Martijn was first introduced to hiking in 2010 when he moved back to Hong Kong. He had always been eager to do sports but he never found the passion to really go for something for real. He did a few runs back in The Netherlands but moving to Asia he could not get accustomed to the heat and soon became lazy, gained weight and became really unfit. He hit 90 kg and realised there was an urgent need to do something about it.
Martijn explains that at first he did a few kms of running on Bowen road, struggling in the heat, trying to keep his heart rate down. Soon however he found out about hiking and was hooked. Once he became more fit through the hiking, he went back to running and realised he enjoyed trail running much more. Through trail running he had met nice friends with the same desire. Before he knew it he was on a Oxfam Trail Walker (OTW) team, training regularly throughout the summer every weekend mainly on the Maclehose trail.
He recalls he started OTW ambitious, although he had trained really hard and made a lot of progress during the summer, he was overcome by the heat and crashed out of his first trail race ever. However It did not deter him to get hooked on trail running and races, and as a result entered many races to follow with variant success. Martijn considers his best race the HK100 in 2012 where he finished with a time of 14:45.
Martijn says that his passion for all things trail running means he reads extensively and he tends to comment frequently to Facebook questions posted from others.