Barefoot in Hong Kong V – The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen

Bowen Road Hong Kong
Bowen Road Hong Kong

3 Runners, 1 Plodder, 4 Different Experiences

One of the most famous places to run in Hong Kong is Bowen Road. It’s an 8K stretch that winds its way through the Mid-Levels of Hong Kong. In a mountain-city that puts San Francisco’s hills to shame, Bowen Road’s relative flatness is very appealing.

There were four of us – all very different runners: Jeremy has been running his entire adult life. He’s very dedicated, determined and competitive. Yoni is 25 years old, speedy and graceful. On that day he was training for a 10k charity run and this was his first time doing more than 5 kilometers. Rich, you know all about – over 2000 miles logged last year, fleet of foot as he speeds along in his GladSoles minimal sandals. And me: sloooow, attempting lightness and ease in my own GladSoles, and not used to the 8k distance.

Here’s how we all felt about it:

WHAT DID YOU SEE?
Jeremy: Buildings and jungle!
Yoni: Bowen road was half way up to the peak, so when you ran the stretch it was like running along sky-scrapers. I saw high-rise buildings by my side and a magnificent bay.
Rich: Beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline.
Jennie: Skyscrapers wrapped in fabric and bamboo scaffolding.

HOW FAST DID YOU GO?
Jeremy: 38 mins for 5 miles (whatever that is)
Yoni: I ran an average of 4.5min a Km.
Rich: Fast enough to stay comfortably ahead of Jeremy & Yonatan, and my lovely wife.
Jennie: Ridiculously slow.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT IT?
Jeremy: Being together running en famille.
Yoni: The best bit was the height of the road, so the view was breathtaking.
Rich: No traffic, relatively flat, perfect weather, lots to like.
Jennie: The fresh air, the views, the company.

WHAT WAS THE WORST PART?
Jeremy: Nothing bad – during summer the heat is crazy but wasn’t relevant in February.
Yoni: The worst part was the heat and humidity – I’m not used to running in these conditions – I’m used to British cold and rainy weather.
Rich: There was no worst part.
Jennie: Getting a mouthful of dust when we went past a building site.

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE DONE?
Jeremy: Satisfied!
Yoni: I felt brilliant when I’d finished because I’d beaten my best time.
RG: Great!
Jennie: Accomplished!

HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO THIS RUN?
Jeremy: Two or three times per week.
Yoni: At the time I was training for a 10k… so I ran often leading up to the event. Unfortunately I’ve stopped running for a bit because my university exams are looming. Though I look forward to get back on it fairly soon!
RG: Every time I go to Hong Kong (once).
Jennie: As often as possible (so far, once…)