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Monday, August 24, 2015

Thoughts on Kuching Marathon 2015

This is a story of the ordinary.

No amazing weight-loss tale, no story of triumph over adversity, no glorious victory, no race record.
It was an ordinary start to a race day. Our running club had been preparing members for months for this event and everyone came excited to run their best.

“Wear the club t-shirt, we’ll take a photo together after the run”

I was running the half-marathon, but woke up early to send my husband off. I was having breakfast and wondering if I should bring my phone. My running belt’s zipper had gotten stuck and I was contemplating stuffing a gel into my pocket and just going with that. I ended up soaking the belt in hot water and voila! The zip opened up! I had to run with a wet belt though. In the end, I stuffed my phone into a plastic bag and brought it.

I started out in the middle of the pack with Desmond. We agreed to stick together as our pace was roughly similar and he had forgotten his Garmin. As we passed the starting mat and started slowly jogging, I exclaimed loudly at the pack leader, already past the U-turn and racing back to the Padang and to the rest of the course. It was the last time I would see the group of eventual winners in action and I eagerly cheered them on.

It was a cool morning, and a quiet one. There were no sleepy cheering villagers this year, and we began to speed up to race pace. We chatted and joked along the route, although Desmond was more comfortable at the fast pace than I was. I was grateful for his company. We were born in the same year, same town, and had gone to the same kindergarten. Although we had lost contact later when I changed schools, we re-connected again through running.

About halfway through the race, he was a few hundred meters ahead of me. I had slacked off the pace slightly to catch my breath. Desmond turned around when he noticed my footsteps had gone.
“You okay?”
“Yeah” I said, “You go ahead. You’re maintaining a steady pace, you can finish well ahead of me. Run by feel.”
“Okay, I’ll see you later.”
We split up. 

I found another girl running at around the same pace and we stuck together for a while. She was a school sprinter, and had taken leave from her job to come to Kuching to race.  
I caught up with another girl, and we chatted a bit. She was from KL, and had run as a pacer in Malaysian Women’s Marathon. We shared some encouraging words along the way.
There’s lots of fast girls this year, I thought to myself.

As we passed the toll and came up to the bridge I saw a guy hunched over at the side.
“Are you okay?” I asked him.
He gave me the thumbs-up while rubbing his knee. I continued running, but I heard another runner behind me ask him if he needed help.
Runners are a really cool bunch of people, I though.

I passed a few water stations and high-fived the cheering squad. Wonder how long they had been there chanting the same song.

I was running around the swimming pool when I saw Desmond running back towards me.
“What’s going o…”
“Eric’s at MBKS” he blurted out as he sped past me.

What the…

Something must have happened.

I picked up the pace and ran to MBKS. I saw Eric at the side of the road. There was another runner holding him up. He was pale as a sheet. Another runner who was holding a pack of ice stopped and iced his head.

“What happened” I wanted to ask. But I kind of knew he’d hit the wall in a huge way.
I heard the ambulance and ran out to the road, waving frantically.
A girl who introduced herself as Dr Ng came out and took his pulse.
“His pulse is okay.”
Oh thank God.

Desmond had run back and joined us. The guy with the ice was a runner I only knew casually. “Continue the race” I told him, “I’ll stay.” They ran off, knowing there was nothing more they could do.
“Sir, can you hear me sir?” the doctor asked, tapping Eric's hand. He was staring ahead, looking through her.
“Eric” I called out his name, “Eric are you okay.”

The doctor conferred with the ambulance driver. “Bring him to Central.” I overheard the doctor say.

Three of us carried him into the ambulance. The doors shut and the siren went on. They sped off.
Desmond and I looked at each other in a daze. The last thing I wanted to do was to continue racing. I also knew I had probably dropped a few places as we had been passed by loads of runners in that time.
“Are you okay?” Desmond asked.
“Let’s finish this.” I said.
We ran back, trying to pick up the pace.
“Where do you think they brought him?” he said.
“I heard Central, so maybe Central Padang?” I replied.

Wordlessly, we both sped up. We came around the Corner of Good Hope at a gallop. My mind was on my friend, and hoping he was okay. I knew it was the same for Desmond.

“Not likely I can PB now anyway.” Desmond joked as we raced on. We had forgotten everything. Pacing and breathing was out the window, we didn’t even bother to stop at the last water station. It was an all-or-nothing for the finish line.
We sprinted.

I finished about 15 seconds behind Desmond.

People we knew were congratulating us. I collected my medal and shirt and saw Desmond at the end. I knew we both wanted to look for Eric.
“He must be at the Medical Tent.” I said.
We walked out onto Padang and towards the tent. No sign of Eric.
“Did you see our friend?” I asked the medical staff. “He was brought in by the ambulance.”
“What’s his bib number?” we were asked. Good Lord I don’t know, I thought. I know his name. He’s not a number to me.

Eventually we found out that he was brought directly to the General Hospital.
“His wife is still running.” I said. “Did you call his emergency contact?”

I gave them his details, as I had them in my dropbox. I used my phone data plan to go online and retrieve it. I thought back to the moment that I almost left my phone at home.

“Let her finish the race.” Desmond said. It was Janette's first marathon, and we both knew how she had been training hard for months.

Desmond waited patiently for her at the finish line. When she finished with a group our of club members, the pure joy on her face shone through. A first marathon joy is really hard to encapsulate.

However, Desmond broke the news to her and some friends whisked her off to the hospital.

Eric had an epic 6 liters of saline pumped back into his body in one day.

He’s healthy and recovered now, although he still supports Manchester United.

This whole experience made me think. Think for days. 

And I've come to 3 conclusions.

1. Hydrate yourself well when running in this weather. Its something we all have to practice, and its something small that we can do on each and every run. The skies can be a cloudy illusion, but make no mistake, we are losing water by just standing in the heat and breathing. Our bodies are an amazing, complicated machine that needs salts and water to survive. When I say hydrate, I'm talking about salts as well as water. Learning to keep your salt-water balance in a state of homeostasis is a technical skill we all need if we are to continue running long distances.

2. Desmond is a hero.
If he had not found our friend when he did, there may have been a much gloomier race day for us. But as he said, "Any one of us would have done the same."
I hope to goodness he's right. Its just us, ordinary people with ordinary lives. The good we do has a bigger impact than we let ourselves believe. Its this ordinary good that makes some really extraordinary moments.

3. Runners are hands down the best people to know. If you're a runner, you've got a friend anywhere. I love this community that maybe wouldn't know each other at all, and yet now that we run together we sometimes know each other's bowel movements and sweat output. Even if I know you, for example the way I know Desmond, there's no way I would be as close friends if it were not for running. We have something precious here. Let's look out for each other, on the runs, on the roads, and on the trails. Welcome new runners and share your knowledge with them.
The bonds that we have made in just a short time knowing each other and being around each other in training are pretty strong, I know that friends I make when running will be my friends for life. I hope I can continue to run as long as that friendship lasts. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (RunDisney)

Event date, 8th -11th Jan 2015

Our first race report for 2015 comes from Orlando, Florida. George and I had the magical experience of running the Run Disney marathon, held on 8th – the 11th Jan. The event is divided to a 4 day event, where you can sign up for 5Km, 10Km, 21Km (13.1 miles) , 42Km (26.2 miles), Goofy Challenge and Dopey Challenge. Now, you may ask, why is this event so special? Well, apart from the fact that you get to run in the four parks of Disneyland in Orlando, Florida.  During the race, you will get to see and have many photo opportunities with your favorite Disney characters.

After a long 37 hours of flight and 4 airplanes from Kuching, we finally arrive Orlando Florida. The fun was just starting. We pick up our rental, we headed to our accommodation. We stayed in Kissimmee area, which was very close to the Disney Maingate (5 mins drive).
The next day, we woke up and collected our race pack from the ESPN wide world of sports. The race pack collected was well structured, similar to the Gold coast and Osaka Marathon. The expo had many retailers with familiar brands, such as Nike, Brooks, Zoot, Sacouny, 2Xu, Cliff, adidas, CWX, 2nd skins and  Garmin. I would say that it was any runners haven. Prices of some items where reasonable, while some where not due to the exchange rates. Nevertheless, we manage to get what we needed there.

I signed up for the Goofy Challenge (21Km on 10th Jan and 42Km on 11th Jan). You can sign up for the Dopey challenge, which was 5Km on 8th Jan, 10Km on 9th Jan, 21Km on 10th Jan and 42Km on 11th Jan. At the end of each race, you get one medal each, and a special Goofy Medal or Dopey Medal to mark the milestone.
Here are the photos of the medals.

Both 21Km and 42Km, starts and ends at the same location at Epcot center. We start at 5:30am. On the 10th Jan, the weather was about 9degC, while on 11th Jan was better at 14degC. You can see the race courses in the map attached. We started from Epcot and headed to Magic kingdom. Soon after that, we proceeded to the Disney motor speedway where you can experience how it feels to be a nascar driver around the track. Then, we ran past the fantasyland, frontierland, Disney animal kingdom, Disney hollywood studios and back to epcot center.


The water stations where evenly distributed at every 2miles (3.2Km). We were served water and powerade (similar to Gatorade energy drink). The bananas where given at 18Km, 25km and 32km mark. Cliff gels, where distributed at both 11 miles and 21 miles mark. This was my first ever run, without my hydration pack for a full marathon. It definitely felt lighter.  The weather was nice and actually perfect for a marathon (14-21degC). However, due to running back to back, I did not manage to recover in time for the full marathon. Would have been happier with a better timing, but it was an experience worth learning and understanding.
We manage to meet many marathon maniacs from all over US. Most of them where running either the Goofy or Dopey run. You could see that they really enjoyed themselves. There were many runners who ran in costumes, similar to Osaka Marathon, except they were in Disney Characters dress up.

Overall, I would say this marathon event was well organized with a total of 26,000 participating in the full marathon (with only 19922 completing the race within 7 hours). Hence, that is why they split the events into 4 days. The route was nice and scenic, the people where friendly and weather perfect. In one word MAGICAL. We also had the opportunity to run along some actors such as Sean Austin (Sam Gangee of lord of the rings) and many more.This race was also a marathon first blood for Shaun Tay, a member of the O-run Utans running club, who is currently studying in Florida. He joined us in this marathon event and did pretty well for his first. Well done.

Hope you all enjoyed this short report of the event. Thanks 

Report by:- Shannon Francis Lee

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Osaka Marathon 2014

With George Chapman, France Ngu, Lester Lim, Jerome Lee, Alex Liew, Fionara Jong.

The Osaka 2014 Marathon was never planned in my run calendar for 2014. It was more like a last minute over drinks with your buddies kind off decision. (The ones that you make wrong choices and can’t remember anything in the morning. *Reminds me of Hang Over movie). Hahaha.  We have all signed up and since the marathon slots where ballot, we were just trying our luck. Trust me when I say, that we where surprise to have been selected. We all booked our flight via AirAsia X, as they had a promotion of flight + free 25kg checked-in luggage + free meal return + AirAsia running Tee.

We all flew and landed in Kansai Airport. Once you clear immigration, you may want to get a pocket WIFI device for your visit duration in Japan. I got mine from ( (thanks Fionara for helping to book mine). It was really handy, especially when looking for directions and face-time your love ones.

We bought a 5 days visitor pass. This allows you to commute via subway and train from Kansai Airport to Osaka-shi, for a flat rate. (I strongly recommend this, as this is cheaper). George and I have booked our accommodation as Shinsaibashi district. Not at the Comfort Inn, but rather at a branch of Best Western Hotel Fino Shinsaibashi ( ). The location was superb and price was value for money. 6 mins from Shinsaibashi subway station, close to all eating shops, shopping, night life and coined laundry service available.

After we unpacked and settled in, it was time for some Japanese food experience, while we make our way to the Osaka Marathon Expo center. Japanese food in Japan is 100X more tasteful and cheaper compared to our local Japanese outlets (that’s a no brainer). We started our Carbo loding session early.

The marathon expo was medium sized. I have see larger at the Standard Chartered  Singapore Marathon Expo and Gold Coast Marathon Expo. Nevertheless, there was still plenty to see tempt the wallet. Their main apparel was Mizuno. But of course, most of the items were in Japanese. Personally, I like the Japanese gels. Not too much of a fan for the electrolyte.

On race day, the weather was reasonable (27deg C). We started the race at 9am. All participants were required to be at each designated starting pen, following our estimated race complete time during registration.

The crowd was huge and you get to see many costume runners. I managed to snap a few photos. You even see Donald duck going to use the lavatory, Hahaha.

The route was pretty nice. You had many things to see. There were many on lookers and
supporters filling both side of the road. They were handing out candies, sushi and giving Hi-5 to the runners. This was good morale support, especially when you hit the 30km mark. Any support from supporters will cheerful faces and energy, will give you the adrenaline you need to push on. I personally found this very helpful when I hit 35km.

The route was slightly hilly but still manageable. It was not as flat as Gold Coast Airport Marathon route. Along the course, you could see many entertainments such as, Japanese Drum performances, cheerleading by schools students, traditional dances and many more. One thing that caught my attention was the medical staff. They had medical staff runners that ran the full course and aid any runners in need. This was amazing. They had clear red vest that said “DOCTOR”. There were more than 100 medical runners that caught my attention.

The drink stations where ample, they had Pocari and water. No gels where handed out, but they had bananas. We all enjoyed our run, as you can see from the photos. Honestly speaking, I will go back and run the 2015 Osaka Marathon. The course was nice, the experience was different, and value for money. But, the decision maker for me was the energy from the spectators.

Report by:- Shannon Francis Lee

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kuching Marathon Route Report

“Lets run the Kuching marathon route”

Well we started at 3am from Padang Merdeka. It was dark, people were just going home from bars and we were a strange race in headlamps, hydration packs, compression socks and running shoes. Tourists asked to take pictures with us. A car slowed down and asked what we were doing.

What, you never saw anyone preparing for a spontaneous marathon before? Haha, famous last words.

This is the view from the road between the post office and Plaza Merdeka. I assume this is where the start pens are going to be. In front of us on the right is Central Padang, which we have to run around. We ran on the actual padang itself to avoid cars. It was 3am and we were worried about drunk and sleepy drivers.

Then you turn left into a lorong...there are two lorongs here, so I am not sure which one will be used. The first one, Jalan Masjid, will take you past the Jalan Masjid polyclinic and another one, Jalan Khoo Hu Yeang, will go by the central police station. You will end up at more or less the same place, just wondering which road will be used. Anyway, we ran on the polyclinic road as its closer. This will take you past Gurdwara Sikh temple on your left and end up at a roundabout with the central Mosque. There you take the second exit into Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol.

The first 10km or so of the marathon is through sleepy Malay kampungs. It is flat, quiet and drowsy, especially at 3am! You’re running on the road itself and there are streetlights. There's a small ramp uphill crossing over Satok bridge at around km4, but its incline is not scary (more on this later).After that bridge, its more sleepy Malay kampung roads, Jalan Muhibbah and Jalan Kulas. Nothing much to look out for, except some of the roads are really dark, and we were wearing headlamps! It’s advisable to be wearing some form of reflective clothing or lights; since we start so early to beat the sun. 

I didn't bother taking photos of the kampung, because it'll be dark and everything will look the same. But anyway, here's Satok bridge. We took a bit of liberty with this part, running on the pavement and up and down the stairs. On the actual day I think we'll be running on the road itself.

Cars here are pretty considerate and don't drive too fast, which is good. Once you get to Satok bridge there’s pavement on the side. Hope they'll still close half the road off though, cos we were cheered (quite aggressively) by a couple of guys on motorcycles. Maybe they meant to be encouraging, but it gets a bit scary.

After this bridge its more kampung roads, its pretty flat and dark. This is quite a longish stretch, about 3km; lots of quaint kampung houses to look at though. You run through the back road, which is called Jalan Merdeka. Its nice and cool here as this area is next to the river. You run right to the very end of Jalan Merdeka, at which point you will come to a T-junction. You turn left here, into Jalan Kassim Jaafar. The end of this road is another T-junction, where you will turn right into Jalan Astana. At the end of Jalan Astana is a slight hill, after you crest the hill go straight and you will hit this roundabout.

think this road is called Jalan Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salehuddin; at least thats what the blue sign says. Anyway you'll see a roundabout with a lighted up hornbill in the middle. Excuse my lousy photograhy skills here, using my phone camera.

At this roundabout you take the second exit and run to another roundabout. This next roundabout has a big fountain in the middle, and no I didnt take a picture because its dark.

By this time you'll be at km9-10. You take the first exit here and will run past the State Library and State Mosque on your right. This is Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman.

The road here is pitch black, as we were running on the parallel bike path and not under the street lamps, so luckily we had our headlamps. I hope this road will be closed for the race, as the bike path is winding and really not possible to run at 3-4am. There's not much of a shoulder to the road either, so you'll be running on the actual street itself.

At the end of this road is another roundabout (surprise, surprise) but you turn right into the first exit into Jalan Samariang. You'll run past a building on a hill which looks like a shuttlecock; this is the Kuching North City Hall and home to the Cat Museum. This is about km13. Keep running straight till you get to a crossroad with traffic lights.

At the traffic light, turn right into Jalan Sultan Tengah. This is a pretty long stretch, about 5+ km. There is an insidious hill here which just creeps up on you slowly and suddenly gets a bit steep. This whole road will be slightly uphill, perfect to run if your coach tells you to train on rolling hills. Run on the road here, as the shoulder of the road is wide. There is a pavement, although at one point the pavement ends suddenly at a huge storm drain.

At the end of this road is km20 and another huge roundabout, where you go straight into another long road called Jalan Protokal. I took this shot in the daytime when I was running it once, so hopefully when you get here it'll still be dark and the temperature cool. Its lovingly referred to as the “6km of hell” by a few local runners. 

Thats because there's nothing to look at to distract you here. Its a long stretch of just you and road, not even a pothole to keep things interesting. This is a good place to start writing that song you always wanted, compose your Academy award acceptance speech, have a little existential crisis or just zone out. Anyway, at the end of this road is another slight hill.

After Jalan Protokal, you'll reach this roundabout. I took this photo in the daytime, in order to point out a very vital landmark. If you look straight ahead, there is a 24-hour KFC! Perfect to have your mid-race snack plate! However, if you insist on continuing the run, you turn into the road on your left. This is Jalan Bako. Once you're here, its about km25. You're more than half-way through your marathon!

Another nice long stretch of road, a bit less than 5km.

The nice thing about Jalan Bako is its lined with trees on both sides, offering a bit of shade. A genius from the City Council also decided to plant jasmine trees along this road, so you get a nice cool flowery fragrance as you run. Jalan Bako is a main road and little roads branch off of it, so do watch out for cars and motorcycles entering and exiting, even from the other side of the road! 

This bridge is almost at the end of Jalan Bako, and has a nice view of Sarawak river.

I saw this huge sawmill and another big factory.
“Isn't that the Gold Coin Factory?” my friend asked.
“What do they make?”
Thaaaaaaat's niiiiiccceeeeeeeee.

This sign is across the road; entering Demak Laut Industrial Park at km30.

Well they call it a park...but its a pretty dusty road with a few large industrial vehicles. Its not the most pleasant of roads to run. 

Reaching this traffic light, you turn right into an industrial road; Jalan Keruing.

I particularly hate this portion of the road as its really dusty and dirty, there's lots of roadkill, and motorcyclists and cars and lorries don't seem to see you at all. I hope they close it for the race for safety reasons. You'll crest a steep hill at this road, which is a bridge going over the Kuching barrage. Cars drive here at breakneck speed, and as you can see, there's no pavement and hardly any space on the shoulder of the road. Be alert and be prepared to make an emergency bail out onto the grass, as I had to a few times. This entire stretch of road is a about 3km.

At the end of that road, you'll see this building on your left at km33. The Borneo Convention Center looks like a leaf or something from the top, but you'll be seeing the back of the building first.

Turn left at the traffic light and you'll run around BCCK into another roundabout.
You run into this road and see the Sarawak Energy building.

Run straight and you will be turning uphill over another bridge on your left. This is the Isthmus bridge. Congratulations! You have now run 35 km of your marathon! This is probably the longest long run you have done, but the good news is you can start counting down the last 7 km.

I'm told by organizers that there will be a wet sponge station somewhere at this point, and by this time the
sun should be up. So unless you run a marathon in less than 3 hours, this will be a relief!

From this point, it will be pretty hot going as there's no tree cover, and the ramp over Isthmus is a small hill. I stuffed a cap in my hydration pack, and at this point, its a good idea to have some form of sun protection, either a hat or sunglasses.

After Isthmus bridge, there will be a large cross road with traffic lights. You will turn right at this point, run straight until hit another set of traffic lights. Then you will turn left into Jalan Pending.

Now this is where it starts to get interesting. 

Ta-DAHHHH! Hills! And a couple of steep ones!

How nice of the organizers to have it after km38 when you're good and tired!
When I got to this hill, I realised that I was running at the same speed that I walk. So I walked. Its only about 2km though, and you’ll love the downhills! Avoid stomping down the hills even if you’re excited, because this can lead to high impact on your knees and possible injury.

At the end of this merciless road, you'll turn left and head for Jalan Padungan. 

You'll pass this building, which is the Kuching South City Hall, when you’re almost at km40. You'll be looking from afar, though, not as close as this.

By the time you see the white cat at the end of Padungan, you have 2km left to go! Padungan is the Chinatown of Kuching, lots to see when you run past but lots of aggressive flower-buying aunties and breakfasting-families-in-minivans too. I don't know if they'll close this road since its so popular on weekends. I hope they will control traffic here, though it may incur ire from non-running Kuching-ites!

Anyway, gather yourself and be vigilant from here, since the city roads have a couple of potholes and loose tiles and manhole covers. It would be a shame to trip here and get a DNF!

From Jalan Padungan, its straight along the Kuching waterfront and Gambier street. When you see UOB bank at the left corner, you turn left and should see the finish line in front of you!

There will be lots of photographers here I reckon, so pick up your step and SMILE! You make running a marathon look easy!

For those of you who love stats and figures, heres a graph of the elevation profile along the 42km.

Report by:- Stephanie Chan

The Heat is On - BIM 2014

Sharing on the BIM Marathon 2014 in May...

The Heat Is On
Borneo International Marathon (BIM), is an annual event in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah was held on 4th of May 2014. It was my second full marathon with my husband.

Around 20+ fellow running friends from Kuching also participated in this event, mostly going for the full marathon while a few went for the half in preparation for the upcoming races.

Firstly, I would like congratulate our members who had completed at the BIM, strongly and a handful with their personal best achieved.Here’s my recap of event.

The Day Before The Race
On arrival in KK around 4pm, Willie and Jade picked us up as we shared a rented car which cost around RM70/day and we were glad for them as they need to drive thru unfamiliar road and endure the traffics.

We headed straight to Courtyard Hotel @ 1Borneo. It costs RM138/per night which is including breakfast. Breakfast area was nice giving an overview of the busy city center. Free breakfast buffet is ok at best. The hotel is within a 25-minute drive from city centre. The hotel also about 15km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. There are few hotels at 1Borneo to choose based on your own preference and budget. Neighboring there is Tune Hotel, Hotel Novotel and Grand Borneo Hotel is an integral part of 1Borneo Hypermall.

Hypermall is just 2 minutes’ walk from our hotel. After dropped our stuffs, we went there to have an early dinner. On the stroll back to the hotel, we popped into the supermarket searching for banana for our breakfast but couldn’t find any; luckily Shannon Lee (President of HPRC) found some and offered some to us. For those who take banana for breakfast advise to get from town wet market.

The Morning Of
15mins ride to the Stadium. As we made way in, the Stadium was brightly lilted and soon familiar faces start popping up. After a brief grouping and some photos taken, we proceed to the starting point which outside Stadium Likas.

And we’re Off
Gun went off at 3am.

The condition on race day ended up being about 35 degrees C, warmer than anything I’d ran in during training. The course took us for a short circuit of the town, looped back to stadium and headed to the seafront Likas Bay before taking us into UMS (University Malaysia Sabah).

I got tired much quicker than expected due to the heat and the hills at 20K and 23K marks. The real first hint of fatigue set in around 25k. By this point, we were 10k into a stretch of the undulating course (1Borneo, passing near my hotel); no serious hills as such, but certainly not pancake flat. Many runners consider this one of the toughest sections and I have no reason to disagree. This was an out-and-back route. However, on the return leg, saw fellow running friends and we were cheering each other on.

My husband was suffering calf cramps by this time and had to slow down. He encouraged me to proceed on so, I ended up running about 12km of the race alone. Hitting the 38k marker was a strange feeling and nauseous. Probably is because of stomach bloated due to drink too much of water. But on the other hand I knew I only had 4k left as I was going to finish. I tried as hard as I could to pick up the pace on the last stretch. The finale mile led runners back into Likas Stadium.

I did it! A personal best for me.

Beyond the finishing line, there was a free massage. Also, the race was concluded with a much appreciated cups of cold milo (drank countless cups), eggs, sandwiches, noodles and etc.

While sitting on the bench, we cheered hard for fellow runners coming into the Stadium and you get to reflect the emotions of pain, fatigue but also joy and excitement of runners crossing the finishing line knowing I had experienced one or more of those during the process.

We ended the event with a group photograph, proudly with our Hornbill Pacesetters Running Club banner and running T.

Among some of the major complaint would be water and isotonic shortage and hope for more sponge station in the future.

Would I do it again? Immediately afterwards, my answer would have been an unqualified “NO”. But a few days after, we had signed up for Kuching Marathon 2014. :)

Reported by:- Grace Lee

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HPRC Club Vest

The official Hornbill Pacesetters Running Club vest is out now and we are taking orders. This round we have it in men's and women's cuttings in separate colors with lots of safety features to make your running safe and comfortable. 

Men's Vest

Women's Vest

Back of the vest with two stripes of reflective for safety

Sizing Guide

Size (cm)SML


Size (cm)SML

Pricing as follows:-

1. HPRC members - RM 35
2. Non HPRC members - RM40

Payment Options

GIRO/Bank Transfer Ordering

1. Receiving Bank:  AmBank
2. Beneficiary Name:  Kelab Larian Pacesetters Hornbill Stampin
3. Beneficiary Account Number:  888 10000 37257

Cash Collection

1. LePark Nite Runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
2. LSD Runs on Sundays.

To place your order, please email  with the following details:-
1. Name
2. Size and quantity
3. Handphone contact
4. Payment option
5. For payments via GIRO/Bank Transfer, please email screen shot of the bank-in slip together with your account number for verification.

For the first batch ordering ends on 5th August 2014