Hong Kong Trail Videos

Hong Kong

By AMINO

Hong Kong is a paradise for every trail runner. Videos describe better than any word what the nature has to offer there. 

Lantau

Twin Peaks

Tai Lum Chung Reservoir

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Best Running Trails in Singapore

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By MARKUS GNIRCK

The jungle of Singapore offers some good trails for beginners and advanced runners. The training in the heat and humidity pushes the runner to his/her limits and makes sure that this kind of training is an advantage for racing outside Singapore. 

As the trail running community is growing and more runners being keen on hitting the trails, here an attempt to capture all (only ‘pure’ trails are included, so with more than 90% of running is done on trail).

MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie, the King of Singapore Trails. A great trail that takes you around the water reservoir in the heart of Singapore. The 10.7km loop is perfect for anyone  – beginners who are keen to get into trail running or experienced ones that are looking for smashing a new record time.  It gets very busy on weekend mornings, so the best time is either during the week or later the afternoon on the weekend. 

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Distance: 10.7km

Elevation Gain: 160m

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Where MacRitchie is the King, Bukit Timah is the Queen of Trails. A famous hiking destination for many Singaporeans, it is also a good training ground for trail runners that are looking to get some elevation in. Bukit Timah is the highest hill in Singapore and can be ran up and down multiple times for hill training. Best is to start from Hindhede Drive and explore the trails around Bukit Timah. Some nice loops are Dairy Farm and Kampong Trail. Similar to MacRitchie, the weekends are busy with many hikers being around, so better to hit the trail during the week or in the evening. 

More info on the Singapore’s National Park’s Website.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Distance: various

Elevation Gain: various (hilly though)

Green Pipe Stretch / Zhenghua Nature Park

Just a little north of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Dairy Farm, a a green stretch opens up which takes you through Zhenghua Nature Park alongside BKE highway. It is a mostly unshaded trail that allows for some nice up and down running. Elevation gain and loss isn’t too much and it is mostly all on trail. If you are looking for some distance running, this stretch is good for some mix&match when coming from Bukit Timah and connecting to Chestnut Trail (see below).

More info on Singapore’s National Park’s Website.

Level: Intermediate

Distance: 5-10km

Elevation Gain: 100m

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Chestnut Trails

Chestnut offers a network of various short and some longer trails. Best is to start from the Chestnut Nature Park car park (Mountainbike rentals) and explore the loops of Chestnut. One to recommend is the Butterfly Trail, a 3km loop that can be run fairly fast given the little elevation. 

Watch out to go on the designated hiking trails as mountain bikers are also racing around Chestnut on their biking trails.

More Info on Singapore’s National Parks Website.

Level: Beginner  – Intermediate

Distances: 2-5km

Elevation Gain: various (hilly though)

Mandai T15 Trail

A great, flat-ish trail down from the Singapore Zoo to Chestnut. You can get dropped at the Zoo, run back on Mandai Lake Road and find the trail entrance on your left, just before the junction with the Mandai road. Then it is a pretty straight trail down alongside BKE towards Chestnut and Bukit Timah. It is not that much elevation and it is a great way to start a long run all way to MacRitchie (>20km) and further.

Watch out for Mountainbikers who come up from Chestnut!

Level: Beginner 

Distance: 5-6km

Elevation Gain: <100m

Rumours have it that Woodcutter is another great trail, one of the most original ones apparently, but it remains unclear where it exactly is…

Other great running routes are alongside East Coast Park, Marina Bay/Kallang, Mount Faber, Bedok Reservoir, Pandan Reservoir, the Quays and Botanic Gardens. Those are not pure trail and are mostly on road. 

Happy running!

Run Review - Around Singapore (125km)

Vietnam Trail Marathon

By NED PHILLIPS

Back in 2004 I ran round Singapore. 125km. 17hrs 48mins. Started from the Fullerton Hotel at 5am finished back at the same place at 10.48pm.>

9 months before that I went for a run from my work in Singapore. I had planned to go for a 2 hour run. 1 hour out and then turn round and come back. Well at the hour point I was on the East Coast Park and I just decided to carry on running for the next hour in the same direction. Well in just over two hours I got to the airport. After I got in a cab to take me back to where I started I thought ‘well why don’t I, on my next run, start where I just finished the last run and run for another two hours’. And that idea germinated into ‘well why not find a route all the way round Singapore and then run it all in one day’. Quite how my brain decided that I am not sure. Maybe it was the lack of blood sugar after a 2 hour run in 34 C heat.

So about one month ago I choose the date of 26th Feb. to do the run. By then I had found my route all the way round. I wanted to run it all in one calendar day so I started at 5am and hoped to finish by about 10pm. But the best laid plans, not that mine were laid particularly well anyway, went wrong straight away when I got lost in the dark 40 mins after starting. For those of you who know my navigation skills this loss of way will be no surprise. I blame the fact that what was once a forested area in Marina East is now devoid of trees and on its way to becoming Singapore’s biggest new development area. After 15 mins or so I got myself right and off along the East Coast to the airport.
Along the way the greatest thing happened. The sun didn’t come up. Well not so I could see it anyway. After 36 days of a Singapore heatwave the rain finally came on the day of my run. By 9am it was pouring down and I was singing in the rain. Perfect day. I met my kids at 10am out at Pasir Ris in the far east of Singapore, where they drank my Pocari, ate my Power gels and then ran with me for a 100 yards.

The next 5 hours until I met Jackie and the kids again were hard. The sun was winning its battle with the clouds and I was losing my battle with my mind. It never quite convinced me to stop but it had a good go at about 1pm. I still had 2 hours till I met Jackie and I just wanted to have little walks here and there. These walks got more frequent and longer. But then something-clicked upstairs that walking was not going to get me all the way round by midnight, so I got going into the full speed of a slow run again.

I met Jackie at the Kranji Dam in the north west of Singapore, which overlooks to Malaysia. Jackie had laid out a feast of goodies and after 10 hours of running and 10 power gels the sight of real food was joyful. Oranges, pasta, dried mango all went down fast. Also the block of ice on my head and wrists was very welcome. My friend Rob, who was in town from HK, met me at Kranji as well and he ran on with me for the next three hours down Lim Chu Kang Road. Rob and I have run 1000’s of km together and he did a great job of keeping me running rather than walking. At about 4.30pm a huge thunderstorm broke all around us. At one point there was no time difference between the lightning then the thunder, and based on our schoolboy calculations that meant the storm was right over us. Then this huge bolt of lighting came down very close to us. Frightened me enough that I had to have a quick walk break.
At 6.30pm Rob left as he was on an evening flight to Boston. I was now down by the Singapore Discovery Centre out past Jurong. I still had about 28km to go along the West Coast. I plodded on for a bit and then after a double caffineted power gel my energy lifted and I started moving along quite nicely. I was now running through the industrial area of Singapore but since it was now evening there were very few lorries on the road and it was surprisingly one of the nicest bits of the run. I ran through West Coast Park and was getting hungry; almost hungry enough to go into the McDonalds but luckily I came to my senses in time to run on by.

I knew that when I saw the cable cars going to Sentosa I was only about half an hour from finishing. Normally you can see the cable cars from quite a distance. But as I ran on I just couldn’t see them. After 17 hours of running I started to fixate on seeing the cable cars. I was even starting to think I had somehow gone the wrong way. It wasn’t till I was 1km passed them that I realised it was night and they were all stored in the cable car stations so I couldn’t see them anyway. By the time I realised this I only had about 2km to go. Jackie was waiting for me at the end by the Fullerton Hotel. As I passed the Singapore railway station and turned up into Anson Road I had the biggest smile on my face. I knew I had finished. I almost had that cliched moment when you don’t want it to end I felt so good. But it was time to finish. So I ran up Shenton Way and Jackie was there and we ran in the last 1km together. Very cool. Finished at the exact spot I started 17hours 48 mins later. An excellent day out.

I think because it wasn’t a race I hadn’t run as hard as I could, so the next day I really didn’t feel as bad as I thought. And now 4 days later I am thinking about going for a run again.

As Rob writes about his mountain adventures.
Key take aways;
1. If you want to run round a country choose a small one. Like maybe Liechtenstein

2. Having your wife and kids support you on the way round and meeting you at the end is the best.

3. Get a pair of five toed socks from a company called Injinji. www.injinji.com. they are amazing for distance running. I had no blisters, no hot spots, just totally happy feet.

4. You can’t live on Power Gels alone.

happy running

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