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 !

Avenue K (AK) Balloon Run 3.0 – This Sunday !

I’ve heard of balloon runs but never had a clue how it goes. Well, to my great luck I have received complimentary slots to the Avenue K Ballon Run 3.0 . Its happening this Sunday, just perfect to polish up some lost mileage (a darn good reason to run !)


Balloon collection starts at 6.30am and flag off is 7.30am. There are 2 distances offered for this run; the 7km individual category and also 5km for family category. If you like to know more, the website is right here  . All runners will receive a sling bag and also the event tee, while finishers will be awarded a finisher medal and e-cert.

So please wish me (and the rest who will be participating in this event) all the best !!! I promise to share nice fuschia themed photos in here (since that’s the colour theme).

Just in case you have no clue where Avenue K is, its just across KLCC on Jalan Ampang.


Yours in writing,


Salomon X-Scream 3D Launch

Salomon is a brand sought after for those game in the sports of adventure, hiking and trail running. My first touch with the Salomon brand was quite recent.  I somehow knew Salomon (after all the buzz) is THE shoes in order to survive the 2 days ‘Sabah Adventure Challenge’ in 2011, and survived I did in Tambunan. The shoe made me feel I am in good hands (and a 4th placing for Women’s Category) after 70km ++ ordeal with nature ! I guess that was what Salomon was all about !

Fast forward to 2015, I found myself present at the launch of the Salomon X-Scream 3D shoe launch. Could have sounded like those simulator rides you find at the theme parks ! Come, come let’s get you excited !

The shoe

Model: X-Scream 3D

Type:City Trail

The shoe is designed for adaptive fit, grip and responsive ride. Runner’s World reviewed it as a sturdy multitasker as it is designed for both city running on variety of surfaces (ie tarmac, gravel, pebble,grass etc) and easy trail.

The big deal

The 3D technology (Flex, Ride, Grip) : Provides durability and multi-surface grip, an aspect important when running on various surfaces around the city.The shoe provides enough cushioning for hard surfaces.

Salomon’s Sensifit and Quicklace systems provides outstanding foothold and comfort.

Contagrip outsole :  Ensure grip on hard or loose surfaces, and long wear on pavement

This is only a short list of the technologies put in together in Salomon’s shoe design. What will matter most to runners is how the shoe will function and work for them.

Another feature which attracted me is Salomon’s 3D Flex technology (Sensiflex fabric) which allows foot expansion and release pressure of the feet, especially for runners with wider feet.

Its for you if you are :

  • Looking for a shoe which fits into both city running (read: diverse urban landscape) and light trail
  • Looking for that perfect neutral shoes for everyday running and routine
  • Looking for durability (the shoe doesn’t wear out so easily) and just enough cushioning for longer runs

Not exactly for you if you are:

  • In need of extra support and more cushioning ie due to your weight
  • Thinking of shoes which you can take for extreme trails or hiking


Weight: 10.7 oz.
Profile (Heel): 33.7 mm
Profile (Forefoot): 21.4 mm
Drop from heel to forefoot: 12.3 mm
Price: RM489

The X Scream 3D is available in 5 colours.

About Salomon

The brand was born in the French alps in 1947. Salomon’s passion for mountain sport progression, product development, quality and craftsmanship drives Salomon to create progressive gears to enable freedom and help runners challenge themselves in the mountains.

For more info on Salomon and Salomon products, please log on to their official website here

Dealer locator (Malaysia) : Click here

Around the launch

Halu ….!

Salam Jumaat kepada semua para pembaca yang sama ada kebetulan membaca entri ini.. and to those who have subscribed to 🙂 Been waiting for this breather to actually write ANYTHING.. boy it does feel a lil strange not being able to update this dearest blog of mine lately. Anyways, I hope its not too late for a CONGRATULATIONS shout out to all finishers the recent KL Marathon in Dataran Merdeka. Full marathon, or even a 10km, missjewelz applauds you for your effort. 🙂 I was there. Manage to run the 10km, and…. I pirated ! Couldn’t register on time, so I guess to run it (brought my own water supply). I have been running at least twice a week to keep up with my fitness. So that helped alright ! 

One good thing was, I was able to be at the start line on time. Met Aliah at a surau for Subuh, and then later together headed to the start cage. Thumbs up to the organizer for separating the 10km start area from the half marathon and full marathon category. Or else all of us would have to climb each other shoulders’ for some air ! To those who haven’t met or know Aliah, here she is :

Aliah at SCKLM 2012

Aliah and missJewelz before the run 🙂


The plan was to run it easy and keep the heart rate away from the upper threshold AND maintain the body core temperature. And so I did just that.. Aliah was ahead of me, and I let her be. It is always inspiring to see people from her age group (she’s in her late 50s by the way) involved in sports, actively ! Daniel, her son took part in the half-marathon 🙂 heard he did well. Congrats Daniel !! I passed Aliah at the 6km mark, but then she overtook as I had to pay a visit to the mobile loo ! hehe.. then again at the 8km mark. Saw a couple of familiar faces including Jeya and Zaki ! (nice to see you guys !). And finally, the last stretch at Jalan TAR. 🙂 LOLz.. do I finish in the finishing shoot or run along the outer border ! Guess?! haha.. I went straight in without the bib ! Can’t help it.. 🙂 


It wasn’t a forced smile. It was a smile of delight that I have made it to the last 500m of the run ! Photo credit: Chang Wing Kai

Met up with Aliah again post run 🙂 we both had fun ! Weather was on our side.. not too hot.. It only got got hotter after 11.30am — for those who stayed on to support friends finishing the full marathon. 🙂 I had the chance to accompany Nadiah Sukarno on her first full marathon attempt. She did well despite vomiting somewhere along the route. 🙂 I was (after the run) on my ‘Yellow Submarine’ <– my dearest bicycle, cycling against the run route to support those who are finishing their run, and of course, in the look out for Nadiah and the rest of my juniors from IIU X Team 🙂 Manage to give support to both Ikhwan and Faiz (both ran their first full marathon). Nadiah too ! She started running the instant she saw me. LOLZ.


It was a great Sunday outing for me, Aliah and all of the IIU X Team members at SCKLM and I am sure you had a great time too with your friends and beloved ones. 🙂 To those who said Hi! to me, thank you! 


Before I forget, GAMBATE to all my friends, and fellow readers/bloggers who will be doing the Port Dickson Triathlon this year 🙂 (that’s this weekend). missJeweLz will definitely be there (insyaAllah) and will be doing the relay 🙂 woohoo…!! The last time I did a relay was at the Putrajaya 70.3. Make sure you’ve got all your gears, and sports nutrition ready. Have fun, and race safe okay. To those who will be experiencing their first open water swim, in a race, better to stay back then getting Bruce Lee-ed all over. I have experienced it myself, hence, sharing it with you now. The bike leg should be smooth. Just watch ahead for pot holes, or whenever you come across a junction/ U-turn. Either wise, the PD bike route is always a fun (and fast) one. Cows crossing the bike route is some unique experience you can get it this time around. Good luck to you on that ! Run route? The organizer changed the run route (slightly) last year, but it is pretty much the same route. Some off-road is to be expected, then the same U-turn point somewhere after Avilion Hotel. Again, from missjewelz, GOOD LUCK for PD Tri !!  


And this ..was how I looked like at my first standalone marathon. NOTE: Marathon= 42.195km. So if u ran a 10km, don’t go back to your office and tell ’em colleagues you ran a marathon. LEARN, EDUCATE, then inspire.

”Can’t help it but express whatever I am going through right CAMERAMAN..” LOLZ… it was a painful 4hours and 40mins journey despite signing up as a 4:30 pacer. But I finished alright 🙂 The balloon didn’t help either..

New venture ?!

Teluk Cempedak (TC) Run is Back !

Hi everybody. 🙂 How is it so far this week? 🙂 Your bosses breathing down your neck already ? Or are you struggling with that presentation you were suppose to finish last week? And how was your weekend ? 🙂 Good? Mine was okay *two thumbs up*. Managed to force this lazy butt to do some house cleaning, a 1/2 hour slow run on Saturday [thanks to mr hubby for the company] and another 1 hour ++ with friends on Sunday morning. Nizz + Najwa, you ladies rock ! I bumped into an old friend, Tan Wah Sing, after the run (We used to run together with the Kuantan Pacesetters way back in 2005). Wah Sing was the Kuantan group leader then, together with another friend, William. Anyways, Wah Sing passed me the TC Run Form, asking me to have friends ‘beramai-ramai menyertai’ the run. LOLz ..that’s what exactly I will be doing in the next paragraph.

 And kindly refer to the image below for the manual registration form or click here to download : And hey..looky looky.. look what I found in the treasure chest of my blog ..some old fotos from Kuantan Beach Run 2008 !

Kuantan Pacesetters Crystal, and , ehem, 1 & only missJeweLz after the 16km Kuantan Beach Run 2008

Crystal, myself and William Chin (Kuantan Pacesetters group leader/committee for this year TC Run !)

Ms Soh (in red) 🙂 my good friend.! *check out my ancient Phiten & Nokia..* LOLz

10th placing if i can recall accurately. 🙂

Will include in my next few posts some tips for beach running, as well as my experience running and racing on beached ! 🙂 Sounds fun right ?! If you have not tried TC run, make sure you register today ! Kindly note that their early bird period has been extended until 30th June. Got this update from their committee member, Mr William Chin.  My Kuantan Pacesetters friends merry and friendly folks. Certainly miss their company. Can’t wait to see them again soon ! 

Hello Teluk Cempedak !!! *photo taken 2 years ago at 1 of my favourite rocks in TC. The other favourite is on the far end..if you can see !


7 Top Tips For New Runners !

Congratulations if you have just completed your first 10K or half-marathon at the Brooks Run on Sunday ! 🙂 A FEW tips here if you are new to running, still clueless upon crossing that finish line, apart from being happy and satisfied, of what made you finish the run !!!!! 

1. Need

When you can’t find any reason of why did you decide to give running a go, or why did you pick up those pair of trainers is again, most probably its your body telling you that it is a NEED for you to be active, sporty and healthy once again. It’s what you can do to your body to keep it going, not what it can do to you.

Iwata Takatoshi

2. Motivation

The human is like a four-stroke engine fueled by faith. The 4 cylinders, or aspect of human which keeps us going; mental, behaviour, physiological and spiritual. Each interconnects to each other, and each is interdependent of one another.  What motivated YOU to take up this mission of becoming a healthy and sporty person, is, perhaps, because you think and know that you are up to it, you know you are able to, you ARE capable as your current health does not restrict you to, and of course, another step deeper, because you believe that health is YOUR responsibility and that you will be questioned later on by God if you have not taken the necessary in order to take care of it. Whatever your motivation is, lets make this decision to be sporty and healthy a good one, not only for yourself, but for those around you. Who knows, you will eventually become THE motivation for others to start running !

Every step only proved how motivation gives me that extra boost, apart from the Powerbar that is ! Photo taken @ Desaru Long Distance Triathlon 2009

3. Know your body

No matter how ‘recreational’ or ‘serious’ you will be taking this sports, you should learn to get to know your body. The body consist of 2 parts, anatomical and physiological. Unless you are currently undergoing a medical degree, there is more benefit than harm to start reading on your anatomy basics, as well as your musculo-skeletal physiology. It is nothing over the top, as it is the only thing that can help you relate to what goes on beneath that layer of epidermis.

It will definitely make more sense when you finally ask yourself, hey, why am I cramping? Why is my knee in pain ? Why the tight hammies? The answer is right there IF you have got your anatomy basics right. Have no fear as there are plenty of reliable sources on the net that will guide you through. You don’t necessarily have to go for the thick  Gray’s Anatomy, or Moore and Dalley’s. But if you insist, go ahead ! 🙂

The muscle that pumps and receive blood to and from your body.

4.  Family and friends support

Wouldn’t it be fun to have your family members and friends support you for what you are doing? (instead of being made fun of!) Worry not, you ARE on the right track. Just that communication plan has to be in place in order for your family members, friends (or even colleagues, if you care enough..) to understand that your health is as important as theirs. Your health means you can keep healthy to take care of your family, watch the kids grow up strong, like you 🙂 Better still, invite your wife, hubby, or kids to join you for your runs. There are many running events which offers categories for children. I have seen many young families who have taken this step early. You will know what I mean when you see somebody running with a stroller (with a baby in it of course) around the park , or even at your next 10k run ! There are uncountable advantages that you have compared to your colleagues who cares less about their health.

Running or any sports for that matter, with your spouse and family members make it more meaningful 🙂

Doesn’t it alarm you to see that overweight guy in your office.. His size aside,he eats nasi lemak for breakfast, everyday, sometimes replaced by a hot dog bun with chilli and mayo on top, then later goes around other colleague’s cubicles to snack on whatever.. * i.e. an office mate just came back from Australia.. chocolate and candies is a must souvenier.. and hence..i say no more.. 10.30am , he goes out for a smoke.. Lunch time, is either rice again, or lamb steak.. and the cycle continues.. Don’t you feel sorry? And yet, the second you approach the matter, this person gives you that ‘look’ that he cares  not !

Zee, arwah TSB and myslef (in the middle) @ KL Marathon 2010

So again, start with yourself and your family. In Islam, family is the fundamental unit of the society. Everything starts within the family. So does health education. So does health awareness. Have your family support, or share the awareness with them. It is never too late for an elder brother of 40-something to start running. 50-something even ! In Onn’s case (a running friend), 60-something !! Ultimately, picking up running is NOT about scoring PBs. In the serious nut cases, fine, it is not JUST about scoring PBs. It is more than that.

5. The right gears

Now you know that it is just another NEED, justified by MOTIVATION, enhanced by KNOWLEDGE, and made more meaningful through the SUPPORT of your loved ones and friend, it is…time… to know what sort of apparels and running gears that you may need. I will make it very brief.

– running shoes

–  comfortable and light apparels (i.e. drifit tee, running pants/shorts/tights)

– socks

– a watch (to keep time!)

– a bottle of water

And hey, you’re ready to go.

*There are plenty of accessories/gadgets that runners nowadays love to have and rely on they can almost fit into a tool box strapped to their backs (nah, just joking !). That one later okayy.

6.  Goals

Multiple goals are normally set once you consider yourself runner. Depending on how primitive your motivation for running is, you MAY find other runners having the goal of  collecting as much medal that their wardrobe can fit. Or.. that goal to beat another runner at every run he or she sees that runner in. Hook or by crook, there is no way that runner can cross the finish ahead of him..

Goals are personal, and it is your every right to set what sort of goal that you want to achieve, that it achievable. As long your goals and the means to achieve them doesn’t hurt or kill you, as long as it doesn’t temper with the support (and passport slash VISA) that your family and spouse, go ahead. It is your call.  But of course, some tips from missjewelz

1) set smaller goals, which you can measure its successful outcome easily within a duration of time

2) increase your goals by quality (i.e. better time time for a 10K event) rather than quantity (i.e. to do 3 10Ks, 2 1/2 Marathons and 1 Marathon by next year)

3) gradually increase your running event distances. Upgrade consistently but not frequently to secure the quality and value gained from training for a certain event. (i.e. from s 5K to a 10K to a 12K to a 15K.. then from a 1/2 Marathon, to a Full Marathon..). Again, there is no exact time frame to do this. It depends on how much quality training you put when training for a certain even for you to be ready for the next upgraded one..Some runner don’t find it a need to rush into a full marathon while some can’t wait to be called an ultra. Remember, your choices and how you achieve them defines what you are.

Never too late to start. Way to go Onn !!! Ignore the finishing shoot behind him. He has completed several FULL marathons (42.195km).

7. Determination and perseverance

It becomes a mental game in the end for most us runners. To give in, to step out, to give up, to hold on, to stay put. Running, then, becomes a game, almost like a play ground. Sometimes you go for the swing, sometimes for the slide, or simply running in circle.. Or perhaps the see-saw. Up and down. No matter what it is, you still end up wanting to run. Hey, bravo !! That’s the spirit. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.” H. Jackson Brown . Determination and perseverance is the creme de la creme of all human behaviour psychologically speaking.

40 clicks down.. 60 to go mate !!

Gosh, done !!


Sundown Ultramarathon (100km) 2011, Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR 17 JULY 2011, Nor Juliana Ali (left) handing over the RM21,000 Kilau Suria Sports mock cheque address to Malaysian Red Crescent Society to Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, Koichi Ito at Menara Multi Purpose. Pix by Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

The last photo above is an example, of how an instant almost intuitive gesture to pick up running ended up with coupling something that you love to do (running in this case) with a noble cause. In the above event, it was the ‘To Japan With Love’ charity for the Japan tsunami in conjunction of Sundown Ultramarathon. My team and I was honoured to receive the presence of the Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of Japan to the cheque presentation ceremony.

On that note, a running friend, Karen Loh is organizing a trail run happening on the 28th of April 2012, in the cause of increasing awareness of the Orang Asli. Click here for more details. Feel free to join whether as a participant or volunteer !!!

Still got it !


I finished the run in once piece !!! I was really worried if I would shatter my legs into a thousand pieces yesterday due the fact that I have been off from any sort of training for the past few weeks ! Though I did manage to slot in a few sessions of treadmill and cycling here and there, it was nothing to really prepare me physically for the 12km hilly run yesterday. Mentally, no problem, as I kept the race ‘off my mind’ from Monday to Saturday last week. The only ‘real’ preparation was to prepare and pack the apparels and gears I would need the following morning : shades check, running top check, Zoot shorts check, watch + heart rate monitor check, socks, shoes, Nike headband, plain water, towel, a change of clothes, CHECK. Race number?? Esok pagi ambil coz I didn’t have the time to collect it the whole week !!!! [but, still, I am less busier than you! heehee..].

Sunday morning : another awaited reunion with my sporting friends at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club for the annual MALAKOFFF 12km run. Arrived around 6.20am, quickly made my way to the official tent to collect my bib, back to the car, put it on, geared up, some quick warm up and back to the crowd which was waiting at the start line. Caught up with Syazaril Azha, Fadzil Ikhwan, friends from Kuantan; Tan Wah Sing, William and Sharon <<– I miss my running kakis from the East Coast ! Jason Thiang, Sook Ying and Jaja were also at the start line.

The run took me an hour and 10mins, that’s almost 8 minutes slower than last year. Not a surprise at all as I have not been training regularly lately. My heart rate remained plateu at 170 bpm.. that is definitely pushing it… *not good..* eventhough my feet and legs picked it up and ran like it was any other run. To all of you who took part, congratulations !! Results here

First shot in the morning courtesy of Chan Wing Kai. Thanks !


mj on the run. Picture courtesy of Chan Wing Kai.

Pink and flushed ! Happy to earn the medal. My final medal for 2011 ! Next medal awaits me next month. ahaks..


Catching up with Agnes and her friend 🙂 Agnes completed the Sundown 100km. Incredible feat !


Posing for a post-run pic with Azri and friend.


Syazaril Azha, follower of missjewelz.wordpress, runner, singer and musician ! Google ''. Yup, his band plays at functions and weddings !


with Jeli of BJCC 😛


with members of the IIU X Team ! Well done !

Catch up with la extended familia. Pic courtesy of Kam.


CK, Jaja, Pipi and aunty Julie 🙂 Pipi sangat cute ! Thanks for the photo Kam 🙂

The coming month : January

Many important events have been taking place in my life of late in both work and my personal life. The transitions? Well, some smooth, some not. Just adapting where, when and however possible. January will be even busier than this month and I have been slowly shifting all the energy and vibe to prepare for January. I am adapting with the new work, will have more on my plate when the new project kicks off, and personally will embark on something that is novel to me, etcetera etcera. To those in the know, 😛 wait up for more happy news that I will avail to you. I would like to thank all of you for the positive and supportive response. Spread the luvin’ missjewelz style !

Bob Marley : "Legalize It"

Work etcetera

I have been pounding my head if not my neck to cope with my new job. Pretty interesting as what I am currently doing ties back to what I did during my study years in Psychology, and also being able to utilize my experiences and even hobbies. Apparently a project which falls under my team is, ehem, social networking. Though I miss my old company and my ex-colleagues there, I see this chapter of my career as another stepping stone challenging me in various aspects. I love challenges, especially those types which motivates you intrinsically. The satisfaction achieved after getting through a challenge serves as precursor for positivity, something which I pretty much rely on in whatever I do.  The satisfaction can be so overwhelming that it can leave me clueless saying ‘Ok, Done! What’s next…?’ And that was exactly how I felt when I crossed the finish line at Ironman Langkawi 2009. I was too concentrated on the journey. So let’s not get lost in our own little (or big) ‘syokness’ in life whether it be a work related or personal achievement. You can stay motivated by recalling how you were once able to achieve those tremendous milestones. Ask, why can’t I do it now?

And since I mentioned ‘syokness’ here, (which I didn’t plan to), I want to discuss briefly on the issue of bragging.. ahakzzz… It happens everywhere. At home, at work, during sports training and meets. Self-complimenting and bragging are two different things. There is nothing wrong with pointing out what you are good at and the recent achievement you went through. Do it at the right time and place. Jumping to pop it out the minute you have the chance to does not guarantee that somebody does not get annoyed. Bragging, especially if its consistent can be bad not only to the bragger (whether he or she realizes it or not), but also the unlucky individual who is left to listen. Know where to draw the limits, and be sensitive who you talk  all your good deeds to. Doing good and achieving success does not give us the right to brag to anybody we wish to. Nuff said. Adios !

Random photo : Somebody sleeping on the job yo !

The Fool On The Hill


Well سلام‎ and Hello there everybody ! It’s been 2 days post-Powerman Malaysia and I am sure most of you who took part are on your road to recovery. It was a HOT HOT race this year I heard. The ground temperature aside, this year was the 10th edition of this event with the biggest ever turnout for total participants in both the sprint and full distance. To all who took part, Congratulations ! I am sure you all had a blast in Manjung !

Nor Juliana Ali....


With Adele, Lynn Guan and Pat Ee


I was due to take part ( looking forward to take part actually) for the event last Sunday but was held back thanks to a viral fever. I was warded midnight Thursday and discharged last Sunday evening. Not exactly sure how I got the sick, but I was unwell starting from raya haji morning (6 Nov). Attended Eid al Adha prayers with my family, visited relatives’ home and back to our own to receive guests until evening. Following Monday was a public holiday – took the chance to rest but still didn’t recover so I headed to the clinic with a fever complain, 1 day MC for  Tuesday and was back to work on Wednesday. The office condition only made my condition from better to worse. Feeling ultra dizzy, lethargic and pain around the eye orbit every time I moved the eye laterally to the left/right. Another MC for me for Thursday and Friday. Fully wishing to recover soon only to find my condition getting worse on Thursday eve.

So a 3rd visit to the doctor last week, on Thursday. Had my blood tested. Platelet and white blood cell count LOW with HIGH lymphocyte percentage. There was a possibility for dengue though the marker didn’t show any dengue virus antigen. Anyways, the doctor adviced that I get admitted to they can monitor my condition So went home again, packed my stuff and drove back again to the hospital. I was warded and on drips (NaCl) for 3 long days. Forced to rest, which was good in a way.. I didn’t step out of the ward through out that period. Quite an experience checking myself in and out of the hospital. I was quietly hoping to be better and make it to Manjung, but that didn’t happen.

On NaCl drip



Chan - licin pinggan nampak ! hihi.. Carbo-loading for his maiden Powerman kat hospital.


Nora brought yummy and ultra creamy macaroons. Syah brought cookies ! Congrats Syah for his first Powerman


Aiman, sister and Paan. Congrats on your 1st Powerman too Aiman !


Syukran (groom to be) : knew him a decade ago.. Rasa kejap je kan Terk ?! Looking forward to his big day next month ! 🙂

Thinking to switch career Hadi ?

Najwa (in green) classmate in 1997 in Kuantan, and Farah (in blue) schoolmate from 1998-1999 in Seremban 🙂 Thanks for coming ladies. Farah will be doing her maiden full marathon in Penang this week. Go girl !!! It's not about the flight tickets or car fuel cost. 🙂




Currently resting at home since yesterday, and will be back to work tomorrow. To all my friends, who visited, called, texted and wrote well wishes for me, Thank You ! Chan Jun Shen was the first to drop by, very nice of him. Thanks Chan ! Oh ya, he brought me some food stuff as well (I only checked in with some clothings/books/my laptop and a bottle of mineral water). My family, Nora, Shah, Paán, Aiman Halim (and siblings), Farah Fazu, Syukran Terk, Najwa, Hadi and a couple more friends came. Thank you again guys !

I wasn’t short of company, AND food.. :p but how many more extra days in the hospital could I stand. So when the doctor came on Sunday noon asking if I want to stay for another day or get discharged, I said ‘I want to go out today’.. as I was feeling better, alhamdulillah. My platelet and WBC will take sometimes to recover. So here I am, in my room, blogging.

I am not 100% well yet, but getting there. Tony Quay,Agnes, Paul Lee,Goh and those of you who called to check if I am okay, thank you also ! 🙂 I had lunch with 2 buddies yesterday, but still felt dizzy on the way back home..Looks like I will be staying in doors for the next couple of days though I plan to walk a bit this eve. I know my fitness has dropped.. I was huffing and puffing walking across this pedestrian bridge near my office. I have to get my health back to normal first and the rest, insyaAllah will follow suit.

Fool On The Hill 

And before I forget… (in case you are wondering what’s with the title of this blog post — has nothing to do with the content yeah? I watched a couple of movies throughout my stay in the hospital and one of them is Dinner For Schmucks. ‘Fool On The Hill’ by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney in 1967 but was never performed Live by The Beatles, (so I discovered) is the opening soundtrack for that movie. Looked it up on YouTube just now, and man.. I am hooked !

I think the song has a beautiful lyric and meaning to it. The world of music is like a vast sea filled with treasures and surprises in it waiting to be discovered. This particular song went unnoticed until I watched Dinner for Schmucks, and later getting to know that it was covered more than a 100 times, one of which is by Sergio Mendes and his band Brasil 66. Man I’m hooked to this song I can do with a karaoke session right now ! Check out the song below :-


The monsoon and Penang

On a different note, I think the monsoon season is back, here in the Peninsular. As far as KL is concerned, it has been raining in the evening, sometimes mid-day, but I hope the weather won’t dampen our spirit to be cheery and sunny like the sun ! I can tell from my experience facing monsoon in the east coast, it will find its way affecting your emotional well-being and not only your physical. Take time and effort to keep healthy even though the season for multi-sports is nearly over !

Well, there is still Penang Bridge International Marathon, Nike Run, Newton Run, MALAKOFF 12K Run and a couple of jamborees this month and next. To those of you doing Penang, I wish you all the best !!! I did a 4:40 during my maiden stand alone marathon (a.k.a. suffer fest to expect the worst) there last year in Penang (yes, it DID rain last year as we ran across the bridge). My first 42km was actually ran in Ironman Langkawi 2009 where I clocked a 5:10 including a 10mins diarrhea stop.

MJ at Penang Bridge Marathon 2010. Suffer-fest indeed !

Eat and rest well, run safe and SMART, and enjoy the race. Even if you are aiming for top 10, a PB, don’t be so kiasu and forget that some people are there for their own different reasons too, whether to flaunt a potential PB, and have another 42.195km medal added to a growing collection of metals, and even, nobly, embarking on the pursuit of a healthier and active lifestyle– Smile and say Hello! to your friends as you pass them. Some quick tips for those running Penang (especially if it’s your first) :-

– READ the race manual/booklet

– KNOW the start time/venue/which wave start you are in etc.

– PREPARE your race gears before you leave home. Make sure you have your race essentials with packed/with you – especially the timing chip/race bib, energy bars/gels/endurance/recovery drink/salt tablet/ Vaseline

– PLASTIC. If you are carrying any electronic gadgets such as you iPods, mp3s, mobile phone zip them in these polymers.

– MUSIC. It can be pretty boring at some stretches where you will zombie through without anybody (or nearly nobody..) will say Hello to you either because they’re too tired/sleepy or simply can’t be bothered with anything except to keep on running — so it can be useful to play some songs on your phone/mp3.

What I did before was to put them on speakers (on the phone I mean) to make the run more fun/entertaining not only to myself but those who badly need some spirit lift ! I had some guys and gals running with me just because I had something on the stereo ! hihihi.. It was fun. Anyways, don’t forget to hydrate well during the race.

– RING RING. If nature calls, please answer !!! It’s bad for the bladder if you don’t, and you’ll be surprised with how much faster you can run after that. No joke !

– FAIR GAME. And hey, no cheating please ! U-turn where you are suppose to u-turn and make no short cuts or else that future PB you so want to announce won’t be valid. I heard some not-so-nice news from Powerman Malaysia this year where racers decided to take the race Rules&Regulation into their own hands and that it is okay to draft.. Man.. that’s not cool at all. If one person does it, and you decided that it is okay for you to do it, go back and get a reality check. of who’s the fool here. What are your core values and is it fair to side line these values just to prove that you have the upper hand? In a race? Let us NOT be that fool on the hill.

Have a good week ahead everybody 🙂 -missjewelz.marmalade-

4th placing at Powerman last year. Didn't know I was top 5 until after the Awards Lunch was over !


With the power people from MALAKOFF ; Anu and Yusop Rashid


Ironically I was wearing the exact same pants I wore post race at Powerman last year. Talk about coincidence !


Penang last year with Yusran and Kam. Some crazy heads did both Powerman and Penang back to back ! (I wonder who.. *chuckles..*) .. Oh by the way, Jaja will be doing Penang Marathon this weekend ! All the best to you dear and everybody taking part !!!



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