to recover and launch her next attack. “Next time, I will do it better,” she said.

Rai is small — 48kg, 160cm — and strong, built for endurance, but the key to her success is not merely physical. She uses the word chance frequently, as in, “Wow, good chance I have.” Her climbing friend gave her comment context, describing the life of a woman in a remote village as “enduringly monotonous.” Rai’s first chance to escape this bleak future came when she was 14 years old, and the Maoist army came recruiting towards the end of their 10-year insurgency. Fully aware of the limitations of village life, Rai was always on the lookout for opportunities, and was driven to make those opportunities work. The Maoist rebels represented an opportunity, a chance to do something different and disprove “the feeling that I am inferior to other people.” Telling her mother she’d be back in a week, she joined the Maoist rebels for two years.

Her climbing instructor, Niraj Karki, noted another advantageous attribute: “Mira doesn’t overthink things.” She has Rai logic. Pre-race nerves? “No,” she said, “I have training. If I had not done it, then I would be nervous. If I run according to my training, then it’s OK. No need to be nervous.” Is she upset if she comes second? “No, the other guy was stronger. Now I know what I need to do next time.” Is she usually happy? “Yes, of course. Every day I am happy, why not? It’s important!”

She’s also bold in new situations. Often out of her comfort zone in new places with new people and limited language skills, she forges ahead with sunny optimism. Giving an interview on Spanish television? “No problem, I will try.”

Rai is a role model for young people in Nepal. Her story has been featured widely in national dailies, on the BBC world service, on websites like OutsideOnline.com, and even a 500,000 circulation women’s fashion magazine. She’s depicted in murals in several cities, has 14,561 likes on her Facebook page, and is the subject of a documentary film, to be released in early December. The impact of her success has been felt in the worldwide trail-running community, and close to home: Rai reported that the schoolteacher in her home village organised a 4km trail race, including her parents’ house as a checkpoint along the course.

“My hope is to help sisters and to influence Nepali women, to say that we have power as well, and we can do anything. I want them to know that,” Rai said.

With money from prizes, sponsors, and fundraisers from proud Nepali organisations, she’s become one of the few athletes able to survive on sports income alone. But she realises that she must prepare for the future, like other young Nepalis who look up to her, and continues to pursue her education, as well as training.

Rai plans to spend the remaining months of 2015 resting before gearing up for next year’s demanding race schedule. She’s been invited to the very competitive Zegama trail race in Spain, and is considering races in China where the prize money is attractive. If it looks like a good chance, she will try and make it work.

It’s been said that champions will find a way to be successful, no matter what. Rai demonstrates that determination: “If I’d not found running I would have done something; I wouldn’t just be idle. I would be searching for other chances.” She’s found her chance, and has started to change the world a little for others.

Richard Bull lives and runs in Kathmandu, Nepal. He organises stage races in the Himalayas and a few ultras in the hills around the Kathmandu Valley.

 

Side Bar

  • Name: Mira Rai
  • Age: 27
  • Nationality: Nepalese
  • Sponsor: Salomon
  • Running résume: 1st in MSIG HK50 Sai Kung (Asia Skyrunning Championship), 1st in Mont Blanc 80k, 2nd in Tromsø Skyrace, 2nd in Ultra Pirineu. Rank No. 2 in 2015 Ultra Skymarathon Series.
  • Typical training day: 1-2 hour of stretching and run before breakfast, and another 2 hours in the afternoon. For longer training sessions, she will run three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. Rai also has to study English at the language center six hours a day.

By Richard Bull

 

Heat Wave at the World’s Most-Competitive Ultra

UTMB winner Ludovic Pommeret. Photo by Alexis Berg

UTMB winner Ludovic Pommeret. Photo by Alexis Berg

Despite a hectic Ultra-Trail World Tour calendar,Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) remains a standout race for many elites, given the race’s rich tradition, stunning mountain scenery, consistently world-class field, and the sheer difficulty of the 170km course. It has always taken something magical to win — and 2016 was no different.

This year, 2,555 runners toed the start line, with a mouth-watering line up that included previous podium finishers Luis Alberto Hernando, David Laney, and Tòfol Castanyer, plus last year’s Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix’s first and second Americans Zach Miller and Tim Tollefson, and Lithuanian powerhouse Gediminas Grinius.

In the women’s field, course record-holder Rory Bosio would be joined by 2015 second- and third-place getters, Uxue Fraile and Denise Zimmermann, as well as Switzerland’s Andrea Huser (who recently crushed Lavaredo), 2015 Western States champ Magdalena Boulet, and local favourite Caroline Chaverot (who fell agonisingly short last year, succumbing to stomach issues and leg cramps at Vallorcine, 151km mark, after leading all race).

The UTMB course circumnavigates Europe’s highest peak in a painfully difficult slog loop, starting and finishing at Chamonix, and including a number of 2,400m+ peaks, with relentless thigh-burning climbs mixed in with long technical descents. Like last year, an extra technical climb up and down Col des Pyramides would see total elevation gain at above 10,000m D+.

An additional complication for 2016 would be the weather, with daytime temperatures soaring into the high 20s, well above average with humidity, and thunderstorms forecasted for late Saturday for the mid-packers. These impediments reflected in the higher-than-average DNF rate of 42%.

Considering the higher temperatures, it was not surprising to see the race start out at a less-frenetic pace than previous year’s. Despite being his first attempt at the ‘miler’ distance, Zach Miller led out in his typical rabbiting style, joined by four Frenchmen: Julien Chorier, Fabien Antolinos, Sébastien Camus, and Ludovic Pommeret.

Miller continued to push, building a 26min lead by Grand Col Ferret (the 102km mark) — but UTMB is all about closing well (as David Laney proved last year with a barnstorming finish for third). By Champex-Lac, just 24km later, Miller had lost his lead and would fade to a still-respectable 6th place. Chorier, too, though second for most of the race, would likewise slip back and finish in 8th.

Up ahead, the race was wide open. Grinius was running his typically well-paced ‘lawnmower’ strategy, Tollefson and Laney were also pushing through the field, and Pommeret had returned from the dead after dropping back to 50th with headaches and stomach issues on the descent into Les Chapieux. Of the four new frontrunners, no one was in the top seven at the main checkpoint at Courmayeur.

From here, however, it was a one-man show, with Pommeret taking the lead on the climb up to Catogne and never looking back. While not a blowout win like the previous two years, his finish time of 22h was still a 26min gap to 2nd place Grinius (who himself was 4min ahead of Tollefson).

In contrast, the women’s race was a two-horse affair, with Chaverot dominant from the start and only Huser able to keep pace. Like last year, Chaverot began to struggle in the later stages with leg cramps, whittling her 20min advantage down to just 4min by Praz de Fort (118km). However, she dug deep to hold on for the win in 25h 15min, just 7min ahead of a fast-finishing Huser (making this year’s competition the closest women’s race in UTMB history). Third was Spain’s Fraile in 27h 10min.

Notable UTMB mentions for the Asian men included Masatoshi Obara (16th, 24h 39min ), Masazumi Fujioka (40th, 27h 39min), and Takashi Doi (43rd, 28h 2min), all from Japan, plus Hong Kong’s Wong Ho Chung (42nd, 27h 47min). For the women, excellent performances included that of Japan’s Kaori Niwa (8th, 29h 17min) plus Sophie Grant (10th, 31h 53min) and Marie McNaughton (15th, 33h 56min) from New Zealand, and China’s Yanxing Ma (17th, 34h 5min).

 

By John Ellis, GoneRunning.hk

Stevie Kremer, Ruth Croft and Dong Li at the first Redbull Summit Quest in China

Redbull Summit Quest. photo: Jacky Boisset

Redbull Summit Quest. photo: Jacky Boisset

 

Rebull Summit Quest – China

The first edition of the Redbull Summit Quest was held in Golmud City, in the Kunlun mountain range in Qinghai province, China. The race was a female only event with five female invitied hand picked by Redbull. The race started at 5,000 meters and went up to 6,178 meters to Yuzhu peak and then descended the peak with a total distance of 20km. The runners had the option to acclimatise during the week before the race to get use to the altitude.

American runner Stevie Kremer came first in a time of 2:43. Myriame Guillot from France finished second in 2:47 with Taiwan based New Zealander Ruth Croft coming third in 3:15. Camila Nicolau was fourth in 3:44  and Dong Li from China was fifth in 4:50.

 

 

XTE Midsummer Race. Photo: XTE

XTE Midsummer Race. Photo: XTE

 

Midsummer Race 1 Tai Tam – Hong Kong

www.xterace.com/midsummerrace1

The XTE Midsummer trail race series was back in action this weekend with the first race being held at Tai Tam. The first race of the series was 10km with around 1,050 runners taking part saw runners start at Tai Tam BBQ site running down to the reserviour before starting their ascent up towards Mount Parker then on to Mount Butler before going along the Wilson trail back towards the start line. 

In the men’s race road runners dominated the race with Gi Ka Man winning the race in 44:46. Wat King Long was second in 45:55 with Hui Ho Tat third in 48:37. Darbon Nathalie came first in the female race winning in 1:00:19 with Francis Lai coming second in 1:00:26 and Miho Kawabe third overall in 1:02:16.

Top 5 men overall:

  1.  Gi Ka Man 44:46
  2.  Wat King Long 45:55
  3. Hui Ho Tat third in 48:37
  4. Yip Tung Hoi 48:38
  5. Ng Wai Hei 48:55

Top 5 women overall:

  1. Darbon Nathalie 1:00:19
  2. Francis Lai 1:00:26
  3. Miho Kawabe 1:02:16
  4. Wong Mei Yying 1:03:05
  5. Adelina Adelinda 1:04:57

More results: HERE

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Charming Trail, Taiwan. Photo: Charming Trail.

Charming Trail, Taiwan. Photo: Charming Trail.

 

Charming Trail – Taiwan  

www.bao-ming.com

The Charming Trail took place in Dongshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan this weekend with a 7km, 21km and 50km distances on offer for runners. In the 50km there was a 3,508 meters elevation gain with a 1,388 gain for the 21km race. With a variety of single tracks, some roads, mountains and river crossings the race made for a wide variety of terrain for the runners.

In The 50km men’s race Petr Novotny from the Czech Republic won the race nearly 30 minutes ahead of the next runner in easily 5:35:28. Cory Lewandowski from the USA was second in 6:04:29 with  Zhou Ping-Ji coming third in 6:04:29. In the women’s 50km race Lin Yin-Xia came first in 7:49:48 with Xu Wan-Jun coming second in 8:07:58 and Huang Xiao-Zhun coming third in 8:17:17.

Results: HERE

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Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon. Photo:

Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon. Photo: Borneo UTM

 

Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon – Malaysia 

www.sabahadventurechallenge.com

The Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon 2016 took runners through natural jungle settings and village trails and routes in the Kiulu Valley North of Kota Kinabalu and to the South-West of majestic Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest mountain.

With 4 different distances on offer for runners including a 100km, 50km, 30km and 12km. The expected altitude gain for the 100km route is 5,000 meters, 3,000 meters for the 50km and 1,200 meters for the 30km.

Tamas Karlowits-juhász from Hungary won the 100km race in a time of 16:07:03 with Safrey Sumping and Yim Heng Fatt both from Malaysia finishing second and third male in times of 16:50:33 and 22:22:37 respectively. In the women’s 100km race all the top three females were Malaysian with Adeleniah Pado finished first female with a comfortable win in a time of 22:44:26 also finishing fifth overall. Jassica Lantinga was second female across the line in 25:13:18. Evergreen Edward rounded off the podium in third place finishing in 26:10:43.

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Mount Awa Vertical Kilometer. Photo: Trail Runners Japan

Mount Awa Vertical Kilometer. Photo: Trail Runners Japan

 

Mount Awa Vertical Kilometer – Japan

www.trailrunners.jp

The Mount Awa Vertical Kilometer took place in Japan on the outskirts of Niigata over the weekend as part of the Japan Sky Running race series. The 5.7km vertical kilometer race had an elevation gain of 1,100 meters.

Results: HERE

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Tsurugisan Super Rindo Mountain Marathon – Japan

www.courant-marin.jp/naka

The Tsurugisan Super Rindo Mountain Marathon was held on Sunday in Japan with runners tackling either a 53km course or a 19km course.

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Runners working in teams to complete the 50km or 100km. Photo:

Runners working in teams to complete the 50km or 100km. Photo:Running Shots

 

The Great Relay – Singapore

www.tgr-sg.com

The Great Relay Singapore was back this weekend with teams collectively completing 50km or 100km on a 3.3km trail loop in a relay format. Teams consisted of 2, 4, or 6 runners, with each team member running a lap of the 3.3km loop and exchanging the baton with the following team mate upon finishing their lap.

Results: HERE

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Cordillera Mountain Marathon. Photo:

Cordillera Mountain Marathon. Photo: Cordillera Conservation Trust

 

The Cordillera Mountain Marathon – Philippines 

www.cordilleraconservationtrust.ph

The Cordillera Mountain Ultra took place in the Cordillera Region of the Phillipines on the weekend situated on the southern slopes of Mt. Ugo in the town of Itogon. The Cordillera Mountain Ultra will featured three events: a 50km Ultra Marathon, 21km Mountain Run, and a Vertical KM.

The 50km Cordillera Mountain Ultra traversed around Mt. Ugo in Benguet. Reaching the highest point at 2,150 meters it featured long ridge lines covered in Pine forests as well as superb views of the West Philippine sea, the entire Agno River Valley as well as the Cagayan Valley of Nueva Vizcaya. The elevation gain for the 50km was 3,020 meters.

The 21km Mountain Run had an elevation gain of 1,023 meters with the Vertical Kilometer race being 4km with a steep incline of 1,000 meters elevation gain.

Results: HERE

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Hong Kong’s Kayak n Run race series is back with lots more races across Asia this week

Deep Water Bay Kayak and Run. Photo: AAE

Deep Water Bay Kayak and Run. Photo: AAE

 

Royale International Kayak n Run Deep Water Bay – Hong Kong 

www.actionasiaevents.com

The Royale International Kayak n Run series kicked off this weekend with the first race being held at Deep Water Bay on Hong Kong Island. With two races on the day a family 1.5km kayak and 2.5km starting before the adult race of 4km kayak and 5km trail run which saw competitors kayak around middle island back to deep water bay before starting the trail run climbing up Mount Nicolson before running back down to the beach and the finish line.  

Kurt Lynn and Ali Watts of the Gatorade Juggernauts took the overall victory and first place also in the mixed 70+ category in 1:33:46 in the adult race with Kurt following up from his earlier victory with his son Taiki Lynn in the family race just before the adult race. Team Uglow consisting of Adrien Choux and Jerome Laboulais finished second overall and first in the men’s 60+ combined age category in 1:35:35 with the Ivaders of Romian Demarre and Jeremy Borne finishing third overall and second in the men’s combined age category close behind in 1:36:05.

Overall Top 3 Teams

1st – Gatorade Juggernauts – Kurt Lynn / Ali Watts– 1:33:46

2nd – Team Uglow Asia – Adrien Choux / Jerome Laboulais – 1:35:35

3rd –ivaders– Romian Demarre / Jeremy Borne – 1:36:05

Men Combined Age 36+

1st – Reecho– Tsz Kin Chung/Check Hin Ng – 1:45:38

2nd – PB- Patrick Angell/Brandon Kandt– 2:02:55

3rd – WaaaaBear– Ka Chun Choi/Hing Lun Tung – 2:18:09

Men Combined Age 60+

1st – Team Uglow Asia– Adrien Choux/Jerome Laboulais – 1:35:35

2nd – invaders- Jeremy Borne/Romain Demarre– 1:36:05

3rd – Al’s Diners– Robbie Broomhead/Ruaraidh Smeaton – 1:47:15

Men Combined Age 80+

1st – Church 1– Lau Yu Cheung/Kan Fung Choi – 2:00:30

2nd – Tung Chun Triathlon- Kin Wai Chan/Davy Ng– 2:02:30

3rd – SS 88– Angus Chu/Damien Liu – 2:19:21

Mixed Combined Age 36+

1st – Uglow– Antoine Epinette/Elsa Jean De Dieu – 1:36:40

2nd – Team Tiger- Magdalena Cvetkovic/Chris Davis– 1:38:45

3rd – Team Uglow TU1– Charlotte Henry/May Leng – 1:41:45

Mixed Combined Age 70+

1st – Gatorade Juggernauts – Kurt Lynn / Ali Watts– 1:33:46

2nd – Double Trouble – Anita Zhang /Christopher Gunns – 2:02:33

3rd – Baymax – Charmaine Kwan /Andrew Ng – 2:18:52

Women’s Team

1st – Jimi – Imi Bond / Jo Eades – 1:51:43

2nd – Team Canada – Katie Tang/Emily Honsberger – 1:55:47

3rd – Team Garlic – Kwan Tai Wong / Kwan Heung Wu – 2:02:03

More results: HERE

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Bhutan the last secret. Photo: Global Limits

Bhutan the last secret. Photo: Global Limits

 

Bhutan – The Last Secret – Bhutan

www.global-limits.com/the-last-secret

Bhutan also knows as the happiest country in the world is playing host to the Global Limits 200km 6 stage race. With the course going through evergreen prime forest, monasteries, rural forests and over three 3,500 meter passes with the finish line being at Bhutan’s most famous monastery ‘Tigers Nest’. Days one to four are between 30km – 38km with day five being the longest day which will really test the competitors with a 54km stage the longest day of the race.

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International Trail Run. Photo:

International Trail Run. Photo: International Trail Run

 

International Trail Run – Japan 

www.mt-hiei.com

The International Trail Race held close to Sakamoto Otsu-City was held on Saturday with a total elevation gain of 3,700 meters during the 50km race. The race is organised by local running legend Tsuyoshi Kaburaki who has won a number of races across Asia including the Mt Fuji race.

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Kushigata

Kushigata Wind Trail. Photo: Kushigata Wind Trail.

 

Kushigata Wind Trail – Japan

www.trailrunners.jp/event 

On Sunday the Kusigata Wind Trail was held in Japan. With a distance of 30km and an altitude gain of 2,000 meters. Participants were treated to views of  the IIDE Mountains with lingering snow along the ridge line.

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Hiroshi

Hiroshima Osorakan Trail. Photo: Hiroshima Osorakan Trail.

 

Hiroshima Osorakan Trail – Japan 

www.osorakan-trail.com

The first Hiroshima Osorakan Trail run was held over the weekend in held in the Hiroshima prefecture on mount Osorakan and the  surrounding mountainous area. The race consisted of two distances of 60km and 20km with three climbs over 1,200 meters in the 60km course.

Results: HERE

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Oakley Half Marathon Trail race. Photo: Michael Ma

Oakley Half Marathon Trail race. Photo: Michael Ma

 

Oakley Half Marathon – Hong Kong

www.hktrailhalf.com

The first edition of the Oakley half marathon and 14km race was held on Hong Kong island on Sunday. The Oakley series is a new race series with three races in the series the other two races being in Sai Kung and Hok Tau later in the year.

Starting in Stanley runners had to make their way along the catchwater before joining the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path heading to Wong Nai Chung Gap where the 14km runners returned climbing over Violet Hill and over the twins before dropping back to the finish line in Stanley. In the half marathon runners climbed over violet hill and then split from the 14km and carried on to Jardines look out and Mount Butler down to Mount Parker road and then over the twins and back down to the finish line at Stanley.

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Runners tackle either a 8km or 15km course in the Sunset run. Photo: Radium Cheung

Runners tackle either a 8km or 15km course in the Sunset run. Photo: Radium Cheung

 

Sunset Run – Hong Kong 

www.xterace.com

The XTE Sunset run was held on Sunday with runners choosing between an Explorer  8km race or an Elite 15km race with the race reaching close to the top of Tai Mo Shan. 

In  the men’s race Elite category Hui Ho Tat finished first overall in a time of 1:15:18 with Thomas Robertshaw finishing second in 1:19:49. Leung Chun Keung finished third overall in 1:20:46. In the female race Tsang Yin Hung finished first overall in a time of 1:32:57. Frances Lai was second in 1:43:30 and Wong Ping Yee third overall in 1:46:50.

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The Great Relay Kualula Lumpur. Photo: Aku Wong

The Great Relay Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Aku Wong

 

The Great Relay – Malaysia 

www.tgrkl.com

The Great Relay Kuala Lumpur was back this weekend with its fun relay format with teams collectively completing 50km or 100km on a 3.5km loop. Teams consisted of 2, 4, or 6 runners, with each team member running a lap of the 3.5km loop and exchanging the baton with the following team mate on finishing their lap until the required distance is completed.

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The worlds highest marathon,

The worlds highest marathon Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Marathon

 

Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon – Nepal  

www.everestmarathon.com

The annual Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon know as the worlds highest marathon was held on Sunday with participants trekking for 14 days from from Lukla to Everest Base Camp where the race started at 5,364 meters and finishes at Namche Bazaar at 3,446 meters with the total distance being 42.195km.

Results: HERE

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Campbell and Szeto lead the way with victory’s at The Green Race Pottinger

Jeff Campbell on his way to victory at the Pottinger Green Race. Photo: Leung Pui Sun

Jeff Campbell on his way to victory at the Pottinger Green Race. Photo: Leung Pui Sun

 

The Green Race Pottinger – Hong Kong

www.thegreenrace.hk/event/pottinger

The first Green Race Pottinger was held on Sunday with runners tackling a 6.5km loop at Pottinger Gap, Shek O. Runners could choose between doing one loop or two loops for a combined distance of 13km either in the solo category or as a team of two.

In the men’s 13km race Jeff Campbell came first overall in a time of 1:13:56 followed by Dennis Theodosis who was second overall in a time of 1:21:59 with Ng Wai Hei again featuring on the podium with third place overall in a time of 1:26:37.

In the ladies 13km Leanne Szeto came home in a winning time of 1:36:35 followed again by regular podium finisher Rachel Andrews in 1:41:56 with Katia Kucher not far behind rounding off the podium in third place in a time of 1:44:39.

Wai Yiu Chan and Stefano Del Favero won the men’s team of two in a time of 1:27:00 with Ann Cheng-echevarria and Yann Kai Oh winning the female team of two category in 1:46:27. April Chan and Man Kit Chow won the mixed team in a time of 2:01:03.

Top 5 overall:

Men:

  1. Jeff Campbell – 1:13:56
  2.  Dennis Theodosis – 1:21:59
  3.  Ng Wai Hei – 1:26:37
  4. Mark Lee – 1:30:10
  5. Santosh Tamang 1:30:45

Women: 

  1. Leanne Szeto – 1:36:35
  2. Rachel Andrews – 1:41:56
  3. Katia Kucher 1:44:39
  4. Joan Yip – 1:52:09
  5. Jcy Ho – 1:54:11

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Photo: Alex Holl

Tianmu-7 Trail Run. Photo: Alex Holl

 

Tianmu-7 Trail Run – China

www.tianmu-7.com

Mud, rain and steep climbs were the three elements runners had to challenge at this year Tianmun-7.  Participants crossed the finish line covered in mud but with a smile, proud to have conquered the challenging trails of Zheijiang Tianmushan national nature reserve. A total of 4,600m elevation gain in just 56km was tackled by almost 300 participants with a variety of beautiful sceneries including, river crossing’s, bamboo sections, two summits at 1,500m, temples and running through villages.

Hong Kong based runner Clement Dumont was the first to cross the finish after a grueling 7:45 followed by Liu Chao in 8:36 with Sheng Xue Feng coming third overall in 9:01. In the women’s category, Sabrina Dumont took the lead on the last stage to finish in 11:3 followed by Zhu Ling Ling in 11:19 with Lu Xia Yan rounding off the podium in 11:27.

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The Great Wall Marathon. Photo: Greatwallmarathon.com

The Great Wall Marathon. Photo: Greatwallmarathon.com

 

The Great Wall Marathon – China 

www.great-wall-marathon.com

One of the worlds iconic races was back this weekend. The Great Wall Marathon annual attracts a large number of overseas runners for this one in a life time experience of racing on the great wall. With 2,500 people tackling either the full 42.195km marathon, the half marathon – 21.1km or a 8.5km Fun Run runners challenged themselves on one of the seven wonders of the world.

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Ultra Trail.

Ultra Trail Mt Guguan. Photo Don1Don

 

Ultra Trail Mt Guguan – Taiwan

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Held in Taiwan the Ultra Trail Mt Guguan had something for everyone in terms of distance with a 36.4km, 44.9km, 91.5km and 107.9km on offer to runners. The 36km had a combined elevation of 3,900 meters, the 44km had 5,170 meter elevation gain, the 91km 8540 meters gain and the 107km a whopping 10,280 meters gain.

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Pulag 100km. Photo: frontrunnermagph.com

Pulag 100km. Photo: frontrunnermagph.com

 

Pulag 100km Trail Ultra marathon – Philippines

www.frontrunnermagph.com/2016-pulag-100k-trail-ultramarathon

The 2016 PULAG 100K Trail Ultra marathon took place in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines over the weekend. With a total distance of 112 kilometers and an elevation gain of 5,628 meters and an elevation loss of 5,169 meters the race was mix of single track trails, dirt paths, loose gravel paths, concrete tire paths, muddy paths, hanging bridges and dry stream beds impressively there was In total, there is only less than five kilometers of concrete paths in the entire course.

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Hardcore 100 Miles. Photo: King of the Mountain

Hardcore 100 Miles. Photo:King of the Mountain

 

 

Hardcore 100 Miles Trail Ultramarathon – Philippines 

www.kotmtrailrun.com/hardcore-hundred-miles

Starting on Friday early morning the Hardcore 100 Miles Trail Ultramathon took place this weekend. The Hardcore 100 Miles is the longest trail race in the Philippines. With a total elevation gain of approximately 11307 meters this race was not for the faint of heart.

The race took runners to two major peaks: Mount Pulag 2747 meters and Mount Ugo 2150 meters and included several hills and hamlets in between.

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Runners Wild 50km. Photo: Runners Wild

Runners Wild 50km. Photo: Runners Wild

 

Runners Wild – Bario Sarawak – Malaysia 

www.runnerswild.com

The Runners Wild 50km took participants into some of the wildest region’s in Bario, Sarawak, Malaysia. Runners experienced the heat of the Malaysian climate with temperatures hitting 30 degrees plus during the race whilst taking in picturesque villages, pristine forests, rice fields and past many long houses of the Kelabit people  who populate the highlands. With two climbs to 1,200 meters during the race and the extra pressure of the heat the race is one of the tougher 50km races in Asia.

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Hasuu

Hasuu Tasu Night Trail Run. Photo: Sabah Adventure Challenge

 

Hasuu Tasu Night Trail Run – Malaysia 

www.sabahadventurechallenge.com

The Hasuu Tasu Night Trail Run was held this weekend in Malaysia. With the distance between 18km – 20km. The route had various challenging sections and long inclines as well as muddy, and uneven terrain and some asphalt sections on the course.

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Ijen Trail Run. Photo: Asia Trail Master

Runners are treated to stunning views during the Ijen Trail Run race in Indonesia. Photo: Asia Trail Master

 

Ijen Trail Run – Indonesia 

www.ijentrailrunning.com

The Ijen Trail Run was held on the island of Java in Indonesia on Saturday. The race had a number of distances available for runners including a 70km, 42km, 21km and 10km. The race passed through the picturesque Ijen crater, the world’s largest highly acidic lake providing runners with scenic views of the volcanoes crater. With one large climb in the 70km just over 2,300 meters the total elevation gain for the race was 2,448 meters.   

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Ultra Trail Nam

Ultra Trail Nam Cat Tien. Photo: Dang Xuan Uyen

 

Ultra Trail Nam Cat Tien  – Vietnam

www.runvietnam.org

The first Ultra Trail Nam Cat Tien was held in Nam Cat Tien national park 160 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday. With a number of distances on offer for runners including a 60km Ultra race, a 42k Marathon, a 21k Half Marathon, a 10km and a 3km Fun Run. Having a lot less elevation gain than other normal Ultra races the 60km had an elevation gain of 712 meters with the highest point hitting 234 meters.

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