Seyon Asia Limited
Sham Tseng Mountain Marathon Race Course
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sham Tseng Reservoir (above Tsing Long Tau off Castle Peak Rd.)
Public Buses: 52X, 53
Race Start: 09:00
Half marathon 23.95 km 1055 meters cumulative altitude gain
Full marathon 37.00 km 2200 meters cumulative altitude gain
Cut offs: There will be hard cut off for full marathoners at CP 2 at 1200 ( must divert to half marathon course) and at CP 4 at 1430 (must get in the support van).
Full Marathon - Maximum Allowed Time 7.5 hours – 5 water stops
Start: Sham Tseng Reservoir – Service Rd. above highway – Yuen Tun – Pipeline Trail - Park Access Rd – Country Park Warden Post – Bamboo Contour Trail toward Tin Fu Tsai – Kat Hing Bridge – End Section 9 of Maclehose – Ho Pui Reservoir – Contour Trail toward Kap Lung – Cross Section 9 of Maclehose Long/Short Split – Chuen Long –Tai Mo Shan Fire Lookout – Trail down southern flank of Tai Mo Shan – Contour Trail and road to Chuen Long – Cross Route Twisk – Catchwater Trail – Ha Fa Shan – Shek Lung Kung – Pipeline Trail/Ancient Trail – Tsing Fai Tong – Sham Tseng Reservoir Finish
Half Marathon - Maximum Allowed Time 6.0 hours – 3 water stops
Start: Sham Tseng Reservoir – Service Rd. above highway – Yuen Tun – Pipeline Trail - Park Access Rd – Country Park Warden Post – Bamboo Contour Trail toward Tin Fu Tsai – Kat Hing Bridge – End Section 9 of Maclehose – Ho Pui Reservoir – Contour Trail toward Kap Lung – Cross Section 9 of Maclehose Long/Short Split – West on Maclehose – turn left to Lin Fa Shan – down to Sheung Tong – trail beside stream to road – Ancient Trail/Pipeline Trail to Tsing Fai Tong – Sham Tseng Reservoir
Race Course Hints and Suggestions
Maps - Although the course has been marked with white arrows and white ribbons, the arrows tend to fade overtime. Purchasing a Northwest New Territories Country Park Map to take along on the run may be helpful if questions arise. Racers are also advised to familiarize themselves with the course ahead of time.
Water – There are a total of 3 water stops on the half marathon course and 5 on the full marathon course. Water will be provided near Kat Hing Bridge, crossing section 9 of the Maclehose (Full/half split), near the Tai Mo Shan Fire Lookout, at the Route Twisk/catchwater intersection and at Tsing Fai Tong. Each runner may take one 0.5 liter bottle of Bon Aqua Water at each water stop. Additional water can be purchased in Chuen Long village on the full marathon course. Due to the length of the courses, runners are advised to prepare appropriately and carry water sufficient for their own needs.
Weather - It can be hot this time of the year and approximately 30% of each course is exposed to direct sunlight. Hats and sunscreen are recommended.
Trail Conditions – Much of the half marathon trail takes place on undulating contour trail, the pipeline trail and obvious hiking trails, though they are still rocky and rough in places. Only the descent from Lin Fa Shan to Sheung Tong is particularly steep and rough. The full marathon includes a very demanding ascent of Tai Mo Shan and a very long and steep descent. If it has rained recently, it will be slippery. On the full marathon, Route Twisk – which is a very busy road – must be crossed twice. Runners should very careful while crossing the road.
Driving instructions to the Sham Tseng race
Sham Tseng Mountain Marathon Previous Records
Full Marathon Ė 37.0 km
Men's Open: Neil Tait 3:34:45 2005
Men's V-40: Rob James 3:55:04 2008
Menís V-45: Patrick Ford 4:09:09 2008
Menís V-50 Leung Wing Leung 4:34:49 2008
Men's V-55: Bob Whitehead 4:39:23 2006
Ladies Open: JoeJoe Fan Suiping 4:12:16 2006
Ladies Veteran: Yeung Mei Lun 5:14:55 2008
Half Marathon Ė 22.5km
Men's Open: Stone Tsang Siu Keung 2:01:53 2009
Men's V-40 Tim McCosker 2:13:37 2005
Menís V-45 Leung Ping 2:15:32 2007
Menís V-50 Leung Ping 2:27:41 2009
Men's V-55 Chris Wardlaw 2:14:50 2007
Ladies Open: Claire Price 2:20:55 2008
Ladies V-40: MarieHelene Arnauld 2:35:07 2001