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.
HK4TUC 2024 Recap with Alice Mcleod and Mayank Vaid
1:42:00After 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 trailsHer awareness of Four Trails from seeing the legend Nikki Jan finish in 2019 Her training block for 2024 and the volume and focusFour Trails goalSleep and nutrition strategyWhat next?? As the second Scottish lady to reach the green post box, Will Alice come back to follow Nikki Han and finish? And then we are joined by Mayank Vaid at 43m mark to discuss:The 3rd year taking on the challenge, what convinced him to come back after surviving last year.How last year went? What he learned from last year that he adapted in 2024What he’s been up to since 2023 edition when he did HK marathon just 2 weeks after! Competing in Hyrox and 4 peaks race, triathlons, 15k swim. Was cross training a big part of his plan.We go into details about the 4 Peaks Race in HKHis plan going in to 2024 edition.How he got his wife and eldest son Bono to crew himThe last 30k of Lantau chasing the clock and the 60 hour cut off. The feeling to finally finish the challenge.Hong Kong Four Trails continues to show why it is the most epic ultra running challenge in the Asia region. The community, the difficulty and the drama. It always an epic dotwatching and social media follow. Congrats to Andre, Paper, all the athletes and crew, photographers and everyone involved with this event.
Endurance Asia Awards 2023
36:00We 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 YearJohn Stingray Onifa with his clean sweep of wins at Asia Trail Masters races including the win in the finalTomokazu Ihara with his Four Trails win, Barkey Marathons Fun Run and Grand SlamFemale Athlete of the YearEszter Csillag, who placed 3rd at Western States and a win at Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong and IzuSunmaya Budha, who won multiple races across AsiaHau Ha, who put in a heroic 4th place at CCC plus wins at Doi Ithanon and Ultra Trail AustraliaRashila Tamang overall winner of the Asia Trail Masters final 2023Race / Challenge of the YearDoi Inthanon Thailand by UTMBHong Kong 100Vietnam Mountain MarathonRinjani 100Malaysian Mountain and Trail FestivalIzu Trail Journey JapanFundraising of the YearJo Loder Run for Freedom, running HK 5in5 Trails inc Tinworth Trail, raising HK$880KEndurance Feat of the YearVincere Zeng Everest Lhotse and K2. Listen to the episode hereLe Thi Hang of Vietnam who ran a marathon every day in 2023 inc a 2nd place finish in VMMMark Agnew kayaking north west passage. Listen to the episode here.. Listen to the episode to find out who the winners are..We loved watching these people reset the limits of what’s possible in 2023 and would love to hear from you about who we missed. Here’s to even more amazing achievements in 2024!
Doi Inthanon by UTMB Recap with Valentin Orange
1:07:00Joined by Valentin Orange, we recap last weekends Doi Inthanon by UTMB in Chiang Mai Thailand, the major UTMB race of Asia.We cover:Race organisationLocation, Atmosphere at start/finish lineThe races:50k100k100 mileAnd we go in to Valentin’s past year covering Sange Sherpa as he documents his life running ultras every weekend. You can follow Valentin at Insta Facebook www.valentinorange.com
Phil Snowden - PT, HYROX and Extreme Endurance Challenges
1:42:45Phil 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 miliirtaryHis first DNF doing the 24 hour Tough Mudder in the USUltra in the Antarctic, Borneo 100 milerPushing and pulling a body weight sled for 46km across the UfIt gym for 50 hoursUltra triathlon, 300 miles on Ski erg, Rower and bikeThen we get in to Hyrox, the years of training that led up to becoming the perfect athlete for Hyrox, concept for the race and plans to commit to the race in future.You can read more in depth info into Phil’s endeavours and the date on his blog https://www.philsnowdencoaching.com/Check him out on Insta Ric Stockfis and Scott Puigh catch up after to discuss:TrasnslantauWorld Trail MajorsEverything else going on in the ultra endurance scene
Mark Agnew - World First North West Passage Expedition
1:24:30We 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 passage and be the first human as part of the team to cross it!Well he’s only gone and done just that. Along with a team of expedition kayakers from Texas, The Artic Cowboys, he has become the first person to cross the North West Passage by human power.Wr cover:Preparation and planning. Original plan for 2021 delayed. How did you train for it. What were the records you were targeting?Logistics and funding, team. Equipment.Record temperatures in 2023 made the pass possible?Distances travelled every day. How much camping sleep time.Biggest challenges, best moments / worst momentsWhat’s next?Check out some videos of Mark on ITV and BBCRic and Scott then catch up after to discuss:Adventure Race World Series Championships and previous guest Jay Jantaraboon’s Of The North Face Adventure Team getting 5th place as part of the Brazil Multisport Team.Bigs Back Yard World Champs and previous guest Joshua Toh doing 75 yardsSalomon Forest Force Race in SingaporeWhat’s next in the calendar inc MMTF, UTMB Thailand etc
Tomokazu IIhara - Grand Slam of Ultra Running
56:15Repeat 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 overallWestern States: 20:19:58 39th overallVermont: CancelledDevil’s Gulch: 23:54:44 1st overallLeadville: 23:31:18 40th overallWasatch: 23:17:17 6th overallBest 4 x 100 times: 86:01:01 19th/403 finishers since 1986You can find out more about the Grand Slam of Ultra RunningFollow Tomo Insta Facebook Website
Vincere Zeng - Scaling Mountains, Breaking Records
1:31:00Vincere 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 from. How she progressed to take on high altitude mountains from trail running in Singapore.How she planned for two expeditions in the same year and also 2 mountains in her Everest expeditionThe company she chose, 8k Expeditions and how she worked with them. Tell me about some times you’ve been deep in the Pain cave and how did you get yourself outHow do you Train for your major expeditions or races. Especially in Flat Singapore How do you think about Nutrition leading up to a challenge and duringPlans for rest of 2023 and Asia Trail MasterYou can follow Vincere on Instagram, Facebook, Strava
Return of Ben Pulham and Jim Webster of Coached
1:27:00We 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 goes into more detail about the testing they offer and Ben’s background as a professional athlete. https://www.enduranceasia.com/podcasts/coachedFind them online at https://www.coached.fitness/, https://www.facebook.com/Coached and https://www.instagram.com/p/CLdWCTzHu3x/?hl=enIn our interview with Ben and Jim, we discuss:Diet and the benefits of lower carbThe athletes they are training inc top triathlete ArifState of Singapore athleticsThe track sessions they run every Tuesday in SingaporeGoal SettingSweat testing and importance or supplementing with minerals in AsiaPodcast hosted by Ultra Endurance enthusiasts Scott Pugh and Ric Stockfis.