Nikki Han made history when she reached the end of the 298-kilometre Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC) in 58 hours, becoming the first woman to break 60.
She joined Mary Hui and Mark Agnew on The Adventure Trail podcast to talk about her epic achievement.
Incredibly, Han did not sleep for a second, even when she had the chance as she waited for the ferry. What’s more, she only had four songs on her iPod and would wait until the final 10km of each trail before she allowed herself the luxury of listening.
Listen to The Adventure Trail, with Nikki Han
The HK4TUC links four of Hong Kong’s major trails – MacLehose, Wilson, Hong Kong and Lantau. There are no checkpoints and no support, but runners are allowed help travelling between the trails.
Even as she headed to the start, she thought: “This is such a different feeling. This is not a race. It is just like a long run.”
“There’s no pressure, there’s no bib, it’s just you and the trails and you have to do whatever you have to do to survive,” she said on the podcast.
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2019 #HK4TUC expression of interest now live, see link in bio ☝️ 8th #HK4TUC challenge will be held Wed, 06 - Fri, 08 Feb 2019 (second to fourth days of Chinese New Year) Same format, strictly self-supported whilst on trails. 09:00am start on 06 Feb 2019 18 hours Maclehose cutoff - 07 Feb 2019 03:00 56 hours cutoff to start Lantau trail - 08 Feb 2019 17:00 60 hours Finisher cutoff - 08 Feb 2019 21:00 75 hours Survivor cutoff - 09 Feb 2019 12:00 noon Old school, back to basics - no trekking poles permitted Max 28 slots, 50% female, 50% male and with waitlist for each. from film Breaking 60 about the 2017 HK4TUC
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The Adventure Trail is a bi-weekly podcast that brings together a range of extreme sports athletes, from trail runners to rock climbers.
Hui and Agnew explore issues from gender equality, to professionalisation, and discuss with the athletes their views and experiences.