Conquering 100 miles with the mind

Andre Blumberg climbing Hope Pass on the return leg of the course. Credit: Kevin Koch


Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 10:00am 4 comments

Blumberg stays on course in his Grand Slam bid

"Still feeling okay at this stage, but not for much longer," says Blumberg. All photos: Patchanida Pongsubkarun

25 Jul 2013 - 5:30pm 2 comments

Ultra crazy: The North Face 100, Hong Kong's latest 100km race

The eight peaks on Pat Sin Leng tops off a challenging course for the inaugural The North Face 100 Hong Kong trail race. Photo: Jeanette Wang

1 Jul 2013 - 9:50am 2 comments

A case for good weather warnings

Sunset on Mount Butler this evening. Photo: Jeanette Wang

The Hong Kong Observatory sure has a lot of weather warnings: for typhoons, rainstorms, thunderstorms, flooding, landslips, monsoons, frost, fire, cold weather, very hot weather, what have you.

18 Jun 2013 - 11:06pm

Perfect picnicking in Hong Kong

Lion Rock: one of the best seats in the house. Photo: Jeanette Wang

21 May 2013 - 11:48am 1 comment

Discovering Beijing's off-road trails

Tina Lewis on her way to winning The North Face 100 Beijing. Photo: Salomon Running

Mention Beijing and what usually comes to mind is the Forbidden City, Wangfujing Street, Great Wall, Peking duck or pollution. But it may not be long before the Chinese capital is known for its hiking and running trails. 

15 May 2013 - 10:48am 1 comment

What running 100 miles taught me

The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang

Completely spent with not a drop of energy left in me, I sat among the beech-lined forest trail that headed steeply up the 1,320-metre high Mount Mikuni. Having run for more than 19 hours and with more than a third of the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji race left, the prognosis was not good.

9 May 2013 - 12:26pm 17 comments

For some, running 100 miles around Mt Fuji is pure joy

The glorious Mt Fuji is the heart of this weekend's Ultra Trail Mount Fuji race. Photo: Jeanette Wang

The late Czech long-distance running great Emil Zatopek once said: "If you want to win something, run 100 metres, if you want to experience something run a marathon." I wonder what he would say about running four straight marathons (that's 42.195km each) in a row.

26 Apr 2013 - 9:43am

Local races: the spring/summer collection

The heat is on, but that doesn't mean you should stay indoors. Photo: Jeanette Wang

The sleeved tops and running capris have been pushed to the back of my wardrobe, and the tank tops, singlets and shorts that have been in hibernation since November last year have regained prime position. As the beads of sweat trickle down my forehead five minutes after jogging out my front door, I am reminded again that summer is nearly here in Hong Kong.

15 May 2013 - 10:09am

Why Hong Kong’s trails are some of the best in the world for running

Racing the Salomon ToTheTop 30k a fortnight ago. Photo: Lloyd Belcher

Ben Swee, a Singapore running coach and fitness trainer, recently made two trips to Hong Kong in the span of three weeks. Unlike most visitors here, however, the main draw wasn’t the food, the finance hub, of the famed Lan Kwai Fong parties. It was the running.

15 May 2013 - 10:10am

Personal best: Organised youth sport - then and now

Don't kill the thrill of taking part

As I watched a 10-year-old boy come off the rugby field in tears, I couldn't help reflect how children's sport had changed since I was a child. The entire pitch was lined with parents, some clapping and cheering, and others pacing up and down screaming until red in the face. Perhaps it's middle-aged parents living out their sporting dreams.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am 2 comments

Dedication’s what you need if you want to be a record breaker

The South Stand was filled by game three… 9:30am… something of a record, and certainly indicative of a certain amount of dedication, if not to drinking all night then at least to getting up in the morning.  In truth, it’s a strange site, the whole of the rest of the stadium was empty, but the South Stand was full.

23 Mar 2013 - 8:47pm

Yao Ming wants to use CPPCC role to promote role of sport

Former NBA player Yao Ming says he will continue to push sports development after attending the CPPCC session. Photo: Reuters

Former basketball star Yao Ming has called for Chinese sports to get back to basics and not be viewed solely as a way of advancing national honour. The 2.26-metre-tall former Houston Rockets centre, who played in the United States' elite NBA competition for eight seasons and spearheaded a basketball boom in China, said he was feeling some pressure in his new role as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

5 Mar 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Standard Chartered HK Marathon to deploy record 800 medics

Standard Chartered HK Marathon to deploy record 800 medics

The annual Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon on Sunday will see an unprecedented 800-strong medical team on hand to ensure all the runners - totalling a record 72,000 this year - will finish the races safe and sound.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:12am

Coach slams drug probe into Australian rugby league teams

North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry. Photo: AP

The handling of anti-doping investigations involving six Australian rugby league clubs has been labelled an embarrassment and a disgrace by the head coach of one of the teams.

13 Feb 2013 - 3:38pm