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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.

 

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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: 1st PAU 6-Hour Endurance Race

7 01 2019

1st PAU 6-Hour Endurance Race

5:00 AM – 11:00 AM January 6, 2019

Philippine Army Grandstand/Parade Ground’s Jogging Lane

Number of Starters: 35 Runners

Number of Finishers: 35 Runners

Percentage Of Finish: 100%

Group Picture Before The Race

RANK      NAME        KILOMETERS

  1. Thomas Combisen (Overall Champion)—65
  2. Marc Conrad Molina—60
  3. Kit Feliciano—59
  4. Remy Caasi (Female Champion)—52
  5. Ian Piza—51
  6. Emerson Nuque—48
  7. Gil Brazil—47
  8. Tushima Kumar (Female)—46
  9. Efren Olpindo—45
  10. Elle Alvarez (Female)—42
  11. Bien Alcala—42
  12. Arnold Balaba—42
  13. Dondon Talosig—41
  14. Elmer Caballes—40
  15. Laico Tolentino—40
  16. Isagani Zuñiga—39
  17. Rowena Tan (Female)—39
  18. Cecilia Lalisan (Female)—38
  19. Rey Pascua—38
  20. Ralph Louie Jacinto—38
  21. Bryan Taroma—38
  22. Jesus Arevalo—37
  23. Jonas Olandria—37
  24. Gibo Malvar—36
  25. Anna Odessa Albaracin (Female)—36
  26. Ariel Abedong—36
  27. Frank Flora—35
  28. Jonathan Moleta—35
  29. Alvin Alcantara—34
  30. Jon Borbon—32
  31. Raizza Videña (Female)—30
  32. Leo Cadiz—29
  33. Evan Cañega—28
  34. Abegail Par (Female)—26
  35. Samuel Narcise—20

Overall Champion Thomas Combisen

Female Champion Remy Caasi

Congratulations To All The Finishers!





Official Result: 4th NAIC To NASUGBU 50K Ultra Race (Road)

1 01 2019

4th Naic To Nasugbu 50K Ultra Race (2018)

Starting Area & Time: In front of McDonald’s, Naic, Cavite/4:00 AM December 30, 2018

Finish Area & Time: PETRON Gasoline Station (Owned By Retired Lt General Obaniana, AFP), Nasugbu, Batangas

Cut-Off Time: 10 Hours

Number Of Starters: 32 Runners

Number Of Finishers: 32 Finishers

Percentage Of Finisher: 100%

RANK         NAME              TIME (Hrs)

  1. Chris Iblan (Overall Champion)—5:15:23
  2. JC Igos (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—5:20:46
  3. Thomas Combisen (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—5:23:51
  4. Sherwin Bargos—5:49:03
  5. Aldrin Pallera—6:26:02
  6. Rhina Sison (Female Champion)—6:43:27
  7. Dan-dan Pastorfide—6:57:02
  8. Remy Caasi (1st Runner-Up, Female)—6:58:37
  9. Emman Manongsong—7:03:12
  10. Dondon Talosig—7:03:34
  11. Tereso Sy—7:28:26
  12. Noel Tejedor—7:36:05
  13. Jenneth Soriano (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—7:43:48
  14. Efren Olpindo—7:46:12
  15. Bien Alcala—8:00:00
  16. Dixie Sagusay (Female)—8:00:18
  17. Rosanna Alvarado (Female)—8:09:53
  18. Vicente Zapanta Jr—8:14:52
  19. Celso Callo—8:14:54
  20. Cecilia Lalisan (Female)—8:39:23
  21. Ale Paez—8:40:29
  22. Elmer Caballes—8:40:35
  23. Joy Eder (Female)—8:42:14
  24. Golden Boy Herrera—8:45:50
  25. Sheena Herrera (Female)—8:45:52
  26. Erika Batac (Female)—9:01:31
  27. Manuel Remandaban—9:03:38
  28. Lou Maghuyop (Female)—9:04:11
  29. Joy Bea (Female)—9:06:05
  30. Isagani Zuñiga—9:09:11
  31. Michael Socito—9:12:12
  32. Jonas Olandria—9:14:58

Chris Iblan, Overall Champion

Rhina Sison, Female Champion

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

 





Official Result: 2018 Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run

17 12 2018

8th Taklang Damulag 100-Mile Endurance Run (2018)

SOCOM Headquarters, Philippine Army, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City

5:00 AM December 15 To 3:00 PM December 16, 2018

Cut-Off Time: 34 Hours

Number of Starters: 8 Runners

Number of Finishers: 5 Runners

Percentage of Finish: 62.5%

Starters Of The Race

RANK      NAME                TIME (Hrs)

  1. Jovencio Luspian (Overall Champion)—28:52:25
  2. Gibo Malvar (1st Runner-Up, Overall)—32:42:51
  3. Graciano Santos, Jr (2nd Runner-Up, Overall)—32:42:53
  4. Edwin Fernandez — 33:00:21
  5. Carlito Don Rodas — 33:14:32

Overall Champion Jovencio Luspian

2018 Talking Damulag 100-Mile Run Finishers

Congratulations To All The Finishers!

See you next year!





2018 IAU 24H Asia & Oceania Championship Race Report (Repost)

7 12 2018

Repost: Copied From the Facebook Page of the International Association Of Ultrarunners (IAU)

2018 IAU 24H Asia & Oceania Championship Race Report

Japan dominated 2018 IAU 24 hour Asia & Oceania Championship. Yuri Matsumoto (219.112 km) and Yoshihiko Ishikawa (253.420 km) both from Japan took home gold medals in individual competition. They lead both teams for double gold medals at Team competition with Women aggregated result of 620.181 km and Men 752.474 km. This was fantastic event.

2018 Soochow 24H Race Group Picture (From IAU Facebook Page)

The championship took place on December 1st-2nd at Soochow University, Taipei in conjunction with the Soochow 24 Hour race, this year celebrating its 18th edition. The race was organized on 400 m track. The LOC had few international invitees for the open race. Among them was a 27 years old Ivan Penelba Lopez from Spain participating in open race who took early lead in the race. He was running superbly and managed to lead the races during entire 24 hours. Finally reaching over 258 km he was over 5 km ahead of Championship winner Yoshihiko Ishikawa (JPN). Ivan builds secured lead over the time and kept lead over the track at Soochow University.

In the Championship from early hours there were few nations running together. The majority were from Mongolia, Japan and Australia. After 6 hour in the lead we had 3 runners from Mongolia and Japan, 2 from Australia and India. All of them being within 4 km distance. Slowly over time stinging was changing in favour of runners from Japan, Australia and India. However other runners kept very good pace. After 12 hours in top 5 we had 3 runners from Japan and one form Australia and India.

Top 5 men after 12H

  • NARAKI, Toshiro (JPN) 135.600 km
  • ISHIKAWA, Yoshihiko (JPN) 133.600 km
  • TAKAHASHI, Nobuyuki (JPN) 131.200 km
  • THWAITES, Michael (AUS) 128.400 km
  • HOSAHALLI NARAYANA, Ullas (IND) 125.947 km

It was very similar in women competition. Runners from Mongolia had a very strong opening but after 12 hours we did not have as strong domination as in men field. There were two ladies from Japan, one from Australia, New Zealand and Mongolia.

Top 5 women after 12H

  • HAYVICE, Fiona (NZL) 121.481 km
  • AOTANI, Mizuki (JPN) 120.000 km
  • JONES, Tia (AUS) 118.227 km
  • GANBAATAR, Uugantuya (MGL) 118.175 km
  • MATSUMOTO, Yuri (JPN) 116.800 km

The next few hours settle the standing in both competitions. Men field was led by 3 Japanese where in women Tia Jones from Australia was leading the pack. It was not over yet, especially in women competition as after 18 hours there were only few meters difference between Tia (AUS) and Fiona Hayvice (NZL) and least than 1.5 km among all top 4 ladies.

2018 Soochow 24H Event’s Running Picture (From IAU Facebook Page)

When we were getting closed to the end it was more and more exciting as all top runners were in striking distance from each other especially in women competition. In the last 3 hours Yuri from Japan joined the battle with Tia from Australia over 1st place. There was only 600 m difference between both ladies.

In men competition Yoshihiko from Japan has a solid lead of 5.6 km over second teammate Nobuyuki. Ullas from India was just 140m behind second place and it was still 2.5h to go. Finally the standing remains unchanged for men but all three were close to each other and over 250 km.

In women competition Yuri final manage to build a gap and secure gold medal. Second place after a long lead and battle went to Tai from Australia and bronze to Aiko from Japan.

Individual results

Men

  1. ISHIKAWA, Yoshihiko (JPN) 253.420 km
  2. TAKAHASHI, Nobuyuki (JPN) 252.301 km
  3. HOSAHALLI NARAYANA, Ullas (IND) 250.371 km
  4. NARAKI, Toshiro (JPN) 246.753 km
  5. HORSBURGH, Ewan (AUS) 235.771 km

Women

  1. MATSUMOTO, Yuri (JPN) 219.112 km
  2. JONES, Tia (AUS) 218.177 km
  3. KANEMATSU, Aiko (JPN) 212.700 km
  4. HAYVICE, Fiona (NZL) 202.320 km
  5. TUFFERY, Dawn (NZL) 202.041 km

Team Results:

Men

  1. Japan 752.474 km
  2. Australia 675.354 km
  3. India 645.936 km

Women

  1. Japan 620.818 km
  2. Australia 599.654 km
  3. New Zealand 563.443 km

This is a great opportunity to thank LOC, Chinese Taipei Federation, other involved for hosting great continental championship.

Jacek Bedkowski

IAU Director of Communication





Race Report: 8th Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Ultra Trail Run (CM50)

28 11 2018

Race Report: 8th Clark-Miyamit 50-Mile Ultra Trail Run (CM50)

The score is now 3-2! For the past six years since 2012, I finished successfully the Clark Miyamit 50-Mile Race for three consecutive years, starting when I just turned 60 years old. I was lost on the last 3 kilometers to the Finish Line in the 2016 edition missing the cut-off time where I could had finished it easily. And then I volunteered as the Aid Station Marshal at AS3 in last year’s edition as my way of giving back to the trail running community in the country.

In my past Race Reports of this event, I made sure my story to be detailed as I can remember so that future trail runners who would like to join and challenge themselves with this event had some background on what to expect along the route and get some lessons and tips about my training/preparation; nutrition and hydration strategy; and those detailed things on what to do if things would go wrong. Until this time, I would re-read and review all my previous posts about my Race Reports whenever I have plans of joining this event. The RD, Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale is a very good friend who would readily accepts me to run his event in a short notice.

As everybody knows, I posted on Facebook that I finished the race but beyond the cut-off time of 9+minutes and I am considered as an Official DNF of the event. Out of 205 starters, I could had been the last finisher at #162 ranking and would had defended my self-imposed title as the Oldest Finisher of this Badass Event. And I was devastated and frustrated once I crossed the finish line for not being able to implement on my Race Plan—reach the turn-around point/Peak before 9:00AM; leave AS 4 after coming from the Miyamit Falls on or before 12 Noon; reach AS3 at 1:30PM; and a “go-for-broke” and “survival” mode on the last 4:30 hours for a distance of 22+kilometers to the Finish Line.

Cut-Off-Times

I failed “big time” on the last section of the plan where I had 4:30 hours of time to run a distance of 22+kilometers. If I finished the race within the prescribed cut-off time of 18 hours, I would not be here explaining those things that went wrong during the run. I would have easily said that everything went right and mentioned some “glitches” that challenged me to endure in order to reach the finish line. The runners who were with me on our descent from AS4 and AS3 towards the Finish Line were surprised that I faltered on the last 19 kilometers (AS2) up to the last last 8 kilometers (AS1). With those who were with me “fighting for the last golden minutes” (I think there were 5-6 of them whom I passed on the last kilometers, who are younger), I am sorry for giving them a false expectation or hope of telling them that we could still make it before 6:00PM. What I was trying to instill in them was to fight for their last strength and breathe in order to cross the finish line….they should have the “do or die” attitude to reach and cross the finish line, end their suffering, and of course, collect their deposit of P500.00!

You might say that I am “sour-graping” or looking for some excuses for not being able to finish this race as what I had planned for. But this is me, I had been a runner throughout my life and a fighter and passionate in this sport. It is in my brain, blood, and my body system. Whether I fail or succeed, I will still be a runner. And this is what really happened…..

  1. My Coach prepared a Training Schedule for me after finishing the Salomon Cappadocia 63K Medium Race (in the middle of October) in preparation for the MILO Finals Marathon which will be held on December 9, 2018 in Laoag City. I told him that I would like to finish my BQ time of 4:10 or faster for my age of 66 years old in the said race. So, since then, everything on my workout was for a Marathon distance. However, two weeks ago, I told him that I will be joining a 50-miler trail run and just be able to finish the event as an LSD. I lied on the reason! Actually, I was trying to earn my UTMB/ITRA Points in this event and maybe, improve on my ITRA Performance Index. He told me not to join the event but I could have the option to choose a lesser distance and I told him that I could downgrade to the 60K event. He replied that 60K was too much for me and he was against it. So, the only choice I had was for the 10-miler event which I did not mention to my Coach. For the past days, I just kept silent and followed my prescribed training every day but on two weekends before the CM50, I would increase the number of hours of hiking in the mountains with my trekking poles in the company of one of my ultra running friends who joined and successfully finished the 60K course. My Coach silently knew that I was “hard-headed” and he would see my posts on Facebook that I am going for the CM50. This was my first mistake…not following the advise of the Coach whom I am paying for his services. Lesson learned: Let the experts do their work and strictly follow their advise!

@ AS3 Going To The Finish Line (Photo By Trail Ready)

2. For the first time, I decided to use a HOKA One One Speedgoat2 for this race, instead of my New Balance or ASICS Racing Flats or my Salomon Speedcross 4 which I’ve been using before. At Kilometer #8, while approaching PUNING’s RESORT my left foot hit a small rock imbedded on the road and I tripped, making my left knee hit the ground first, and then my right knee, and then followed with my two hands which acted as my brace to protect my face from hitting the ground! It was a hard fall as the ground was hard and solid, not a sandy ground! Shit! This tripping/falling to the ground was happening again early in the race with a pair of HOKAs on my feet. This thing happens to me all the time whenever I wear these HOKAS! I knew it was going to happen because I am natural “shuffler” when I run! Even if I was wearing the brightest headlamp available in the market, Lupine Lighting System, at that time, a sloppy “shuffler” runner like me should not wear HOKAS in a trail race. The impact of the fall on my knees would bring back havoc and pain as I descended from the peak down to Barangay Sapang Uwak. Lesson learned: I should have used my Salomon Speedcross 4 or Speedcross PRO or my new NB Racing Flats!

3. I bought the most expensive Trekking Poles in the market——GIPRON Trekking Poles and they are the lightest! I used them once or twice in my short runs and they were fine. But during my ascent and descent to and from the Peak (during the race), they gave me some “pain in the ass” as the string would loosen its hold on the different segments of the pole. Instead of the usual 3 segments in the Black Diamond and Leki Poles, GIPRON are folded in 4 segments. I would stop whenever the segments would loosen as both poles create a weird sound as they hit the ground. I would tighten the string only to find it loosen again after a few meters. It was stop and go for me fixing on this problem. Because of this problem, it slowed me down and just distracted my focus to maintain my speed/pace. A lot of runners had passed me on my way down from the Peak to the Falls because of this predicament. After a day since the race, I sent a message to an ultra running friend in Hongkong and sent him a picture of the locking system of the GIPRON Trekking Pole and told him my experience during the race. He told me that the trekking poles were not LOCKED when I used them during the race. He instructed me to pull the string harder until I could see a small knot on the string and let that knot to be anchored on the slot at the top end part of the handle! Another SHIT again!!! I saw the small knot as I pulled the string harder away from the handle! I was cursing and laughing when my friend told me that “I was not the FIRST one who experienced this SHIT on these trekking poles!” Lesson learned: Ask the manufacturer of this expensive trekking poles to enclose some written instructions on the package whenever they ship out to their buyer! Not even the video on YouTube would tell you about the presence of this small knot (on the string) on these trekking poles!

UNLOCKED Without The Appearance Of the Small Knot

4. Whether I apply Anti-Chafing Stick or “thing” on my Red Salomon S-LAB Sense Shorts or not, they still give me chafing on my groin areas! Yes, I have my chafing already as early when I was at Km 19 and it became worst when I was on my way back from the Peak. After the race, I could see the chafed areas as big as the size of a 10-Peso Coin on my left and right groin areas. When I finished the Salomon Cappadocia Ultra, I had the same chafed areas but they were not as deep and big; and did not give me so much pain during the race. Lesson learned: I should always bring an Anti-Chafing Stick as part of my Mandatory Gear for 50K and up races.

Last 22K To The Finish Line (Photo By Elle Alvarez)

I did not have any problems with my nutrition and hydration strategy during the race. I had enough water, electrolytes, and “solid” foods with me stashed in my hydration vest’s pockets and inside the pockets of my AMIHAN GoLite Belt. My Ice Bandana was always full of ice whenever I stopped at the Aid Station. I don’t think I stayed so long in the Aid Stations as I would eat the prepared solid foods most specially at AS4 and 3 (on my way back to the Finish Line) which were manned by special friends in the ultra running community.

The Race Organization; Trail Markings; Aid Station Services; and the prevailing Weather during the race were the BEST, so far, in the history of this race. Thanks to Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale for this International Standard Badass Event and for his Outstanding Leadership to make this yet another successful event.

Congratulations to all the Runners! Hopefully, I will be strong enough to join in next year’s edition!

Miyamit Falls (Photo By Dhan Punzalan)








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