2008 Events Calendar


4th: The North Face 100 (Singapore)

19th: KWYP City Run (Penang) Form

17th - 19th: Perhentian Island Challenge

19th: Mizuno Wave Run (KL)


2nd: Genting Trailblazer 2008

5th - 8th: Taman Negara Eco-Challenge

9th: Powerman Malaysia (Seri Manjung, Perak)

16th: Penang Bridge International Marathon


7th: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008

Genting Trailblazer 2008

Venue : Football Field, Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
Date: 2nd November 2008 (Sunday)
Time : 7.00am - 7.30am

Competitive (14km) · Men· Women·
MixedAdventure (14km)· Men · Women· Mixed· Veteran
(combined age of 90 years and above of any gender)

* Participants for all categories must be 18 years and above.

The team can consist of two male, two female, or one male and one female. The veteran category can have two persons of any gender as long as their combined age adds up to more than 90 years of age.

What are the prizes?OVER RM72,000 WORTH OF CASH & PRIZES TO BE WON! Cash prizes are for the Competitive Run categories only.


Merdeka Run 2008 (Post Race Report)

This year's Merdeka run saw some 1,000 participants taking part. We arrived early to secure a good parking slot. It wasn't until 630am that the organizers and other participants started turning up. After registration, we had our routine warm-up before heading to the toilet to relieve ourselves. Fortunately the nearby post office had its doors opened for us. At around 730am, we were all forced into an enclosed parking lot with people distributing the Jalur Gemilang in the spirit of Merdeka. A few minutes later, we were released and adjourned to the starting line. After some warm-up exercises and some words of encouragement to keep the runners spirit high, we were flagged off at around 745am.
The first 3km was a quicker than my normal pace as I reached the Jalan Larut junction at about 15mins. We were surprised to be forced to stop for an convoy of police trucks at the junction there. The running crowd was gathering and loud jeers were heard as we forced our way halfway through the convoy. The unexpected stop did affect my rhythm slightly as I tried to slow down a bit to avoid the occurence of side stitch and shin splint. Luckily none of this occured and I was able to resume my normal pace for the remaining duration of the race. As I reached the 8km mark after Citibank, I tried to pick up the pace slightly and I was overtaking quite a few people after 9km at the Esplanade. Finally I made it to the finish line in a time of 57:56:40 which was slightly above my target of 55mins and PB of 57:42 for 10km. But to be fair the overall distance which I had mapped using the mymaprun software was showing 10.4km, therefore I had no much complaints.
Overall it was a decent outing with a good spirit of Merdeka. However better traffic control at several junctions along the race could have made our run a lot less stressful.
The Avagotech runners in striking red colors.

The members of PAC, Kazuo, Andrew, me and Alvin (From left).

Yeang Chieng Nam claiming 4th place in the Men's Senior Veteran category. Congrats and well done!

Finisher's medal for participants finishing within the 90min time frame.

City Run 2008: Registration Open

The 2008 Penang City Run registration is open. Details and registration forms as below.

Date: 19 Oct 2008 (Sun)
Time: 7:30am
Start/Finish: Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong (near KOMTAR)
Organizer: Kwong Wah Yit Poh
Time limit: 90mins
Fees: RM4 (Student) / RM6 (Others)
Closing date: 3 Oct 2008 (3:30pm)

Registration Form

Route Map (using mapmyrun)

I found that the route is not exactly 10km as it claimed in the form. In fact, using mapmyrun software, it only recorded 6.88km.

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 7Dec2008

Me and Kazuo have signed up for the half-marathon event. To date, there are more than 30,000 entries and many more will be expected. Though missing out on the early bird discount, we still managed to obtain the promo period discount which ends 31-Aug. To save on some cash for shopping, we chose everybody's favourite airline, Air Asia from Penang to Johor Bahru. It will be a 4D/3N trip and thank god for Anson who provided us shelter, we have more $$$ for shopping. This is our first overseas running trip and we will make the most out of it...can't wait!

Note that the 15% discount is only meant for Standard Chartered credit cards holders in Singapore.

For more details and online registration, visit: http://www.singaporemarathon.com/en/

Route Map

Malakoff 2008 (Results)

Finally the results are out! After more than 72hours...

A big thank you to Kazuo's persistence in hassling the Pacesetters staff to publish the results.
I guess there must be some problems with the timing chip as it is the first time they implement this.

My time of 3:05:38 earned me a ranking of 93rd in the Men's Open category, 198th in the overall men and 223rd in the overall standing. Congratulations to Kazuo and Andrew for their 39th and 40th placing in the Men's Open category. That is what I call a neck to neck finish!

Download the full results here (should be available in the Pacesetters website soon):

Penang Malakoff 2008 Results

Malakoff 2008 (Post Race Report)

Kazuo, Alvin and me with the striking red Avago t-shirt on.

Me, Alvin and Kazuo with the Malakoff vest that we raced with.

The final participant of the day arriving after 4 hours. Really admire the courage of this lady as she was battling with cramps and manage to finish. Good spirit!

It was my first ever half-marathon and boy was it tough! I finished the first 10km at 1hr 02mins which was at my expected pace. Then after, the next 5km was untested teritorry and it really showed as I experienced side stitch which is when my stomach muscles start cramping. Worse was to come at ~22km when my calf started cramping and I was reduced to walking. The final 5km was really exhausting and I had to alternate between quick walk and slow jog. Fortunately I manage to finish the race at 3hrs and 05mins, just 5mins short of my target. It was really a good experience for me as I now know that I manage to finish a half marathon!

* Was surprised that one of my blog readers gave me a Hi! Are you Shaun? at KM15. I think his name was Danny. We had a quick chat but were on our way later. If you are reading this, pls send me your email so I could say Hi! back.

To me, the event was a success and well done to Pacesetters for organizing it in such a professional way. Though the turnout was not spectacular as only 500+ participants registered, everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Maybe it was the distance that scared people off or was it because there was no lucky draw event?

Looking forward to the next Malakoff. Thumbs up!

Penang Bridge International Marathon 16 NOV 2008

The Penang Bridge International Marathon is officially ON!

Date: Sunday, November 16 2008
Start Location: Queensbay, Penang.
For more details and registration, visit the official site: http://www.penangmarathon.gov.my/portal/

Peace Run 2008 (Post Race Report)

There was a good turnout for this year's event with over 2,000 participants. I managed to complete the 6.6km race in slightly over 33mins which was one of my personal best. I started off too quickly at the beginning clocking just 13mins at the 3km checkpoint and that was to be my downfall. After that, I was struggling to keep my pace and finish the race. I guess I need more training on my pacing and distancing. Anyway I was happy to have taken part and is looking forward to the next tougher race which is the Malakoff.