The former Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon record-holder is heading to the Arctic to run a marathon at the North Pole.
Hard Tsui Chi-family has by no means skilled conditions like the ones in the Arctic but said that is the appeal.
“Just to be in one of the world’s coldest places, and simply to feel what it is like to run within the snow is what I’m enthusiastic about,” he stated, including he has been training on the sand to emulate the smooth surface.
“I’ve run in Japan in which it turned into just below zero ranges Celsius, but now we are speakme approximately running in minus-30 tiers, so I’m actually searching ahead to experiencing that.”
Tsui ran the Hong Kong Marathon in two hours, 34 mins and 31 seconds in 2015, and has become the fastest local runner to complete the course ever. However, his time turned into overwhelmed in 2019 by Hanniel Chow Hon-nip in 2:25:fifty seven.
Tsui set his private fine 2:24.Forty-three closing years in Berlin. But the North Pole Marathon has now not sparked his competitive instincts.
“I will now not be comparing myself to different runners; however, if there are different runners of the same degree and equal strength, I’d want to run with them because it’s always amusing to run with a accomplice in any such harsh environment,” he stated.
Tsui hopes to finish the FWD North Pole Marathon run on April nine in beneath four hours and harbors hopes for three:30 if he is lucky.
“I am confident in running because the marathon file, no longer handiest did I run my PB final yr I also ran my 2d PB this year,” he stated. “It offers me a degree of self-assurance going into the North Pole that I can attain my goal.”
“I’m extra excited than apprehensive as it isn’t always an aggressive race like I generally do,” he delivered, “so I’m just searching ahead to playing the race.”
It’s the right attitude to have, in step with the race organizer Richard Donovan, who said runners must “revel in the apprehension.”
“You are going into the unknown, and each person who tells you they recognize what they’re doing is lying. The strolling is an auxiliary part of the ride. There is a whole North Pole adventure here,” Donovan stated.
Donovan became the first individual to run a marathon inside the North Pole in 2002. He had merely finished seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, along with the best marathon ever run on the South Pole, which he gained.