13th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) Liu Fo-lok has emerged as the champion of this year’s Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC), also known as the Four Trails, completing the arduous course in an impressive time of 52 hours and 2 minutes. Throughout the challenge, Liu conquered the MacLehose Trail, Wilson Trail, Hong Kong Trail, and Lantau Trail, covering a total distance of 298 kilometres. Along with 18 other participants, Liu set off from Tuen Mun on the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year, enduring two consecutive nights of running and conquering a cumulative elevation gain of 14,500 meters, finally reaching the finish line in Mui Wo on the afternoon of the third day.
On the afternoon of the third day, Liu Fo-lok descended the steep slopes of South Lantau Road and made his way to Mui Wo Pier, where he was greeted by the cheers of his supporters. As a symbol of completing the Four Trails, Liu sealed his triumphant achievement by planting a kiss on the iconic green mailbox at the finish line.
The starting time for this year’s Four Trails was only announced on the eve of the Lunar New Year. At 9.44am on the first day, the 19 participants embarked on the 10th section of the MacLehose Trail. Liu Fo-lok took the lead at Tso Shan and Needle Hill, solidifying his advantage during the 4th section of the trail, and ultimately widened the gap as he approached Sai Kung. At 11.30pm on the first night, Liu Fo-lok arrived at Pak Tam Chung, becoming the first participant to complete the initial 100 kilometres of the MacLehose Trail. It took him a total of 13 hours and 45 minutes to conquer the first trail.
The real-time tracking of the 2024 Four Trails can be found at: https://live.dottrack.asia/24hk4tuc/