After going through the epic adventure that was TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon in Sabah last September, I was surely bitten by the trail-running bug (if there’s such a thing). I am ready to embark on my next challenge and had in fact chosen to test my endurance in a 100KM ultra race – TransLantau 100 – in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
The race is coming up in mid-March and here’s a snippet of the race from the organisers:
The 100-km Translantau will cover the most scenic trails on South Lantau, for a cumulative elevation gain of 5,800 meters. This is a challenging trail run which requires adequate training to complete the full route within 32 hours. The route includes steep climbs and downhills, the highest climb being the Lantau peak (934m).
Enjoy this video made for the inaugural Raidlight Lantau100 which was held in 2013.
Raidlight Lantau100 from Lloyd Belcher Visuals on Vimeo.
During the December 2013 school holidays, we went vacation at one of our favourite destination, Sunway Lagoon, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The last we visited Sunway Lagoon was in June 2011, and this time round we were looking to take a thrilling ride on the world’s largest water ride – The Vuvuzela!
Besides the new addition of the Vuvuzela, most of the theme park remains unchanged. You can see the photos from my Sunway Lagoon vacation in 2011 post.
For now, let’s look at some photos of the mammoth Vuvuzela, before inviting you to join me in the thrilling ride!
Due to the novelty factor of this new ride, and the fact that it was the year-end school holidays, there was a long queue and it took us 35 minutes queue time to reach the ride, which finished in under 2 minutes! Nevertheless, it was totally worth the queue! Watch the video and feel the thrills and spills!
The official result of SCMS 2013 were released after organizers revealed almost 3800 participants at this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) were hit by a timing glitch – some received inaccurate timings, some had no timing registered, and the worst was some were wrongly disqualified as a result of this unfortunate technical fault.
The good news for me was that my timings were captured and there was no dispute whatsoever. The bad news was I did rather badly and far exceeded SCMS 2012 personal best time. I ran a slow 4h23m, unable to better my PB set last year.
The biggest annual mass run event here, the StanChart Marathon Singapore 2013, was flagged off on 1st December. It was also the last race that concludes my personal running season for the last few years, this year was no exception. The early morning pre-race logistic did not work out so well for me. There was a long queue at the baggage deposit area, as a result, the gate for the sub-4 starting pen was closed when I got there. I had to joined thousands others entering the start point via the 7hr-starting pen which was way behind. Consequently, it took me 6 minutes after the flagged off to reach the start line!
Even at 5am, it was a humid run even though there was much rain the night before the marathon. The going was tough, I was really feeling the effect of the humidity. I did not prepare well for this race, and with inadequate mileage in my trainings, I was paying for my lack of motivation to train.
The full marathon route was exactly the same as SCMS 2012. And with the same route came the same problem of runners congestion at the merging point of the various categories. Unfortunately, past year’s post-run feedback have not been addressed and rectified.
Eventually I was just glad to cross the finishing line in pain, very much disappointed with the timing. Let’s enjoy some of the sights along the marathon route. Photo credit Running Shots
With the same route year-in-year-out, this race is no fun for me anymore. I’m hoping an overhaul of the race route when the Sports Hub opens in 2014.
The official results of The North Face 100 Singapore Trail race were released.
Before we get to my result, here’s a short video I put together of some footage I shot along the way.
I felt good throughout the run, and enjoyed this event tremendously. I’ve learned a lot from this race, and my timing of below 6.5 hrs was a bonus!