兩個月後，毅行者舉辦頒獎典禮，KK 與隊友們發現，原來比賽當日跑在他們跟前的隊伍，便是公務員組別的冠軍隊。他們心想，既然自己今年的成績僅僅在冠軍之後，何不嘗試挑戰此組別呢? 從那時開始，他們的目標便放於公務員組別的冠軍之上。
歷經一輪艱辛的苦練，終於在比賽中迎來成果。是年，KK 該隊正式改名為 Cosmoboys，於當年的毅行者中取得全場第三名，同時亦成為公務員組別的冠軍。然而，KK 可志不在此，毅行者的全場總冠軍，才是他心之所往。此後所要講述的，便是他毅行三連冠的奮鬥故事。
撰文: Paul Chong
#ChapterSix: Back to Trailwalker
Swords become sharp weapons after being ground with fire repeatedly. For trail runners, their legs are the weapons that help them complete tasks in the wild. However, we are flesh and blood that cannot be ground with fire. Planning a proper training schedule that helps the muscle stand long and intense running task is the most challenging part for runners.
In these twenty years, KK has been studying the techniques of trail running. In every training, he puts all his focus on it and this attitude led him to success in many races. Despite the fact that his legs can adapt to different types of trails nowadays, he experienced muscle soreness and pain like everybody else as well.
In 1996, it was KK’s first Trailwalker and the result was surprisingly outstanding that they came in tenth. He got tears in his eyes and the team overjoyed and hugged together when they crossed the finish line. After returning home, fatigue, weariness and soreness went through the whole body and more seriously, he could not move and stand up properly. The next day at night, he was still very weary when joining a celebration dinner as he had to hold the chairs next to him to walk into the restaurant. At that moment, he decided not to join Trailwalker and hike anymore.
KK has stopped all the regular hiking plan for a few weeks. He thought that he would never hike again, but he had to carry out high mountain rescue at work. During the rescue, he found that walking on the trail became easier than before. Even after the rescue, there was no more muscle soreness or pain. This unprecedented feeling told him that he could go a long way on trail running. Then, he buckled up and restarted again.
Two months later, KK and his team joint the Trailwalker Prize Presentation Ceremony. They discovered that the team which was just in front of them at the race was the Champion in the civil servant group. They asked themselves, “why shouldn’t we try to race in this group the next year when we were just after them this year?” From then on, their target has changed and focused on the champion in this civil servant group.
With the past experience, KK understood that he had to plan precisely and increase the difficulty of the training. Therefore, he used his free time to study and plan the training routes in an attempt to help the team achieve significant progress in every single training. Here they started.
During the training in 1997, the one that moved KK most was the night on the 1st July. After that night, looking out from Tsz Wan Shan and the Lion Rock, you could no longer see the planes landing or taking off. Bustle and hustle Kowloon City became lonely and empty. When travelling in the wild, they witnessed the change of times in person.
After going through tough training, there were fruits in the race. They named their team officially Cosmoboys and they got the 2nd runner-up in that year and the champion in the civil servant group at the same time. Yet, KK had another ambition beyond this – the champion in Trailwalker. The following will be the story about him getting the champion three years running in Trailwalker.
By Paul Chong