Penang Hill Climb 2008 (Post Report)

Finally have some time to write something about the Penang Hill Climb after gathering all the info and photos.

It was my first ever Pg Hill Climb competition and I had some butterflies in my stomach. It was the highest ever turnout for the event as more than 2800 people gathered at the Youth Park. At slightly over 8am, we were flagged off by the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. It was a bit cramped at the starting point as people tussled to get to the front row. But soon after, it was slightly more scattered as we headed towards the foot of the hill. By then, it was all the way uphill of the tough Jeep Road...

After the race, we stayed back to wait for the lucky draw event. The rain did not dampen the spirits of the participants as everyone took shelter underneath the tent, temple and even the childrens' playground. Everyone was hoping for the coveted Honda motorbike as it was on offer for the first time. No luck for me this year, maybe next year.

The rain came down full force after the closing of the event. As it was another hour for us to reach the bottom, it was a good choice to have our lunch at the cafeteria. It is really a great dissapointment that the furnicular service be out of service for such a long period. Not only do we need to walk all the way down, we need to do it in heavy downpour and slippery sportswear. I hope the authorities is doing something to speed up the repair works as it is such a great inconvenience not only to the locals but also to the tourist. Fortunately we were able to hitch a ride from a passing jeep on reaching 84. It was another mile's walk before we reach our car parked at Youth Park....whoof!

Thanks to the efficient KWYP staff, we were able to retrieve our ranking and times the following day.

Lim Khee Boon, Kazuo (林启文)参赛号码:2575 1 hr:12min:36s No 37
Yap Chee Hean, Shaun (叶志贤)参赛号码:2576 1 hr:16min:23s No 55

Overall, I was glad to be able to beat my personal record of 1hr:20min and satisfied with my ranking. Need a lot more work to improve on my time. Next year's target, below 1hr....haha


Thanks to the KWYP photographer (Tang Khoon Beng), we were able to capture the moment with our certs. Kudos to the KWYP staff.

For more info on the event, here is KWYP's website link. http://www.kwongwah.com.my/news/2008/07/20/123.html

Looking forward to next year's event.

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kazuolim said...

Yes. We must train hard. I'm sure we may acheive our target next year. Your Penang Hill Climb's blog has bring us as well as fellow hikers back a great memory during the climb. Bravo!

Shaun Yap said...

Hopefully so. Still a year to go.

kazuolim said...

Now, I just hope that the furnicular train can be up as soon as possible. If I were a tourist, I'm sure will be disappointed if it is my first time travel in Penang.

Sai Mun said...

Great completion times...

Makes me embarrassed of my own performance :(