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

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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

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

 

Full Marathon 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

 

 

For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:

 

Facebook       : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon

Twitter            : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon

Instagram       : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon

Website          : www.kl-marathon.com

For more information, please contact:

 

Suthan Narayanan | 03.7887.4717 | suthan@dirigo.com.my

For more information on Standard Chartered KL Marathon:

 

Gloria Ng | 603.7887.4717 | gloria.ng@dirigo.com.my

For more information on Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad:

Jennifer Kang | 03.2117.7770 | jennifer.kang@sc.com

Geraldine Tan | 03.2117.7821 | geraldine.tan@sc.com

Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 – Race kit collection (18 – 20May 2017)

Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 – Race kit collection (18 – 20May 2017)

If you are a seasoned runner where yearly you’ve ran a number of races, the race kit/pack collection as you may feel, is part of ‘the’ event. The anxiety and nervousness if you would like to put it, starts when you attend the race kit collection — bumping into running and training buddies, ex colleagues etc.

The face which you will wear on race kit collection cum race morning, depends on your level of readiness and confidence. Here is where you need to take a step back before you get lost in the psyche of all this. Remember, essentially its a race against yourself despite running among the thousands. ‘What’s the total number of participants?’ , I over heard as I was standing in the queue just now — it’s 35,000 runners in total for all distances , mentioned in the official web site and press releases.

Just to share with you a view of a typical marathon major events see below for the total number of participants for all categories :-

London Marathon : 40,382 (2017) [total applicants: 253,930 (2018)]

Tokyo Marathon : 36,648 (2016) [total applicants: 309,824]

America Chicago Marathon : 40,000 [capped at 40,000]

Berlin Marathon : 46,950 (2016)

 

Closer to Malaysia, Singapore boasted 46,000 runners in 2016. The island nation holds this event annually, also under the Standard Chartered banner.

 

Back to Kuala Lumpur.

The race kit collection takes place from today (18th May 2017) until Saturday (20th May 2017). It is held at Hall 6, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. If you are familiar with the area, you might have noticed a huge white tent outside the convention centre — well, that is Hall 6.

If you are walking, you can walk straight towards the tent (see pic below), else if you came through KL Convention Centre, chances are you will need to take 2 escalator trips (1 down, and 1 up) and pass through Hall 4 and 5 before heading out to the outdoor and ushered to a small flight of stairs to reach Hall 6. KL Convention Centre staff are on the ground, so you can always check with them the race kit collection venue.

On to Hall 6 

As the biggest canvas tent I have seen, the set up is pretty compact, no corners are wasted. Very good organisation of layout with race officials/staffs there to meet your queries.

There are a series of pens for different categories; 5km, 10km, Honda Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. So make sure you are in the right queue.

Things you should bring to collect your race kits :-

  • Original IC/Passport
  • A printed confirmation slip

If you are collecting on the behalf of someone, you will still need the confirmation slip with the runner’s consent. Click here for exact details.

The queue typically will be long, but with the dedicated staffs backing the collection counters, waiting time is not that long. My queue this afternoon was quite fast. So kuddos to the organisers ! I waited about 15 minutes (+/-) before I reached the counter. And about 2 minutes (+/-) for my pack.

Sports gear expo

Just right after you exit the race kit collection area, there will be a series of booths with all the sports gears which you need in case you need any, or some more. These include;

  • Lucozade
  • Seiko
  • High5Sports Nutrition
  • Brooks
  • Triathlon Shop
  • Ash be Nimble
  • Salon Pas
  • SEA Games
  • 2XU
  • Ironman Asia
  • Sunstar Ora2(Japan based dental products)
  • Reclaim (Sports Insurance)
  • Lorna Jane
  • Korea Tourism Organization (promoting 4 major marathons in Korea)
  • and many more !

So do bring some cash or credit card if you would like to get shopping at the expo !

There was a even a reflexology corner by the Malaysia Association of the Blind just next to the race kit collection area. You can get a foot massage there for just RM25. Their website here.

Prudential Healthy Life Expo

This is the last section you will pass through before exiting Hall 6. Well, I at least passed through as I was rushing back to work. Interesting activities and booths :-

  • Health screening (complimentary)
  • Cycling simulation challenge (there were road bikes on site.  oh how tempting!)

Check out the cycling simulation challenge — winner stands a chance to win a free entry qualification for the PrudentialRide London-Surrey 2017 – a world-class cycling festival with return economy flight tickets a 2 nights accommodation sponsored by Prudential. Now, beat that ! Anyways, do check out the Prudential Healthy Life Expo !

All in all, it did not took me long to complete my round at the race kit collection. Plenty of interesting things to see (and buy)–but I was rushing for time. If you have not collected your race kit, give yourself about 1 hour (1.5 hours max) if you really want to browse through the expos after collecting your race kit.

And of course, don’t forget to say your customary Hello (and selfies now..) if you see you running buddies. You’d be surprised to see the old faces resurfacing again. Running is a time-less sports, you just keep coming back.

All the best for your race day. On you marks, get set…..and Gooooooooooo !

Yours in writing,

missjewelz

18 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur

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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, no..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’

 

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‘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 :-

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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- My take


There always be a first for everything, and just last weekend we had the inaugural SuperKids Triathlon Camp in UM. Objective of the event is to expose the young participants and their parents to the fun sports of triathlon and the basic skills needed to complete one. Drill for each discipline including transition were headed by our triathlon coaches.

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of all the coaches, crew members and committee. Parents and kids put our recipes and effort to test in the quest of getting everybody from point A to Z safely, and go home with some memory etched from the camp. We had the awesome cert which we thought all the kids liked and the finisher medal which symbolised the SuperKids logo. We had Ribena and Sesegar Susu sponsoring the beverages which was more than enough to keep our young campers dehydrated ! Chilled Ribena at waterstation, how’s that? So kudos Ribena and Sesegar Susu.

Will write more in kilausuriasport . com website and blog but for now, I have to stay I am in awe for all that have came along. I hope this event will touch the hearts of many (kids, parents, crew, coaches) as part of their journey with this sports I really love, and happy to be a part of. To those who knows me, I like to finish what I started. Mental strength and endurance goes a long way, especially making a plan work. The fun part is working that plan. Involved lots of thinking and coordinating. At times a sense of fulfillment that life is used to make an impact , small or big.

 

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To know more of the SuperKids Triathlon event please head on to http://www.kilausuriasports.com or search Kilau Suria Sports on FB. Our photos are up, so feel free to view them. There will be an announcement on Kilau Suria website hopefully next week on our upcoming event, so do watch out. Guys, readers, silent readers, I appreciate your continuous support with keeping up with my lagging blog. I owe a few parties some entries which I couldn’t accommodate right away. Should you have any topics which you would like me to feature ,or questions to ask, please buzz me via the contact form in our contact link above.

Again, thank you for the support and prayers.

Al Fatihah to the victims of all the recent plane crashes around the world. May Allah prolong our life so that we will be able to fill it with good deeds, charity and help uplift some burden from the oppressed. May Allah make it easy for us to go through calamity and hardships and May Allah grant all of us Jannah insyaAllah.

My dear friend Ngae passed away oh the 15th May 2010, and this year would mark the 6th anniversary leaving us. Aaron mentioned, he’d be 62 if he was still running along side us. Not forgotten are the souls of Allahyarham TSB,  Daud Mohamamad (Dino’s brother), Jafryin Jaafar, Muhamed Zubir bin Zainal Abidin, Terence Leong. Let God ease your journey through. You will all be remembered, for eternity.

Salam nifsu syaaban, happy weekend and have a good time wherever you are.

Yours in writing,

missjewelz

Ipoh. May 22, 2016.

Putting meaning to things, and how to slow down !



The new look and feel

The mind (and soul) game

My determination

Now what VS What’s next

For the sports enthusiast : ‘How to slow down’ ?

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The new look and feel

I’ve recently changed the layout, look and feel of this blog. Since missjewelz.wordpress.com was first launched, post my migration from blogspot to worpress in 2006 I don’t remember doing any major changes to the blog, and walla, I took a step forward a couple of days back. Its a renewed mission to keep this blog up and alive. The previous look and feel was outdated, and getting a bit too boring even for myself. Nothing fancy. If I have the skills to up the whole look and feel, I would do so but don’t think it will be anything extravagant. Baby steps. Thank you to all of you  for the support from the blogging community. And of course, to you fellow ‘silent readers’ out there. LOL. Thank you.

The direction

I love to write, and will continue to do . I certainly do not know how many lives I’ve reached through posts contents, how many pairs of eyes have scanned through my thoughts and ramblings . Like my other blogger friends i.e. Stupe, Chan, Jaja, Fong, Sofian, Simon, Yip, Senn, Arif Upiq and et cetera, to be involved actively in sports is a blessing. Bonus if we have passion to write and share our stories and experiences, and actually posting them on our very own blogs. Some on my blog list have been active, but I still maintain them on my blog for my reference and yours !

Previously when I was still studying, the topics were more of as and when, whatever clicks, whatever these neurons and fingers itch to write. Almost as if I am  rambling melodically in a letter to a loved one. A pen and letter addict back in school days with the satisfaction knowing somebody on the other end is actually digesting my craft (while trying to make out whether it is an ‘a’ or ‘o’). I admit, I’ve written to the extent off dozing while writing. Sounds familiar? Yeah, that happens a lot in lecture rooms. LOL !!!!

Anyway, it is a blessing and honour to still be writing – this blog is like a diary as this is the only place where I log any major accounts in my life, the important races and achievements. Taking the back seat, I would love to continue doing this with a better direction and purpose. I am obviously not blogging every single day any more. I try to take crap off from my lines and paragraphs without compromising the human side of a post. This is in the end, communication. Not as fast pace and interactive as the social networks yet still preserving meaning and value to whoever reading. Hits are unimportant though a significant proof how well the contents and postings are maintained. With the stats features, I can see what are the current trending topics and search term. This do motivate me to make sure that my postings are relevant and up to date. 

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Getting married and having a kid (alhamdulillah) has to a certain extent shifted my worldview on certain things, big or small. It’s the same old me, only the way I look at things are much clearer now !  If the intention goes along the line of  ..’be a better person, and somebody who gets blessings from her Lord Allah almighty..’ this will indirectly affect my behaviour and thinking. Writing included that is. It won’t be any random topics which I think will get the most hits, and comment thread going. I am not writing to sell like how the tabloids are selling. A few girls in bikinis, and some celebrity topics, and walla the hits ! Its easy to lose meaning and keep going on with whatever we’re doing. Put a gigantic magnifier and our every single action, we begin to realise how much time, effort, and cost were put things on that really doesn’t not serve any purpose to our life. Especially when you’re doing it without a purpose at the first place. You lose sense of direction and motivation on the things that you thought you’d like doing. And why am I still blogging? I know my writing won’t go to waste, and somebody from the same wave length and mindset as me can relate and benefit.

The mind(and soul) game

Take for example.. that collection of medals you have somewhere stored in the house.. fine, they’re token of recognition to the achievements and efforts shown in completing the scores of runs, marathons and other multi-discipline sports you’ve competed in and finished. The joy and excitement involved from the first second you click that register button, to the weeks and months of training with buddies and getting ‘visas’ from your spouse to go out and train,to the packing pre-post, race briefing, and buffet line up, to the race morning; body marking wave start, to make sure you wave and wish the best to your best buddies who were also racing, the clocking of time in T1, and ensuring that you pace well and hammer it to the finish line, your friends and loved ones waiting for you to celebrate your achievement.. do it over, and over… months, and years..  The it hits you… what am I doing? It requires some thinking and level of experience to be able to do this.. If you’re comfortable, read on. (or drop a line or 2 in the comment box which I would soo appreciate)

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Take a few step back;  when you first started running. The 5Ks and 10Ks were like the recent minion craze. ‘Memang gila ahh’. You put a lot of sacrifice to the new found ‘love’ i.e. sports. Fast forward a couple of years, the countless numbers of medals and finishing lines becomes so small you hardly notice it. The medals are piled in the plastic box you got from Ikea and now is the permanent resident below your study desk. [unless you choose to display your major achievements at work !]. Then you aim for the next big thing.. a half marathon.. then you upgrade to duathlon, triathlon, adventure racing. Tried your hands experiencing the different distances offered in each of the sports, and able to finish them all. Premium upgrade: An Ironman ! Like wowww.. Amazing. At the end of the day, if this were me (well, I am writing this am I not..), I’ll sit back and ask myself this question.. ‘Now what?’. This was the EXACT question which popped out of my skull when I crossed my only Ironman in 2009 ..’Now what?’. Yeah, soon I realized that crossing the finish line wasn’t my initial goal!  So what the heck wassit? Did I target that sub 14? No. Did I wanted to prove to myself that when you put an effort to something, you can achieve your goals with flying colours? Well, yeah. Perhaps. Were the preparation and company of the training group I part of , worth it? You bet !

So now what? Did I do what I did without a real purpose that I had to ask myself now what?

My determination

It is not easy to throw meanings to the things that you have enjoyed doing the past so many years. The direction that missjewelz is taking her involvement in sports to something that is sustainable. Something that is valuable, accessible and beneficial to those following her from her blog.

Even my participation are mostly in the past, whatever I can capture will be of good use, here. The value and benefit of me taking part in sports shouldn’t stop the moment I cross that finish line just for myself.It shouldn’t end with a race report posted here. It should be able to carry a value which is continuously shared and distributed any ways possible. Recent PD.. The only part ‘sustainable’ to myself was that moment I caught glimpse of my husband with my daughter in the stroller. She may not understand what is going on, but I feel mummy still has it. Health and fitness is not supposed to stop at school, or once you enter uni. Some are lucky enough to survive their sports golden era during their many years as a single. Come the vows, gone the running sneakers. Come the kid, gone the once healthy fit you. Photos of me huddling to the finish line with my daughter is ‘sustainable’. Little one can show her cousins and friends what she was made of ! 🙂 Sounds fun, but true. Who wouldn’t be proud of parents who carried them across finish lines. These are called MOMENTS. A sustainable one too !

Engaging with sports is good when the intention is good. Going into sports blindly without a purpose and direction can be dangerous. Again, a different level of thinking is required here. I assume my readers are wise enough to peel through the layers. Whichever  extreme you are on in this hectic+fun world of sports, my advise is be moderate. Especially when you have other roles and responsibilities to play. Prioritize and bring to mind that it is not about just you when you have a year old at home yearning for your love, care and attention. Perhaps the wallet is ready for that shift to become the ‘sports man’ or ‘sports woman’ –.. All it takes to show others we’re fit, and able.. but for what? If you can justify, go ahead. We need more healthy and fitness ambassadors out there.

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Now what vs What’s next

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This ‘Now what’ dilemma should stop. What should I start buzzing myself with is,’What’s next?’ while maintaining my values and the maintaining the bond that has been established with my family. Moderation is key to everything so I figured. I can take the option to do all the races available in the Malaysian calendar – but with a toll –> sacrifice the hours and days I should be able to spend time with my husband and daughter. Enjoy now, suffer later? So I chose to prioritise.

Make that choice and choose wisely. Moderate the options.

Slow down !

Quick decision making is key in this fast pace life we’re living in. You gotta slow down in order to ‘keep up’. You haven’t spoken to a friend in years but you knew she got engaged yesterday, and to whom and who your common friends are. You haven’t met your primary school teacher, but you saw her on Facebook thanks to the tip off from a fellow alumni. Yippee..! Things are revolving in a pace we never would have imagined. Would like to slow it down ? Take time off and make real time REAL communication happen. Phone call.. or catch up for a drink with friends. Real card raya instead of e-cards or a sms forwarded to everybody ! Okay, I am oh-so traditional when it comes to this ! But hey, anything to hold this world back even for a split second.

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For the sports enthusiast, here are a few ways to ‘slow down’ :-

1. Save the daily training updates on Facebook page to yourself. If you have a blog, post them post race in your ‘race report’ and analyse if the training actually works for you, and why others should give it  a try (that if it really works)

2. A year in the ‘sports scene’ and actively engaged with running groups and communities, you get the idea of which are the ‘HOT’ and ‘NOT SO HOT’ events. You want to be seen as a keen and budding athlete. Fine. Just make sure you choose your  events selectively and not randomly based on the early birds fee (just because you thought you’re paying cheaper. but you’re only paying for an upcoming burn out thanks to lack of concentration and quality focused training for 1 particular event. Quantity vs quality. Your pick. If there is budget which comes under sports event, stick to it.

3. During off peak season, maintain some level of fitness while ensuring that the weight/fat gain is ‘manageable’ i.e. easily shed once you get back to active training. Off peak season are best utilised to do the other things you like with your loved ones, or the things that your loved ones would like to do with you. Kite-flying anybody ?

4.Athletes need to spring clean! The running and cycling shoes, the old finisher tees, the …medals.. which stays which needs to go. Donate, give it to a charity or turn it into a small gift (make sure there are no roach bitten holes!). The less the junks and items that is no longer in use, the lesser the clutter. This takes a direct effect on the brain so that it can concentrate on the more important things. A new year’s resolution coming in a bit too early? Why not. You need to plan ahead anyway.

5. Grab a book. It’s been awhile since you last a finished a novel within a few days. The last time I tried, it took me months.. We’re humans and not machines which goes on and on and on. Even machines need calibration. We need to rewind, and a novel takes us a long way.  Not the novel kind? Fine, go read up the 220Triathlon, or Cycling Asia ! Sports mags are fun stuff !

6. Go OFFLINE and not feeling bad about it. The synonymous where have you been is now tied to the frequency you leave a trail on the ONLINE sphere. Do you really care who reads, like and how many comments you get based on the oh so thoughtful status update you just put up? Does it change your life? Well apart from life events, the daily ramblings just put some other people off they rather Hide you, even if you thought that she is your favourite cousin from mom’s side. uhmm…

7. Go for a trip and leave the gizmoz behind. And bring a REAL camera without bluetooth along. Saviour the moments and short sweet life with your family, loved ones, and close friends. Your close friends happened to be your sports buddy? Tag them along to your diving trip. Have a good time then. You’ll see the difference having real communication (read: same time) with real people.

8. Set a focus. If you’ve been an athlete without any focal point or objectives in your approach to sports, sit down a level headed sports buddy (avoid the crazy ones) and see if they can share an opinion you might be interested in. A new project for the next sports event i.e. couple it with a charitable body, or any institution for that matter and go race for a cause?

 

Till my next post !

missjewelz

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Ramadhan Spirit + Olympics


Questions…questions..

Salam and greetings. Four days to Eid u Fitr ! 🙂 Man, Ramadhan this year went by rather quickly innit ? Pejam celik, we’re already in the last week of this holy month. Hopefully it has been a good Ramadhan spiritually and physically for all of us. This is the bonus month for all Muslims who endure this period with patience and virtues – check… did we gain anything at all after nearly a month observing this month ? Spiritually and morally I mean. Or was this a month spent feasting on buffets and spending that early pay? Ramadhan means more than that as this is THE training month for us to improve almost everything related to our individual selves. Emotionally, ethically, behaviourally, erm..what else..mentally. The list goes on. So again, fasting months is not just about the physical fasting. Have we tried to observe, keep and care for our prayers? Yes, the 5 times. Have we tried to increase our ibadah (worship) not just for Ramadhan’s sake, but for our long term relationship improvement with our Lord, Allah Almighty? 

Picture of a man reading the Qur’an. Photo retrieved from : http://www.flickr.com/photos/damak_images/3845275108/

It’s about paying attention..

I am no preacher and this is a reminder to myself. The sort of question I (and you) end up asking myself/ourselves. Ramadhan does not provide immunity and guarantee that we will be observant Muslims after the 6 Takbirs (Arabic term for ‘Allahu Akhbar’/ God is (the) Greatest. Most of the time the post-Ramadhan transition goes unnoticed. By paying attention, the least that we gain is some performance indicator of how well have we gained from the month long ‘training’. And for the next cycle, will our ‘KPI’ maintain, sees increment or drop? I would not delve more, as I am sure most of us know what Ramadhan is all about, and how it is suppose to play a role in our lives, not just for a single month, but for the months and years that follow. Whatever it is, lets compliment ourselves with the necessary knowledge regarding Islam as a way of life, and not merely a religion.

Islamic Relief children. Photo courtesy of Islamic Relief, retrieved from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2012/07/children-carry-the-true-ramadan-spirit/

My Ramadhan has been great alhamdulillah – though there are lots of room for improvement. By this I mean all the benefits which I managed to get during this month. For starters, I am observing my Ramadhan for the first time as a wife 🙂 Turned 30 in Ramadhan (yes…. no more in my 20s !!) — with that, THANK YOU to all who greeted me. 🙂 I truly appreciate the thought. The rest of the ‘gains’ will be kept and cultured to ensure it lasts, and of course, continue to improve. Allah Akhbar.

Not an immunity

To my non-Muslim friends/readers, I personally applaud you if you have actual read this far ! 🙂 If you are in Malaysia, it is interesting to observe our friends and colleagues practicing their faith. The point is to appreciate these differences. And of course, adding on the queries. Feel free to ask your Muslim friends why they fast. You will be interested to know why ! One thing you need to know, this holy month does not provide immunity to us Muslims. It is up to our conscious selves that we stay away from bad deeds, and control our desires, worldly desire if I may. So its no surprise that some of our Muslim friends still backbite their colleagues at work, mock and make negative impression on others. While some others rob, steal, rape, kill (and eat..).. There’s simply not connected and there’s no appreciation on how valuable this month is. We believe the Devils and Satan are tied during Ramadhan. But that again, does not make us Angels. There is no magic to becoming a better person. It is really the values within us. This values may stick, change, come and go. *right- i’ll stop here… don’t want sound anymore philosophical !*

Malaysia contingent at the London 2012 Olympics. Pandelela is the flag bearer. 🙂

Olympics !!!

And hey, yes the Olympics is over !!! Not too late to wish congratulations to ALL our Olympians ! Lee Chong Wei and Pandelela Rinong – you have united us Malaysians and we couldn’t be more proud on the achievement ! I (nak jugak cerita) was in tears watching Pandelela taking the podium with a Bronze. But it was her expression and gleeful smile which reduced me to tears. And again watching her arrival reception in KLIA on TV3 last night. As a Malaysian, I truly salute both these icons, not forgetting Azizulhasni Awang, who have done their best, for their country and motherland. I would like to share my insight and thoughts on our recent Olympics participation as well as the national sports development program. Will save this for my future post hopefully. 

Coming up : London 2012 Paralympics Games

To the Malaysian Paralympics cycling team, Naim and Wan who will be going for the London 2012 Paralympics, missjewelz wishes you both all the best !!! FYI, Naim, Wan and their coach will be leaving for London on the 27th August 🙂

Article from National Sports Council ‘Sukan Paralimpik 2012 : ‘Kontinjen Malaysia Impi Gelaran Gergasi Asia’.

Ramadhan Mubarak


Ramadhan Mubarak

Wishing all my Muslim brothers and sisters out there Ramadhan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadhan). Its been 6 days since the first day of this holy month. May the rest that follow be utilised and occupied with good deeds, practice humility and self control apart from refraining ourselves from food and drinks from dawn to sunset.

For myself, welcoming Ramadhan is a joy. A blessing 🙂 So far, I have engaged myself to the Ramadhan fasting and expectations. To all my non-Muslim friends, do take this opportunity to witness your Muslim friends and colleagues observe their Ramadhan. From waking up early for our Sahur (pronounced – Su-hoor) — our pre-fast meal, taken before our morning prayers (Subuh), Iftar (breaking fast) during sunset, and to the prayers that follows after that. Other acts of worship, include paying alms/zakat/charity for the needy.

While specific and general practises are done widely by Muslims worldwide during Ramadhan each year, it is not meant to stop once Ramadhan ends. Muslims are adviced and encourage to continue what they’ve practised and conditioned themselves during this holy month. For example, controlling our anger, giving charity to the needy and controlling ourselves in all that we do with the focus of practising the best of deeds as they’re food to the soul. The soul flourishes with good, and holy deeds summoned and encouraged by Islam. Islam is a way of life and it doesn’t stop after we give salam at the end of our prayers, or just by admitting we’re Muslims.

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I am no preacher, but I don’t have to wait to become one to share my humble thoughts. Mere reminder to myself, as well as my Muslim friends out there.

Dream

I haven’t been able to update this blog quite consistently now. Tied up with lots of other things, but hey – – here I am ! Before I forget.. I had a funny dream earlier this week..(or was it last week..).. I dreamt I participated in the K.O.M (King of Mountain) Ipoh while fasting ! My tyre punctured, and at the same time, I had to have a pee-stop.. :p So I stopped, left my bicycle outside.. Went to the loo, and came out only to find my bicycle missing !!! Apparently whoever it was supporting me thought I have decided to pull out from the event.. Man !!!! They took away my bike without asking me !  When I asked where’s my bike,and informed that I need to change the tyre and continue, answer that came was ‘Oh we’ve sent your bicycle to Ampang. If you want to continue you gotta follow us to Ampang (to get your bike)’. Bugger of a dream and team of supporters !!! *good thing it was just a dream*. oh LOLz..  must be me dreaming to take part in the KOM Ipoh this year (most UNlikely..).. Last year,  did my first KOM. I did have fun, was in a good position until the last 2-3km. I was going downhill (last stretch was an uphill to the finish line) trailing behind a car, something which I seldom do *apparently supporter convinced me to trail closely behind the car..*.

Well, doing something which I don’t personally do during training during actual events has its costs..I couldn’t see the small and rough stones ahead of me as the I was trailing the car. The tyre burst and I was forced to finish the last 2km or so , uphill with a punctured tyre. A few ladies overtook me *great!*, and the guys who were behind me cheered on as they passed me *don’t give up! they shouted..*.. I was bit frustrated — but hey, I finished the KOM Ipoh in 1 piece (well, not my tyre..). It would have cost me TIME if I were to stop and start changing the tube.. tinggal 2km je..so, pedal on je lah ! I could have been *nak jugak..* in the top 10 if not for the tyre puncture ! Saying this just for the fun of it.. things happen, and we’re suppose to get over it. Jangan 3-4 tahun kemudian still nak brag the same thing. Basi kang.. hehe..

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Nak kasi bakar semangat to all those who have, and are planning to register for King of Mountain (KOM) Ipoh 2012, happening on the 14th October. I won’t be anywhere near any hills that time but will have another BIG task THEN. *will share nanti le..*. KOM is doable – and you have plenty of time to train. Yang lutut dah pecah, wat ilekk.. give ur knees some rest and recovery first, and get your doctor’s advice before deciding to pound the hills with those precious joints..

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Ramadhan Mubarak again !

 

p.s :  Countless hours, money, energy and effort and spent to become the best athletic and competitive you..with the best gears and apparel.. sanggup berjam-jam dalam panas.. So why not use the same spirit to better ourselves, inner and outer, beginning this holy month.. It doesn’t take up many hours,  money and energy to serve your Almight Lord, Allah Ta’ala. Ingat tuh.. *reminding myself once again and my fellow Muslim friends* Allahu’alam (God Knows Best).

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.

related articles:

BMX BMX TRACK(Harrif)

TRACK(Fatehah) 

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 !!

Shape Night Run 2011 – race report


Ramadhan Greetings

Salam and greetings !! 🙂 This time pakai font warna meghah pulak.. haha..amacang?! Puasa tak tu? Harap-harap okay dan sejahtera hendaknya to all of you. Now, I know most of you are in the Ramadhan ‘mood’, I guess. But nak cerita sikit about the recent Shape Run in Putrajaya.

I was actually invited by the organizer to participate as ‘media’. Thank you to Jaclyn and team for the invitation. Free entry for the 12.3km, VIP pass for parking , and..oh yeah, collected my race kit before the run itself on the stage in front of the VIP tent. I didn’t participate last year, but I came to support friends and snap some photos. This year, Shape Run is a week after Port Dickson Triathlon. The timing is just nice for me to run my last race before the fasting month. There was no specific training for this run, as I have been recovering between races,(the last one being Port Dickson Triathlon) plus the on and off again fever and flu.


To The Front – well, nearly..

I am not sure how many thousand runners were there at the start line but what I know was that there was quite a large number for the 12.3km as it is generally do-able for most of the runners [hence ‘runner’].I entered the cage, slipping and making may way to the front, but only manage to find a comfy spot around 10 meters to start. God knows how many hundred people were ahead of me. Hihih. I wasn’t planning to run fast, and thought I should just take it easy for that night because I was cycling in the day, and have another ride the day after at Hulu Langat. Then again, one of the reason why I bothered to slip my way to the front (well almost) is that I don’t have to waste energy or time zigzagging my way as much as I would have if I were to start from the back.And I know my pace won’t cause me to be trampled by the stampede behind be. Tuh yang tiba-tiba jadi semangat nak lari laju skekk..hihi..dah alang-alang duduk depan tuh, laju sikit lah. So there, how our mind can play games on us. Have fun with it while you can, and I did at Shape Run !

The 12.3km Route

The route ; Palace of Justice, Seri Gemilang Bridge, PICC, back on Seri Gemilang Bridge (around 4.8km at the end of the bridge), (yeah, up that short hill), left into Lebuh Sentosa passing the beautifully litted to Seri Saujana Bridge (the steel, ship sail like bridge). The run along Lebuh Sentosa (that long flat stretch between Seri Saujana Bridge all the way to the Lebuh Sentosa – Persiaran Barat junction where runners turned right is around 2.5km. Turned right into Persiaran Barat passing the 3rd and last bridge during the run — Seri Wawasan Bridge before turning right again as runners hit the main boulevard which connects PICC to the Putrajaya Mosque, passing the Ministry of Finance building on our right (..pause kejap..,I deeply wonder how many runners that night are from Putrajaya…)… Then left in to Lebuh Ehsan, and then right into the back road behind the Immigration Department and Palace of Justice. The road lead the runners back to the finish line in front of Palace of Justice. Distance 12.3km.

Here are a couple of photos of the first 2 bridges I mentioned , just in case you were too focused on the run to check out the magnificent architecture in Putrajaya.

Seri Gemilang Bridge (ok, i gotta admit i only knew of the name before writing this post !)


Passing Seri Saujana Bridge during a training run 3 months ago. Was back running there last weekend, at night this time !


The Fun & Happy Run

There were around 3 water stations if I was not mistaken, at the 3km, 6km and 9km point. I had a bottle of water before the run (just plain water), no gels ! The water stations were efficient during the times I passed them. I stopped briefly at each ! I had a brief (but stabbing) intercostal pain between the 7-8km when I was in the zone pacing it up — I slowed down a little..and stopped at one point near the timing mat before the Persiaran Barat interjunction. Recovered and then got back to running..slowly.. before recovering and deciding to hitch on the next Rawalpindi Express (thanks to a guy who passed me) before Seri Wawasan Bridge. I continued with the pace before letting the runner and go, and continued with the pace before I had the pain. Over took some ladies, and guys.. and some more ladies as we neared the last turn into the boulevard. Finished with a sprint — drama betol kan.. and came in 20th ! hehe.. Happy I was. Timing 1hr 7mins 🙂 yeay. A quick shout out to all my friends who I saw and met at the run. Nice to see you guys! 🙂 Let me quickly list a few; Lynn Guan, Pat Ee, Uncle Oliver Ker, Chew from Kuantan Pacesetters, Tan Wah Sing, Yusran, Nik Raiha, Azri, Zulhassan, Shahrudisah, Hanafy, Yim, Awe, Jess, Pui San, Karen Loh !! 🙂 and the rest of you. Keep on smiling, keep on running and you sure will keep on rockin’ 🙂 Peace !

To the organizer, marshals and volunteers (not forgetting the ever cool MCs from FlyFM, two thumbs up all was good. I have only 2 things to mention here for the organizer ; 1) You guys might wanna review back the registration fee…A bit on the high side…Running used to be the most affordable sports for Malaysians. We don’t want that to change that, do we..?   2) Increase security at runners’ parking area.. the numbers of organized running events are increasing..and so are car smash incidents — by irresponsible and desperate people… Have police/security to patrol the designated areas. Running events are being targeted by these thieves.. and this should  not be allowed to flourish.. ! And runners should also take precaution too by not leaving any valuables in the car. Better still, just leave them at home. Running events have luggage drop areas where you can leave your belongings. Either that or keep it with a friend or family member who is there at the run to support. The last thing(s) you want to leave in your car are things like..handphone, iPads, cash,… not even your carbon and flashy bicycles ! Okay, enough of the ramblings. Need to tee off to la la laaaa land now. Tidor time..! I have a special video for Shape Run 2011. Scroll down to view !!

Check out the crowd yo !

Lynn, missJeweLz and Pat Ee 🙂

1 for the sponsors ! Reebok !!

Balloon anyone ?! Perfect night for family with small kids ! or even the big ones lah !

Sarong - the way to roll ! With a pair of 2XU tucked inside ! This is ma friend Ultra+Ironman Zul ! Check out his entertaining and hilarious race reports and blog post at http://zulhassan.blogspot.com

missJeweLz at Shape Night Run 2011

Towards the finish line !

With the finisher medal 🙂 12.3km, 1hr 7mins, Placing #20


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