The North Face 100 in Hong Kong is one of the hardest Trail running events on the Asia circuit. And in what could only have been either a spate of perceived greatness or a moment of temporary insanity (two converging conditions), I had signed up for the 50km distance some 6 months ago, the same day the race opened for registration.
TNF 100 Hong Kong 2014
I have been training hard to get ready for this and to see if I could do it as I really wanted to add this finisher medal to the collection. But as with any race, it begins at the start line:
And no, the following is not a still shot out of Star World, but nowadays, it’s not “The Force” but “The Drones” that are always with us.
The 50km option was good for me, given that there are also approximately 2,500 meters of elevation to conquer.
So at 7:30AM this Saturday morning some 500 or so fellow nut cases gathered at Tai Mei Tuk, in the Northern Territories of Hong Kong in relatively chilling 12 degrees celcius but with the sun just appearing over the horizon and not a cloud in sight, it promised to be a day of perfect running weather.
I definitely did gain a new perspective of Hong Kong though. Having been to this city of skyscrapers well over 20 times, I never imagined that there would be any country side to it
So, I could not resist the one or the other quick photo stop. Although they cost me dearly in my ranking.
Kudos must go to the race organizers, the best I have experienced in any event thus far. The course was well marked for day and night vision, check points were super well stocked with fuel including but not limited to various beverages (water, Gatorade, Pepsi) and foods such as bread, peanut butter, jam, honey, rice balls, bananas, hot mash potatoes, pretzels, and I particularly relished the juicy, fresh oranges. The volunteers who looked after us at the checkpoints were fantastic, engaging and just really nice people, so much appreciated by us runners – Thank You Folks.
So, after 50,61 km, 2,474 meters of up and 2,474 meters of back down and 9 hours and 30 minutes 36 seconds later, I crossed the finish line, to a welcome by my biggest supporter of all. With the sun, setting behind her, Liz was there braving the cold to take my finish line picture.
And here it is: