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TransLantau HongKong - 2016

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quick count on participants' list on website - from sg, about 50 runners for 100k, 60 runners for 50k and 70 runners for 25k.

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Before i post, now so tired - just wondering, previous translantau, was any of the route like bash through - cp4 to end point for 50km n cp9 to end pt for 100km for 1 junction? Quite an experience...shiok able...hahahaha

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@kasyes Yes, heard from friend he had nvr done any bush whacking for the 50km before. This was totally new.

After clearing a FM 2 weeks before this run. Thought I was abut ready but the terrain was unbelievable. Pure horror right from 27km onwards. The steps, the coldness, the wind..etc. All I could say was OMG.

Thought the worse was over at the last 7km. Until the bush whacking and that stupid river! The darkness was scary. Too scare to run in the dark so I took my own sweet time and walked slowly down. 

Overall good experience. Those that finish the run. I totally respect the 100km & 50km runners...even the 25km!

It was a no wonder among all 100km in HK, this is one of the hardest to clear. 

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Yes, completed the translantau 50 within 11 hours 15 mins...definitely the toughest race i've done so far...full salute to those tht done the 100km n 50km...even the 25km...

Lucky the weather was not like on sunday, raining almost whole day...it did drizzle or was it the mist during the race? Making all the stone paths extra slippery? Hahaha

Fell down so many times whilst navigating all the stony paths, esp during the last cp...thankfully, only somr minor cuts n scratches...practically follow a group of 6 hk runners during the last cp, otherwise think could get lost; the ribbons were like around 50 metres apart at some stretches???? And they were fast, during the home stretch of around 2km of down stairs n concrete paths, they practically sprint all the way!!! Home advantage???? Hahaha

So foggy and windy during the trek up sunset peak...and my thighs decided to act up, guess the cold expedite it...luckily, got tiger balm muscle rub bring along to alleviate the pain...strange dont have any muscle rub station at cp? Think recall seeing some at hk marathon afew years back; guess this race one must be fully self sufficient....hahaha

Full salute to those that went thru the race without hiking poles...my fenix show ekevation around 2500m? 25 times bukit timah hill???? Hahaha

Many many thanks to all the volunteers at the cps and some of the paths...thr noodles at cp4 was practically the tastiest n mosy needed food i had in my whole life hahahaha cause the last cp got it all - many many stone obstacles, the bush whacking, and even a stream to navigate...hahaha 

Memorable n toughest race done so far...my prep for this race was really terrible n full of doubts, due to sickness n muscle pains...but i did it my way...thanks GOD n all helpers n volunteers n fellow runners ....

 

 

 

 

 

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Salute to all of you guys who signed up and completed the run, regardless of distances. Keep those race reviews coming. Hope to to attempt at least the 50km in the next few years. 

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15 hours ago, kasyes said:

Yes, completed the translantau 50 within 11 hours 15 mins...definitely the toughest race i've done so far...full salute to those tht done the 100km n 50km...even the 25km...

Lucky the weather was not like on sunday, raining almost whole day...it did drizzle or was it the mist during the race? Making all the stone paths extra slippery? Hahaha

Fell down so many times whilst navigating all the stony paths, esp during the last cp...thankfully, only somr minor cuts n scratches...practically follow a group of 6 hk runners during the last cp, otherwise think could get lost; the ribbons were like around 50 metres apart at some stretches???? And they were fast, during the home stretch of around 2km of down stairs n concrete paths, they practically sprint all the way!!! Home advantage???? Hahaha

So foggy and windy during the trek up sunset peak...and my thighs decided to act up, guess the cold expedite it...luckily, got tiger balm muscle rub bring along to alleviate the pain...strange dont have any muscle rub station at cp? Think recall seeing some at hk marathon afew years back; guess this race one must be fully self sufficient....hahaha

Full salute to those that went thru the race without hiking poles...my fenix show ekevation around 2500m? 25 times bukit timah hill???? Hahaha

Many many thanks to all the volunteers at the cps and some of the paths...thr noodles at cp4 was practically the tastiest n mosy needed food i had in my whole life hahahaha cause the last cp got it all - many many stone obstacles, the bush whacking, and even a stream to navigate...hahaha 

Memorable n toughest race done so far...my prep for this race was really terrible n full of doubts, due to sickness n muscle pains...but i did it my way...thanks GOD n all helpers n volunteers n fellow runners ....

 

 

 

 

 

Yes. Translantau is suppose to be self sufficient. There is no baggage CP drop off. 

I borrowed a pole from a friend but decided not to take it out. Slipped a few times cos was slippery and grip wasn't good. Need to relook into shoes during such weather.

After bashing out of the bushes, I dilly dally and refuse to run down any steps anymore. Too concern of the dark and injurying my calve. Missed sub10 by 5mins but I target a sub12 due to e stories I had heard.

Tough race for all. Salute all finishers.

This race help cleared alot of my own self doubt. Glad to had done it and contained my many fears. Happy to complete. 

 

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nice work guys and gals.... can see that it's really a tough island to run..... and from the way it's spoken, falls and trips seemed to be common on slippery gravels..... hope all rest well for the next race you have....

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Just wonder: the distance cut short to 98km, is it?

Congrats to those who completed the 100km races, 50km races and 25km races.

For those who didn't completed the ultra race due to bad weather(strong wind) and stopped by the organisers, please don't give up. You can make a return next year. You can do it.

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Distance for ultra marathon is never accurate to 100km...it will definitely be a bit off by a few km.

 

Bush whacking is not new to translantau.

In the past, there is one bush whacking for 50km which is much long distance but is running by the side of Lou Fu Tau and so not much elevation gain but there is a cliff of 2-3 storey high which runners need to descend using rope. This always create choke point especially for slower runners who will take much longer time to go down and this is at the first 10km of the run.

For 100km, there used to be 2 bush whacking, the first is the one that is the same as 50km as described above but we do it in the dark and the second one at about 65km which is a vertical ascent of 400++m elevation of snaking and winding up the steep slope of Nek Le Shan and the path is half the width of what we got this year. No way to use trekking poles because they will always get caught in the bush. 

This year bush whacking is considered short compared to past year but because is a direct vertical ascent up a muddy steep slope, this is more technical but at least I can still use my poles to pull myself up. Mentally, it seems tough because it is at the end of the course which nobody expected unlike the previous year but in fact, the elevation is less than 200m....

This year course for 50km and 100km with the 800++m climb up sunset peak changed to 800++m run down from sunset peak is a faster course compared to past year.

The fog this year is not as heavy as last year but the wind is definitely much stronger.....and is much colder this year compared to the past editions

Remember Pain is temporary.....but the reward is....unmeasureable

congrats for everyone who made it to the finishing line...those who got cut off..come back again next year

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