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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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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 - …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
David Lloyd is Director of Sport for Topas Travel, Race Director for the Vietnam Trail Series and co-founder of cycle tour company Velo Vietnam. Having first met David at the inaugural edition of the Vietnam Jungle Marathon in 2017, we were keen to catch up and find out more about: His own endurance background in the UK, including his Paddy Buckley…
 
At a time when everyone could do with some positivity in their life, we are delighted to share the story of Veronique Bourbeau. Vero is a true shining light of positivity in what is a tough time for many. She is in the middle of planning a Guinness World Record to become the first women to run the entire continent of Africa to raise money for YUNUS…
 
Mayank Vaid has been on an incredible journey over the past 2 years. From being inspired by a story of David Gething setting a world record running 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days, meeting him at his kids’ school drop off, to running the Pyongyang marathon with David, before racing the Enduroman Arch to Arc with him in tandem. What happens ne…
 
Scott and Ric catch up - via Zoom of course - to talk about: The Quarantine Backyard Ultra Stephen Redfern’s crazy challenges The 2021 Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge And more, before introducing an interview with Noor Ashikin Aziz, the founder of Singapore’s first homegrown triathlon, cycling and running apparel brand, Purpose Podcast hosted…
 
PS Sim is one of the most accomplished Singaporean mountaineers having completed 6 of the 7 highest Summits across the worlds 7 continents. She shares her story of not even reaching Everest Base Camp in year 2000 to Summit the highest peak in the world 20 years later. We conclude the podcast with an excerpt from the Race Base Asia podcast and speci…
 
Jessie Montague is a Pro Spartan Athlete based out of Singapore. We discuss her rapid transformation from zero to pro in a short 2 year period. How it came to be: her story of transformation. Who inspired her What is it about OCR that she’s so passionate about Times she’s been deep in the Pain Cave ‘Favourite’ DNFs, how she deals with failure How d…
 
Andy Dubois is the founder of Mile 27 a coaching company that advises a lot of the very top ultra runners in Asia Pacific inc Jeri Chua, Alessandro Sherpa, John Ellis, Ryan Whelan, Ryan Blair and North Face Adventure Team. We talk to Andy about how he picks his clients, how he gets to understand their ‘Why’ before he agrees to work with them. He ta…
 
The Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge is a 298km ultra across Hong Kong’s 4 long trails with an accumulative elevation of 14,500m. Taking place over Chinese New Year, athletes race the clock to starting at 9am on the first day of CNY to finish before 9pm and #Breaking60 hours. The 2020 edition was the most competitive yet with a total of 7 finishe…
 
As the 2020 Asia Trail Master series gets underway, we sat down with one of their principal photographers. Ipoh (Malaysia) born and raised, William Cheang has shot ultra trail running events all across Asia and is an accomplished runner in his own right. His work has been covered here and here (and he has his own website in the works). He goes by t…
 
This week Scott and Ric catch up to discuss the Everesting Bukit Timah challenge for the charity Free to Run. Scott is then joined (21:10) by the Executive Director of the charity, Taylor Smith, to discuss all the fantastic work Free To Run do to help and empower women and girls in Afghanistan and Iraq through outdoor activities and building their …
 
In our interview with Alessandro, we talk about: Alessandro’s background in mountain biking in Italy and how he grew up racing competitively before falling out of love with the sport. How he moved to Asia and got into trail running through doing hash runs in Malaysia How he became aware of the Asia Trail Master series His favourite places to race a…
 
This week on the Endurance Asia Podcast we’re joined by the winners of the Unofficial Oxfam Trailwalker, Gone Running Joint Dynamics: Veronika Vadovicova Ryan Whelan John Ellis They tell us a bit about themselves. Where they’re from, back ground in endurance sport and how they got into trail running John talks about winning OTW last year, with Jeff…
 
Arseny Chernov is the founder of Food Buddy an endurance nutrition coaching company and has a diploma of nutrition science as well as being an ironman athlete and tech professional. Engage with Foodbuddy on https://instagram.com/foodbuddy or https://fb.me/foodbuddy Mentioned the following: • Estimated Energy Requirement Calculator: http://bit.ly/fo…
 
Alan Grant is a co-founder of the Specialized Roval Mavericks cycling team. They have been on the podium in 100s of races across Asia since he founded the team with a bunch of friends in 2011. He’s also taken on plenty of endurance challenges including Everesting on a bike - cycling a cumulative elevation of 8,848m in one ride - no less than three …
 
Our very first guest on the pod, the legend that is Tomo-San is back. Tomokazu Ihara is on a mission to complete 100 Miles 100 Times. You can find out more about this project - as well as the coaching he offers - here. (Website in Japanese). Tomo is also on Instagram. In this latest chat, we discuss: His experience at the 2019 Barkley Marathons His…
 
“Health and fitness are not the same thing” Ben Pulham is 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. Find them online at https:/…
 
Show Notes Aussie athlete Bern Dornom is one of Asia Pacific’s - if not the world’s - top adventure racers. She’s on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/berndornom/?hl=en. in our chat with Bern we talk about: Her background in triathlon and Ironman Godzone Wulong Adventure Races in China XPD The Adventure Racing World Series, including Expeditio…
 
Show Notes Based in Hong Kong, Ryan Blair is the Founder and Director of the North Face Adventure Team (www.facebook.com/TheNorthFaceAdventureTeam/) and APA Group (www.asiapacificadventure.com/athlete-team/) and is himself a top endurance sport athlete. In our interview with Ryan, we discuss: Why Hong Kong is the world’s best trail running city His…
 
“If the race isn’t run well, you don’t want to go back” Show Notes Nic Tinworth, Steve Carr and Michael Ormiston are the team behind RaceBase (https://www.racebase.asia/), the Hong Kong-based organisers of events including The 9 Dragons Ultra and Country of Origin. The interview took place at Fineprint in Hong Kong. In our interview with the team w…
 
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