5 years ago, I discovered the Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC). A by invitation only solo self-supported endurance personal challenge covering 298km and 14,500m of elevation gain linking the 4 main trails of Hong Kong...
Within 60 hours you are classified as a finisher, and within 72 hours a survivor. No UTMB points, no medals, just the satisfaction of kissing the green postbox in Mui Wo, Lantau, getting sprayed by Moet Champagne, and having just completed one of the toughest ultras in Asia.
Every edition, the founder of the event, Andre Blumberg, adds some difficulty to it, making the HK4TUC a truly testing event even for the hardiest of ultra runners.
So, I made a plan. 5 Years. To build myself strong enough to complete this previously out of my reach challenge.
My journey has been far from spotless. I have made many mistakes along the way, but I toed the line on February 2nd, 2022, on what was to become the biggest sporting achievement of my life.
Two pictures taken 14 years apart. The one on the right. My first ever running race. 3km around the peak with my wife and our first born aged just 6 months. The one on the left, at the finish of the Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra challenge. 298km with 14,500mD+ self-supported with my wife and our two daughters. (Photo Credit Vincent TakShing Chan)
From 100kg to my racing weight of 73kg. From thinking 3km was exhausting to finishing 300km and wishing it could go on longer.. .. What a journey!
In ultra running, experiences are not always good, sometimes hard, very hard, but these experiences make you who you are. Embrace failure as a lesson, and these lessons will ultimately lead you to success!