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Dear Trail Running

Dear Trail Running

Dear trail running,From the moment I finished my first race, I knew it was love at first sight. I know, the way we met was quite unexpected… I won a free entry to a race when I was just trying to shop for sunglasses, but then you came along… I still remember every single moment precisely. It was a race at Stanley, up the Twins then back via the catchwater. I had met your sister cross-country in high school, so I thought I could do a 14km without carrying any water in July… Needless to say, you gave me quite...

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5 Great Reasons to Climb Wutong Shan in Shenzhen

5 Great Reasons to Climb Wutong Shan in Shenzhen

For those living in Hong Kong, here are five great reasons to climb the 945m-high Wutong Shan across the border in Shenzhen. It's a great day trip with an awesome variety of shaded trails and regular refreshments along the way!

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Smoggy with a chance of running

Smoggy with a chance of running

Looked outside recently? It can be pretty murky, especially here in Hong Kong, which makes you wonder if all that air pollution will counteract all the health benefits of exercising. In many ways, running is considered a “miracle drug” – it’s easily accessible, improves heart health, builds strength and bone density, burns fat, improves mood and sleep quality and fights age-related cognitive decline. What’s not to like?! But should you be running outside when the smog gets thicker than pea soup? Unsurprisingly, we breathe in more air pollution when we exercise, because we take deeper and more frequent breaths. In...

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UTMB DNFs - All the Stats to Help You Finish

UTMB DNFs - All the Stats to Help You Finish

In part two of our UTMB series, we break down the DNF stats from 2015 to 2017, and highlight the key takeaways, the danger CPs for dropping and missing cut-offs, as well as some useful expert tips to give yourself the best possible chance of finishing UTMB 2018, and finishing strong! (scroll to the end for some great pro tips from our experts) The Key Stats Over 2015 to 2017, the average DNF rate was a whopping 38%. At 171km and 10,000m D+, this ain't no Sunday stroll! There's some wide variability, though, with only 33% DNFs in 2017 in...

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18 Fun Facts about UTMB 2018

18 Fun Facts about UTMB 2018

Set against a stunning backdrop of Europe's highest mountain in the Alps, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc is perhaps the world's most celebrated and iconic ultra trail race. It is a monster - but a stunningly beautiful monster - at 170km long with 10,000m of climbing. As well as being the highest points scoring race in the Ultra Trail World Tour, UTMB is the highlight of a week-long running festival in Chamonix on the cusp of August and September that also includes the TDS, CCC, OCC and PTL races. 2018 marks the sixteenth edition and, with UTMB less than two weeks away,...

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