Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My SCKLM Experience, In NST

Photo credit: Hubby


It's published in New Straits Time today!

Woohoo!!!

Photo first, story later.

Monday, 22 May 2017

SCKLM Friendship Run And Pasta Brekkie

The day before the big race day of Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the organiser held a friendship run and also breakfast to full marathoners who had registered for it.

The fee was RM40 and apart from running, there makan and meeting up with runners session and it was held on Saturday, the day before the race.

It had rained that morning and we all took shelter under the event tent first until the rain subsided. While we waited, we were entertained by the emcee and also mingled around.
Some runners came clad in various traditional attires!
The organiser had prepared balloons with the countries' flags printed on it and we just chose the one we were from. It was fun to see and select our balloons and ran with it too.

The 5K Friendship Run route was the 5K race route and it was super nice to be running with bike marshalls and police escorts by our side.

Macam VIP!
Runners making our way back to Dataran Merdeka.

After the run, it was off to makan! And merry making.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Press Release: Almost 36,000 runners at 9th Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Almost 36,000 runners at 9th Standard Chartered KL Marathon
Kenyan Cosmas romps home in personal best
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 May 2017: Close to 36,000 runners converged on Dataran Merdeka to take part in the 9th edition of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon today. Cosmas Matolo Muteti,from Kenya won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 2:18:43 to take home USD17,500 while the Full Marathon Women’s Open category was won by Elizabeth Chepkanan from Kenya in a time of 2:36:14 also earning USD17,500 in the process.

Five-time champion Kennedy Kiproo Lilan from Kenya came in second in the Full Marathon Men’s Open with a time of 2:19:35 while Tonui Kiprop from Kenya finished third in a time of 2:20:36 In the Full Marathon Women’s Open, Vikoti Chepkemoi from Kenya took second place in a time of 2:40:08 and Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira from Ethiopia had to settle for third place with a time of 2:42:56.

The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category saw a close battle between defending champion Muhaizar Mohamad and Leo Tan Huong Leong. These two vastly improved runners were neck to neck until close to the finish when Muhaizar eventually repeated his triumph in last year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon with an improved time and personal best of 2:35:55. Leo narrowly finished second in a time of 2:38:06 and Ow Yong Jin Kuan came in third in 2:43:45. The Full Marathon Malaysian Women’s category was clinched by Yuan Yufang in a time of 3:23:00, while Loh Chooi Fern clocked 3:25:55 to come in second and Chua Khit Yeng got third place in a time of 3:33:46

FM Open winner Cosmas, was delighted that he not only won the title but recorded a personal best while fighting off multiple winner Kennedy. “I was running against strong opponents but I kept to my game plan and really enjoyed the run through some great scenery,” he said.

Muhaizar was also thrilled to have retained his title, especially after the tough competition with Leo. “It was a hard race but I’m very happy to have defended my title and even happier to record another personal best at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” he said.

Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events, added “We are extremely pleased to have pulled off SCKLM 2017 without any major hiccups and we hope that all our runners had a memorable run and a great experience overall. It is gratifying to receive such support from the local and international running fraternity and we are committed to continually improve on all aspects of this event and look forward to welcoming all of you for our 10th anniversary in 2018.”

Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank said, “As title sponsor, we are delighted to be able to play a part in empowering people from all walks of life to make a difference through this amazing event. There are inspiring stories everywhere today and this is a testament to the power of the Marathon. Congratulations to all our winners and our sincere appreciation goes out to all participants for their tremendous support.”
This was exemplified by more than 30 visually impaired runners who took part in the 5km Fun Run, along with volunteer “running buddies” from Standard Chartered Bank. 20 autistic children from Permata Kurnia and over 100 underprivileged kids from Sivanandha Home and Care2run also participated in the race across various categories. Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s Run For A Reason charity initiative remains an integral part of the event, channelling funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need. This year the participating beneficiaries were the Standard Chartered Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.

Efforts to make the Marathon more competitive, like having a seven-hour cut-off time and route checkpoints appear to be paying dividends as more than 8,000 runners signed up for the Full Marathon category this year. There were also close to 1700 running tourists from 52 countries and 75 nationalities taking part making SCKLM a truly international event. SCKLM was also the first stop in Englishman Andy Dukes’ epic marathon ride around the world on his BMW motorbike while running in six marathons in six continents.

SCKLM 2017 Race Day was preceded by the Race Entry Pack Collection from 18-20 May which was a bigger affair this year with the inclusion of the Prudential Healthy Life Expo, as well as the Friendship Run and Pasta breakfast on 20 May which saw Full Marathoners from Malaysia and around the world gather for a warm-up run and mingle in a more social setting.

Apart from the Full and Half Marathons, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 also featured a 10km distance and a 5km Fun Run for social runners, along with Kids’ Dash categories for children under 12 years of age. There were also several categories like the Corporate Challenge, Media Challenge, Universities Challenge and Ministries Challenge to either raise money for charity as well as provide friendly competition and bragging rights for the eventual winners.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia, drawing thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race once again saw Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors, including Honda, Seiko, Brooks, Lucozade and Pacific Regency. The event is owned and organised by Dirigo Events with co-organiser Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Standard Chartered KL Marathon is sanctioned and supported by Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Federation (FTKLAA), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS).

Winners of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017

Full Marathon Men’s Open
Position Name Country Time
1st Cosmas Matolo Muteti Kenya 02:18:43
2nd Kennedy Lilan Kenya 02:19:35
3rd Tonui Kiprop Kenya 02:20:38

Full Marathon Women’s Open
Position Name Country Time
1st Elizaberth Chepkanan Kenya 02:36:14
2nd Vicoty Chepkemoi Kenya 02:40:08
3rd Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira Ethiopia 02:42:56

Full Marathon Malaysian Men
Position Name Country Time
1st Muhaizar Mohamad Malaysia 02:35:55
2nd Tan Huong Leong Malaysia 02:38:06
3rd Ow Yong Jin Kuang Malaysia 02:43:45

Full Marathon Malaysian Women
Position Name Country Time
1st Yuan YuFang Malaysia 03:23:00
2nd Loh Chooi Fern Malaysia 03:25:54
3rd Chua Khit Yeng Malaysia 03:33:46

Full Marathon Veteran Men
Position Name Country Time
1st Seurei Julius Kiprotich Kenya 02:23:09
2nd John Kprop Samoei Kenya 02:37:34
3rd Timothy Kelsall Great Britain 03:08:16

Full Marathon Veteran Women
Position Name Country Time
1st Lilian Chelimo Kenya 02:48:45
2nd Margeret Njuguna Kenya 02:56:20
3rd Deborah Chinn USA 03:36:13

Honda Half Marathon Men Open
Position Name Country Time
1st John Muiruri Mburu Kenya 01:07:13
2nd Charles Munyua Kenya 01:07:53
3rd James Munyi Maregu Kenya 01:09:28

Honda Half Marathon Women Open
Position Name Country Time
1st Shieys Chepkosgei Kenya 01:21:46
2nd Njijia Ann Mukui Kenya 01:22:33
3rd Muriuki Naomi Wambui Kenya 01:25:54

Honda Half Marathon Men Veteran
Position Name Country Time
1st Jeffrey Ross Great Britain 01:28:02
2nd Ramesh Palaniandy Singapore 01:31:49
3rd Troy Keast Australia 01:32:48

Honda Half Marathon Women Veteran
Position Name Country Time
1st Hayley Holle Great Britain 01:36:18
2nd Clare McCulloch Great Britain 01:37:20
3rd Rachel Pepper New Zealand 01:42:33

10km Speed Men Open
Position Name Country Time
1st Enock Kipchirchir Kigen Kenya 00:33:19
2nd Soh Wai Ching Malaysia 00:35:42
3rd Amiruddin Bin Nasir Malaysia 00:36:52

10km Speed Women Open
Position Name Country Time
1st Danielle Nant New Zealand 00:40:23
2nd Chan Shun Yee Hong Kong 00:44:32
3rd Michele Tan Bee Kiang Malaysia 00:45:08

10km Speed Men Veteran
Position Name Country Time
1st Lim Khon Seng Malaysia 00:39:53
2nd Chan Shan Ching Hong Kong 00:41:09
3rd See Hock Leong Ronnie Malaysia 00:43:14

10km Speed Women Veteran
Position Name Country Time
1st Susan Khoo Great Britain 00:47:27
2nd Lorna Wong Malaysia 00:47:38
3rd Tina Munro Great Britain 00:48:32

For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon
Twitter : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon
Instagram : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon
Website : www.kl-marathon.com


Saturday, 20 May 2017

SCKLM 2017 REPC

SCKLM = Standard Chartered KL Marathon
REPC = Race Entry Pack Collection

And it's happening from Thursday, May 18th to Saturday, May 20th, 2017!

For Saturday, it's from 10am to 6pm so make sure you arrive earlier than 6pm today to collect your race kit!

Hubby and I collected ours on Friday.
 Started the morning with breakfast at O'Briens.
Then off we went to KLCC Convention Centre Hall 6 for the REPC.

And do the pre-requisite name finding for me at the Full Marathon name list board located outside the hall.
Unlike the first day which always is a havoc time to queue for race kits, the line was non-existent on Friday morning.

Apart from my FM bib, I also got my Friendship Run bib. I registered for the Friendship Run which was held this morning. It's a 5K run that comes with a pasta brekkie.
Did some retail therapy at the race expo and for any purchase of RM200 for SCB credit card holder (RM500 for others), I got to redeem a hydration belt from SCB counter.
And it was nice to enjoy a cup of Boncafe served for free for visitors at the race expo.

Tomorrow is race day and to all participants of SCKLM 2017, good luck and all the best!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Press Release: Neutrogena®’s fashion debut celebrates the joy of healthy skin

No. 1 dermatologist-recommended brand hits STYLO runway with
Happy Skin 24/7 collection
Kuala Lumpur, 3 May 2017 – Finally, a fashion that lasts for all seasons is here! Introducing Neutrogena® Happy Skin 24/7 fashion collection, a series of 30 designs presented at Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival (MBSTYLOAFF) 2017.

Created by local fashion designers Kittie Yiyi and Hazzer Wan Lee, the Happy Skin 24/7 collection interprets the happy mood that one exudes with healthy, great-looking skin.

According to Julia Teo, Associate Marketing Director of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, which markets Neutrogena® in Malaysia, healthy, great-looking skin is one of the things that women derives joy. “As the #1 dermatologist-recommended brand, we believe beauty starts with healthy skin – a condition which gives women a lot of positive energy in their daily lives. Imagine looking into the mirror every morning to see healthy and radiant skin, wouldn’t your mood naturally lift and your day start better? Indeed, healthy skin has the power to make one happy and that’s why our latest campaign advocates Happy Skin 24/7 with Neutrogena®,” she said.

Teo added: “Through our fashion debut at Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival, we hope to demonstrate the inner-joy of having healthy, great-looking skin, a result of using Neutrogena® skincare, and share it with Malaysian women -- what better way to do this than to come up with a fashion collection, inspired by the concept of Happy Skin”!

On the reason behind leveraging on fashion to express the essence of Neutrogena®’s latest campaign, Teo said, “It’s undeniable that women and fashion go hand in hand. Through our fashion collection, we want to tell every Malaysian woman that she can count on Neutrogena® to put her best face forward”.

“Happy Skin is something that lasts through all seasons – it’s definitely not a fleeting trend. So we hope to show through our designer’s fashion collection that it’s possible to keep your skin healthy with Neutrogena®, look amazing and stay happy all the time!
We have tied up with Kittie Yiyi and Hazzer Wan Lee – two unique designers who draw their inspiration from things that intrigue them in creating interesting prints and colours! Thanks to their creativity and hard work, we will see how they bring the youthfulness and joy of Neutrogena®’s Happy Skin 24/7 concept to life tonight,” continued Teo.

Kittie Yiyi’s quirky sense of humour translates into her designs, which are often joyful and loud, yet smart. The Raffles Design Institute KL graduate’s motto is: “Whatever you decide to wear, make sure it makes you happy!”

Kittie’s collection is inspired by the quintessential beach girl on a holiday. Coming from a faraway beach land, she wanders into the city in her flowy, comfy loose-fitting outfits. Her happiness is infectious – and it shows in the way she dresses. Featuring flared silhouettes, ruffles, cheerful stripes and heart-shaped prints, the collection flaunts the beach girl’s confidence in her own skin with transparent details and cut-outs.

Hazzer Wan Lee, creative director of HWL by Hazzer Wan Lee Fashion Atelier Kuala Lumpur, graduated with a degree in Fashion and Apparel Design from Herriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Hazzer’s fashion collection is inspired by the water splash -- a signature of Neutrogena® Deep Clean range of cleansing products, and the first step to Happy Skin 24/7! Fluid lines and cascading layers come together to bring out the beauty and energy of water in hues of blue, green, orange and pink. The clever incorporation and layering techniques of different materials such as denim, organdy, PU leather, cotton silk and dyed fabrics results in a unique 3D effect that mimics the movements of water.

Watch Neutrogena® Happy Skin 24/7 fashion debut at Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival 2017 online! Details at Neutrogena® Malaysia’s Facebook and Instagram:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Mother's Day Dinner At The Garden

Well, it's a cafe actually and it's located very near to our home in Balakong and it's name is Le Gardenz Cafe.
A container concept cafe and with a rather interesting decor, mix & match between greenery and fun, colourful decor.

After my run in Kuala Kubu Baru as part of my own Mother's Day celebration, Hubby and Son treated me with dinner.

I couldn't decide what to eat (but I want to drink coffee) so Hubby decided to give Le Gardenz Cafe a try.
Apart from a free meal promo for Mother's Day (free chicken chop or something for mothers), the cafe also have a buy 1 free 1 coffee promo. Sweet!

So Hubby ordered latte for himself and I had my usual cup of cappuccino.
And I had the lamb shoulder to accompany my cappuccino.
While Hubby had seafood risotto.
And Son chose the beef bolognese.
All not too bad and we enjoyed it in a rather fun and quirky environment.

Good thing we arrived a bit early because pretty soon, diners had to wait for their seats. Reservations is encouraged.

Service may be a tad slow but as we saw the servers dashing about, it's not because any of them were slow. They do have to serve a few floors of the containers, going up and down!

We didn't take photos of the decor as the cafe was quite full with diners.

Anyway, I want to try and visit the cafe again soon. Maybe for their afternoon tea service?

For those who wants to try Le Gardenz Cafe, it's located opposite Segi Fresh Balakong. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Hulu Selangor 30K - A Feast Of Hills

After Saturday's Highlanders Series Bukit Kutu, we were back in Kuala Kubu Baru on Sunday for another race.

But a road race this time, at Hulu Selangor 30K. Again, as part of Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor initiative for Visit Hulu Selangor 2017.
Just like Highlanders Series Bukit Kutu, the Hulu Selangor 30K is a rather smallish event but still see around 600 participants for all its categories.

We saw a number of runners who had done Highlanders Series Bukit Kutu toeing the start line at Hulu Selangor 30K.

Quite a few were doing the 30K distance and a few doing the 10K like me.

Crazy people. Hahaha
There were three distances available:
  • 30K (Men Open & Veteran, Women Open & Veteran)
  • 10K (Men Open & Veteran, Women Open & Veteran)
  • 3K Fun Run
Although I had promised to help out at the race, I also wanted to run in it and I did 10K under the Women Veteran category.
A photo in front of the start line before flag-off courtesy of ActionPix Malaysia. Thank you!

The route was nice (and hilly) with one crazy incline at Gerachi Jaya that makes almost all runners walked up it instead of running because of its steepness.

Thankfully, we 10K runners only needed to do part of that crazy incline before making our u-turn while the 30K runners needed to climb more upwards.

Before the u-turn, I realised that I was in the 6th place and I contemplated on whether to try and chase the 5th lady (who was way in front of me) and finally decided to just do it.

I also cursed myself for not registering under the Women Open because I would have a shot of getting 3rd place! Muahaha

I finally caught up with the runner at about 500m more to the finish line but she had more energy left in her to sped ahead in front of me. Aisey.
Anyway, it was a good route and run. I got my hill training and a good workout. No luck in getting one of the top 5 prizes only lah.
The 10K elevation map.

Quite nice, eh? hahaha

I'm looking forward to next year's edition and run 30K in it? Or maybe the organiser will upgrade the distance and make it a marathon event pulak?

Then we all can muntah run up all the hills there! *evil laugh*

After a shower later at the mini stadium's toilet (very big and clean), I proceeded to help out in the hall where the luggage storage was located. And where the prize presentation for the 30K and 10K was held later.

Susun kerusi a bit, help runners a bit, susun prizes a bit and later tidy up the hall again and it was time to return home lah. Sorry we didn't stay to clean up after the event, RD!

It was nice to see friends I haven't seen in ages getting podium prizes (as I kinda stopped doing long distance runs for a bit now).

Congrats everybody! Both podium runners & all finishers!

p.s. sure was jealous looking at the views and photos of what 30K runners saw along the route!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Highlander Series Bukit Kutu Version 2.0

Source : https://www.facebook.com/highlandersseries/
Just like last year, we were back to Kuala Kubu for the Highlander Series Bukit Kutu last Saturday. 
Source: http://www.mdhs.gov.my
The event is a part of a two-day running festival held in Kuala Kubu Baru, under the Visit Hulu Selangor 2017 program. The second race was the Hulu Selangor 30K which was held on Sunday.

Just like year, Hubby and I helped out at the race and this year, Son tagged along to help too.

Last year's race was a 12K trail run and the distance was added to make it a 15K trail run this year. One runner mentioned that she hoped that the distance will be increased next year as she wants to try running up to the peak.

Half marathon category next year? Why not? Hahaha
The first runner who arrived was from the Men Veteran category.
As a matter of fact, the first runners who finished were all Men Veteran.

It was not an easy route but runners were quite satisfied with the challenges given. (I heard la...)
We put Son responsible for jotting down runners' bib numbers and top 20 (male) and top 10 (female) finisher' timing.

Have to say, he was really dedicated and serious doing his task.

Runners in Highlander Bukit Kutu 2017 needed to check-in (i.e. report to secretariat) before the start of the run and later, check-out (after finishing the run).

The reason was for their own safety. Organiser needed to make sure that those who went in the trail ALL came back safely and accounted for.

We did make it easier for runners to do the check out as we jot down each bib numbers as they pass through the finish line arch and collect their medals so that they did not need to be hassled in doing it. 
Just like last year, it was still a no-frills, low-key event this year. There was an increase of participation this year compared to last year, but as the emcee announced during the event, the total numbers of participants allowed will be capped at 500 pax max (as advised by the Renjers).

And oh, to hike up Bukit Kutu, one does need a permit. 

After the event, and after the prize presentation ceremony; runners were encouraged to join the organising team and also members of Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (including the Yang DiPertua Majlis Daerah) and gave out packets of rice to the Orang Asli in Kampung Pertak.

Part of runners' fee were used as contribution for the Orang Asli Kampung Pertak.

Photos of runners at the finishing line can be viewed, click here. Also in the album were top 20 (Men Open and Men Veteran) and top 10 (Women) results. 

And on Sunday, we were back to Kuala Kubu for Hulu Selangor 30K. Both to help out and also run in the event. :-)

The post will be up next.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Since 2013, I've celebrated Mother's Day with running related activities.

Some were with both hubby and son, like Pisang Relay, some I did with Hubby; like Route 68 and some, they let me run alone like at Bomba Run.

This year, it's back-to-back crewing and running for Mother's Day and we drove all the way to Kuala Kubu Baru to do it.
Spent Saturday with the family at Highlander Series Bukit Kutu.

Then on Sunday, at Hulu Selangor 30K with me running in the 10K category. 
Alas, just missed out on a podium placing for Sunday's run.

After freshening up, it was back to helping out at the race though I chose to do it in the dewan, instead of spending it under the sun, like what I did on Saturday. Hahaha

For ourselves, we enjoyed both events immensely and hope that the organiser did find us helpful and useful. Wakaka

And when we returned home, Son presented me with my Mother's Day gift.
^^

More on race recaps and Mother's Day dinner later. 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Dinner Alone... Kinda

It was after my evening gym session and Hubby & Son had waited for me to finish.

As we passed by Pappa Rich, I suggested to have dinner there.
 My dinner was this curry fillet rice dish combo thingy.

Quite nice.
Teamed with this cucumber drink.

Just what I need after a hard one-hour session at the gym.

Wait! What about Hubby and Son?

They had eaten earlier so they just accompanied me eat dinner.
But Hubby did order this rather sad looking cendol.

Completely different from what I've ordered from Pappa Rich before and definitely doesn't look similar to the ones in their menu.

I just had to ask Hubby whether this is Pappa Rich "discount" cendol version. Hahaha

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

PSP King Of Forest

Fancy joining a trail run, right smack in the city; in an urban city forest?
Look no more as P.S.P King of Forest is open for registration now and with the race date on July 16th, 2017.
P.S.P King Of Forest 2017

PHILOSOPHY
PEOPLE | PLANET | PLANET

Pantai Sentral Park is a new township in the prestigious enclave of Bangsar South, an urban forest city with an upcoming development of 13 blocks of stylishly-designed residential & commercial towers. Estimated to be completed in 2030, it is touted to be the one and only urban forest city in Pantai Sentral Park.
  • KL’s One and Only Urban Forest City with PEOPLE, PLANET & PRIORITY being at the core of its integrated development.
  • Challenging & adventurous forest run & Fun run from 6am – 11am
  • Visit the “Live with Style” in Urban Forest City at ICE Gallery from 11am - 4pm.
Race information:
Flag Time :
7.05am (7.2km Forest Run)
7.30am (Wave 1: 5km Fun Run)
7:45am (Wave 2: 5km Fun Run)

Official Partner & Venue Sponsor: IJM Land | Pantai Sentral Park
Organizer : CentriSoh MY
Technical Support : Pacemakers Malaysia
In collaboration with: Astro Radio Sdn Bhd, UBER, 2Cents magazine, NU Infinity, Asti Cycle Works, JVC, Mocktail Bar, Origins Coffee Pouches, N8 Nutrition
Official Apparel: Ultron
Official Portal: Checkpoint Spot
Charitable Organization: National Cancer Society Malaysia

Registration open to the public through online portal now! Register at http://www.checkpointspot.asia/PSPKingofForest

See you there!

I am certainly excited to check the place out as I've never been to Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Press Release: THE PUMA NIGHT RUN MALAYSIA 2017 IS HERE, BIGGER AND BETTER!


Kuala Lumpur, May 8, 2017 – Fresh from its roaring success last year, PUMA Malaysia is all set to bring it to the next level with the fourth edition of the PUMA Night Run in Cyberjaya. With RM16,500 worth of prizes to be won, the run is looking to attract 12,000 participants this year.
PUMA Night Run 2017 will also be the first time for the run to have two running categories to choose from as there will be a 6KM run for the fun and leisurely runners, as well as a 12KM run for the seasoned competitive runners.

The top 3 finishers of the 12KM men and women categories will each receive RM2,500, RM2,000 and RM1,500 worth of PUMA vouchers respectively. On the other hand, the winners of the 6KM men and women categories will go home with RM1,000, RM750 and RM500 worth of PUMA vouchers respectively.

The entry fee for the PUMA Night Run Malaysia 2017 is set at RM119 for 12KM and RM89 for 6KM (All prices are exclusive of GST). Upon successful registration, all participants would receive the PUMA Race Kit which includes a PUMA Night Run tee, PUMA towel, PUMA shoe bag, finisher’s medal (to be given after the race) and other sponsored freebies. In addition to that, PUMA is also loading up the Race Kits with some super cool goodies such as glow in the dark shoe laces, LED arm bands and glow sticks to add to the fun.

PUMA is known as one of the pioneers in the night running scene having first introduced the run in 2014 as a platform for runners from all walks of life to celebrate the joy of running and experience a carnival-like atmosphere filled with activities and performances. The run will end with the ultimate after-run music performance, featuring Singaporean Kpop artist Gen Neo and renowned local artist, Black.

PUMA has also released the official full-length video that captured all the fun and excitement from last year’s PUMA Night Run Malaysia, which can be accessed through the official website.

Registration for the PUMA Night Run Malaysia 2017 is now open and participants can register via www.puma-nightrun.com.my.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Coway Run 2017 - The Water Specialist Run

After Larian Bomba on Saturday, Hubby and I joined Coway Run on Sunday, thanks to The Marathon Company who graciously extended the invitation to us.

I did 10K while Hubby did the 5K.

I'm trying to control my pacing and slow down to my goal marathon pace, in preparation for SCKLM 2017 which will be held in 2 weeks' time and I still went a tad too fast during Larian Bomba.
I told myself to take it easier during Coway Run.

Coway Run had pacers so I thought maybe I'd just follow the 7:30 pacers this time.

But after realising they were doing a 6:40 pace for the first 2.5K (up to the first water station), I decided to ditch them and ran by my own pace (which I didn't know since I'm still trying to gauge it by feel instead of constantly looking at my watch).
The 10K route covered neighborhood backyards (jalan belakang rumah orang) and despite the lack of marshall along the route (only a few were seen at junctions, together with traffic police) and weird placing of traffic cones; the route was quite safe for us to run - simply because the neighborhood drivers were patient and careful. 

I find the route nice, with good sections of uphills and downhills but hubby said it was boring for him.

For me, I find the miles just melt away (maybe because I was pretty much holding a Zone 3 effort lah). 

And while we were on the left side on the road, we saw D&S (Dignity And Services) Run on the opposite side of the road. Two run in the same neighborhood, on the same Sunday! But we didn't exactly merged with them and there was no confusion on the route. For me lah.
Arrived at the 2nd WS and saw a number of runners queuing up to take photo with the Coway's giant water purifier, and I joined the queue.

Thanks Adik Pengakap for helping to take our photos!

Very enthusiastic WS crew at the 2nd WS, a lady was shouting encouragement to all of us. Thank you!

After photo and a drink of the filtered/purified Coway water, I continued my run and had so far resisted the urge to be lazy and walk.

Although I was in front of the 7.30 pacers, I could still hear their voices and knew that they weren't that far behind.

At around KM8, I bumped again into a runner who came all the way from Perlis to join Coway Run. He came and ran to support Coway. Such a good agent lah! We talked a bit before he sped ahead in and I was still trying to maintain the same effort.

When we reached the last WS, I knew the route would be over-distance and I also knew that we'd face an incline before finishing. Damn mental lah! Hahaha

At KM9.9, I took a walk break and chit-chatted with a fellow runner for a bit before making an attempt to run again. By this time, the 7.30 pacers had passed me and they were shouting to runners to follow them if any of us wanted to finish in 1:15. 
I finally finished the 10.60km at 1:17, with an average pace of 7.16. 
So actually, I kinda failed to nail a 7.30 pace, which I wanted to maintain for SCKLM FM. 

Never mind lah, Wednesday cuba lagi.

Anyways, I do have more trust in SCKLM pacers. Hahaha

All in all, traffic control during the race notwithstanding, I did enjoy my run.

The crowd control at the finish line was good and I like the fact that the organiser had actually fenced-off a section at the finish line to avoid those who had done running, and collected their medal & refreshments to come in again and crowd the finish line area.

I was given a bottle of Coway water, a banana and my medal (of course). 
Then went to take photo with this Korean lady before going off to drink more Coway water. Bahahaha
His and Her medals.

Thank you again The Marathon Company for a good Sunday outing!

By the way, results of Coway Run are up. Link here.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bomba Merata-rata... At Larian Bersama Bomba 2017

So, I'm back to Larian Bomba after a two-year hiatus.

Just like my last Larian Bomba in 2014, we ran in the same route. There are still no timing chips, still limited medals given, still two water stations... It's pretty much the same. Hahaha
But with that, you get the old-school way of running in races. No-frills, hand-drawn race map by FTAA, cheap registration fee (RM30) and you had to fight for your medals (well, Men Open had to fight for the 150 medals allocated. We in the Women Open category pretty much had it easy despite the 120 medals allocation). And FTAA officials still scold me for wearing my bib wrong, and not on my chest. Hahaha

Anyhoo, had a bit of drama prior to running it. I was suffering from a bad case of gastric since last Sunday and had yet recovered fully from it.

A cup of oat for breakfast, two charcoal pills and two Actal plus 4 toilet visits later, we made it to the starting line of Larian Bersama Bomba 2017.
Just in time to see abang Bomba doing some warm-up routines before 10K flag-off at 7.30am.

The weather was kind to us and we had an overcast morning.

I told myself to be easy with the run as I was still feeling a tad nauseated. It was pretty much running at perceived effort and I didn't glance once at my watch, in order to train for the upcoming Standard Chartered KL Marathon and I kept telling myself, it's OK to be slow just as long as I tackle all the hill, running.

Did that, until I reached KM5.5 thereabouts and I started walking. Hahadoi. Another walk breaks was at the flyover near Jalan Parlimen. It wasn't even steep or long but I always, always walk at that stretch. Grrrr...

Along the route, we saw plenty of Bomba trucks and abang Bomba, of course. 
As I reached KM9 and approaching Padang Merbok, I ran. I knew that the route will be over-distanced and I knew I had about 2km left to go.

It was a downhill stretch and I thought I'd just run at a controlled pace to finish, but there was this one lady who kinda made me annoyed. 

She kept running into me, making me move to the side in order to avoid her and she kept glancing at me. Not sure why though. So I just revved my engine and sped ahead and told myself, I better finish in front of her! LOL

And so, from a mixture of 6.40-7.30 min pace (8.00min when I took walk breaks), I ran a 6.18 pace for the last km! Bahahah
And finished ranked 30+ and got my limited medal.

Had to eat three Torrone sweets this time, just to run a 10K because I needed to feel full. A bit of angin in the tummy, then sure habislah my run.
Lepaked a bit at Dataran Merdeka after the run and met with friends and fellow GC members before making our way home.

Cannot linger too long. I need to eat!

All in all, a productive morning.

Congrats to everyone running!


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