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Celebrating everything about endurance sports, from Ultra Marathons to Mountaineering, from Adventure Races to Ironman. We hear from athletes, explorers and race directors from or based in the Asia Pacific region. Hosted by endurance enthusiasts based in Singapore, we celebrate ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, going beyond the limit of what they once thought possible.
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This week we were joined by Natalia Dau, Rockstar Arms, to discuss what she has been up to for the past couple of years and more importantly, what’s coming up in the next couple of months. We discuss: Her 4 marathons in Sydney, Singapore, Gold Coast, Tokyo last year The 4 ultras she ran in 2023, all of which she won and a couple of the ultras outri…
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After another year of this awe inspiring event, we are joined by a survivor and finisher, Alice Mcleod and Mayank Vaid. We first chat with Alice to discuss: Her back story, growing up in Perthshire, Scotland and moving to HK from London in 2019 and exploring the trails Her awareness of Four Trails from seeing the legend Nikki Jan finish in 2019 Her…
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We kick off the New Year with a look back at the most inspiring performances and challenges of the year just gone. In this special awards episode, we discuss the stories that moved us and the people who mattered. Here are the categories and nominees: Male Athlete of the Year John Stingray Onifa with his clean sweep of wins at Asia Trail Masters rac…
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Joined by Valentin Orange, we recap last weekends Doi Inthanon by UTMB in Chiang Mai Thailand, the major UTMB race of Asia. We cover: Race organisation Location, Atmosphere at start/finish line The races: 50k 100k 100 mile And we go in to Valentin’s past year covering Sange Sherpa as he documents his life running ultras every weekend. You can follo…
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Phil Snowden, a. military veteran, Personal Trainer and all round machine, joins us to talk about his crazy endurance exploits and the importance of strength and conditioning for endurance athletes.. His back ground in growing up in the military and getting into Personal Training after the miliirtary His first DNF doing the 24 hour Tough Mudder in …
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We are joined again by the Asia Adventure Journalist turned explorer, Mark Agnew. Having had Mark on the podcast 3 years ago discussing all of the amazing endurance feats he has covered for SCMP, he has become the story! He shared on that podcast (you can listen here) his passion for arctic exploration and his only plans to tackle the north west pa…
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Repeat guest Tomokazu Ihara comes back to talk about his epic performance in the Grand Slam of Ultra Running in the United States, completing 5 of the oldest 100 mile runs in the same season and doing so in the fastest time of any athlete from Asia Pacific and top 20 in history. His results included: Old Dominion: 18:52:27 2nd overall Western State…
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Vincere Zeng at 31 years old is a record holder in the high altitude mountains, becoming the first Singaporean female to summit Everest and K2 back to back and also the first Singaporean female to summit K2 and to do this all in one year. We catch up with Vincere to discuss: How it came to be. Where her passion for adventure and exploration come fr…
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We reconnect with Ben Pulham the founder of Coached, a Singapore-based testing lab and - surprise - coaching service for athletes of all stripes. A former pro triathlete himself, Ben - together with in-house sports scientist James (Jim) Webster - is an expert in helping people perform better. Listen to our first podcast with the Coached team that g…
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We welcome Christ Timms to the podcast this week to discuss the trail running community in Singapore. Chris has been on the podium at a lot of races around South East Asia the past couple of years and was in the top 10 of last years ATM Finals in Mt Apo Philippines. We catch up in Red Dot Running Company store where he is an elite ambassador to dis…
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Off the back of the 2023 edition of Hardcore100 H1 Ultra in Philippines, we catch up with race director Jonel Mendoza as well as competitors Nikki Han, Will Hayward and Viirginie Goethals to discuss one of the first and one of the toughest hundred mile races in Asia. First up we speak with Jonel to discuss: The genesis of Hardcore100 and how Jonel …
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We talk with Janet and Steve about the 2023 edition of HK100, the first in person since 2020. How the race went and what they thought about the performances. We also cover: how they both first get into trail running What made them decide to start HK100 How the race has evolved over the years Discuss some of the returnees every year inc John Ellis a…
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We welcome back Tomokazu Ihara from his 4th attempt of the Barkley Marathons and his best effort yet, achieving a fun run in 35:55 and getting out on the fourth loop with 27 seconds to spare! A momentous year that saw 3 finishers for only the second time ever and the first finish since John Kelly’s last finish in 2017. Tomo has been dedicated to th…
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GODZone Chapter 11 , Fiordland is in the books and what a historic week it was. We saw the very last expedition adventure race of Nathan Fa’avae’s career and one last win to cap of a tremendous career with Team Avaya. We catch up with race director Warren Bates to recap the race and pay homeage to the leader of the greatest ever adventure racing te…
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We are delighted to welcome Chris Forne, lead navigator for Team Avaya and winner of the Endurance Asia Male Athlete of the Year in 2022. He and Team Avaya have just kicked off the GodZone Chapter 11 and you can dot watch here.. We cover: His back ground, how he first got into orienteering How he first got into expedition adventure racing and worke…
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In this episode, we talk to the inspiring Jack Thompson, aka Jack UltraCyclist. In 2022, Jack climbed an astonishing million vertical metres on his bike, including 52 Everestings, as part of his Million Metres Challenge. That’s a crazy average of over 19,000m of climb each and every week! It was his latest in a series of incredible endurance achiev…
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We catch up with Tomokazu Ihara following his epic performance at HK4TUC. Ric and Scott also catch up to discuss all of the other amazing performances at the 2023 events. Check out www.hk4tuc.live to rerun the dotwatching fun.. Here are the list off Finishers and survivors: Tomokazu Ihara 井原知 - 54:02:36 Nugo Yamanath Limbu - 56:29:23 Ryan Whelan - …
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the 12th Edition of HK4TUC is upon us and Ric and Scott connect to discuss the changes to start times and some of the athletes returning and as well as those taking on this epic challenge for the first time. You can follow live at www.hk4tuc.live. 2023 competitor list: Chamelia Suhra Milk Li Lai Ting 李麗婷 Sandy Xiaoqing Sun 孙晓青 Karen Tse Tze Wai 謝芷蕙…
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Ahead of the world premiere in Hong Kong, we talk to documentary filmmakers Robin and Ben Lee about their latest project, Four Trails. Following the success of their 2017 project, Breaking 60, the two brothers return to this most iconic of Hong Kong trail running events to tell a more complete story. Four Trails documents the 2021 edition of HK4TUC…
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We kick off the New Year with a look back at the most inspiring performances and challenges of the year just gone. In this special awards episode, we discuss the stories that moved us and the people who mattered in the following categories: Male Athlete of the Year Chris Thorne of Team Avaya: winners of both the Adventure Racing World Championships…
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In reality there’s nothing accidental about Eszter’s rise to the top of the ultra running elites. She is an incredibly disciplined, focused and committed person, but seems to have even surprised herself at the speed at which that rise as happened and the speed she shows on the trails. A very humble but extremely competitive athlete, the last few ye…
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Jay Jantaraboon is the without debt the best outdoor adventure athlete Thailand has ever produced. Part of The North Face Adventure Team, he has twice finished top 50 in UTMB. He also has an incredible record ultra running in Thailand races, coming 1st or 2nd in every race he has competed in on his home turf. A Background in Mountain Biking and adv…
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In this episode of the podcast we talk to the winner and the assist - Joshua Toh and Deric Lau respectively - of the recent Singapore edition of the Backyard Ultra Satellite Team World Championships. Joshua set an incredible new national record of 51 Yards (or hours), after. the 14 other competitors had dropped out. We’re also joined by former podc…
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In our latest episode, we catch up once again with Kris Van de Velde as his Asia Trail Master series finally takes off again after two years. Among other topics, we discuss: Recent races, including TMBT in Borneo The incredible performance of Hau Ha at the Vietnam Mountain Marathon New events on the calendar, including Ulju 9 Peaks and Doi Nhok Tra…
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Following an epic weekend up in the Vietnam hills in Sa Pa for the Vietnam Mountain Marathon. We catch up with David Lloyd the race Director to discuss the race and how it all played out. We cover: Firstly how are you feeling after an intense weekend organising the Vietnam Mountain Marathon Background of VMM and what was prepared for the 2022 editi…
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with UTMB happening this weekend we dug out a never published recording from the archives with Mile 27 leader and coach Andy Dubois to discuss training for 100 mile races in Singapore and Asia. Andy coaches some of the top Ultra Runners in Asia and has coached the North Face Adventure Racing Team in the past who will feature heavily at the 2022 UTM…
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We are joined by by Romain Groleau, one of the top Singaporean based ultra runners prior to his relocation to Singapore. We discuss his recent podium of Rinjani as well as him closing in on 3 years of running consecutively every single day. We cover: Romain’s background for endurance sports, triathlon etc What is it about running that captured him …
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For the 50th episode of Endurance Asia Podcast we are joined again by the legend and our first ever guest Tomkazu Ihara. Tomo shares everything he’s been up to over the past couple of years including: Race Directing The Last Samurai Standing back yard ultras in Japan Attempting the Tokai Trail FKT from Tokyo to Osaka Progress on his 100miles100time…
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For this International Women’s Day, we got to speak to one of the women that we find most inspiring at Endurance Asia. Natalie Dau is a social media influencer with over 420k followers on her RockStarArms profile where she educates her followers on all levels of fitness and well being. We cover: Background - how do your athletic journey evolve into…
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We catch up with Richard Kimber AKA The Drone Runner to discuss his recovery from the 11th edition of Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra challenge. An incredible story of finishing the HK4TUC inspite of bade knee pain and keeping a smile on his face and positive attitude the whole way. There is a lot to be learned from how this ultra long distance newbie cam…
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Previewing the 11th edition of the Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge with Andre Blumberg. Here’s the class of 2022: Kimmy Leung Hong Kiu 梁康翹 Virginie Goethals Tanya Bennett Joannie Ho Chung Yee ("Jcy") 何頌沂 Angie Cheng Wai Yee 鄭慧儀 Chamelia Suhra Cheung Man Yee 張敏怡 Samantha Chan Man Ha 陳文霞 Tony Tong Hei Chun 唐煕晉 Thomas Lam Shing Yip 林成業 Elliot Froid…
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This episode we catch up with Philippe Daniel and Jean-Henri Haniquaut following their 200km RTI Round The Island in Singapore. The challenge went viral in Singapore, getting over 340k views on this Facebook Post. We catch up with Phil And Jean to discuss: Their background in ultra running, All the crazy challenges they have taken on this past year…
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The second part of the recap of the 10th Edition Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge. 298km, 14,500M elevation and cut offs of 60 hours to finish and 72 hours to ‘Survive’. We are joined in Part 2 by Jacky Leung, a finisher from 2020 who came back for the reunion year and shocked the world with a feat of human endurance that seemed beyond possibl…
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The first of a two part recap of the 10th Edition Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge. 298km, 14,500M elevation and cut offs of 60 hours to finish and 72 hours to ‘Survive’. Previous runners were invited back to take on this mammoth challenge, some with the audacious goal to Break 50. We are joined in Part 1 by Salomon Wettstein who laid out his …
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Previewing the 10th Edition of Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge with the race Director and 3 competitors: Andre Blumberg, Godfather of Hong Kong Ultra Running. We had him on the podcast 2 years ago to talk about his personal story as an endurance athlete and again now to talk about the 10th edition of an event he came up with and has been dire…
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Andy Van Bergen is the founder of Hells500 and Everesting, the cycling and running challenge that exploded in popularity in 2020 (on the bike, the top seven fastest women’s times and top 14 men’s were all set last year). As they say on the website: The concept of Everesting is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete rep…
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Kris Van De Velde is a former competitive cyclist from Belgium who set up and now oversees Asia Trail Master (ATM), a competitive running series that showcases some of the best (and often most remote) scenery across 15 countries. Some of the major races include Ultra Trail Chiang Rai in Thailand, Borneo TMBT Ultra in Malaysia, IZU TRAIL Journey in …
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In the second instalment of our 2020 awards, we discuss, debate and decide who should be crowned Athlete of the Year (both Female and Male) as well as Fundraiser of the Year. Female Athlete of the Year So many people excelled themselves in 2020, and our final three came down to: Nikki Han - in 2019 Nikki became the first female finisher of the Hong…
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In this episode, we look back at the extraordinary year that was 2020 and highlight what we believe were the most outstanding achievements in endurance sports across Asia and Australasia. It was a year in which too many races were cancelled and others went local-only. But also a year which saw the rise of virtual challenges, a newfound interest in …
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Veronika Vadovicova (@veronka_running) is the 2019 Asia Trail Master champion, having burst onto the scene in the last couple of years and made the 50-100k distance her own. Now based in Hong Kong, she’s also the founder of Asia Trail Girls, a fantastic initiative to share stories and promote greater participation across the region. They recently o…
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A true modern day adventurer, Welshman Ash Dykes has gone from backpacking around SE Asia, teaching scuba diving and fighting Muay Thai, to setting three World Records as the first person to walk solo and unsupported across Mongolia (2014), the length of Madagascar (2016) and, in 2019, 4,000 miles along the Yangtze from source to sea. He’s the auth…
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With the Backyard Ultra World Champs having captured the world’s attention in recent days, we caught up with the final three from the Singapore edition, a.k.a. Dead ****ing Last, as well as race organizers Jeri Chua and Meagan Douglas. of FatBurd Events. Former podcast guests Abimanyu Shunmugam and Hoong Wei Wong duelled it out to the bitter end - …
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We are joined by the Queen of Asia ultra running Jeri Chua who is race director the “Dead F**king Last” Backyard Ultra in Singapore as well as 5 of the 15 competitors: Alex Ang Ned Philips Winnie KK Lim Natalie Dou We are also joined by the Japanese Ultra Running legend Tomokazu Ihara-San who will be running the Tokyo edition of the World Champs to…
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Lynn Paterson, aka “Red”, is the first person to kayak around the circumference of New Zealand in a single expedition. It took her more than 400 days and she covered just shy of 6000 kilometres! You can find out more, follow the journey as it unfolded and buy Red’s book, at her website: https://www.redznzjourney.com/. Lynn is also on Instagram at w…
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Nathan has a 25 year track record of being at the very top of the Adventure Endurance world from olympic level mountain biking to competing around the world in Adventure Racing as the leader of Team Seagate / Avaya, dominating the sport for the past 20 years. We speak about everything he’s been up to in the past two years and discuss the Eco Challe…
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Mark Agnew is the Outdoor and Extreme Sports Editor at the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in Hong Kong. You can find all his articles for SCMP here: https://www.scmp.com/author/mark-agnew. And he’s on Instagram @adventureagnew Mark has attempted to row the Atlantic on two occasions and is incredibly frank and honest about how those experiences imp…
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