Athletes

Tristan Fairbairn

Former couch potato from the UK who discovered trail running upon arrival in Hong Kong 4 years ago. 

Recent race highlights:

  • MoonTrekker 43k - 9th
  • XTE Maclehose Trail Challenge 45k - 10th
  • TransLantau 50k - 14th
  • The North Face 50k - 17th
  • Vibram HK100 - 78th in 14:26:11

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, which trumps Did Not Start."

Virginie Goethals

Belgian mum of 3 and Ngo worker (Free to Run and Morning Tears) who has been living in Asia for 5 years, of which 18 months in Hong Kong.

Recent race highlights:

  • 45km Midnight Express: first runner up 
  • Translantau 100: 5th woman overall
  • MSIG Sky race: 8th woman overall, 4th position in category
  • Non league race, but best experience of last season was racing through the Gobi desert together with the first Afghan female ultra team!

"you can put distance in between you and the one that runs behind you, but not from what runs inside you."

Paul Smith

Former track and road runner who has seen the light and now throws his endeavours into the trails. British born, HK based.

Recent race highlights:

  • Action Asia Mongolia - 4th (11h 15m 57s)
  • Action Asia Nepal - 3rd (14h 21m 30s)
  • Action Asia Shangri-La - 1st (11hr 55m 15s)

"Don't dream your life, live your dreams."

Chris Lai

23-year-old student who got into running 3 years ago. Passionate about any outdoor activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, windsurfing and of course trail-running. Occasionally turn into a road runner with 10k PR of 38min.

Recent race highlights:

  • MSIG Sai Kung 24km - 9th overall (5th in category)
  • Salomon TTTHK 10km - 10th in category
  • Hard as Nayls Half Course - 11th overall (2nd in category)

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."

Laurens Ten Kate

26 year old Dutch runner who just recently switch from road marathons to trail running, has been living in Hong Kong for a year now.

Recent race highlights:

  • Sea to Summit race 2015: 30K 04:29:02, 5th overall position

"Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up."

Ben Lee

Played rugby in HK at all age group levels from U12 through to U19.  Had never thought of running as ‘fun’ but rather a means to keep in shape, that is until 2013 when he completed the Oxfam Trailwalker and the trail running bug hit. 

Recent race highlights:

  • Kayak and Run – 1st in cat
  • 6th at Translantau 15km (6th)
  • Four Peaks (winning our category and was 5th on the Ma On Shan Climb – sea level to the top and back again in under 2hrs) 
  • Completed MSIG 50km race series

"It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great."