Monday, 21 April 2014

The Queens Graced Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut)

I'm not really sure why both Zaini and I got excited into registering to the PACat Adventure Team's organised event in Taiping called the "King of Bukit Larut" but we did. Despite knowing the elevation of Bukit Larut is 1250m above sea level to the peak (which we only covered 10.5K of the 13+K uphill route) and this "King of Bukit Larut" is a hill run. I guess we like the organiser and have so far enjoyed their ermm... low key events tremendously. 

Sometimes, it's not about the glamour of running, getting medals, technical event or finisher t-shirts or hoarding goodie bags but rather the enjoyment of a run itself. Period.

The event was flagged off on Sunday, Apr 20th at 7:30am. We made our way to Taiping early Saturday morning and reached Taiping around 10.00am. We lepak"ed" at the McD near Lake Garden for a bit before making our way to the race kit collection area. We had agreed to help-out a little bit, if our help was needed.

SATURDAY
With some of the tireless people behind the event.
Kacau here, kacau there a little bit, helping out getting the bibs & t-shirts distribution when runners came in droves a little later.
Not too sure how this is helping. Hmmmm... LOL

(photo credit for the photos above : PACat Adventure Team)

We only stayed on until 4:00pm as we haven't checked-in to our hotel yet. Missed out meeting friends who came a little later.

SUNDAY

We only arrived the race site at 7:00am and the place was already teeming with runners, all excited to go up Bukit Larut.
Flag -off was at 7:30am sharp, after us singing Negaraku. Nice touch. 

While some ran ahead, I just plan to walk up. Zaini and I had already agreed we won't need to do this together and after me catching up with a couple of fellow runners, Zaini sped ahead. 

It was uphill 98% of the first 10K up with a little flat sections and downhills. Doing this with great company took away the pain of going uphill.
With my fellow Queens. A few of us agreed to do crowns and tiaras - Kings and Queens. Men of course gotta wear manly crowns la. :P
A Queen's pose. Just 3K into the run (which we didn't run LOL)
Lovely view that took our breath away. And kinda took the pain of climbing up too. My photo didn't do justice to it. You just gotta come and view them yourself. 

Us three walked together with a chirpy and strong runner from Singapore, Mee Kee for most of the climb up. Admire her energy. We talked, laughed, snap lotsa photos and when runners started looping us and came down she'd keep count of every runners that passed us and encourage them. She took photos of every single of them too!

I tried to do so, but my dinky compact camera works horribly with action photos. 
There was a couple from Cape Town joining the event, and the chap was so friendly that when we bumped into him while he was going downhill and we were still going up, he saw that we were taking photos, happily and obligingly ran up and down again so we can take his photos. He was fast! He was the 3rd runner  that passed us! No. 3! The lady was equally fast too.

Photo credit : Vivien Tay

The four of us (me and the two queens & Mee Kee) were together until we were approaching the final water station before the u-turn to go down. Mee Kee had said she wanted to push and make up for the slow time after that and she did. 

I had erroneously thought the last water station uphill was the u-turn point so I spent a bit of time there, munching sweet watermelons, drinking 100-Plus and taking photos with other runners. Belatedly realised that we needed to go uphill about 500m more and darn! they were steep!  Took us 2hr56min to reach the u-turn point, after a 10.50K climb. Phew!
After the u-turn and making our way down; instead of making up lost ground; we took more time to enjoy and taking more photos, of course! Hahaha

The walk downhill was actually quite hard because it was then we (the three queens in the photo) realised how steep it the road was. We were like "how did we manage walking up this?".

Seeing that we had ample time to finish before the 5hours cut-off, we took a stroll downhill. I know back in my mind that Zaini and Raimie won't be happy with me finishing slow but I might as well enjoy the moment and the view. ^^

We bumped into hikers and most cheered for the queens and princesses. Everyone was sooooo friendly! The runners, volunteers, local hikers. Everyone! Love it!

Some runners actually waited for us to arrive and from the bottom of my heart, thank you! I'm so so sorry that I was pre-occupied after the run.
Blame the free-flow cendol and nasi lemak served that made me so anti-social and not care about others that day! Huhuhu
The Kings and Queens of Bukit Larut. ^^

While Mom and Dad went up Bukit Larut, Son was "dispatched" to help out. Poor boy. Hehehe
Taking care of nasi lemak. I did ask whether he was bored but he said no. What a relief. ^^

We waited until the last runner finished, lepaked a bit then Zaini and I showered at the toilet there. We had already checked-out from our hotel earlier in the morning, after all.

Poor Zaini of course not only ran 21K, he had to drive home for four hours after that. Thank you! *muaks*

Overall, I love running up Bukit Larut. If not for the event, I probably have no excuse to visit Taiping again let alone hike up Bukit Larut.

The jeeps that drive visitors up/down Bukit Larut weren't in service for the whole duration the event was on, other than the jeeps taking up supplies for the race organisers so participants had a jeep-free road that day.

Weather was great. It didn't rain a single drop during the event!

I have nothing to complain about the organisation. Water stations were ample. Volunteers were friendly. Even slow finisher like me have enough cendol and nasi lemak after the run. 

Love the t-shirt. I didn't check my medal, it's stashed somewhere in my bag so I can't (and don't care much) to comment on the medal.

Looking forward to next year's (more brutal) edition. Bring it on, I say!

34 comments:

  1. The Negaraku got me laughing hahaha! First time dengar kot, event like this to include the national anthem. I oso agree it was a nice touch. Kan bagus kalau event2 like pun buat gitu, especially time2 menunggu flag-off.
    Zaini likes running event with environmental theme eh?

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    1. A'ah kan? I guess dia mmg suka races yg penuh kehijauan gitew :P

      Yes, the singing of Negaraku is a nice inclusion. And we sang it (or mime it). Should do it more at running events. :) Kudos to PACat Team.

      Next year, jom? Best giler naik Bukit Larut :)

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  2. Didn't know it's above 1am high, thought 800m+. Well, I remember during my teen years, me and my friends walked down from the peak under a rainy day. Haha..

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    1. The last water station we were at was at 1036m. Then we go up a bit more.

      Didn't do the whole 1250m la... Next year, maybe. LOL

      Descending on a rainy day... slippery wor

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  3. muahahaha!! i love the title of this post!! now, that's really how glamorous Mak Glam is!! she is the Queen of Glam!! fuyoh, don't play play.. and i like the theme "King and Queen" you are dressed up, it matches with the name of the race too.. and of course King and Queen is different from Diva, one solemn and one flamboyant, you guys did it just so appropriately and never too overly :)

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    1. Do it to have fun, not to expect people see us and feeling glamour or syiok sendiri, right Ah Boy? :)

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  4. and you are right, true runners care not about all the goodies, finisher-tee and medals.. it's the joy and fun of the run, and also the contentment of your achievement!! guess Mak Glam has gone up to this level which discerns herself from the beginners and newbies huh?? wah, veteran already lah~~ :D

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    1. Cannot say I'm veteran la... Hahaha

      But to me, yes the sense of achievement is much more priceless and meaningful than a piece of medal.

      You bila mau lari? hihihi

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  5. aiyoh, poor Anak Bujang was there looking after the nasi lemak?? haha, such a good boy helping around while waiting for Mak Glam and Pak Kura.. errr, if i were being put there, i think i won't feel bored also, because if i got nothing to do, i'll curi-curi open a packet and feast on the yummy nasi lemak.. when runners finished the run and wanted to get carbo-replenished, they may only see a man with perut buncit taking care of few packets of the nasi lemak there~~ :D

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    1. Good thing he didn't mind being left behind and helped out a bit there otherwise, he sure was bored.

      Hahaha he had to be forced to makan! LOL

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  6. Nice view, good company, free flow cendol and nasi lemak = winning combo ;)
    the last time i went to Bkt Larut was ages ago, think i took the easy way up - by transport :P

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    1. Total win!

      When are coming to visit and enjoy local races here? Come la. Hihihi

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  7. Well, looks like you had a great time lepak-ing at my hometown! ;))

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  8. it's so interesting to be able to enjoy bukit larut with lots of people. I'm planning to visit it again some time.

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  9. Second para...Unfortunately nowadays saw some organiser does use all those to attract runners

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    1. Lol...at zaini's pic on Saturday. U should b thrre too mah. Two running. Cute

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    2. Hmmm...not cute....more of wacky pix like ah boy n anay

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    3. Where? On the banner? LOL

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  10. am backkkk.....sorry ya....just now on phone...now on laptop. much nicer....


    wah lau eh...raimie looking bored? Nah.....looks like he is monitoring the runners.....each one take one nasi lemak only k....

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    1. Have to ask mah... If he was bored meaning that he wasn't doing anything much. Good that he wasn't and was helping out instead of pouting.

      Nasi lemak was aplenty. The organisers allowed everyone to eat any amount of nasi lemak they want.

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  11. He said no, but from his face looks like he's quite bored duh!!!

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    1. Photo looks like that bcos he knows ppl taking his photo. Duh~

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  12. Marvel Man Zaini ran 21 KM and still drove home! You married a Captain America! Salutes!

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  13. Your son looked so cute jaga the Nasi Lemak. Someday he might become a FB Chef at a 5 Star Hotel. Big fat salary job!

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    1. Tauke nasi lemak also I accept :-D

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  14. The photo taken on the suspension bridge is very beautiful. The colour and mood settings is natural and good. Well done.

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    1. A fellow runner took it.

      Nice, right? :-)

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