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Official Results: 1st PAU Iloilo River Esplanade 12-Hour & 6-Hour Endurance Race

26 03 2019

1st PAU Iloilo River Esplanade 12-Hour & 6-Hour Endurance Race

6:00 PM March 23, 2019 To 12:00 Midnight March 23, 2019 (6-Hour Run)

—Number Of Runners: 11 Runners

6:00 PM March 23, 2019 To 6:00 AM March 24, 2019 (12-Hour Run)

—Number Of Runners: 5 Runners

1st PAU Iloilo River Esplanade 12/6-Hour Run Starters

12-Hour Endurance Run

RANK      NAME            No. Of Kms

  1. Ian Christian Torres (Overall Champion)—81
  2. Cheche Magramo (Female Champion)—69.6
  3. Tina Aldaya (1st Runner-Up, Female)—66.7
  4. Dan Navarro (1st Runner-Up, Male)—58
  5. Khristian Caleon (2nd Runner-Up, Male)—23

Finishers Of The 12-Hour Endurance Run

6-Hour Endurance Run

RANK     NAME       No. Of Kms

  1. Ronal Egaran (Overall Champion)—52.2
  2. Edward Delos Reyes (1st Runner-Up, Male)—46.6
  3. Regina Dela Cruz (Female Champion)—46.6
  4. Chester Robite (2nd Runner-Up, Male)—46.6
  5. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female)—44.8
  6. Josie Escobañez (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—44.8
  7. Ale Paez—36.4
  8. Sherwin Guansing—36.4
  9. Noel Ko—36.4
  10. Diding Boersma (Female)—36.4
  11. Senen Boyet Rentoy—28

Finishers Of The 6-Hour Endurance Run

Congratulations To Everybody!

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Official Results: 1st PAU 12-Hour Endurance Run & 2nd PAU 6-Hour Endurance Run

11 03 2019

1st PAU 12-Hour Endurance Run

5:00 AM To 5:00 PM March 3, 2019 (Sunday) @ Philippine Army Parade Ground’s Jogging Lane

Number of Runners: 5

RANK      NAME          No. Of KMs

  1. Thomas Combisen—96
  2. Golden Boy Herrera—75
  3. Jonas Olandria—71
  4. Laico Tolentino—67
  5. Tina Aldaya (Female)—66

12-Hour Endurance Finishers

2nd PAU 6-Hour Endurance Run

5:00 AM To 11:00 AM March 3, 2019 (Sunday) @ Philippine Army Parade Ground’s Jogging Lane

Number of Runners: 14 

RANK     NAME            No. Of KMs

  1. JC Igos—61
  2. Ale Paez—43
  3. Leonora Ealdana (Female)—41
  4. Ronald Tayawa—41
  5. Sherwin Guansing—40
  6. Hope Brazil—39
  7. Jun Ramirez—38
  8. Genevie De Leon (Female)—37
  9. Erika Batac (Female)—35
  10. Joy Eder (Female)—34
  11. Lou Maghuyop (Female)—34
  12. Rosita Diño (Female)—31
  13. Rose Ann Menendez (Female)—28
  14. Raquel Agustin (Female)—27 

6-Hour Endurance Run Finishers

Congratulations To Everybody!

(Note: Pictures By Bong Bernadez Photography)

 

 





Thomas Combisen @ The 2019 Hongkong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC)

7 03 2019

(Note: Support Crew in this Race is strictly for the purpose of providing transport to the Runner from one transition area (end & start of the trail) to another and to prepare in these transition areas the needed hydration/nutrition and gears of the runner. In addition, to monitor the progress of the runner through the event’s live tracking website)

This year’s race is the 8th edition of the Hongkong Four Trails Ultra Challenge popularly known as HK4TUC or “Hongkong Four”. I have written a story/post on this blog about the first finisher which was considered as “survivor”, who happens to be a Pinoy Ultrarunner in the person of Jag Lanante who is a Registered Nurse based in Thailand. Since then, the event had evolved as the “toughest” ultra trail event in Asia and in the world. Aside from the fact that the event is always held during the Chinese New Year celebration where most of the commercial establishments and public transportation are closed or limited in numbers.

What makes this ultra event as the toughest one, even if there is No Registration Fee, are the following: (1) There are NO Aid Stations and each runner should be on “self-sufficient” on his/her needs along the route; (2) Runners are NOT allowed to have Support Crew along the route not until they reach the Transition Areas (Start or End of each Trailhead/Trailend); (3) The Four Trails must be ran in the reverse direction starting with the Maclehose Trail that has a distance of 100 kilometers; then the Wilson Trail that has a distance of 78 kilometers; then Hongkong Trail that has a distance of 50 kilometers; and lastly, the Lantau Trail that has a distance of 70 kilometers; (4) I really don’t know if this had been introduced in the past editions that there are intermediate cut-off times at the end of Maclehose Trail which is 18 hours and at the starting line at the Lantau Trail on or before 56 hours; (5) Relying on the existing Old Trail Markers along the route for direction is a challenge to the runners, most especially, at the Maclehose and Wilson Trails as some sections overlap to each of the trails. Sometimes, a simple arithmetic mentally could do the trick! (6) Lastly, most of the trails are made of cemented stairs and some portions are on paved roads. But each runner must be warned that there are stairs that have narrow steps has a width which is half of the length of ones foot. These kind of trail steps need a special trick in running the descents or downhills.

Thomas Combisen & PAU

When the registration and submission of letter of intent to join this race was announced last July 2018, I asked two of our PAU runners, Thomas Combisen and Ronnel Valero, to send their respective letter of intent to Andre Blumberg, the Creator, Race Organizer and Race Director of the event. After few days, the RD told me that he could accommodate only one runner from PAU, out of the rest of the Pinoy Ultra Trail runners who submitted their letter of intent. The RD had emphasized that he would prefer another female runner to join the only Pinoy he would choose through his own screening process. After some exchanges of messages during the screening process, the RD decided to choose Thomas Combisen to represent PAU and the Philippines.  I find out later after few months that Kristian Jorgensen, from Denmark and residing in the Philippines was returning for his 2nd attempt to finish the HK4TUC, and he is also representing the Philippines.

After finishing the Salomon Cappadocia 120K Ultramarathon Race in Urgup, Turkey last October, we were planning to recon the Hongkong 4 Trails through hiking last November 2018 but due to work, Thomas requested me to cancel or postpone our plan depending on the availability of time. The days passed and with work demands, the recon did not push through. I gave to Thomas the book that Andre Blumberg gave me on the description of the Hongkong 4 Trails and told him to review the book as his reference.

Lunch Meeting With Irene & Jurg In Hongkong

During my trip in Hongkong last August 2018, I contacted and met a couple of Hongkong locals to help me on the details on how to transport Thomas from one trail to another during the event. The couple, Irene Montemayor and her husband, Jurg were very friendly and cooperative as they know and familiar with all the Hongkong Trails as trail runners/hikers. Irene and I had become Facebook friends after she won the 2016 Translantau 50K Ultra Trail Race. With this meeting and assurance from the couple, I knew that the problem of transport/logistics for Thomas during the event was a done deal and had been solved.

Race Proper

The 29 qualified runners to join this year’s event assembled beside a road and under an overpass where the end of MacLehose Trail is located. The runners were required to be in the assembly area at least 1:30 hours before the Gunstart at 9:00 AM on the first day of the Chinese New Year. Since this is a “Fat Ass” Race, there was no Race Bib and other “loot” to receive except for reporting to the RD to be briefed on the carrying/wearing of a “tracking device” by the runner; have each runner to have their Pictures/“Mugshot” taken; listen to the Final Briefing of the RD; have a Group Picture for the HK4TUC Class of 2019; knowing each other among the runners; and wait for the Gunstart. The race started at exactly 9:00 AM of February 6, 2019.

29 Members Of the HK4TUC Class of 2019

After taking a video of the runners few meters from the Starting Area, our Team had to leave the area and went back to our Hotel and monitor the movement of Thomas and the other runners through the Live Tracking link provided by the RD as I would like to take advantage of the Free WiFi provided in our place of accommodation and be able to monitor in a laptop which has a bigger screen and could be easily zoomed as compared to having the race being monitored through the cellphone. One of my companions/team members (who has a cellular data) informed me that Khristian and Thomas were leading the group after 30 minutes from the start. I was surprised to learn this and I had a lot of impressions in my mind why Thomas was so fast on the first 10-15 kilometers of the MacLehose Trail. Knowing the capability of Thomas on road and trail running, I was confident that he will be able to tone down his pace as the race progresses along the MacLehose Trail.

Trail #1: MacLehose Trail (100 kilometers)

The first 4 hours was uneventful until Thomas went off course as he went all the way along Tai Po Road instead of going up along the Overpass to cross the Tai Po Road after passing the Kam Shan Country Park. He ran downhill along Tai Po Road for about 2 kilometers when he realized that he could not see any Trail Marker, he was advised by the RD to return to the overpass and look at the Trail Marker thereat. This was Thomas first experience of being lost along the course. In my estimate, he wasted 30-40 minutes on this part as he was going uphill for him to go back to the overpass. After this, he was very careful and deliberate in his movement making sure that he is following those MacLehose Trail Markers. 

Thomas Along The Maclehose Trail

When the evening came on the first day, the second challenge was to run and cross those sand on the beach in four different sections with him trying to find his exit towards the Dam. It took him few minutes to locate where the trail was as he was leaving the last section of the beach. Thomas did not panic and he was able to finally reach the Dam and in a few kilometers towards the Finish Line of the MacLehose Trail. Thomas was behind a Lady Runner (Sarah) for a few seconds when he reached the finish line of the MacLehose Trail. He had a 15-minute buffer time before the cut-off time of 18 hours. 

End Of Maclehose Trail

Our Logistic Team was there to meet Thomas at the end of MacLehose Trail and asked him what he needed before we leave for the trailhead of the Wilson Trail. It took us 2-3 minutes for Thomas to change his shirt and hydrate and we took off immediately with a Taxi where we advised Thomas to sleep while we were en route to the next trail. The trip from MacLehose to Wilson Trail is a 50-mile travel which would take us 50 minutes to One Hour of travel time. We did not talk to Thomas and let him sleep as we traveled to next stage.

Trail #2: Wilson Trail (78 kilometers)

We arrived at the trailhead of the Wilson Trail in less than one hour and immediately Thomas ate rice and tinolang manok and refilled his pack with water and some solid food. In a few minutes, he left the trailhead rested and fed. We were confident that he will make-up for his lost time in MacLehose Trail as we were able to catch up with at least 3 runners at the start of Wilson Trail who finished the First Leg way ahead of Thomas. We were back to our Hotel at 4:00 AM of the 2nd Day confident that Thomas will allow us to doze off for some hours from monitoring on his movement. But as we opened our laptops, we found out that Thomas got lost at 1.5 kilometers from the start of Wilson Trail. (Note: Our Logistic Team did not sleep for the first night waiting for Thomas to finish the MacLehose Trail and bringing him to Wilson Trail and attending to his needs before jump-off)

Thomas was able to get back to the trail after a few minutes. But after one hour and 15 minutes, Thomas went off course again after passing Km 11.5 at Nam Chung Country Park and I could see in the Live Tracking that he was going down from the mountain at a very fast pace and about to reach the sea shore when he realized that he was off course. It took him some time to go uphill to find out the place where he veered off from the trail. Another lost minutes on this 4th lost of Thomas along the course. At Km 22.5 (Wilson Trail Post #127), instead of veering left along the Wilson Trail, Thomas went directly due south and hit another trail that was way off course. He was able to run another 2 kilometers after he realized that he was off course. As he was going back to the Wilson Trail, he met Soken, the Japanese runner going down on the wrong trail where Thomas was coming from. Thomas warned him that it was a wrong trail and that he had to return but Soken insisted that he was on the right trail.

Lost Moments @ Wilson Trail

Once Thomas reached the intersection, he spent a lot of time trying to locate the Wilson Trail Marker and he told me that he rested here for more than hour. It was evident that Thomas took some time to stay in the said place as his tracker was not moving at all as gleaned from the Live Tracking. After resting, he was able to get back on the trail and Thomas was moving as fast as he could.

Almost 2-Hour Stop At This Point

As he reached the populated area at Wilson Trail Marker #99 at Tai Po Tau Drive, Thomas was looking for a Grocery Store as he needed some water/hydration drinks. The heat of the day was taking its toll to the runners as the 2nd day was hotter than the first day. He went off course again looking for a Grocery Store and he was able to get his drinks/water. However, after 500 meters, instead of turning left at Lam Sen River (Km Marker Wilson #98), he went straight ahead and missed the turn. Thomas was able to get back to the trail when he saw that he could not see any Trail Marker on the course he was running.

Because it was the 2nd evening, Thomas did not notice the intersection of MacLehose Trail with the Wilson Trail. Instead of turning left, he went straight to the MacLehose Trail after the Wilson Trail Marker #66. He lost another 1:30 hours in going back to the Wilson Trail.

About 8 kilometers from the MRT, the battery of his tracker was depleted and there was no way for us to know where Thomas was. We had to contact him by phone and we were able to monitor him as he moved and progressed during the night.

In my interview with Thomas, he missed the last trip of the MRT by 1:30 hours and he was able to sleep at the MRT Station for almost 2 hours and took the first trip to continue his Wlison Trail Leg. As he moved on the remaining 7 kilometers of Wilson Trail (Hongkong side) on the 3rd Day, we estimated that he would arrive at the transition area at 8:00-8:15 AM. Thomas finally arrived at 9:15 AM, completing the Wilson Trail in almost 29 hours! (Note: If Thomas did not get lost most of the time at the Wilson Trail and would have taken the last trip of the MRT (12:50 AM on the 3rd Day), he could have shaved off at least, 4-5 hours!)

Waiting TAXI For Thomas @ The End Of Wilson Trail

Trail #3: Hongkong Trail

Using a Taxi (waiting for us), it took us from the transition area in Wilson Trail to the Shek O Road Bus Terminal for about 30 minutes. We let Thomas took some drinks and food and let him take a nap on the move inside the Taxi. At the Shek O Road Bus Station, Thomas ate rice and Pork Sinigang and refilled his pack with water and food. Initially, we were lost and confused in looking where the trailhead was and asked a lot of locals in the area. After looking and reading at HK4TUC RD’s Guidelines and Notes, I realized that the Shek O Road sign is the start of the Hongkong Trail up to the Old Wave Bay (going back to where we came from while riding in a Taxi). We advised Thomas to run and hike along the Shek O Road towards the intersection and hit the road going to the Old Wave Bay until he would reach the Hongkong Trail Course Marking/Posts. 

It was already 10:00 AM on the third day when Thomas left the Shek O Road Bus Terminal with the advise that we have to arrive at Mui Wo and take the Ferry before 5:00 PM. While I was in the Bus on my way back to the Hotel, I was trying to compute if Thomas can make it at 5:00 PM at Mui Wo within the duration of 7 hours. I was confident that he could make it with no more possibility of getting lost along the Hongkong Trail. With no fresh battery in Thomas tracker, it was very hard to estimate on how much time or the near exact time will Thomas arrive at the Victoria Peak. I was hoping that he could make it in 6 hours despite the fact that HK Trail is a net uphill climb before we could bring him to the Central Ferry Station and be able to arrive at Mui Wo before 5:00 PM on the third day.

Our Logistics/Transport Team was already at the Peak before 4:00 PM and we decided to hike along the HK Trail to meet Thomas. We covered the last 3 kilometers without meeting Thomas and waited for him in a Country Park. After 30 minutes, knowing that he could not make it at 4:00 PM at the end of HK Trail, we decided to go down farther along the trail to finally meet Thomas. As we were going down on the stairs for about 50 meters from the Park where we waited, we finally met Thomas! We immediately joined him for a brisk hike until he finished the Hongkong Trail. Thomas reached the end of Hongkong Trail at 6:35 PM on the 3rd day. His unofficial estimated cumulative time is 57:35 hours for the 3 trails. Thomas missed the cut-off time to start the Lantau Trail in Mui Wo by 1:35 hours.

Thomas At The End Of Hongkong Trail

Knowing the rules of the event, Thomas’ journey on his attempt to finish or survive the 2019 HK4TUC has to end. We took some pictures and waited for our ride back to the Hotel and later got a Taxi.

Thomas was still smiling and strong when he finished the Hongkong Trail. I did not see any limp in his steps/strides while we walked and looked for a Taxi on our way back to the Hotel. Thomas told me that the Pork Sinigang he ate before he started the HK Trail gave him the strength and speed to reach the halfway mark (Km 25) in 2:46 hours! But because of too many tourists who were hiking and walking along the narrow HK Trail after the halfway mark, he could hardly run and maintain his speed/pace and he was forced to walk with the tourist trying to dodge and not being hit by their umbrellas!

Trail #4: Lantau Trail (70 kilometers)

Thomas did not start to run on this trail, instead, we went on a tourist mode to see the island on the following morning.

Thomas With RD Andre Blumberg @ Mui Wo, Lantau

Results

3 Finishers

6 Survivors

20 Retirees

Finishers:

1. Kristian Joergensen, Denmark (based in Philippines), 55:52 hours

2. Tomokazu Ihara 井原知一, Japan, 57:42

3. Nikki Han, United Kingdom (based in Hong Kong), 58:20

Survivors:

1. Abimanyu Shunmugam, Singapore, 64:03

2. Lau Chun Man, Hong Kong, 65:26

3. Chris Kwan Yee Ting 關綺婷, Hong Kong, 66:10

4. Leon Jiang Liang Jun 蒋良君, China, 66:52

5. Habiba Benahmed, France (based in Hong Kong), 68:54

6. Knattapisit Krutkrongchai ณัฐพิสิษฐ์ ครุฑครองชัย, Thailand (based in Hong Kong), 73:28

Finishers & Survivors Split Times

Conclusion

After his shower and recovery meal at the Hotel, we talked about his experience and assessed the things that went wrong and the things where we can improve for the next edition.

In my opinion, without the cut-off time of 5:00 PM on the 3rd day to reach Mui Wo (Lantau), Thomas would have continued the race and hoping to finish the Lantau Trail in 17 or 18 hours, he could have finished within the cut-off time of 75 hours as a “Survivor”. As a consolation/cheer and to compare to what he had achieved on his first attempt to finish the HK4TUC, I told him that Jag Lanante was the first “survivor” or “last man standing” on his first attempt in the HK4TUC and finished the race in 81+ hours with the aid of trekking poles then. But Jag Lanante came back stronger as a sub-75 “survivor” on his 2nd attempt and finally as a sub-60 Finisher on his 3rd attempt. 

Thomas is just starting to warm-up and he is now thinking on how to finish this race as a “Finisher” on the next edition. As I told him on our way back to Manila, “Thomas, Finisher Number 10 will be waiting for you as your Lucky Number on the 9th Edition of the HK 4 Trails Ultra Challenge!” 

In behalf of Thomas, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to the members of the Team Thomas Logistics Team consisting of Irene Montemayor & Jurg; Chari Sevilla; Scarlet Heart; PAU Staff; and myself for the journey/adventure and memorable experience on his attempt to finish the HK4TUC.

Congratulations and here is my snappy salute to you, Hero Thomas!  





Official Result: 2019/9th Bataan Death March 160K Ultra Marathon Race

24 02 2019

2019/9th Bataan Death March 160K Ultramarathon Race

5:00 AM February 23, 2019 To 1:00 PM February 24, 2019

Bataan Death March Shrine (BDM Km 0), Mariveles, Bataan To Capas National Shrine, Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

Cut-Off Time: 32 Hours (Intermediate Cut-Off @ Km 50 = 9 Hours & Km 102 = 18 Hours)

Number Of Starters: 42 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 36 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 85.7%

2019 BDM 160 Start (Picture By Joseph Nebrida)

RANK       NAME                   TIME (Hrs)

  1. Thomas Combisen (Overall Champion)—21:53:02
  2. Sherwin Bargos (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—23:09:00
  3. Meljohn Tezon (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—23:55:40
  4. Miguelito Domingo—25:09:28
  5. Remy Caasi (Female Champion)—25:12:28
  6. Louie Pangilinan—25:56:55
  7. Arnold Banaay—26:52:46
  8. Christopher Maravilla—26:57:32
  9. Donato Saldo Absalon—28:16:39
  10. Janice Reyes (1st Runner-Up, Female)—28:31:32
  11. Raymond Bunda—28:53:25
  12. Earl Louis Saez—28:55:53
  13. Rhina Sison (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—28:59:00
  14. Frank Flora—29:04:00
  15. John Mark Galdones—29:27:26
  16. Edison Dantes—29:29:24
  17. Edwin Fernandez—29:37:57
  18. Tereso Sy —29:46:10
  19. Joselito San Diego—30:19:46
  20. Noel Tejedor—30:30:25
  21. Isaias Herrera Tonong II—30:33:06
  22. Ruben Veran—30:35:58
  23. Hermes Pastorfide—30:40:33
  24. Gibo Malvar—30:44:57
  25. Bryan Anuran—30:44:58
  26. Alvin Cesar—30:44:59
  27. Khristian Caleon—30:45:01
  28. Hilbert Garganta—30:48:45
  29. Joey Pablo—30:48:50
  30. Efren Olpindo—30:49:40
  31. Vicente Briones—30:55:50
  32. Genevie De Leon (Female)—30:56:04
  33. Michael Jove—31:13:27
  34. Juancho Padua—31:17:48
  35. Dixie Sagusay (Female)—31:32:16
  36. Carlito Don Rudas—31:32:24

Overall Champion Thomas Combisen

Female Champion Remy Caasi

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Race Preview: 2019 Hongkong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC)

7 02 2019

Here is a Repost of an article from Ultra 168 of Australia about the 2019 Hongkong Four Trails Ultra Challenge.

RACE PREVIEW: 2019 HONGKONG FOUR TRAILS ULTRA CHALLENGE (HK4TUC)

The 298km trail ultramarathon with 14,500m elevation gain consists of running all of the four long distance trails in Hong Kong. Namely the Maclehose trail (100km), the Wilson trail (78km), the Hong Kong trail (50km) and the Lantau trail (70km) in a single, non-stop effort.

HK4TUC has become widely recognised internationally through the documentary Breaking 60, which features four participants from the 2017 challenge.

This year 29 athletes from 13 nationalities aged 20 to 52 will race. “The field is diverse with only 7 participants from Hong Kong running. The others joining from countries as far away as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States. We are particular proud to welcome 11 female participants to take on the tough Challenge this year,” said Andre Blumberg, Founder of HK4TUC.

Runners must be self-sufficient along each of the four trails. They are run in reverse of the normal direction with no course markings. There are no aid stations and no outside support such as pacers, crew or stashing of supplies permitted on the trails. Participants will only have support between the four trails, but the clock continues non-stop towards the 60 hours finisher cut-off. Furthermore, trekking poles are banned this year in an effort to bring the event back to basics.

Participants who complete the course within 60 hours are declared finishers. Those who complete within 75 hours (the final cut-off time) are declared survivors. Additional cut-off times are 18 hours to complete the first Maclehose 100km trail and 56 hours to commence the final Lantau 70km trail. There have only been six finishers in the history of the Challenge, with three women completing the distance too.

Eleven former participants are returning this year including two 2018 survivors, Meredith Quinlan from Australia and Abimanyu Shunmugam from Singapore. Both are gunning for a sub-60 hours finish this year.

Other notable entrants include:

HK4TUC Women

  • Habiba Benahmed (France, based in Hong Kong): Habiba dropped early in the 2018 edition. She has revamped her training for the better and finished Top 5 in all four of her races last year.
  • Sarah Pemberton (HK, based in Indonesia): Another early drop in 2018, Sarah grew up in Hong Kong. She has ramped training significantly, with a lot of time spent on the course. She won the TTF Hong Kong 115km in early 2019.
  • Nikki Han (UK, based in Hong Kong): Nikki had a confirmed slot back in 2015. She had to pull out however before the start due to injury. Nikki has spent ample time on the course, and had a couple strong local race performances, plus a sub-36 hours 2018 UTMB.
  • Xiao Jing 肖静 (China): More recently Jing focused on road and timed ultras. However, she Tor des Geants, plus multiple Hong Kong trail ultras under her belt. She mostly finishes in the Top 10.
  • Yang Fei Fei 非非 (China): Fei Fei mostly races in China and Hong Kong and finished Top 6 in all of her 2018 races ranging from 50km to 100km. She’s got the speed, but it will be interesting to see how she holds up over the extended, sleep-depriving distance.

 

HK4TUC Men

  • Kristian Joergensen (Denmark, based in Philippines): Kristian ran in 2018 and lead for pretty much all of the first day. He then dropped out overnight on Wilson trail. Since then, he significantly stepped up his training. He recently spent several days rehearsing the course for tackling the 2019 edition. Kristian won the Pulag 100km, Clark Miyamit 50mile and came 2nd place in Rizal Mountain 50km and TMBT 100km last year.
  • Ian Seabury (Unites States): Ian is based in Los Angeles, California. He has raced and placed well at many of the iconic US 100 miles trail ultras over the years. This includes the Chimera 100, Zion 100, Angeles Crest 100, Pinhoti 100 and Born to Run 100. In 2017 he completed the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning in very respectable times including a sub-24 hours Western States 100 and sub-27 hours Wasatch 100. Interestingly, he raced the inaugural Hong Kong 100 back in 2011.
  • Thomas Combisen (Philippines): Thomas is one of the strongest ultra runners in the Philippines and regularly clocks around 1,500km in races alone each year. In recent years his focus is more on road and timed ultras. He has raced non-stop distances of 250km or above at least three times.
  • Steven Ong (Malaysia): Steven is one of the strongest ultra runners in Malaysia currently. He has has a solid background on both trail and road. Since October 2016 he placed on the podium in each of the 15 races he finished. Winning 11 of the 15. Notable wins include the 2017 Panoramic Ultra Trail 100 miles in Thailand, as well as the 2018 TITI 250km road ultra in Malaysia.
  • Tomokazu Ihara (Japan): Tomo-San has run ultras for at least ten years. His speciality is the 100+ miles distance of which he completed 47 and frequently finished within the Top 10. These include 6 x HURT 100 with a 4th place at the recent 2019 event and 3 x Angeles Crest 100.
  • From an Aussie perspective, watch out for Christian Warren. UK national, but living over in Australia with some excellent pedigree, which includes 6 x TNF100 / UTA, 3 x Buffalo Stampede 75km. He has also raced internationally, including the 2017 Lavaredo and 2018 Tarawera 100mile. Along with UTMB, as well as Hong Kong 100 and TNF100 Hong Kong.

 





Official Result: 5th Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race

3 02 2019

2019/5th Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Marathon Race (Solo, Single Stage)

10:00 PM January 31, 2019 to 12:00 Midnight February 2, 2019

Start Line: Rizal Park, Luneta, Metro Manila

Finish Line: Sundial, PMA, Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City

Course Cut-Off Time: 50 Hours with Intermediate Cut-Off Time of 10 Hours Every 50 Kilometers

Number Of Starters: 24 Runner

Number Of Finishers: 10 Runners

Percentage Of Finishers: 41.66%

2019 Manila To Baguio 250K Ultra Starters

RANK          NAME             TIME (Hrs)

  1. Robert Watson (Overall Champion)—42:36:20
  2. Ian Piza (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—45:38:46
  3. Najib Julkipli (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—45:45:03
  4. Alwalid Darry—46:30:41
  5. Ronnie Gurrobat—47:48:27
  6. Vicente Blue Zapanta Jr—49:15:25
  7. Muktadir Absara—49:43:07
  8. Barney Mamaril—49:46:01
  9. Ken Molina—49:51:11
  10. Enrique Trinidad—49:51:59

Overall Champion Robert Watson

Congratulations To All The Finishers! See you next year!





Official Result: 11th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race (BDM 102/Reverse Route)

22 01 2019

2019/11th Edition Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race (BDM 102/Reverse Route)

Start Time & Place: 10:00 PM January 19, 2019 @ Old Railway Station, Barangay Sta. Niño, San Fernando City (Pampanga)

Finish Time & Place: 3:00 PM January 20, 2019 @ Bataan Death March Shrine/Park, Mariveles, Bataan

Course Cut-Off Time: 17 Hours (8 Hours & 30 minutes @ Km 50)

Number of Starters: 104 Runners

Number of Finishers: 81 Runners

Percentage of Finish: 77.88%

Group Picture @ The Starting Line (Picture By RutangIna)

RANK          NAME                 TIME (Hrs)

  1. Desederio Engbino (Overall Champion)—10:11:35
  2. Thomas Combisen (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—10:14:59
  3. Miguelito Domingo (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—11:45:07
  4. Rafael Maestro—12:04:30
  5. Cleto Caluza—12:14:33
  6. Preciosa Sanches (Female Champion)—12:27:14
  7. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female)—12:40:09
  8. Ace Rodriguez—12:45:15
  9. Sherwin Bargos—13:40:34
  10. Isaias Tonog II—13:56:01
  11. James Cabaluna Jr—13:56:06
  12. Louie Pangilinan—14:03:13
  13. Michael Jaingue—14:13:36
  14. Roland Lucban—14:13:43
  15. Dondon Talosig—14:14:29
  16. Reyman Delgado—14:18:30
  17. Joseph Mendoza—14:18:51
  18. Saturnino Camangonan—14:22:51
  19. Jaime Pace—14:24:05
  20. Simon Pavel Miranda—14:25:02
  21. Janice Reyes (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—14:29:12
  22. Arnold Banaay—14:31:13
  23. Raymond De Pano—15:03:50
  24. Christopher Dela Cruz—15:06:45
  25. Meljohn Tezon—15:16:14
  26. Bryan Christopher Anovan—15:37:06
  27. Donato Absalon—15:40:15
  28. Raymond Bunda—15:43:36
  29. Frank Flora—15:47:09
  30. Mark Juphel Ebio—15:47:32
  31. Alex Purisima—15:52:19
  32. Gray Bateo—15:52:40
  33. Michael Jove—15:53:04
  34. Edison Dantes—15:56:43
  35. Isaias Tonog—15:59:48
  36. Rhina Sison (Female)—16:02:07
  37. Gibo Malvar—16:02:54
  38. Khristian Caleon—16:05:55
  39. Meliton Carag—16:07:42
  40. John Mark Galdones—16:09:09
  41. Vicente Briones Jr—16:12:39
  42. Emerson Nuque—16:13:32
  43. Oliver Galanto—16:16:02
  44. Hilbert Garganta—16:17:34
  45. Tereso Sy—16:19:13
  46. Noel Tejedor—16:21:06
  47. Hermes Daniel Pastorfide—16:21:07
  48. Juancho Padua—16:21:08
  49. Rignerly Dumlao—16:24:36
  50. Eric Olleta—16:24:37
  51. Alvin Cesar—16:25:02
  52. Alvia Lacerna—16:25:03
  53. Jun Rowy Permejo—16:25:42
  54. Kelvin Acusta—16:28:24
  55. Efren Olpindo—16:29:00
  56. Henry Kenn Cariño—16:31:20
  57. Kevin Luna—16:31:27
  58. Rowena Tan (Female)—16:33:03
  59. Ryan Bagaloyas—16:34:45
  60. Genevie De Leon (Female)—16:34:52
  61. Sherwin Competente—16:35:45
  62. Romulo Pascual Jr—16:35:54
  63. Earl Louis Saez—16:39:07
  64. Justine Ramos—16:40:33
  65. Roy Plana—16:43:12
  66. Carlito Don Rodas—16:43:19
  67. Elditha Alvarez (Female)—16:43:42
  68. Gina Factura (Female)—16:49:30
  69. Robert Selecios—16:49:31
  70. Arthur Saveron—16:49:32
  71. Joseph Alsol—16:49:33
  72. David Leido—16:54:32
  73. Benedick Meneses—16:55:19
  74. Mark Enrick Hernandez—16:55:20
  75. Ma. Naomi Mabasa (Female)—16:55:21
  76. John Deo—16:55:34
  77. Joey Pablo—16:56:32
  78. Dixie Sagusay (Female)—16:56:51
  79. Joan Lapore (Female)—16:58:21
  80. Josefa Escobañez (Female)—16:59:13
  81. Romeo Abalos—16:59:44 

Overall Champion Desederio Engbino

Female Champion Preciosa Sanchez

Congratulations To All The Finishers!








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