Singapore Marathon 2008 is just around the corner

1 more week to the BIG event! I’m getting excited as it is my first ever overseas run. I’m sure it’ll be the first of many more to come. Having come through the Penang Bridge and Kebun Bunga runs unscathed, I’ll be looking to do another long run this weekend just to get the adrenaline pumping. Some interesting SCSM news for your reading pleasure…


New Race Entry Pack Collection Venue for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008!

Singapore Marathon group on Facebook

SCSM 2008 Collectibles

World Champion, Luke Kibet, set to lift the competition at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008


Kebun Bunga Charity Run 2008 (Post Race)

Enjoyed the run last Sunday. Didn’t push myself to the limit but just completed it at a relaxing pace. Had my mind on the Singapore’s run and don’t want to run any risk of injury. Was surprised at the large turnout, the total participants was recorded as 1,100 which was huge by Penang’s standard. I guess the grand prize of a motorcycle was the crowd-puller.

Just as the lucky draw event ended, I witnessed a mad dash for the remaining food and drinks on the refreshment counter. The frustration of missing out on the lucky draw must have been too obvious for one guy as he emerged with a whole carton of mineral water.

I would like to congratulate Rob Nollan for finishing 4th and thanks for the encouragement as we descended the slope to the finishing line. Also thanks to Danny Tan for taking our group photo.

Malokoff 26k 2008 - Certificates

Finally my certificate arrived 3 months after the competition, folded but still in one piece. A bit embarrassed about my ranking but hope this will spur me on to improve my time. For the full results, pls visit: http://www.pacesetters.com.my/

Download your PBIM Certificates Online

Extracted from http://www.penangmarathon.gov.my

If you've participated in our Penang Bridge International Marathon 2008, you could download your Certificate of Participation by clicking this link:

Certificate of Participation

Thank you for your support.

All Full Marathon runners who finished within 6 hours run time, will receive a personal certificate from us. Please expect your certificate to reach you by next week.


Proposal for Cycling Tracks on Penang Island to Promote Healthier Lifestyle

If indeed the proposal got approved by 2010, we may see many people heading to the streets with their bicycles. The proposed trackes are from Teluk Bahang to George Town, Batu Maung to George Town via the Jelutong Expressway, and a heritage trail within George Town itself.

Fingers crossed if this really turn into reality, then I may decide to invest in a bike myself. Read more about it...

Penang X-Flow 2009 Launched!

Exciting news for sports and fitness enthusiasts in Penang!
No excuses to all the rest for being a couch potato anymore.
Read more about this from Lydia Ong's blog.

To ROCK Penang State begining this December and throughout 2009…
30 types of sports and activities…
1. Shuffle Dance & Deejaying
2. Skimboarding
3. Penang Youth Amazing Race
4. Penang Youth Dragon Boat Marathon 09
5. Wall Climbing
6. Penang Paintball League
7. Arm Wrestling
8. Indoor Rowing
9. Body Building
10. Chess in the Park
11. Field Futsal
12. 3 on 3 Basketball
13. 2 on 2 Volleyball
14. Beach Volleyball
15. Penang Beach Soccer Circuit
16. Street Soccer
17. Futsal
18. Sepakraga Bulatan
19. Kayak
20. Windsurfing
21. Optimist
22. Mendaki/Hiking
23. Youth Run @ Youth Park
24. Street Netball
25. Cheerleading Competition
26. Foosbal
27. Scuba Diving
28. Battle of the Band
29. Superbike
30. Penang Gaming Championship

Penang Hill Rail Service Set to Resume

Finally some good news for Penangites and tourist alike. Just in time for Christmas. Wonder how long it will last this time…J


GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hill funicular railway will resume service by the middle of next month once the faulty cables have been replaced. The service has been disrupted since June. State Public Works, Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the state government had bought German-made replacement cables, expected to arrive within two weeks and that it would take about a week to install them. "We can expect the hill railway service to resume after that, just in time for the year-end holiday season."


Penang Bridge International Marathon (Post-Race)

Had fun last weekend though it was not exactly the Fun Run category. Followed my game plan and managed to finish below 3 hours. Though I must mention that the last 5km was pretty tough as I experienced cramps on my thighs, calves and toes, forcing me to a walking pace. Our team from Avago was a strong 70ppl. We had on a bright and striking Orange T-shirts that resemble the Fun Run shirts. Also grateful to our S&R team organizers who prepared a station just to distribute refreshments and snacks for the staff. TQ J  

On the low side, I was surprised that there was only 1 station distributing the power gel at the entry point of the bridge. As at that time there were mostly half-marathon runners and we were only starting our race. By the time the full-marathon runners reached, I would think that the supply would have ran out. Just as what happened to the refreshments. Read about the disappointments of a fellow blogger here (http://bdrc.blogspot.com/2008/11/pbim08-dissapointments.html).

the bright side, at least we need not avoid traffic like what we experienced during Malakoff. Thank you to the organizers and traffic police for their perseverance. By the way next year’s event would be scheduled on 29 November 2009. So are we going to see timing chips introduced next year???

Enjoyed your run? Share your experiences with me… 


Full Results:

  1. Full Marathon Men Open
  2. Full Marathon Women Open
  3. Full Marathon Men Veteren
  4. Half Marathon Men Open
  5. Half Marathon Women Open
  6. Half Marathon Men Junior Veteran
  7. Half Marathon Men Senior Veteran
  8. Half Marathon Women Veteran
  9. Quarter Marathon Boys
  10. Quarter Marathon Girls

For those who missed out on the lucky draw, you can still try your luck by submitting your photos of the event. You stand a chance to win RM500 for the top prize and get it published on the 2009 calendar. Submit your photos to info@penangmarathon.gov.my. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Submit only 10 of your best pictures. Deadline: November 30th 2008.

Penang Round the Island Relay (7Dec08)

Thanks to Haris for this piece of info. This annual team event is being organized by the Penang Amateur Athletic Association (PAAA). It falls on the same date as the Singapore Marathon so I won’t be participating in this. Not really sure how it is being held. Are the runners stationed at different areas along the route? I can’t imagine the last few runners, running under the scorching sun…


Date: 7 December 2008

Start time: 6:30am

Venue: Jalan Padang Kota Lama (Esplanade)

Closing date: 24 November 2008

Telephone: 04-462 8260 (Govind)                            


A team of 12+3 reserved runners need to complete a loop of Penang Island. Each runner need to run less than 10km.

Entry forms and more details from Haris’ blog.


"Personal Fitness Tracker" from Microsoft Office Online

I submitted this template a few months ago and managed to get it approved to be published on Microsoft Online Templates. I had been disciplined enough to track my personal fitness records for the past 9 months and I am quite satisfied by the results so far. I had managed to lose 9kgs and 8% body fat since then. Happy to share this with everyone and wishing you the best of luck in achieving your goals.

To download the template, pls follow the link below: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC300028771033.aspx?WT.mc_id=42

This template is for your personal use to record your daily workout routines. It would serve to help the individual and fitness enthusiast to track their statistics and gauge their performance in order to achieve their fitness targets and goals. Statistical data like body fat %, BMI and VFA could be tracked. There is a useful reference table that would auto-calculate your data and indicate in different font colors whether your stats are within the recommended allowances.


Perhentian Island Challenge 2008


A different kind of challenge….kayaking and swimming in crystal clear waters, running across fine sandy beaches and through lush jungles. Anyone care to share their experience?

Excitement mounts as Penang Bridge Marathon draws closer

This Sunday morning, I’m going to be joined by 16,000 people from all walks of life having one thing in common…to complete the Penang Bridge Run. Be it full, half-marathon or just the Fun run, everybody will be having lots of fun taking part in this yearly event. This is my first ever participation believe it or not and after 28 years of residing on this island, I’m looking forward to actually running on the bridge. It’s hard to imagine how I could cover the entire length of the bridge (twice) and still survive the coastal highway before arriving at the finishing line. But I did 26km before at Malakoff this year, so I know how it feels especially the last 5km. I’m just going to pace myself and have a relaxing run hopefully finishing before 3 hours.

Many people will be walking with a bright yellow Digi bag these few days after collecting their goodie bags from Queensbay Mall. I collected mine yesterday anticipating a huge crowd today and tomorrow. Anyways I wish all of you the best of luck and have an enjoyable time. See ya this Sun.

Remember to stay back for the lucky draw…Proton Saga awaits you!

Articles from theStar…

Road closures for marathon

Proton Saga for lucky marathon runner

Great Eastern Pacesetters 30km (18Jan09)

Join this challenging 30km run. Another way to prepare for the dreaded full marathon.

Date: 18 January 2009 (Sunday)

Venue: Start/Finish Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur

Start time: 6:00 am

Closing date: 31 December 2008 (or 2,500 entries whichever comes first)


1. Pacesetters Office, 37, Block C, Lorong Jugra, Taman Sri Lempah, 3 ½ Miles Old Klang Road, 58100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 603-7981 5895, Fax: 603-7981 3625

2. From the Pacesetters counter at key public raes

3. Pacesetter’s website: http://www.pacesetters.com.my/

Penang Bird Park Run 21Dec08

Looking to stay fit and lean before the upcoming Christmas festivities?

Why not join this run before you gorge yourself with the sumptuous food.

Date: 21 December 2008

Start time: 7:00 am

Location: Penang Bird Park, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, Seberang Perai (How to get there)

Time limit: 90 mins

Entry fees: RM12 (Adults), RM6 (Students)

Closing date: 15 December 2008

T-shirt collection: 18 & 19 December 2008 (10:00am – 6:00pm)

Registration & form submission:

1. Penang Bird Park

2. Farmasi My Chemist, 7102 Jln. Bagan Ajam, Butterworth

3. LPG Office Equipment Sales & Services, 1396 Jln. Padang Lalang, Bukit Mertajam

4. Cititel, 66 Jalan Penang, Penang

5. Holiday Inn, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

6. Flower Girl Boutique, 2F-59 Queensbay Mall, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Kebun Bunga Charity Run 23Nov08

There will be a 6km charity run at the botanical gardens the week following Penang Bridge run.

Registrations closes on 13-Nov.

Startech Tele-Communication - Kompleks Bk Jambul 3A-2-71, 11900 Penang

1) Jason Tan 012-4720099

2) Mr Teh 012-5664400

3) Timothy 016-4571991

4) Steve 012-4773066

For more info visit: