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Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 10:52am

Rally to the cause

From left: Elena Houghton, Phillipa de Fonblanque, Phillipa Cook, and Lauren Mead, are Team Danger, a charity running group. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Four young Hong Kong women have found the motivation to swap their heels for hiking boots in preparation for next Friday's Oxfam Trailwalker. They did it by setting themselves ambitious fundraising targets.

6 Nov 2012 - 6:28pm

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

Hepatitis B survivor does Trailwalker to raise awareness

Carrying the message on the trail will be (from left) William Sharr Wei, Sam Hui, Hui Yui-pun and Dai Wing-chiu. Photo: David Wong

To Sam Hui Pui-to, hepatitis B was a death sentence. At the peak of his health when he was a fireman, he set records in firefighters' fitness tests.

The diagnosis in 2003 so shattered him that he tried to take his own life, thinking the illness would kill him anyway if he could not get a liver transplant in time.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

30 years of blazing a trail

This year's Trailwalker in Hong Kong looked to be the toughest yet, as participants battled high humidity, slippery conditions and at times physical injury - all in the name of ending poverty worldwide.

More than 10,000 people - including 4,800 runners and hikers, along with 6,000 support staff and volunteers - joined the Oxfam charity event, now in its 30th year.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Trailwalker taking steps to become global finale

Hong Kong Oxfam Trailwalker organisers hope to make next year's event a 'grand finale' for winners of the international trailwalker series.

Oxfam Trailwalker advisory committee chairman Bernard Chan said at a press conference to discuss this year's event, which begins next week, that he wants the world's best trailwalker teams to come to Hong Kong to compete in 2012.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Winner Lee full of praise for inaugural HK mountain race

Salomon Bonaqua Racing team member Peter Lee stole the show in the inaugural MSIG HK50 mountain run on Hong Kong Island yesterday, winning in 4 hours 7 minutes 30 seconds. 'I enjoyed it,' he said. 'Very good, nice course and very glad we didn't go up Violet Hill as would have died. It's perfect timing just three weeks before Trailwalker and good to get mileage in.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Make owners more aware of rights

I refer to the letter by Winnie So, for the secretary for development ('Free inquiry service available to property owners facing compulsory sale', October 9), in reply to my letter ('Time to revisit law and consider minority property owners' rights', September 25).

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

1,000 to take on Moon Trekker challenge

Imagine running through the night with only a headlamp, a rucksack containing a few snacks and water, and the determination to overcome one of the most gruelling courses Hong Kong has to offer.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hongkongers need more sports facilities

Thanks to improvements in water quality, the first cross-harbour swim in 33 years turned out to be a great success.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The trail that goes from strength to strength

For many people there is one sporting date in Hong Kong that stands out from the rest. Maybe it reminds them that just outside one of the world's most populated cities there lies some sprawling, beautiful countryside or maybe the prospect of blistered feet and aching knees is their idea of a good time.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Runaway trainer

Ask anyone about the one thing that they've done daily for the past eight years, and they'll most likely tell you: sleep and eat. Ask Clive Saffery and the answer you'll get is: run. The last day he says he didn't run was December 30, 2003.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Smart training grooms leaders

A partner with Deloitte, Philip Tsai is responsible for planning and managing audits for the Hong Kong-based operations of many multinationals, and listed companies in a wide range of industries. With almost 30 years' accountancy experience, he has seen significant changes in the sector, affecting such areas as regulations, technology, general business environment and client expectations.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

War and peace - redemption for PLA's Trailwalker champions

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago a war of words broke out when competitors in the Oxfam Trailwalker accused the People's Liberation Army of using questionable tactics after the Hong Kong garrison swept the first two places in their competition debut.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

PLA takes second straight Trailwalker title

The People's Liberation Army made it back-to-back titles in the 2010 Oxfam Trailwalker last night in a time of 11 hours 59 minutes and three seconds. The PLA's second string finished runners-up in 12 hours 31 minutes 48 seconds, with Salomon Bonaqua Racing coming in third after 12 hours 39 minutes and three seconds.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am