Browsing All posts tagged under »Hong Kong«

Wonderful races in wonderful places

November 4, 2013

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Yesterday afternoon, despite a rather long-winded ‘to do’ list of client deadlines and demands, I found myself stretched out on the sofa, researching race plans for 2014. It’s something I look forward to towards the end of every year, that chance to write your wish list, to plot and plan wonderful races in wonderful places. […]

Beauty on Bromo

September 3, 2013

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This past weekend I ran the Bromo Marathon in East Java, Indonesia. I was heading east anyway, “working” in Koh Samui next week so what’s an extra four hour flight, I figured. Besides, seeing as my little sister lives just 100k or so from the race venue, it seemed crazy not to include it in […]

Eye on Tori

June 21, 2013

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Last night, I was interviewed by the awesome Shane Phillips for his Eye on Careers show.  As always with this sort of thing, the time passed and we covered a fraction of what I anticipated. Still, it was a great discussion amongst three of us … me, an entrepreneur called Samer and Professor Abraham, the […]

Gym & tonic anyone?

November 21, 2012

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I woke yesterday with a pounding head and a furry tongue.  The night previous, one glass of vino in Hong Kong’s Soho turned into another and another.  Before I knew it, I was guzzling G&T’s like they were going out of fashion and talking nonsense with some fab friends. How timely then that yesterday’s Daily […]

Words from the heart

November 20, 2012

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My time in HK is fast coming to an end so despite still feeling a little stiff post last weekends Oxfam Trailwalker, I am determined to get out on to my favourite trails for a little trot! The weather has been cool and overcast but still, running up and around The Peak is as exhilarating […]

What I learnt …

November 18, 2012

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This weekend I did Hong Kong’s Oxfam Trailwalker Race … a stunning 100km route in one of the world’s greatest cities and where this iconic series all began. Returning home after the race I thought, as I always do, what my top takeaways were … what I learnt and what I should have known. Here […]

Introverts unite

November 14, 2012

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I listened to a great interview yesterday with Marshall Ulrich.  Marshall is a phenomenal ultra runner, mountaineer and philosopher. If you’ve never watched his documentary about running across America, do so and you will feel forever inspired to raise your own bar. As for my personal connection with Marshall, the last time I saw him […]

Manaslu madness: part 2/2

November 7, 2012

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Click here for Part 1 of my Manaslu adventures. Day 2/4 0330 and the alarm rang … a painful start to the day. Far too early and my legs felt stiff as bricks but once we got going, they started to loosen up. I expected the day to be tough … 43k with mammoth ascents, […]

Manaslu madness: part 1/2

November 6, 2012

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Day 0/4 This was my third race with Action Asia. Last November, in the Langtang region of Nepal and then in May this year in Lijiang, China. Anyone who has followed my adventures for a while, will know that these events give whole new meaning to the very word adventure … and this one, I’m […]

Deja vous & dominos

September 21, 2012

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On Wednesday morning, I went for a run in Sydney’s CBD to stretch out the legs post the Sabah Ultra last weekend. On passing the Opera House, I was overcome by an intense deja vous followed by an immense realisation of how small our world really is and how interconnected we all are. You see, […]

Beautiful Borneo

September 16, 2012

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The last time I was on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo was when I was 11.  I won’t tell you how long ago that was but long enough! Scaling South Asia’s highest peak at 13,435 ft / 4,095m was a grand adventure embarked on with my dad whilst my mum and little sister, Alex, chilled […]

The French & that f word

August 21, 2012

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I came across a beautiful word yesterday; the word flâneur. Coined by the French philosopher, Baudelaire, the word means to stroll, to saunter, to explore without purpose or pursuit, rhyme or reason. It refers to walking a city at a leisurely pace, taking in the surroundings with no particular destination in mind. I love this concept and […]

Missing mojo

August 16, 2012

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Dear Running Fairy Help me! My running mojo is missing in action and I don’t know what to do.  I started to feel this way a couple of weeks ago and it’s gone downhill from there (along with my puns, clearly). The reasons are never quite known but amongst them could be these: The weather […]

Rachel rocks

August 11, 2012

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Yesterday I had a Skype date with my fab friend Rachel Jacqueline … you know, HK Adventure Baby. Rachel has had a life-changing year to date, having replaced a very conventional legal career with a very unconventional ‘fit-chick-tori’-esque lifestyle involving writing, running, community, adventure and play. I asked her … ‘Did you make the right […]

It’s all about Balance

May 9, 2012

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After a visit this morning to the dentist, I thought it only fair that I treat myself to a little pampering and so … off to Balance Wellness 360 I went.  I’ve heard great things about the place from the colonic queen Kay Vosloo and well, what Kay rates I know I’ll think is great … […]

Forever 25

May 8, 2012

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The blow of returning from my marvellous adventures in China and Hong Kong were cushioned by the prospect of getting back to my regular yoga sessions at Fitness First. And so it was, yesterday morning I ended a short-ish run (gently immersing myself back into the sudden sweat-fest desert temps) with Bram’s Flow Yoga. We […]

Catching trade winds

October 11, 2011

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This morning I ran Emirates Golf Course listening to an interview with Thom Gilligan from Marathon Tours, a huge US-based travel company catering for runners and adventurers from all four corners.  It was fascinating and thought-provoking, not because he broke any new ground but because the discussion pointed out the absolute obvious. Fact: the beach […]

Monsoon madness

October 4, 2011

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My baggage finally arrived late last Thursday so Friday, pre-race day eve, could begin as planned with an eight hour bus journey to the race start. An early breakfast was followed by some serious eyeing up of which of the four of the buses looked least likely to end with a disastrous journey. How little […]

Chaos in Kat

September 29, 2011

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The definition of an adventure is an event or series of, with an unknown outcome. For me, the lure of events in wild and unpredictable places is what attracts me in the first place. A little chaos thrown into the mix is what makes it all the more exciting. It’s what transforms a race into […]

From dusk till dawn

September 12, 2011

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I had a coffee yesterday morning with the awesome photographer Wouter Kingma.  We spoke briefly about the incredible light that can be captured during a shoot first thing, at dawn, or last thing, at dusk. And then as luck would have it, I went for a run last night and captured dusk in all its […]

Past times & pancakes

June 16, 2011

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Once upon a time, I was rarely out the water …. all thanks to being brought up in Hong Kong, with a warm climate and a great pool just steps from my bedroom … oh and a youth as a competitive swimmer.  To this day, I remember in acute detail, being woken by my parents at […]

Face the fear

May 31, 2011

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Today is World No Tobacco day so I’m feeling very aware of days, or should I say habits, gone by as although I find smoking a repulsive habit these days I used to be a smoker myself. Tori the runner I hear you cry?!? Yes, Tori the runner! This is where it all began …. […]

Advice from a mountain

April 11, 2011

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I have borrowed these words from a mailer I received this morning from Julie Amer of Mountain High.  Julie has an incredible company, formerly based in Dubai and now in Hong Kong.  Global by nature however, Julie encourages and inspires ordinary women to do extraordinary things, to discover their true potential and to  transform their […]

Running from Running

November 16, 2010

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It seems that every time I look on Facebook, I see former fellow ABRaS* members posting pics of new hobbies that have stemmed from their original love for running.  Does road running have a shelf-life I wonder?  Does simply pounding the streets eventually become boring? I guess in Dubai it does – I know that […]