Two pictures taken 15 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!
6 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.
On February 2nd, 2022, I embarked on a life changing experience, and 63:44 later, I made it to the green postbox in Mui Wo.
And in 2023, I'll be back, this time, hoping to go from HK4TUC Survivor to HK4TUC Finisher (Sub 60 hours) only achieved by less than 20 runners over the 11 years since its beginning.
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