Endurance sports

PLA defending champions to miss 2012 Oxfam Trailwalker race

Tse Chi-kin, brother of Manila hostage victim Masa Tse, and his father Hon-ming will run this year's Trailwalker. Photo: Edward Wong

The all-conquering People's Liberation Army (PLA) teams that have dominated the Oxfam Trailwalker for the past three years will not be defending the crown this time around.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 5:10am

Trailwalker is a mighty test of endurance

Ryan Blair of The North Face Team. Photo: SMP

Charity, of course, will be the big winner when nearly 5,000 people line up at the MacLehose Trail for the start of the Oxfam Trailwalker on Friday. It is 100 kilometres of sheer agony for many, yet for some it is also the planet's premier endurance race, attracting high-calibre runners from around the region and, indeed, the world.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Blister Sisters relishing the team challenge of Trailwalker

The Blister Sisters, Claire Price, Jeanette Holmes-Thomson, Kami Semick and Janet Ng, train for Friday's Trailwalker. Photo: May Tse

Elite ultra-marathon runner Kami Semick was ready to call time on her career when she suffered a severe asthma attack during the Western States Endurance Run in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains in June. But the chance to compete in the Oxfam Trailwalker as part of a strong, four-woman team was simply too tempting for the 46-year-old American, who moved to Hong Kong in August last year.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Tricks of the trails

The trail running clinic brought in veteran runners to dispense advice. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once wrote that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Facing a punishing journey of 100 kilometres for the first time at the Oxfam Trailwalker next week on Friday, I realised I needed more advice on step two and beyond.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:23am

Fit & Fab

Tania Harris started competing in triathalons to help with the depression she faced after a series of miscarriages. Photo: May Tse

Tania Harris' path to triathlons was paved with failure. After nine miscarriages, two stillbirths and a pulmonary embolism within four years, the executive coach embraced the sport as a way to experience success in her life.

"I was spiralling downwards without realising it," says the 50-year-old from France.

30 Oct 2012 - 9:59am