Dogged to the end

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ONLY TWO RUN­NERS MAN­AGED TO fin­ish the 2018 Hong Kong Four Trails Ul­tra Chal­lenge (Fe­bru­ary 16-18) within the 60-hour cut-off, with five oth­ers stay­ing the course by com­plet­ing within 75 hours. Ring­ing in the Chi­nese New Year of the Dog, this was the sev­enth edi­tion of the an­nual 298-km ul­tra. The dis­tance is made up of four long-dis­tance trails: the Ma­cle­hose (100km), Wil­son (78km), Hong Kong (50km) and Lan­tau (70km) trails, to be run in a sin­gle, un­sup­ported, non-stop ef­fort. Start­ing in Tuen Mun, par­tic­i­pants com­plete their jour­ney by kiss­ing the green post box at the Mui Wo ferry pier. This year, un­sea­son­ally warm weather saw the field of 28 re­duced by half within the first 24 hours. Switzer­land’s Salomon Wettstein and Thai­land’s Phairat Varasin made it un­der the cut-off though, with the other five to com­plete all from Asia Pa­cific, in­clud­ing Hong Kong’s Wong Ho Fai and Lu Ming Chu from Tai­wan. “The HK4TUC is a low-key, ex­tremely dif­fi­cult event that re­quires an el­e­vated level of hard­ship and en­durance. Self-re­liance, de­ter­mi­na­tion, nav­i­ga­tion skills and deal­ing with sleep de­pri­va­tion are the fo­cus of the Chal­lenge. The essence of the HK4TUC is about you and you alone in your bat­tle with the trails over a very long, sus­tained pe­riod,” said the event founder, An­dre Blum­berg. The eighth edi­tion will once again take place at Chi­nese New Year in 2019, on Fe­bru­ary 6-8.

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