The run from Hang Hau out to Po Toi O and back along the High Junk Peak Trail has long been on my want-to-do list. I've done the just the trail part a couple of times (it's quite a tough hike) and I've ran out to Po Toi O and back along the road many times, but never had the motivation to combine the two together into a ball-busting long run.
Well, with a little help from Ar Wai and Ar Yan (two of my team-mates from the Oxfam Trailwalker), I found the motivation to take on this challenge.
Setting out from Hang Hau, you head straight up a hill to get things warmed up, and then face a rather hilly 8km road section out towards Po Toi O.
On the road heading out towards Po Toi O
Ar Wai cruising down the hill past Clearwater Bay Beach
From here you start up the trail proper. With long steep ascents and steep descents, I think only about 50% of the trail is actually run-able.
Ar Yan winding his way up the steep first climb on the trail (Tin Ha Shan)
Nice weather, but I still managed to get my arms burnt! Such an eclectic collection of gear: Go-Lite visor, Nike tee, Ultimate Direction 'Wasp' hydration pack, Reebok shorts, Skins full-length tights, Thorlo Experia crew running socks & Brooks Cascadia 5's.
Heading down-slope after the first hill and looking towards High Junk Peak and Miu Tsai Tun
Ar Wai & Ar Yan on top of High Junk Peak just about to start the steep descent
Pretty beat, we hit the road and started the ~4km back to Hang Hau.
This little guy was sitting on the footpath on the run back to Hang Hau
Overall a great run, I got back to Hang Hau feeling pumped up and ready to keep going. I can't wait to find the next trail section to run!
See you on the trails!