The 2018 edition of the Trail World Championships took place in Castellón de la Plana, Spain on May 10, 2018. Co-administered by the International Association of Ultrarunners and the International Trail Running Association and hosted by the Penyagolosa Trails Race Organization, the championships course had a distance of 85km (53 miles), 4,900 meters (16,000 feet) of climbing and 3,700m (12,000 ft) of descent. The course begins at almost sea level on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast and climbs through the at times vertiginous and almost always hilly landscape to finish at the Sant Joan de Penyagolosa sanctuary on Penyagolosa Mountain, at 1,280m (4,200 ft) altitude.
Spain's Luis Alberto Hernando won a third successive men's title and Ragna Debats of the Netherlands won the female's title. Spain also won the team title, while Great Britain and France took the runner-up team titles.
For the first time, Leung Ying Suet and Stone Tsang Siu Keung represented Hong Kong in the championships and we are proud to see both finishing the race, despite intense competition and a very tough course. Their participation at the Trail World Championships would not have been possible without the support of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association much gratitude to team leader Mr. Joseph Wong providing the much needed support at the checkpoints for our Hong Kong runners.
Gone Running has announced its 3rd Hong Kong Trail Running Awards to recognize outstanding athletic achievement, sportsmanship and community contributions over the preceding 12 months.
The latest edition has taken into consideration community feedback and will include some changes this year, which will hopefully will make the awards more representative and exciting. TRAHK is proud to be invited as the judging panel in addition to popular votes.