Almost 36,000 runners at 9th Standard Chartered KL Marathon – Kenyan Cosmas romps home in personal best

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In its ninth installation, 36,000 runners congregated at Dataran Merdeka for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017.

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


The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon kicked off with a resounding reception, garnering more than 8000 participants

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Cosmas Matolo Muteti from Kenya won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 02:18:43 to take home USD 17,500.

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.

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The Standard Chartered KL Marathon Kids Dash pictured here with emcee Linora Low and Hospis Malaysia’s mascot, Mr Monty.

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

1st Cosmas Matolo Muteti Kenya 02:18:43
2nd Kennedy Lilan Kenya 02:19:35
3rd Tonui Kiprop Kenya 02:20:38


Full Marathon Men_s Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Men’s Open Category (L-R): Kennedy Kiproo Lilan, Cosmas Matolo Muteti, Tonui Kiprop



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 Women_s Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Women’s Open Category (L-R): Vicoty Chepkemoi, Elizabeth Chepkanan, Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira

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 Men_s Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Full Malaysian Men’s Open Category (L-R): Tan Huong Leong, Muhaizar Mohamad, Ow Yong Jin Kuang

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 Malaysian Women's Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Malaysian Women’s Open Category (L-R): Loh Chooi Fern, Yuan YuFang, Chua Khit Yeng


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



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Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 – Tips for runners

Hey everyone. THE marathon event of the year will be happening this weekend, and I am sure most of you runners, organisers and volunteers out there who are directly or indirectly involved are counting down to the big event.

The event is officially kicking off tomorrow with the race kit collection happening at the KL Convention Centre. A good location indeed for a 3 days spread for runners and the likes to come and collect their race kit and visit the Prudential Healthy Lifestyle expo.

Prep tips for runners

For runners, this is about the time where you have wind down  your mileage and take all measures to avoid any last minute injury. Pamper yourself good with a massage or reflexology session to ease those muscles and joints. Do the necessary preparation and planning to ensure you leave home on time this Sunday morning, know where to park if you are driving, and if you are car-pooling or taking other modes of transportation, plan that in advance too.

Take your time to look through the event itinerary, ie warm up and start time for your event. Find out up front where are the luggage drop off area, and if you are coming with some supporters, agree to a location to where you guys could possibly meet after the event.

Post event pics are cool, so make your camera/phone cameras are fully charged!

Runners – whether this is your first, or first for the distance which you will be running, or even if you are a seasoned runnner, here’s a quick check list you might find helpful for your event day to be smooth;

  • Original NRIC (MyKad) – bring it [you will need it as part of verification document if you get a winning spot]
  • Keep your original bib after crossing the finish line [you’ll need it for winner verification]
  • Original winner’s tag [those lanyard with paper tags showing your position #] if you are handed one at the finish line
  • Baggage/luggage service is available at the Dataran Underground. Service starts 3am and ends 12.00pm. According to the guide book in the event website, baggage not collected after 12.00pm will be donated to charity or disposed at organiser’s discretion <– so make it a point to collect it early after your race !
  • NOTE:  45cm x 35cm x 20cm <– luggage guideline. Organiser have the right to refuse your luggage



Food and drink – Some tips

You will need to have a tummy pre-filled before your event. Don’t eat too much else it’ll be hard too run. Do not NOT eat at all as you’ll experience hunger pangs which can disrupt the quality of the run, and your concentration as well.

Eat per usual, as you have done during your practise run. Race day is not the day for you to try out new things ie. new shoes, etc and this includes the things which you consume.

Keep stock of some energy gels/bars . Click here for a guide from Runner’s World. The link also shows how you should be taking your fuel.

Personal experience- been over drinking and not alternating between sports drinks and plain water.

Shall I stop for a ‘roti canai’ or McDonald’s ? Most probably not as the purpose of refueling during the run is to absorb the carbs and nutrients almost immediately. Roti canai and McDonald’s might not only have longer absorption rate, but it will also shunt your blood to your GI instead of your musculoskeletal. So stay away from over loading your system unnecessarily. You need your body to be working efficiently and economically to give you the best run, and that you finish comfortably.

Cramps? Side itch?

Listening to your body is an art if you have not listened hard enough. Listen to your body. The second you feel a tugging or pulling in your muscles, slow down your pace. It’s a sign of possibly a cramp developing. If its the case, stop running, and stretch the affected area. According to Runner’s World, applying pressure by just using your fingers on the affected muscle for 10-15 seconds can provide relief.

Side itch? Same thing…Stop and stretch… if it comes again, repeat the procedure. Breath in deeply, and apply pressure to the affected muscles. Weak obliques muscles normally contribute to side itch during runs as the upper body rotates. Hence– the importance of building a strong core –> you’re less prone to these symptoms, injuries as well as a longer endurance before fatigue hits.


We typically miss this out.. take a look at some of the short listed items I personally think you can benefit from:-

  • make sure your shoes are intact. you don’t wanna go mid way you run to see your sole coming off unless you don’t mind running barefoot
  • socks – it’s GOTTA be comfortable. Too thin, too snug.. it will and can be discomforting and also lead to blisters on your foot/toe
  • shoe fit — same as above.. ill fitting shoes can cause blisters and black toe nails <– familiar?
  • Body Glide/Vaseline – a runner’s life saver.  Apply some to areas prone to blisters and chafing. I’ve posted on this before. Photo of a guy with bleeding nipple ! ouch !
  • Other things — Get any wired gears ie earphones out of the way. Not only it affects your running momentum (you trying to keep things in place while running…!), it slows you down from your best potential running pace which you’ve worked oh so hard for– but it also can contribute to risk of unwanted accidents. You are so into Queen’s ‘I want to break free’ you missed all the verbal warning pointing to a pothole in front of you , or missed a check point (either a ribbon tag, or time mat) . If you can keep those earphone from dangling, possibly the reconsideration for that playlist you have sitting in your music device.



Whether or not you pass any exam depends on 2 things 1) The effort put in prepare for the exam 2)The execution of those preparation into tackling the exam. Same with running. If you have picked a suitable plan for a particular distance which you are registering, AND followed through the training program, this will help 1/2 of the challenge you will be facing on D-day.

The other 1/2 is the execution of it ie what’s been done during practise runs, and implement it for the race day except with more eager and smart enthusiasm. Planning is key to ensure you don’t fumble through your steps unsure if you should stop or not for the electrolyte/water. Whether or not you should be running or walking up hill — all based on your prep and knowledge, and adjusting it where necessary on race day.

Having a sports watch and HRM (heart rate monitor) on (with the understanding that you also wore them during practise run) will give you the edge. You will be able to tell immediately if you are pushing too hard to early to avoid early encounter with a brick wall <– possibly no one wants this right?!

Else, do what you’ve been doing which has work which is–listen to your body. You maybe tempted to ‘draft’ or hook with a runner to get the right pace. If you need to do it, do it wisely. Do not play chase until you get your rhythm and pace right.

Personally, I am more of a ‘keeper’ of my energy, and will disperse it gradually into the run. Satisfaction comes when I start overtaking runners who were dashing their cardiac muscles out the first 2km, and I make sure I keep and then up my pace slowly.


Wishing you all the best for your run !

Yours in writing,


p.s. I will be running the 1/2 marathon distance. Wish me luck too !



Stay focused, positive and most importantly, Have fun ! Pic of me post Powerman Malaysia 2017 . Did the sprint. It was a fun outing !

Penang International Duathlon and Triathlon 2016

Triathlon history in Pulau Mutiara, Pulau Pinang

If there is one event I have definitely been missing out, it will be this one. For a fourth time this year ! Please leave a shout out in the comment box if you did participate in the multisports event held in Pulau Pinang Pulau Mutiara (Pear of the Orient).

Not written in any text book, as a multisports athlete , if you are one, Pulau Pinang gave birth to Malaysia triathlon back in the days.It was called ‘Merdeka Triathlon’ and was held in 1988 in Batu Feringghi the same year Whitney Houston’s ‘I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me) topped the Billboard chart (okay at least i still feel relevant!).

Let’s Tri and Du It

Fast forward 2013 Penang triathlon revived and kicked full gas with successful event year after year (the fact that its still running is a good sign post jellyfish filled history!). This year, the event was held successfully in Teluk Bahang, a small town but dense with touristic attractions. On April 17th, over 1000 athletes took part in the triathlon and duathlon categories covering 51.5km in total for the triathlon event (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run) , and 57km for the duathlon event (7km run, 40 km bike, 10 km run) .


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Looks Tri-able and definitely Du-able.

I manage to capture an aerial view (no, drone) ..using Google Map. The triathletes swam out north from Pantai Jubilee (see the sea shore above the text ‘Teluk Bahang’? Yes, there ! Then they came back to swim start, (its a little different here..) slip on their running shoes and run back around 2km to the transition for the bike leg (transition area is located near the dam). 40km bike with 1 major U-turn near Balik Pulau, followed by a 10km run course consisting of 2 checkpoint at each far end of the route. Race ended at the Start/Finish line near the Teluk Bahang dam. Just in case you were wondering how the participants got to the beach at the northwestern of the island from the transition area, the 550 odd triathletes were transferred from the main event area to swim start.

Brought to you by ‘SPONSOR’



‘SPONSOR’ is the main sponsor of the Penang International Duathlon and Triathlon 2016 – a newcomer in the local scene but number 1 sports drink in neighbouring Thailand. ‘SPONSOR’ is from the same maker of ‘Red Bull’ earth’s number 1  (Felix  Baumgartner fans out there, yes??). ‘SPONSOR’ has been around in Thailand for the past 3 decades sponsoring Thailand national basketball championship and the official sports drink for the Thai national football team. In Thailand its available in retail market and convenient stores (ie. 7-Eleven). The sports drink is available in Penang for now for a retail price of RM1.70 at selected supermarkets, minimarts and convenient stores.


The Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon was heavily accentuated with the colour yellow, the official colour of the sports drink. OK, so the finishing carpet was not yellow ! Yellow official tshirt, beach flags, err…bananas?


As I am blogging this, I have a ‘SPONSOR’ Original Flavoured 325ml can next to me. ‘Recommended for sports, exercises and any heat exhaustion’ it says on the top rim of the can. 1g protein, 35g carbs, 290mg sodium and 50mg potassium. So if you’re looking for something new or an alternative to stock you up, check out ‘SPONSOR’. Cost effective? Definitely. I had mine delivered specially by Sponsor’s PR agency EverQuest’s own Marketing Director Ms. Jay Mee Chuah.


Jay Mee, a shout out to you here. Apologies on the delay, but I hope my readers and fellow athletes will catch up with ‘SPONSOR’s unique blend and affordable concoction once it hits the inner land of Klang Valley. For now, guys and gals, look for ‘SPONSOR’ whenever you head up north, specifically in Pulau Pinang.


The results

I know at least four podium finishers of the event– in various categories; the ever youthful Ironman triathlete Jason Thiang, Reclaim’s Ironman Chris Kha Krang and one and only 2ndSkin ambassador Ironman Chan Jun Shen — and another one, Richard Tang, also an Ironman. While the event attracted regular faces of Malaysia triathlon scene, it showcased a positive turnout for local amateur triathletes , duathletes, season and new.

One component of this event which I would like to highlight is the introduction of duathlon category for those who intend to upgrade triathlon, but like to have the transition smoothly as possible or simply new to multisports. Very much understandable for triathlon beginners, and good strategy for pulling the crowd in Penang (and country wide).

So, down to the top 3 for each categories, all worth mentioning , I present to you….the winners :-


Duathlon 3rd Prize G809 IRENE TEOH 03:48:29 Women Senior Veteran Female Malaysia


Duathlon 2 Prize G803 LIEW LEE CHIN 03:43:27 Women Senior Veteran Female Malaysia Duathlon 3 Prize G809 IRENE TEOH 03:48:29 Women Senior Veteran Female Malaysia


Duathlon 1st F735 MELISSA 03:13:01 Women Junior Veteran Female Singapore Duathlon 2nd F723 TAN SZE YIN 03:32:56 Women Junior Veteran Female Malaysia Duathlon 3rd F721 FION WONG 03:38:38 Women Junior Veteran Female Malaysia


Duathlon 1 Prize D519 TANG CHEE CHOON 03:17:59 Men Senior Veteran Male Malaysia Duathlon 2 Prize D518 JASON THIANG 03:19:13 Men Senior Veteran Male Malaysia Duathlon 3 Prize D523 LIM KIAN HUAT 03:20:48 Men Senior Veteran Male Malaysia


Duathlon 1 Prize C370 CALVIN TAN 02:39:20 Men Veteran Male Malaysia Duathlon 2 Prize C342 STEPHEN MANIAM 02:50:23 Men Veteran Male Great Britain Duathlon 3 Prize C356 RICHARD TANG 02:50:37 Men Veteran Male Malaysia


Duathlon 1 Prize A023 JASON LOH CHWAN CHYIN 02:32:36 Men Open Male Malaysia Duathlon 2 Prize A058 OOI SIAU TIEH 02:42:42 Men Open Male Malaysia Duathlon 3 Prize A043 CHAN JUN SHEN 02:45:45 Men Open Male Malaysia


Triathlon 1 Prize 722 SABINE CLAUDIA EGGER-WEICKHARDT 03:18:26 Women Veteran Female Australia Triathlon 2 Prize 745 PATRICIA COMBRINK 03:26:48 Women Veteran Female South Africa Triathlon 3 Prize 728 LAW LAY ENG 03:38:23 Women Veteran Female Malaysia


Triathlon 1 Prize 612 PAN SENG KHA KHRANG 03:23:46 Women Open Female Malaysia


Triathlon 1 Prize 612 PAN SENG KHA KHRANG 03:23:46 Women Open Female Malaysia Triathlon 2 Prize 631 ADRIENNE CHEW DAN 03:29:44 Women Open Female Singapore


Triathlon 1 Prize 457 TSUYOSHI SAWADA 02:56:25 Men Veteran Male Japan Triathlon 2 Prize 504 ANTHONY YEAP JIN GHEE 03:04:52 Men Veteran Male Malaysia Triathlon 3 Prize 347 ALLAN FICKSTER MORPHEUS 03:17:08 Men Veteran Male Malaysia


Triathlon 1 Prize 27 CHRIS WRIGHT 02:49:48 Men Open Male Great Britain Triathlon 2 Prize 137 WILSON LEE 02:54:14 Men Open Male Malaysia Triathlon 3 Prize 89 IVAN HO MUN SEONG 02:57:17 Men Open Male Malaysia


More photos from the event in the slideshow below :-


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Triathletes, Duathletes

So if you’d like something different in a tri event, I suggest look out for the next registration for Penang Tri and DU it ! Will be interesting and definitely memorable. The organiser did a great job transferring everybody safely from event venue to swim start! No news of jellyfish attack is always a good news and we hope for the safe return of this event NEXT YEAR !


Congratulations to all participants and winners of the race, and a big kudos to the event organising committee, all crew members/volunteers, the local government and official bodies. ‘SPONSOR’ — Well done in making this a reality not just for Malaysian participants, but also for all our guests from around the world; Russia, Norway, Venezuela, Germany and Australia — just to name a few. Malaysian hospitality is here to stay !


Bonus : SPONSOR Fact Sheet 


SPONSOR is a sports drink that helps to boost performance, sustain endurance and accelerate recovery for those who are serious sports enthusiasts. SPONSOR can be consumed “during” sport activities to help boost performance by sustaining longer endurance. It is also recommended for consumption “after” sport activities to help accelerate quicker recovery. SPONSOR is brought to you by the same makers as Red Bull, the world’s No.1 selling energy drink. SPONSOR is the No.1 sports drink in Thailand and is currently the official drink for the Thai national football team. Produced in Thailand by TC Pharmaceutical and imported by Allexcel Trading Sdn Bhd., SPONSOR is available currently only in Penang at Happy Mart, 24 Express, 98 Stores and other selected supermarkets and minimarkets. SPONSOR is available in 325 ml can packaging and retails at RM1.70 per can


>>Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon official website <<

SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016 – Promo Drive !

Assalamuaikum and Hey All !! The SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016 will be happening on the 15th May 2016 in University Malaya Sports Centre. All kids age 7-12 years old are welcome to join.

For registration please log on to Hurry on and get your kids registered ! All kids are welcome to join ! We also highly encourage disabled kids to join this camp.


Today (Saturday, 12 March 2016) and tomorrow (Sunday, 13 March 2016), the SuperKids Triathlon Camp organiser will be at TTDI Park (Lembah Kiara) for the camp promo drive. Please feel free to come by and Say Hello! and also if you have any questions pertaining the camp.


Please find our humble booth at the mini square between the wooded bridge and the second gate (adjacent to the soy bean truck/ice-cream stall). Or booth opens 7am-10am and 5pm-6.30pm.


For parties interested to partner/collaborate or sponsor, please don’t hesitate to email the organiser (please visit the official event page for contact).

See you there and Thank You for your support !


SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016



That which doesn’t come in seasons (unlike racing seasons)

IM Langkawi !

Ironman Langkawi 2014. Whooaaaaaaa…!! And since then I’ve been getting questions along the line of… ‘ Sudah register? Jom Julie 2014, Julie you joining? Julie you taking part in Ironman?  The untruthful answer: Will think about it, will consider. The bottom pit of my heart answer: My daughter is still young for me to be committing to this event, and I am planning to expand the brood !

Its a, personal choice after all 

Here’s the thing — raising a family definitely doesn’t come in seasons. Counting down to your son’s first birthday doesn’t come in season. Ensuring your family is intact doesn’t come in season. Spending quality time with your loved ones? Doesn’t comes in season too. Sports events  say, Ironman? They come and go. They get repeated annually too. And if banned by WTC (World Triathlon Corporation), the hopeful ‘comeback’ happens when there’s enough funding of that event, or a trustworthy and reliable organiser is identified and awarded to run the show. So it is definitely a personal choice. If there is no restriction, by all means, go ahead. And remember that, too, Ironman is not about ‘being in the scene’, or ‘what people will think’.. its about you, and your decision makings. Because in the end, no matter what happens, its how you end the game which you started that matters. Eyes are focused on the last 2km, where you are almost drained of energy, and you gotta keep on to put on a show to prove to YOURself that you’ve got it. Ironman is about challenging YOURself .. Its not like running a 10k and know who you are going to beat.. Endurance games like this requires more than just being physically and logistically prepared. The mental and emotions come into play, and that’s when a good support team/group comes in handy. Fellow racers who supports you and says ‘Keep going’ will certainly give you that boost more than you think you need.

I have to be fair to my family (daughter is turning one next month), and its just too early ‘in the season’ to be leaving home for hours. I’m relatively new in the ‘family’ life, and managing a home is one kinda practise which will take years for somebody like me. It wasn’t anything like a hand-me-down sorta skill/property. You learn the trade as you go along. We learn everyday from our mistakes.

Committing is a serious game (with added fun of course) 

So again, whether to Ironman or not is truly subjective at this time being and I at least hope we can be more considerate when we get too over excited over this specific event . I won’t be offended if anybody ask if I will be taking part, but do give me a breather and allow me to tell that its way too early for me to commit to major races as of now. I did sign up for Powerman,,,and MAN… its not the easiest task to find time for training ! Nothing like my single mingle days. LOL.!  So to all you single (not yet committed to raising children/pleasing the husband) ladies out there, do take part in sports, its good, and certainly the best way to keep fit and healthy. Raising a family is no excuse to not keeping healthy and fit. Plenty of ways, plenty of means. Its just a matter of choice. But, committing to a major event where long hours of training away from home is required, is a different ball game. Especially if we’re raising young children, and during this key period where attachment and bond is sealed, and when their psychology, emotions and mental are developing rapidly, we WANT to be there for them. We need to.

Of IM Theryn Tham and such

Apparently I don’t have a maid (glad I don’t) , pretty much hands on, and certainly pray that my child(ren) will grow up to be the best of the ummah. This can’t be achieved if I am not there at home to coach them. Its all about working and deciding smartly what goes when. Another Ironman is possible for me, but for the time being, I would like to reserve the wild thought of training for 1. My fullest support to ALL my friends who have registered for the event, who have booked their rooms, and have been asking where to get an IM training plan (Terkz, have you looked at — that’s where i go tmy training schedule. CK is the support C (chief) for bro Yusran who’s doing his n-th Ironman. Stupe, Shirliza Anne (yes rite??!!), Syukran Terkz,,and I am not sure who else. Theryn Tham who tagged me in our 2009 IM foto at the official hotel– my guess is that you’re going?! Theryn is my tri buddy since my early (if not first) days doing tris. Cool lady, humble and gains my utmost respect for all her IM feats ! She was standing next to me at the wave start in PD July this year, and when I asked when’s your next Ironman, which she answered,  ‘Just last week’…walllaweeiiiii… I would just book a ticket to Bali and get spa-d everyday after an IM !

You’re an Ironmannnnnnn !

Anyways, the coolest part of IM is the journey. The peak of that journey is when you reach the ribbon at the finishing like with your hands raised high, grinning , almost crying…. and which to the end of it,  you’ll ask what? You’re an Ironman my friend !!!!!!! To all Langkawi 2014 IM people, see you insyaAllah there. missJewelz will be there to support, insyaAllah.

p.s. very excited for my lil one’s birthday next month !!!!

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Tribute to IM Langkawi 2009 volunteer. I bump into this blog post just now and thought it would be nice to share it with the rest of you. IM from a volunteer perspective. Yan, this is for you ! Thank you for volunteering at IM Langkawi in 2009. Maybe I did bump into you at the registration/race course, and is definitely nice and sweet of you to be volunteering for the ‘coolest’ triathlon even in the entire world. 🙂 Yan, dah join triathlon belum?

What’s Next ?

Malaysia 1- Indonesia 0

Okay, hands up any of you who did not catch the Indonesia vs Malaysia quarter final match 2 nights ago? We won 1-0. thanks to the goal from Syahrul Azwari. Catch the telecast repeat on Astro (if any/if you can). I made sure I was in front of the TV last night at 8pm, and boy oh boy did I have a lot of fun watching Garuda playing the Harimaus !! While I may not be a football die-hard, (except for *ehem* World Cup) I still do follow the national football team’s progress. From time to time that is. So Malaysia won 1-0. Good thing they did. Both Malaysia and Indonesia will advance to the semis (right), where Malaysia will be playing against Myanmar. Wishing the team ALL THE BEST. Malaysia Bisa? The points tally aside, it was indeed a psychological game (slash war) that the whole team had to endure for at least 90mins last night. The ultimate was tested when Ong Kim Swee, the Malaysian coach was asked to leave the technical area and stay in the stands for the last 25minutes of the 2nd half. Still the boys pulled through despite the stronger attacks from Indonesia, and poorer defence and passing by the Malaysian boys.

But even way before the match started, if you watched the game 2 nights ago, of how defeaning it was in the Gelora Bung Karno (the stadium is named after Indonesia’s first President, Sukarno) when ‘Negaraku’ was played. The audience just couldn’t hold it but blast out their trumpets, shouting and making noise as to show how much they support their national team and not Malaysia.. Fine.. but to the point that we ourselves on the other end of the screen can’t even make out the tune and words of ‘Negaraku’ (due to the noise) is unbelievable. I had to press my ear hard and watched the lips of the footballers singing to actually see and hear ‘Negaraku’ being played and sung in Senayang, Central Jakarta 2 nights ago. The Indonesian spectators who made those noise were either accommodating very well the show of ‘no-respect’ for another nation, or simply couldn’t care less. I wonder what it is like for the Indonesian spectators were to feel if they were put in our shoes to witness such a disgraceful act from another nation to their own.. It is hurtful. It is not right. And us Malaysians should not condone to this.. at all !!

Malaysia 1- Myanmar 0

And hey, we’re into the finals !!! Ahmad Fakri Saarani scored a goal on the 85th minute. So, 1-0 against Myanmar after our boys did it again, this time with coach Ong Kim Swee in the stand for the whole match.*coach kena gantung match…* Nevertheless, may the force be with our boys for their following match – FINALS !!!! against Vietnam or Indonesia next Monday, 8pm, local time. wokeeyy?! 🙂

Melaka born Coach Ong Kim Swee (zaman muda). He played mostly in East Malaysia (Sabah&Sarawak during his football career in the 1990s

Syahrul Azwari, the footballer who made it possible during the match against the Garudas !!

SEA Games – medal tally

Malaysia has rose to a respectable 4th placing for overall ranking with a respectable 47 gold medals,  after being placed behind our neighbour Singapore in 5th placing for the past few days. Thank you to the incoming gold medals !!! And I just got to know that we have added up to the tally 2 more gold medals from both Fatehah Mustapa (500m individual time trial) and Harrif (10km scratch race. also a track event). Tahniah to both of you !! and Thank you for ending the gold medal draught for Malaysia cycling. FYI, Ng Yong Li was placed 4th in the 180km road race. Congrats to him as well ! For the BMX scene, Aim Fauzi manage to finish 5th in Malaysia’s 1st appearance in SEA Games 2011 BMX Superscross in Ancol. Rizal Tisin who competed in the same event was DSQed. We were not far behind for the mountain bike event when Masziyaton Mohd Radzi clinched a silver behind Vietnam’s Dhin Thi Nhu Qyunh. Congratulations to you dear !

Ng Yong Li @ SEA Games 2011

Fatehah Mustapa - gold medalist at SEA Games 2011

Another win for Harrif Salleh. Congratulations !!!!

Muhammad Aim Fauzi @ SEA Games 2011 , BMX Supercross

Masziyaton : Celebrates a silver medal for mountain bike @ SEA Games 2011, her 2nd SEA Games outing.

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ROAD- 180km Road MTB

and missJeweLz…

Well I was working today.. but manage to squeeze in a 30mins workout in the morning before heading for work. Was actually on the treadmill on the ‘Fat Burn’ program. Interesting and satisfying 🙂 In fact I have managed to workout for 3 times this week.. low intensity, aerobic exercises. 30mins max. Did not dare to push it any further as I am still recovering from a viral fever. Still dizzy most times. Anyways, I am praying hard to get 100% better soon. To all of you doing Penang Bridge Marathon, All The Best again 🙂  !

Cyclist kampung mana la ni yekkk kat KOM Ipoh 2011...? hahaha....guess...guesss !!

Wanita Hari Ini TV3 – Monday, 19.9.2011

Salam and greetings. Been a while since my last post ! Harap-harap kawan-kawan dan pembaca sihat dan sejahtera semuanya. Anyways, straight to updates :- missjewelz will be on air today from 12-1pm on Wanita Hari Ini (WHI) TV3. I was given the uncalled honour by Cycling Asia(CA) to speak on behalf of them, together with Intan (CA writer) on the topic ‘Trend Berbasikal Kembali Lagi’. Intan, a writer for Cycling Asia, myself, a full time working person like most of you/contributor for Cycling Asia and a representative from Institusi Sukan Negara (ISN) will be on set of this famous TV program with their 2 hostesses. So, if you are at work, home or happen to have a TV set nearby, tune in to TV3 from 12-1pm 🙂

I have never been LIVE on TV ever before, so I am a bit worried if I might stutter (I am good at it actually…) .. So wish me luck !!! Opportunity like this don’t come along everyday especially for the everyday normal people like me. I am not even a top rank sports person. Just another girl who puts in interest and passion in things which she finds meaningful, in this case, sports — healthy, happy, active, what more can you ask for. My appreciation to Cycling Asia for giving me the trust to represent on their behalf, together with Intan. I am excited. I have spoken to the producer En Azli and the journalist covering the topic Ms Hazrina. We had a video shoot last Thursday (15.9.2011) in Shah Alam with TV3 crew and Cycling Asia magazine team (Zaimi, Mike, Sol, Arif etc.).


Juliana Ali and Intan Sofia Fadzila (Cycling Asia)

So catch the talk program LIVE if you can, or else you can view it later on TV3. If there is anything that you guys&ladies would like to request for me to mention (or dalam erti kata lain, selit-selit) during program, where i can and could, kindly leave a comment on this post before 11am Monday. I know it’s a working day, I am also working today, but not taking any leave coz lepas the show I gotta head back to work — ada jamuan raya untuk department.. so, makan tuh… penting kan. heeeheee. Anyways, cau cin cau. Adios. Doakan semoga semuanya berjalan lancar hari ini 🙂 -missjewelz- p.s. some pics of what I have been up to the past couple of weeks not blogging !!

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Citarasa tempatan : NASI LEMAK at a friend's open house on Friday. Yes, siang malam nasi lemak menjadi pilihan !

Tu dia..... satay !

Well done ! While the traditional raya food were served, non traditional ones like this was also served. 🙂 2 hours to roast and cook the lamb. Yummy & juicy. missjewelz Like !!!'

One thing I like about raya month , it brings everybody together. Here are my tri buddies, Azmar, Stupe and Kam (busy with the handphone)

Agnes & missJeweLz - brick training (bike-run) in Putrajaya last week. It was a bit hazy so we kept the session short. Agnes is my friend, and ultramarathon buddy. She'll be attempting her first Powerman (full distance) in Manjung this year. All the best ultralady !!!!

When its sunny with the sky blue and clear, you know its time to hit the road ! *it feels good to be back after the month long hiatus from active training*

This is what happens when you are lazy, over eat and don't exercise - You EXPAND. And this feline is no exception, as apparent.


Sports chat and Port Dickson Triathlon 2011

Port Dickson Triathlon 2011

Pink ?! Hahaha.. It’s crimson. Just trying something different from the normal black. Looks good.. anyways..PD Triathlon is just around the corner.. in fact.. just a week away ! It’s a bit too late for any training. So I am just focusing on my weakest discipline which is the swim. There’s no ‘should have’ at the moment as I have been busy before and even after the Sundown Ultramarathon. I will be in PD on the 24th July 2011 to enjoy the race ! I have arrived to this level where it’s not all about finishing with a PB, but more importantly for me, is to enjoy the race -that especially if you have trained and prepared well for it.

Port Dickson Triathlon 2010 - Last year. Me and my tri buddies Chin and Lesley.

I enjoyed my Sabah Adventure Challenge. The difficult course and extreme weather didn’t bother me a single bit. I had no cramps, hydrated well, and of course, enjoyed exchanging Hellos with the locals in Tambunan. The kids particularly were excited some running with me a few times. Anyways, to all those doing PD Triathlon for the first time this whether in the sprint, relay or Olympic Distance, I wish you all the best. Jangan lupa to enjoy the race ya. As most of you in the triathlon scene here in Malaysia know, that Port Dickson International Triathlon is THE triathlon event in Malaysia. The response is overwhelming dashing hope of those who wanted to register for this event. My advice, check the racing calendar early in the season ( for you triathlon events, or for all the running events in and out of Malaysia. Alternatively, you can log on to, where you can check out all the races you can get and also to register for the registered races online. I too almost forgot if I did register for PD Tri because I registered quite early.

What sports can do to you !

Banyak sangat event (as seen in the race calendar at Some of the newbies would want to take part in as many races as possible. Yang berlari nak masuk semua event larian, nak kumpul medal, t-shirt. If that what keeps you motivated, why not kan. If you can afford the time, then why not. Especially when you are doing it together with your loved ones and friends. Or even better to get to know more people out there. You will be surprise how sports unite people. While there are many other ways how we can overcome our differences, I find sports participation very interesting. Whether you join an event as a participant, organizer or event as volunteer.

Powerman Malaysia last year. Powerman is a duathlon event (run-bike-run) . (11km run - 64km bike - 10km run)

The ‘rawest’ of sports I can see is running. It’s just between you and the tarmac. No carbon bike in between, no speed suit, and surely no aero helmets. You put everything aside, whether you are an engineer, doctor,lawyer, clerk , nurse or earning a 5 figure pay cheque. Whether its your physical or mental strength, you can (especially if you are the competitive/semi competitive type) compare who’s stronger. It’s fun. Seriously. Go look back at your own running photos tagged in FB, or those in your photos folder. I am sure you will have a story or two to tell for each photo. I.e. ‘That aunty ran faster than me!’, or.. ‘I remember overtaking this young chap the last 2km.’. There’s that feel of encouragement and sometimes that you deserve that pat on your back again. Hey, who said you need somebody to praise you. You can do it on your own. I have had moments like this where I looked at photos of me crossing the finish line, or having a trail of guys behind me during the run leg, going ‘I can’t imagine how did I finish this distance’..and ‘I wish I can be as fast as this again..’ (yeap, I am SUPER slow now… kayuh basikal pon semput). Anyways, that’s the whole point I am saying..Sports equalizes people. It brings people together. I am talking from the perspective of an amateur athlete. I am obviously NOT a national athlete, nor am I a pro or an elite. I am just me, a Julie who happens to love sports and takes it as a life passion.

Saluting our national athletes

I am not sure though, about those in the professional side, taking into account our national athletes. It’s their job, their responsibility to perform and meet certain expectations. I salute all national athletes of Malaysia for their sacrifices. Take Kimberly Yap for instance – swimmer turned triathlete , and now a cyclist with the national team. She is currently in Vietnam for the 12th An Giang Television Cup together with 4 other from the national women’s cycling team. Mariana, Masziyaton, Mardiana, Ju Pha. Kimberly is no stranger in the triathlon scene. She won a gold medal at the SEA Games (Korat) for triathlon. However, she suffered slip disc problem and switched to cycling. She crashed a few days ago during the tour, and sustained road rash on her face, as well as pain on her back (she had a slip disc surgery in 2009). Mardiana is another cyclist who had to pull out of the race after getting involved in an accident during the tour. Puncture tube, and a cracked frame…! Apparently, Mariana is down with fever and can’t continue with the race. Ju Pha today was involved in a crash 300m before a sprint zone. 

Anyways, my respect to ALL national athletes. I really hope the National Sports Council is doing their job in taking care of the welfare of athletes who are committed to serving this country  and making it proud through their sports participation. Things like sports talent and sports development shouldn’t be taken lightly and not left in the hands of (some) officers who cares nothing more than their pay slips and getting the ‘budget’ for sports ‘development’. Just continue and improve your sincerity and effort in making sports a platform we all can be proud of. Let’s look forward for SEA Games (Indonesia) end of this year, and
support our athletes !!! Go Malaysia !!


p.s.  Putrajaya Night Marathon website has been launched.Visit their website

Featured on NST page S11 today (7 June 2011)

‘To Japan With Love’ the charity program that I am working on at the moment with my team from Kilau Suria Sports was featured on New Straits Time (NST) today. I didn’t know until I came back from my lunch break and after I turned on my phone. 3 miss calls from Fadli, the NST reporter who tele-interviewed me, and another 3 miss calls from The Star reporter. Must be some good news for me 🙂 and I was right !

My colleague and lunch time buddy Jen checking out the article on NST today.

I was given this title by the NST editor I suppose..uhm,.. 🙂 okayy...! Page S11 if you have a copy of NST 🙂

Photo from last year.. ! 🙂

I got a sweet surprise from somebody who I have not met for nearly 2 decades. I dedicate this SMS to all my CBN girls out there 🙂 Jolaina + Edina Nasseri, Kelly Ang, Fiona Anne, Geetha, Suzanna de Cruz, Afina Norhiza, Alina Manap, Amy Yusnita, Filzah, Eliza Hanim, Mazlina Manan, Kanageswary, Siti Mariam, Radiah Shukor, Mariana Mustafar, Adibah, Siti Farah Ghafar, Siti Hajar, Cheong Sook Kuan, Goh Ai Lin, (yes ladies, i ingat your full name okay !!), Renee Goh Lee Nee, Christine Yap Yok Yeng, Li Mei Lee, Rosnani and etc. ! 🙂


NST online link 

Nor Juliana, the ‘ultra woman” by Fadhli Ishak

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