Hong Kong Trail walker start 2015

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“The stupid Official Volunteer directed Kiran to turn right instead of straight towards the dam.  He thought the route might have changed, but they ended back at the starting point losing 1 hr 5 mins,” said coach Ramesh Bhattachan, “While going downhill Ras slipped and hurt his right thigh.  Anyway they carried on till Check Point 8 Tai Mo San and I decided that he could not continue as they had walked all the way from Shin Mun to Tai Mo San. He dropped out officially and the three continued and completed in 15 hrs 5 mins.”

Definitely some lessons learned at last weekend’s Oxfam Trailwalker event.

You can read a full interview with the sponsor Awoo Wear, over beer and tabasco sauce, here:

http://awoowear.com/post-2015-oxfam-trailwalker-talk-with-ramesh-coach-of-awoo-team-nepal/

Awoo did a great thing. Columbia previously had sponsored the team, but pulled out of covering flight costs. The HK trail running community as usual worked out how it could help. A week or so later, enough sponsorship to get the team over with food and board, and some fantastic running shirts to boot.

“Milos Pintrava has been a fantastic sponsor with a great support team,” said Ramesh.

THE RESULTS

  • 1st – 2XU UFO – 11 hrs 58 mins
  • 2nd – Champion System HK – 12 hrs 25 mins
  • 3rd – Xempower Europe – 12 hrs 52 mins

Ramesh had forecasted that, “our team would break the record with a target of 10 hrs 50 mins.  If we had not been guided in the wrong direction, technically the team would have finished in 10 hrs 53 minutes with a new race record,” he claims.

However, “Lady luck was not on our side.  We will try next year.”

Well done guys.

In between action shots during a photo shoot with AWOO Team Nepal, I put the DSLRs away & pulled out my old Mamiya 645…

Posted by Lloyd Belcher Visuals on Friday, 27 November 2015

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