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 Post subject: Running on Lamma
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:16 pm 
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Featuring our frequent Lamma Artist of the Week, Tanya:

The latest in our series about running in Hong Kong focuses on Lamma
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(C) SCMP, Mon, 24 November, 2014
by Rachel Jacqueline

Beyond the skyscrapers and traffic-choked streets, Hong Kong is a paradise for runners. On January 25, some 73,000 people will take part in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. In the lead-up to the race, local runners will take you on a tour of the city's neighbourhoods, pointing out the best running routes, shops and pit stops. This week, 31-year-old artist Tanya Bennett shows us around Lamma Island...

The best part of running on Lamma is that during Hong Kong's hot and humid summer, there are so many beaches where you can cool down. The views of Hong Kong Island and Lantau at sunrise or sunset make me thankful to live here.

The worst part is the spiders in the summer. The main dirt trail on Lamma (from the wind turbine over to Sok Kwu Wan) is not possible to run from May to October due to the density of spider webs. Spider face plants are an unfortunate side effect of running on Lamma at certain times of the year...


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 Post subject: Re: Running on Lamma
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The worst part is the spiders in the summer. The main dirt trail on Lamma (from the wind turbine over to Sok Kwu Wan) is not possible to run from May to October due to the density of spider webs.


For me, webs are not a problem. Just take a slim walking stick (or pick up a loose branch) and wave it in front of you when you're going through close scrub to break the webs. At least 80% of the trail is in open country with no webs anyway.
A stick is also handy to intimidate any aggressive dogs you might meet.

The main obstacle is it's often muddy and slippery in summer.


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Nice!

My favourite run on Lamma is from Hung Shing Ye beach to Lo So Shing beach along the coastline (more of a clamber/boulder really, great workout and balance/parkour drill) and then either back on the family trail or up over Mt Stenhouse and down to Sok Kwu Wan and then back to HSY on the family trail.

Might sound a bit dumb but I've tried something like Tanya's route several times and I somehow always end up down at the youth camp. Must investigate further.


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summerxia wrote:
Might sound a bit dumb but I've tried something like Tanya's route several times and I somehow always end up down at the youth camp. Must investigate further.


That's at the midpoint. Go right to join the coast "Family Trail", left to go above the quarry. Both circle around the peak behind the hostel and will end up at Sok Kwu Wan.


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