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Trail running at night

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  1. #1

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    i dont usually see snakes at night unless it is after a rain storm or a typhoon. where do you run? I run the trails around wan chai gap park. its pretty dark at night.

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    Lots of us doing it, especially in summer month (very hot during day).

    Places I usually go:

    - Best one, in my view, is Tai Mo Shan. The Kiosk at the bottom remains open all night which makes it perfect for a Friday night to Saturday morning run
    - Hong Kong trail (enough people to not feel too lonely)
    - Wilson Trail Section 1 and 2 (same comment as above)

    Am sure there are more, but that's what I usually do.

    Re snakes. I hate those bastards, I really do but so far (touch wood) never had issue. Every year see around 4/5 (usually day time).

    Note: I would not venture out alone at night on say Lantau or some part of the Wilson that are remote...because of that.

    But HK Trail, Wilson trail 1/2 and the main part of the MacLehose should be fine.
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    Dont do it on your own.

    Hong Kong Hiking Meetup has a few fast hikes few times a week.
    Hong Kong Trail runners group has running ones too.

    Find one or 2 like minded people and they will introduce you to more and you can run off together
    https://www.meetup.com/hongkonghikingmeetup/
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    That depends on the leader and the pace they set. Once you start to know who is who, you'll know who you wish to follow.

    Alternatively, you could also set the pace yourself by leading the group.

    I'll contact you privately and tell you more.
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    Tai Mo Shan, if you do it, do it on Friday nights (or Saturday nights).
    Lots (I mean not 500 people but quite a few ppl) of ppl training for the European races (Lavaredo, Eiger, UTMB etc)

    Look up facebook:
    trail running Hong Kong
    Hong Kong trail running

    That's the two most active groups.

    Also, if you are keen, 7PM Tuesday night, Aberdeen track, interval session (45mn) and then some of us, run back to the other side of the island (central/wan chai etc) so it's a mix of intense track and cool down on the trails.
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    Not sure your pace, but assume not too bad, if you see some organized by Vic So, you can't go wrong.
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    I probably wouldn't do running but a slow jog yes sure. I've done it before causeway bay to repulse bay. But check the weather. It pours rain! I did it myself then got scared because too much water everywhere. Another couple were doing it and I followed them back in a circle somewhere and got a taxi back to where I needed to go.

    I never worried about snakes or spiders. Snakes usually run away if they hear noise so if your stomping your feet on the ground they'll probably disappear before you get to them.

    There is paved trails too. Bowen Road is a good one.

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