Stairmaster Series – Lantau, Hong Kong
The Stairmaster Series Lantau race, one of the toughest shorter distance trail races in Hong Kong was back this weekend with the first race of the two race series kicking off on Lantau. The 20km Lantau Base Camp Stairmaster’s series Lantau race sees runners starting in Nam sham and climbing up to Hong Kong’s third highest peak Sunset Peak at 869 meters before dropping down to the first check point at Pak Kung Au and then climbing back up again to Lantau Peak the second highest peak in Hong Kong at 934 meters and then back down to the next check point at Nong Ping home of the big Buddha. From there runners turned around and went back the way they came going back over Lantau Peak and then Sunset Peak back to Nam Sham.
The men’s category was a tight contest through out the race with the top five runners pushing each other throughout the race. Michael Skobierski from Austria lead the way over Sunset Peak to CP1 then over Lantau to CP2 and back over Lantau to CP3. In close pursuit was Etienne Rodriguez from Australia and Jeremy Ritcey from Canada one to two minutes behind at each check point. The final climb over Sunset saw Etienne and Jeremy over take Michael with Etienne Rodriguez winning in a time of 3:12:22 closely followed by Jeremy Ritcey finishing second overall in 3:13:08 with Michael Skobierski coming in third in 3:16:11.
In the Women’s race it wasn’t as close as the men’s race with Taiwan based Kiwi Ruth Croft coming home in 3:29:32 to finish first female and sixth overall followed by French runner Elsa Jean De Dieu in 3:43:24. Oksana Riabova from the Ukraine finished in third overall in a time of 4:25:31.
Top 5 Overall
- Etienne Rodriguez 3:12:22
- Jeremy Ritcey 3:13:08
- Michael Skoobierski 3:16:11
- Stefano Del Favero 3:18:00
- Max Lau 3:21:34
- Ruth Croft 3:29:32
- Elsa Jean De Dieu 3:43:24
- Oksana Riabova 4:25:31
- Wei-liing Tseng 4:44:54
- Marie Mcnaughton 4:47:00
More results: HERE
Bonaqua/Lifeproof Action Asia Sprint – Hong Kong
After strong competition in the former two Bonaqua/Lifeproof Action Sprints the series came to the final leg on Sunday at Sai Kung with runners having the fastest times yet over the 12km shortened course. After a string of victories behind him including race 2 and the previous Hysan Healthy Hike Run race, North Face team member Australian national Vlad Ixel won his second Action Sprint and was crowned King of the Sprint series with a time of 58:30 seconds being the only runner going under the 1 hour mark, while British runner Zein Williams continued her brilliant undefeated victory of 9 consecutive Action Sprint wins in a row by grabbing the overall Women’s title again in 1:12:46 giving her the Queen title and completing her clean sweep of winning every race in the series this year.
“I feel good now. It was a short, but fun race with some good technical downhills. I am quite happy and it’s a quite a runnable series. It wasn’t too bad on the downhill as I was using most of the trail bouncing between rocks, dirt and stairs in many sections, but think the slower runners might have it a bit more difficult as the rain is starting now and will be getting a bit slippery. I think Discovery Bay leg of the Sprint series would be the most challenging of these three races, but. I would like to come back for the series next year.” said overall champion Ixel.
British runner Zein Willliams has had others get close to her this Sprints, but she continues her dominance and one reason she is crowned champion again, finishing in 1 hour 12 minutes 46 seconds. “I am good, not too tired now. I think it was good to run on the road at the beginning and end as good training to increase the pace compared to the trails, but I felt it mentally tough as 2 different types of running today. I love the beautiful scenery around Sai Kung and I think Action Asia Events did a good job, designing a good course even without gullies as know there are AFCD restrictions. Great to see oranges, bananas, biscuits at checkpoints and am sure to come next year,” said overall Women’s champion Williams.
Top 5 Overall
- Vlad Ixel –The North Face 00:58:30
- Brian McFlynn 1:02:03
- Seth Fischer 1:03:11
- Hoi Chun Eric Yeung 1:04:23
- Wai Hei Ng – Asia trail 1:05:10
- Zein Williams – Raidlight 1:12:46
- Baby Marites Sotto Bitbit – The North Face 1:15:23
- Joyce Edmondson 1:17:14
- Fong Lam – CORES 1:22:01
- Silke Bender – Merrell 1:24:09
More results: HERE
MPAJ Ampang Hill Trail Run 2016 – Malaysia
Starting at 7:30am on Saturday runners tackled the MPAJ Ampang Hill Trail Run on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur covering 9km with lots of climbs and descents on technical trails with the highest point of the race hitting 220 meters.
Buddhist Stupa Stupa Trail Marathon – Nepal
The 50km Buddhist Stupa to Stupa Trail Marathon kicked off on Saturday with runners completing the 50km course in the mountains above Kathmandu. Starting at Swayambu Stupa runners quickly climbed to the highest elevation point of 2041 meters at the 5.6km point at Jamacho Stupa. With an overall elevation gain of 3987 meters and 4027 elevation loss runners were treated to the some of the best trails around Kathmandu before dropping back down towards Kathmandu and finishing at Bouddha Stupa.