Gurkha Trailblazer 2019

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賽事地區香港
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主辦組織Gurkha Trailblazer
報名日期2018/09/26~2018/12/31
比賽日期2019/01/12
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The Gurkha Trailblazer on its second edition will be held in Hong Kong on January 12, 2019. The event is named in honor of the Nepalese soldiers who lost their lives in global conflicts fighting for peace.

      

The race also brought home the "Best New Race" award at the 2018 Gonerunning Hong Kong Trail Running Awards.

      

The Gurkhas made a significant contribution to maintaining social stability in Hong Kong during unsettling times, enabling the Hong Kong SAR to become the world city it is today. From 1948 to 1997, Gurkha soldiers secured the border, provided humanitarian support during natural disasters, helped in environmental protection efforts and bomb disposal, and additionally initiated one of the city’s biggest annual charity events.

      

The 100-kilometre Trailwalker race running east to west across the northern hills of Hong Kong was originated by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment. It began as a test of endurance and was opened to civilian participation in 1986. The race has since been renamed the Oxfam Trailwalker and continues to generate millions of dollars each year for charitable causes.

      

In that same spirit, the Gurkha Trailblazer covers 2 distances- 12/ 26 km in the eastern New Territories, within Pat Sin Leng Country Park, where Gurkha regiments also regularly held “Bulldog” training and War Simulation Exercises. This involved running up and down the hills carrying heavy packs and military equipment. It is anticipated to become an exciting new addition to Hong Kong’s trail running calendar, which has exploded in popularity in recent years, attracting elite runners from all over the world.

      

The Gurkhas, who originate from the Himalayan Mountain region of Nepal, have a longstanding reputation for invincibility in hill racing. It was first put to the test against Indian Army soldiers in the Hill Race of 1890, in what is now Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. Gurkha soldiers won the first 33 places among all 133 runners.

      

The Gurkha Trailblazer is being organized by the Gurkha Cemeteries Trust Hong Kong (GCT) and Child Welfare Scheme (CWS), which will also be the beneficiaries of all proceeds.

      

The event will support the Gurkha Cemeteries Trust Online High School Diploma Scholarships for Nepalese youth in Hong Kong. It will also help to preserve and promote Gurkha history.

      

CWS will use its share of proceeds to help improve government schools in Nepal. The goal is to improve teaching quality, educational resources and infrastructure such as libraries, toilets, clean water, safe classrooms, computers. By making schools safer, more fun and interesting, children will stay in school longer, and therefore be better protected from becoming victims of trafficking and exploitation.

      

The race starts at Lau Shui Heung Reservoir located in the northeast of New Territories of Hong Kong SAR. Baggage drop off will be available at the Start Line.

      

Course details

12KM

Starting from Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, the route follows the Lau Shui Heung Country Trail which takes you through lush green forest and pristine stream via Heung Campsite and has alternative dirt and stone trail. Roughly after 1.3 km you will reach the junction, turn left and follow the concrete road which ascends 2.3 km uphill all the way to Cloudy Hill. Turn left at the marker taking the stairs down towards Sha Lo Tung village which includes some dirt trail, after 1.2km descends you will reach a gravel road. Turn left and 150 meters ahead is CP1 which includes water, first aid and some fruits. All participants are required to scan their CHIP (Bracelet) before leaving this CP. 250 meter from CP1 is Sha Lo Tung Cheung Uk, turn right at the marker taking narrow dirt path which leads to another marker (diversion) after 165 meters, take the path on right. There is a narrow concrete bridge after 100 meter which is not in good condition, therefore all participants are advised to take precaution and walk while crossing this bridge which is less than 5 meters in length. There is another narrow bridge after 45 meters and we advise all participants to take a precaution while crossing this again. After 1.5 km of slow ascend on rocky trail the route meets Wilson Trail Sec.9. At this junction participants doing 26km will turn right taking stairs and participants doing 12km will follow the path leading to Hok Tau Reservoir. After descending 300m towards Hok Tau Reservoir turn left taking Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk. Stay on this trail until you reach the marker at 600m. Take the path on your right towards Hok Tau and continue for another 730m until you reach another marker, take the steps on your left towards Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. With slow ascend stay on this trail for another 1 km before you reach the marker and turn right towards Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, follow this trail downhill and some steps for another 1 km before reaching the finish line.

SECTION BREAKDOWN

1.5km – Start Line (Lau Shui Heung Reservoir) to Kat Tsai Shan Au via Lau Shui Heung Country Trail

2.2km – Concrete Road to Cloudy Hill

1.2km – Cloudy Hill to CP1

2.3km – CP1 to Water Post (Wilson Trail Sec 9)

1.3km – Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk to Wilson Trail Sec 9

0.9km – Wilson Trail Sec 9 to Lau Shui Heung Country Trail

1.7km – Lau Shui Heung Country Trail to Finish Line

      

26KM

Starting from Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, the route follows the Lau Shui Heung Country Trail which takes you through lush green forest and pristine stream via Heung Campsite and has alternative dirt and stone trail. Roughly after 1.3 km you will reach the junction, turn left and follow the concrete road which ascends 2.3 km uphill all the way to Cloudy Hill. Turn left at the marker taking the stairs down towards Sha Lo Tung village which includes some dirt trail, after 1.2km descends you will reach a gravel road. Turn left and 150 meters ahead is CP1 which includes water, first aid and some fruits. All participants are required to scan their CHIP (Bracelet) before leaving this CP. 250 meter from CP1 is Sha Lo Tung Cheung Uk, turn right at the marker taking narrow dirt path which leads to another marker (diversion) after 165 meters, take the path on right. There is a narrow concrete bridge after 100 meter which is not in good condition, therefore all participants are advised to take precaution and walk while crossing this bridge which is less than 5 meters in length. There is another narrow bridge after 45 meters and we advise all participants to take a precaution while crossing this again. After 1.5 km of slow ascend on rocky trail the route meets the challenging Wilson Trail Sec.9. At this junction participants doing 26km will turn right taking the stairs and participants doing 12km will follow the path leading to Hok Tau Reservoir. Taking Wilson Trail Sec 9 which ascends with a steep climb towards Pat Sin Range with a view of Ping Fung Shan. At 1.4km you will come across a marker but continue to go straight staying on the trail towards Pat Sin Leng. After 1.6k km, take the path on the left at the marker towards Nam Chung/Luk Keng. 200 meters further turn left again at another marker towards Nam Chung/Luk Keng. After slow descend on rocky trail turn left again at 900 meter towards Nam Chung /Luk Keng. Staying on this dirt trail and some rocky stairs downhill for another 1.2km turn left at the marker on Wilson Trail Sec 10 towards Nam Chung/Luk Keng. Following the rough trail and steps turn left on the marker at 1.1km towards Nam Chung/Luk Keng Staying on Wilson Trail Sec 10 for another 2km which includes some winding concrete road until it meets South Bay Road. 200 meter ahead on South Bay Road is CP2 (includes first aid/water and fruits) right at the entrance of Nam Chung Country Trail. All participants are required to scan their CHIP(bracelet) before leaving this CP. Continuing on Nam Chung Country Trail which includes streams, dirt and rocky trail with a slow ascend towards Tan Chuk Hang. After 3.4 km turn left at the marker leading uphill towards Pat Sin Range, this section includes some rough terrain and steps. After 900 meter uphill turn right at the marker towards Hok Tau Reservoir staying on Wilson Trail Sec 9. Descending towards Hok Tau Reservoir turn left after 1.7km on Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk. Stay on this trail until you reach the marker at 600m. Take the path on your right towards Hok Tau and continue for another 730m until you reach another marker, take the steps on your left towards Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. With slow ascend stay on this trail for another 1 km before you reach the marker and turn right towards Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, follow this trail downhill and some steps for another 1 km before reaching the finish line.

SECTION BREAKDOWN

1.5km – Start Line (Lau Shui Heung Reservoir) to Kat Tsai Shan Au via Lau Shui Heung Country Trail

2.2km – Concrete Road to Cloudy Hill

1.2km – Cloudy Hill to CP1

2.3km – CP1 to Water Post (Wilson Trail Sec 9)

3.4km – Water Post (Wilson Trail Sec 9)  to Wilson Trail (Diversion)

2km – Wilson Trail (Diversion) to Wilson Trail Sec 10

2.8km – Wilson Trail Sec 10 to CP2 South Bay Road (Nam Chung Trail)

3.2km – South Bay Road (Nam Chung Trail) to Ping Teng Au (Nam Chung Trail)

0.9km – Ping Teng Au (Nam Chung Trail) to Wilson Sec 9 (Marker)

1.7km – Wilson Trail Sec 9 (Marker) to Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk

1.3km – Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk to Wilson Trail Sec 9

0.9km – Wilson Trail Sec 9 to Lau Shui Heung Country Trail

1.7km – Lau Shui Heung Country Trail to Finish Line

      

Gurkha Trailblazer Race Guide

Event Info

Date:  12th January 2019 (Saturday)

Start/Finish Line: Lau Shui Heung Reservoir

Distance     Start             CP1 Cut Off    CP2 Cut Off     Finish Cut Off   Total Ascent

26km         9:00 AM          12:00 NOON    2:00 PM         4:00 PM           1,596m

12km         9:30 AM          12:00 NOON     N/A                 1:30 PM            540m

      

Race Route

The race starts on a narrow path for 1.3km. Therefore, we advise slow runners to line up at the back and fast runners in front at the start line. All runners are advised to take precaution while overtaking, stay on the marked trail, be considerate to other hikers and country park users.

Check Point 1 (CP1) – At 5km – Water, Electrolytes, Banana and First Aid.

ALL runners MUST scan their band (CHIP) at this CP. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Check Point 2 (CP2) – At 10km – Water, Electrolytes, Banana, Oranges and First Aid.

ALL runners (26km) MUST scan their band (CHIP) at this CP. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

      

Water Stations

CP1 (For both 12km and 26km) and CP2 (26km only) are only water stops on the race route. We advise all runners to carry a bottle or hydration pack at the start of the race. Recommend at least 500ml – 1 ltr for 12km and 1ltr – 2 ltr for 26km. Please note that we will not provide any cups at CPs and Finish Line. Please bring your own bottle to protect our environment.

      

Number BIB and CHIP band

Number BIB and CHIP band is not transferable. Runners or third party using other’s number BIB will be disqualified immediately. To convince the officials to record the results and distribution of prizes all runners are advised to wear their BIB in front and must be visible. Please note that your number BIB might not match your CHIP band.

      

Transportation

Bus service will be provided to participants who opted (Paid) for bus service and will pick them up from Fanling MTR and drop off at Lau Shui Heung Road/ Hok Tau Road Roundabout. From here participants need to walk approximately 700m towards Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, Start & Finish Venue.

Pick up point – 18 Fanling Station Road under the overhead bridge (Outside Fanling MTR exit A3). Look for our volunteer wearing Gurkha Trailblazer Tshirt and show your BIB number to get on the bus.

      

*Please note that bus will only leave when it is full.

      

From Fanling MTR –

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir        For 26km Participants For 12km Participants

Coach no. 1                                    7:30 AM                  8:15 AM

Coach no. 2                                   7:45 AM                  8:30 AM

Coach no. 3                                   8:00 AM                  8:45 AM

Participants taking public transportation can take New Territories Green Minibus no. 52B  (16 sitter) from minibus stop at Fanling MTR Exit A3 and get off at Roundabout (Lau Shui Heung Road & Hok Tau Road) or Green taxi to Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. Please check the bus schedule before hand as frequency is low.

      

Bag Drop

There will be baggage drop off area at the start/finish which will be open at 8:30am. To help us manage it properly, please kindly use the bag tag (write your BIB Number) provided in your race pack and tie it to your bag. We will not accept any bags without bag tag. Please bring your own rain cover for your bag and do not leave any valuable in your bags as organizers will not be responsible for any damage or loss of baggage.

      

Weather Forecast

Weather forecast shows fine weather on 20th January with the temperature between 18-21 degrees. But participants are advised to check the weather before leaving home and bring necessary clothing and gear i.e – raincoat, jacket, gloves, cap etc. Be aware of sudden temperature changes.

      

Prize Presentation

The prize presentation ceremony will be held on the day at 1 pm for the 12km race; and 2 pm for the 26km race. All the winners are required to assemble at the Prize Presentation area on time. If runners are not present during the Prize Presentation Ceremony, they will be automatically treated as having given up their prize.

      

Food & Refreshment

There will be a FREE Nepalese buffet for all competitors. The buffet will start at 12:30 pm. All runners are advised to use their BIB number to enjoy authentic Nepalese dish catered by Shangri La Curry House. We encourage participants to bring their own utensils (fork and spoon) to reduce use of plastic.

      

Emergency Contacts

Please kindly fill in your emergency contact details at the back of your BIB. In case of emergency, you can also contact organizers on the number provided at the back of your BIB for any assistance. All participants are advised to carry a mobile device for any emergency purpose.

      

Mandatory Equipment

For the 26km race, it’s mandatory that runners have a water bottle or hydration system that is at least 500ml capacity.

      

Health & Safety

There will be First aid service at Start/Finish, CP1 and CP2 provided by St. John Ambulance. All runners are to be well prepared (trained, rested and hydrated) for the race. For safety reason, if you are ill/injured please do not continue/start the race and contact the organizers immediately.

      

Public Toilet

Public toilet is located at the start and finish line within Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. Please be considerate to other general public and users of the toilet.

      

Take Your Litter Home

All participants are requested to keep the venue clean by properly disposing the litter in designated garbage bin provided by the organizer on the day. Please note that there are no bins on the trail (other than those at Check Points) so all participants must Take Your Litter Home (or back to start/finish line). Littering will result in disqualification from the race.

      

Fundraising

Thank you very much for supporting Gurkha Trailblazer and fundraising for two Hong Kong registered charities (Child Welfare Scheme and Gurkha Cemeteries Trust. Your support will go a long way to provide education to disadvantaged children and youth in Hong Kong and Nepal. You can continue to fundraise on your Simplygiving page till 28th January 2019. Top Fundraiser will win an exciting prize which will be announced on our website and social media.

      

Social Media

If you haven’t already followed the official Facebook page, please head to: https://www.facebook.com/gurkhatrailblazer/ and like the page.

We also welcome you to like the pages of the two charities that are the beneficiaries of this event; Child Welfare Scheme (CWSHK)  https://www.facebook.com/cwshk and Gurkha Cemeteries Trust (GCT) https://www.facebook.com/gcthk/

For enquiries, please contact 2526 8810 or email at info@cwshk.org. The organizer reserves the rights to amend the above information. Race result will be uploaded on Racematix website.

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