Stairmaster Series – Hong Kong Race 2, Hong Kong
The second and final race of the Lantau Base Camp HOKA Stairmaster series was held on Saturday on Hong Kong island. With the race starting at the BBQ site at Tai Tam runners took to the reverse route on the Wilson trail going over violet hill and then down before climbing the twins towards Stanley. Once at the check point it was the same way back towards violet hill, the 10km route offers 1000+ meters in elevation.
In the men’s race Australian Vlad Ixel proved that he was the man to beat yet again and won the race in a time of 1:23:07 followed by last weeks 3rd place Austrian finisher Michael Skobierski who managed to go one better this week finishing second in a time of 1:32:41. Canadian Jeremy Ritcey changed places with Michael this week finishing 3rd in a time of 1:32:52 just losing out to Michael on a sprint finish.
In the women’s race Zein Williams so dominate on the shorter trail running races this season carried on with her winning ways winning in a convincing time of 1:43:57 and coming 7th overall. Seventeen minutes behind was Filipino runner Baby Marites Sotto Bitbit coming home in a time of 2:01:49 to claim second place with third place going to French runner Emilie Saint-pé in 2:03:45.
In the overall standings after 2 races Jeremy Ritcey won the overall series having the shortest combined time of 4:46:00 with Rachel Andrews the quickest female over 2 races in a time of 6:57:11.
Top 5 overall race 2 Twins:
1. Vlad Ixel 1:23:07
2. Michael Skobierski 1:32:41
3. Jeremy Ritcey 1:32:52
4. Ng Wai Hei 1:36:55
5. Max Lau 1:41:43
1. Zein Williams 1:43:57
2. Baby Marites Sotto Bitbit 2:01:49
3. Emilie Saint-pé 2:03:45
4. Rachel Andrew 2:04:05
5. Pui Yu Shirley Cheung 2:07:59
Overall Standing’s top 3 after race 1 & 2 combined times:
1. Jeremy Ritcey 4:46:00
2. Michael Skobierski 4:48:52
3. Max Lau 5:03:17
1. Rachel Andrews 6:57:11
2.Siu Ying Anita Fung 7:05:34
3. Pui Yu Shirley Cheung 7:18:06
More results: HERE
Merrell Challenge – Hong Kong
The first edition of the Merrell Challenge was held in Sai Kung West Country Park and Ma On Shan Country Park in Hong Kong on Sunday with teams of 3 taking part in the adventure race with river trekking, orienteering and special tasks. 2 distances were on offer an Elite Class of 20-30 km and the open class of 15-25 km.
In the Men’s Open team 302 came 1st with Chen Chun-Fai, lo state and zhang ki fung winning the title. In the mixed open team 539 won the title with the team consisting of Cheng Sheng, Wong Xin and Yang Xiong and in the women’s race Melinda Kate Hand, Kaman Yau & Megan Lee Chase took the overall victory.
Trailwagger – Hong Kong
And now for something totally different! Trailwagger the first of its kind race in Hong Kong was held on Saturday where runners and their 4 legged friends raced 8km from Mui Wo over to Discovery Bay. With different category’s on offer depending upon the size of the dog which included Small 8kg, Medium 8-16kg, Large 16-24kg and
Huge 24kg+. This was a fun day out for runner and their furry companions alike.
Richard Scotford and his dog were the first to cross the line, followed very closely by Chris Davies and companion and Maggie Maria Magdalena and her companion.
More results: HERE
De-loop – Taiwan
In Taiwan the De-loop race saw runners complete a 25km loop race of either 1, 2 or 3 loops of 25km, 50km and 75km respectively.
In the 25km local male Taiwanese runner Shih Yen Chen took the over title in a time of 3:29:52 closely followed by American female runner Amelia Ortiz in 3:33:21 who also won the female race with Will Teng coming 3rd overall in a time of 3:40:15.
In the 50km 2 loop race Ming Cheung Ku from Taiwan won in an overall time of 7:36:43 with Tomasz Hasinski from the US coming second in 10:01:25 and Kuenhuei Lin coming erd overall in 10:05:30. Congratulations to Er Yea Wang the only female finisher in the 50km coming in 12:00:21.
In the 75km 3 brave soles tempted the 3 loops with Sheng Bin Hu coming home in a comftable winning time of 17:55:13 followed by Chang Lin Hsieh and Yin Tsai Wang who clocked the same time of 21:58:45.
More results: HERE
Kyoto Trail Run – Japan
The Kyoto Trail Run 32km race was held on Saturday with 500 runners taking part in the trail race held just outside of Kyoto taking in all the beautiful trails in the surrounding area.
JN 100 Ultra Trail
The JN 100 Ultra Trail took place in China’s Zhejiang province on Sunday with 4 distances for runners to choose from including a 10km, 25km 60km and 100km. The 100km route took in 6000 meters of elevation gain and passed through ancient villages, tea plantations, canyons and various mountains including Ningbo Siming. The 100km had 4 climbs of nearly 950 meters each making for a challenging course.
Mustang Trail Race – Nepal
The Mustang Trail race kicked off on the 16th of April and is a eight multistage trail running challenge through the wild, spiritually rich landscapes of Upper Mustang in Nepal. The eight stages of around 15 to 30km each day totals just under 200 km at altitudes between 2,900-4,300m (9,500-14,100ft) with 8200m (27,000ft) of elevation change and see’s competitors visit some of Nepal’s best scenery.
Transarabia – Jordan
The Transarabia a 300km, 160km and 100km race kicked off on Sunday. The 300km race sees competitors race from the Dead Sea to Wadi Rum at 300 meters below sea level and reaching the highest point of 1680 meters with all 3 distances finishing at Petra. With runners being self sufficient apart from having tents and water at the various check points the 300km cut off time is 100 hours, 160km 65 hours and the 100km 40 hours.
And finally a big well done to Team Colombia from Hong Kong who finished 4th overall and 1st mixed team at the Spanish Trail Walker in Girona. Team members Tam Chung Fung, Raymond Ching, Tai Fung In and So Wing Kuen Edward finished in a time of 12:42:21.