Ultra trail of Mont Blanc - UTMB
  • ‘I will be capable someday of taking care of my family much better than a boy,’ says Budha, who was neglected as a baby in a patriarchal society
  • The Hong Kong-based runner’s time of 11 hours and 45 minutes is the second fastest in the history of prestigious race at Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Readers discuss how pandemic restrictions are affecting the organisation of an international race in November and how the city’s ongoing crisis of confidence weighs on the minds of arrivals.


Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc chief praises recent ‘outstanding performances’ of Chinese runners at top European races as they look to make another splash at Chamonix in August.

Mira Rai emerged as a trail running prodigy in 2014 and has won races around the world. Now the former child soldier wants to help other women like her, and the Hong Kong chapter of Asia Trail Girls is supporting her initiative.

With a lack of races at home and in the region, Zhao Jiajiu and Xiang Fuzhao took full advantage to win the men’s and women’s races respectively.

‘We hope we can show Hong Kong is not just shopping malls and a big city,’ says Lantau race co-director Sabrina De Nadai of ‘amazing trails’.

The opening of the trail-running festival was marred by the first death of a competitor at the event, before Courtney Dauwalter and Francois D’Haene scored incredible wins in main event.

Helicopter rescue unsuccessful following fall on steep descent from Passeur de Pralognan in France, as Chinese trail running community share condolences after Gansu deaths.

Team director Ryan Blair hits out as Nicole Kidman is given ‘a free pass’ while Wong Ho-chung scrambles ahead of UTMB to rebook flights, hotels and family arrangements.


The famous French brand hosts a race in China’s Sichuan province, with conditions better suited to digging than running. Athletes are required to provide a negative Covid-19 test within a week of the race.

The 2019 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc champion attempts to break the 171km (106-mile) route record despite fact that the race was cancelled due to coronavirus

Rob Naylor bucks online nomination trend by setting himself 100km challenge round and round the same flat road, having never done ‘anything so boring’.

Bob Crowley replaces Michel Poletti, sparking the second chapter of the International Trail Running Association based on technology and independence.

One of the best ultra runners in the world loves ‘troubleshooting’ with human potential on long runs, exploring sleep deprivation and crazy distances.


A young Kilian Jornet stars in Unbreakable, the epic tale of the Western States 100’s 2010 race where he faces off against three of the best ultra runners of the time.


The Ultra-Trail World Tour serves Europe, and more recently Asia, but Spartan believes the Americas have been neglected and athletes deserve rewards