Celebrating everything about endurance sports, from Ultra Marathons to Mountaineering, from Adventure Races to Ironman. We hear from athletes, explorers and race directors from or based in the Asia Pacific region. Hosted by endurance enthusiasts based in Singapore, we celebrate ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, going beyond the limit of what they once thought possible.
HK4TUC 10th Edition Recap Part 2
The second part of the recap of the 10th Edition Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge. 298km, 14,500M elevation and cut offs of 60 hours to finish and 72 hours to ‘Survive’.
We are joined in Part 2 by Jacky Leung, a finisher from 2020 who came back for the reunion year and shocked the world with a feat of human endurance that seemed beyond possible.
We are also joined by Andre (40m), who gives his behind the scenes perspective on how this historic event played out. Some incredible stories from a momentous weekend.
Once again we recommend looking at the Dotwatch replay at https://live.dottrack.asia/21hk4tuc/ to relive the challenge on the map as Jacky tells the story of Breaking50.
Photo Cred Vincent Chan “Compose The Story” and Viola and Alan
HK4TUC 10th Edition Recap Part 1
The first of a two part recap of the 10th Edition Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge. 298km, 14,500M elevation and cut offs of 60 hours to finish and 72 hours to ‘Survive’. Previous runners were invited back to take on this mammoth challenge, some with the audacious goal to Break 50.
We are joined in Part 1 by Salomon Wettstein who laid out his strategy in the preview show on how he planned to break 50, and Virginie Goethals, who came back after surviving in 2020 with a goal to break 60.
Recommend looking at the Dotwatch replay at https://live.dottrack.asia/21hk4tuc/ to relive the challenge on the map as Virginie and Salomon tell the story of suffering and survival / finishing.
Look out for Part 2 with record breaking Jacky Leung and Challenge Director Andre Blumberg
HK4TUC 10th Edition Preview Show
Previewing the 10th Edition of Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge with the race Director and 3 competitors:
Andre Blumberg, Godfather of Hong Kong Ultra Running. We had him on the podcast 2 years ago to talk about his personal story as an endurance athlete and again now to talk about the 10th edition of an event he came up with and has been directing.
(30m) Stone Tsang, one of the most successful Asia trail runners and previous finisher of a time of 54hrs comes back to see if he can truly break 50! Check out his full interview with Ryan Blair..
(44m) Sarah Pemberton returns for the 4th time to take on HK4TUC having “survived” in 2020 following missing cut offs in 2018/19. Will she finish in 2021?
(1hr3m) Salomon Wettstein, the Lantau resident who has been in sparkling form this past year smashing fastest times on LT70 route and Everesting Lantau Peak is also back to better his time of 56 hours. Will he be able to break50
Follow the live event on Instagram at www.hk4tuc.com to witness these and so many other ultra running legends come back to take on this epic challenge.
Andy Van Bergen - Everesting the World
Founder of Hells 500 and the ever-more popular Everesting challenge, Andy Van Bergen talks us through the evolution of his brilliant idea.
Kris Van de Velde - Developing the Asian Trail Running scene
Kris Van de Velde is the brains behind the Asia Trail Master series of races, which has exploded in popularity in the last few years. A former competitive cyclist, Kris also organises mass participation cycling and skiing events in China.
The Endurance Asia Awards 2020 - Part II
In the second instalment of our 2020 awards, we discuss, debate and decide who should be crowned Athlete of the Year (both Female and Male) as well as Fundraiser of the Year.
Female Athlete of the Year
So many people excelled themselves in 2020, and our final three came down to:
Nikki Han - in 2019 Nikki became the first female finisher of the Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge, but she didn’t rest on her laurels in 2020, completing an Everesting on foot as part of the ATG Vertical Challenge, as well as completing the newly-inaugurated “9 Buffaloes” course - the TransLantau 100km course (with 5000m elevation) and the Lantau70 course (3500m elevation), back to back. Read a route report from Will Hayward here.
Veronika Vadovicova. Not content with a second place finish at the HK100 early in the year, Veronika went on to set FKTs on the Lantau 70 course and the reverse HK Trail. More than that though, she found time to launch Asia Trail Girls (ATG), which has quickly become the region’s leading forum to spotlight and inspire female trail running. Among other things, they organised The Asia Trail Girls Vertical Challenge, which saw teams across the region racking up as much elevation as possible (and the top all-female team climbing over 53,000m) Listen to our recent episode where we talk all about ATG with Veronika here.
Xiang Fuzhou, who won the 2020 HK100 in a blisteringly fast 11:28:59
Male Athlete of the Year
Wong Ho-Chung, who pulled off both the HK360 challenge (360km around Hong Kong in 36 hours) and the MacLehose Trail FKT (for which he won FKT of the Year in our first awards episode)
Mayank Vaid, who completed the first ever Everestman challenge (swimming the height of Everest followed by an Everesting on bike and an Everesting on Foot) and then went on to complete the HK360Xtreme, which saw him swim 45k around Hong Kong Island, followed by a 215k bike ride and a 100k run. Read more about the Everestman here.
Stephen Redfern, who not only finished the HK4TUC in 54:56, but completed a 360k ultra in his garage (listen to the previous episode to hear all about this), set a bunch of FKTs at home in Australia, came second at the Adelaide 12 Hour Race and finished 10th at the iconic Coast 2 Kosci Ultramarathon.
Fundraiser of the Year
So many people took the opportunity to raise money for causes close to their hearts in 2020, but three in particular stood out:
UFit’s Singapore to Santa Challenge, which set out to inspire people to collectively run, cycle or swim the 9,859km to the North Pole, and ended up with participants covering an astonishing 53,095km, raising over SG$18,000 for YMCA of Singapore.
Mayank Vaid’s HK360Xtreme, for which he raised HK$385,000 for InspiringHK Sports Foundation and Outward Bound Hong Kong. See him mid-swim here.
Nia Cooper, who completed her Grand Slam of Hong Kong ultrarunning (Oxfam Trailwalker, North Face 100, HK100 and the TransLantau in four consecutive months) and in doing so raised over HK$105,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity, in honour of her husband (and HK trail community legend) Nic Tinworth
Thanks as always to former podcast guest Mark Agnew of the SCMP for the consistently great coverage of many of these endeavours - it’s his articles we’ve mostly linked to above.