Trail running and hikingi

What, where, how: all you need to know about hiking and running.


Moving from Hong Kong to the UK brings many changes, especially when hiking. The writer swaps subtropical heat, humidity, snakes and wild boar for cold, mud, cows, sheep and dogs.

With the number of rescues in Hong Kong country parks surging in the first four months of the year, those longing to get out of the city and away from the pandemic should ensure they are prepared for the treks that lie ahead

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‘We’d like to work with different organisations and schools to recruit more youngsters,’ director says, adding tourism ‘is a market with great potential’ – but commitment to protect MacLehose Trail remains.


Hong Kong 100 directors create World Major Trails series with races in Asia, Africa, Europe and America, to put ‘original spirit of trail and ultra running’ back at the centre of the sport.

UTMB World series co-founder Michel Poletti is embracing TransLantau’s debut on the circuit, to the extent he is running the 129-kilometre event one day after arriving from France.

A film telling the story of 18 athletes navigating the harsh 298km, three-day Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge is proving a hit with audiences across the city.

The opening leg of the HK50 Series serves up a photo finish, with Jeff Campbell, Chan Ka-keung and Wong Wai-hung crossing the line together following five-hour slog.

Ruby Cheng will realise a decade-long dream when she competes in the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, having battled back from redundancy and physical and mental setbacks.

Veering off the well-worn Annapurna Circuit, the Nar-Phu trail gives visitors a taste of life in two remote Himalayan hamlets in off-grid Nepal, built by Tibetan Khampas, and which seem more Tibetan than Nepalese.

The baking Hong Kong summer is no barrier to enjoying the city’s array of hiking options – as long as you adhere to a handy checklist for remaining safe and healthy.

Our feet keep us upright and mobile, so why do we neglect them and allow overuse injuries such as stress fractures, and other problems, to occur? A podiatrist shares tips on how to keep feet healthy.

A growing number of hikers have been heading to Taiwan, lured by its vast nature reserves, forested mountains and hot springs towns. We check out two of the most popular hiking spots.

Speed is not associated with ultra running, but including speed sessions in your training can improve your long distance performances too.

For Jamie McDonald, also known as Adventureman, seeing the so-called new Seven Wonders of the World in seven days was all about the journey – all 36,783km of it.

Ultramarathon runner Winnie Khattar got into long-distance racing in her 30s. The Hong Kong finance executive talks about how she stays injury-free, and why running is ‘the most rewarding experience’.

Dolores Vargas Sales is an ultra runner and the Hong Kong-based Filipino hopes she can persuade more of her fellow domestic helpers to take part in sport.

In 1976, a group of five ran from Hong Kong Island’s most southerly district to most northerly police station in what would become the city’s first ultra event.