Thank you to our 90 participants who took part in Challenge I in chilly conditions on December 4 & 5! Especially a big thank you for arriving at different allocated times at the start point, and proceeding quickly through check in so that we could get runners on the course quickly without gathering. It was a delight to see runners out on the trail at the same time, and we appreciate the positive comments that we received afterwards!
"A great first challenge...what a course!"
"Thanks again for organising this challenge. I hope your pioneering in how to stage a staggered start and make use of technology will open up the minds of race organisers"
"It was a tough and interesting route. I died several times on the constant up and down and was cursing you!"
"Thanks for organising. The TRAILME app looks great, and a great series of much needed challenges"
Starting with runnable trail on Golden Hill, the route then heads up and over Needle Hill, and some technical trail down to Tai Wai for the first refueling stop (remember your Octopus!). We then rejoin trail heading towards Lion Rock, but turning left onto the (reverse) Maclehose. After a few kilometres on the Mac we take a left turn to head down some more technical trail for the second refueling stop in Sai Kung. A long climb follows, leading up to Ma On Shan for some excellent ridge-line running. Plunge down to Sai Sha Rd and along Mac 3, before some more runnable trail eventually brings you to the finish point at Pak Tam Chung BBQ site (the start point of HK100).
Cut-off time to be included in results is 14 hours, calculated from the time you start running.
3 ITRA points are awarded for this challenge.
Beat the organiser!
Finish ahead of the organisers benchmark time of 10 hours 18 minutes 24 seconds, and win a T8 O2 Running Mask!
The biggest challenge is of course our own personal one, so the slowest finishers within the 14 hour cut off time get one too!
Take a night view or sunrise image of Hong Kong during the challenge, and be in to win a HK$500 voucher from Gone Running!
The best four images as judged by our panel win!
Hint - Needle Hill, Sha Tin Pass Rd or Ngong Ping would be good spots...
Email to by December 10th.
The judging panel:
John Ellis, Ultra Runner and Founder of T8
Steve Corry, Organiser of Lunar Trail Challenge
Rainbow Chan, Photographer and Graphic Designer