Thursday, 22 October 2015

Running: Reebok Spartan Sprint Malaysia 2015 (Selangor)

Finally at year 2015, the Spartan Race reached Malaysian shores held on 10 October 2015 at Setia Alam, Selangor. The Spartan Race is an international well-branded obstacle race event with Reebok as the official apparel for the race series. The early bird registration for the first ever Reebok Kuala Lumpur Spartan Sprint race opened since July 2015.

Registered myself for the OPEN HEAT category at RM169 inclusive of tax. I was running with my Borneo Tribal Squad partner, Memey after attending ONE Championship 2015 live match the night before at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil.

I assumed that this Spartan Race was a replacement for Reebok ONE Challenge. Was actually eagerly waiting for Reebok ONE Challenge this year since I had a great experience in their obstacles event two years in a row.

Race Day
Parking was fine as participants were instructed to park at Setia City Mall to used the provided shuttle bus facility to the event venue few KM away. Banners and signages were placed from the mall west entrance till the transportation hub. No issue to navigate neither since most of the completed (AM) wave participants were around the shopping mall.

Transportation HUB
The race pack collection was held on race day right at the main entrance of the event area.  Participants were required to fill and signed a declaration form before collecting their race pack. Race pack collection was done according to participants BIB number. Received an envelope consisted of BIB headband, a wrist timing chip and wrist band for start entry.

Bumped onto my old running partner, Miss Turlena who had completed her wave (AM) earlier. Congratulations Lena for coming back strong from your injury.

Running Friend #Turtlena
Memey and I then head to the baggage deposit tent to keep our belongings after a quick prep on our running gear. The 2PM wave was flagged by the assigned emcee / Radio DJ from local radio station. It's unfortunate that there was no pre-hydration water station at the start area. Had to wait until the first water station along the race route for about 30 - 40 minutes later.

Baggage Deposit Tent
Start Area with Race Official
Running Friends
Flag Off

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Running: Colourcoil Borneo TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 2015 (Sabah)

Last June 2014, I was excited with the pre-launched registrations for the Borneo 50k/100k Ultra Trail Marathon, scheduled on 29th August 2015. Recommended by my younger brother +Shafwan Wahab who have past experience at this event, I reserved my slot with the early bird price at RM100.00 for the 25K category. Registration was available online and manual bank-in to the event organisor.

The Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon is a different event from the traditional TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon which serves as a qualifying race for the North Face Ultra Du Mont Blanc.

However, the organisor decided to 'merge' The Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon 2015 and start together with the TMBT 2015 on the 29th August 2015 at the same venue and cover the same race course
and route for the 25k, 50k and 100k. The 25k will finish at Kg.Kiau Toburi or the WS4 check point for TMBT 2014.

Tons of email updates from the organisor such as race route, safety procedures, mandatory kit requirement and other were sent to participants prior to race day. Also the 25KM distance was changed to 28KM instead due to the recent earthquake at the race venue.

Race Pack Collection
The race pack collection was held 1-day before race day at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu. During the REPC, participants will need to go through the mandatory kit checking to allow collection of race tee, bib and timing chip.  Met tons of running friends especially those who are hardcore trail runners. There were members from Sabah Trail Seekers, KKNER, Trail Blazers, Sky Runners and many more.

Race Pack
Running Friends
Running Friends
Running Friends (Sky Runners)
There was information notice board about the race for reference. There was also an official TMBT merchandise sale counter with pricing from RM70.

TMBT Volunteers
Race Pack Collection
Mandatory Kit Checking
Running Friends
Race Day
Made my way over to Sutera Harbour at 6.00 am on race day as I have already paid for transportation facility with the organisor. Made additional payment at RM100 (Return trip) earlier during the registration period. Saw some familiar faces while taking the transport like KK runner Siong and KL runner As Bha with friends. Reached the start venue 30 minutes before flag off time which was at 9.00 am for the 25 category (Actual 28KM distance).

Transport Service
Participants were required to check-in with the organisor before flag off at the start area. Bumped onto one of my KL Sabahan running friend Benazir who signed up as a volunteer for this event. Regrouped with Ben, Khairul, Akbal, Masrul and Shalena before flag off.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Running: Save The Bornean Elephant Charity Run 2015 (Sabah)

KK No Excuse Runners #KKNER
A week after returning from Kuching Marathon 2015, I continued my running mileage at a local charity event named Save The Borneon Elephant Charity Run held on 23 August 2015 at the Likas Stadium car park area.

Registration fee was at RM60 (early bird) available via online and walk-in at Perfomance Sportz weeks early prior to race date. The medal design was one of the main reason for my participation. The unique finisher medal could be a great addition to my finisher medal collections.

Why Save The Borneon Elephant?
Because the world’s elephants are in trouble and need your help.
Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade.

Race Pack Collection Day
The REPC was straight forward. I was given the correct size of running tee and race bib. There was also discount vouchers added in. The running tee size was similar with the prvs race event held. REPC was held at Performance Sportz located at Likas Driving Range since Tuesday.

Race Day
Parking was ample at first come first serve basis. There were RELA officials on duty seen around the parking area. Regrouped with KKNER members and friends at the starting line. At 6.00 am, participants were flagged off at the public car park area instead of Likas Stadium this round.

Running Friends (KKNER)
The race route was basically flat along the scenic coastal main road. Water stations were well located along the race route with mineral water and isotonic drink. There were official photographers from Rapidshutter Inc. and some runner cum photographers at this event too. Bumped onto tons of running friends along the race route like Khairul, Akbal, Bob, Pamela and also Shar Radzlee. Spotted Marathon Mohan and some participants from LYN Runners supporting this charity event.

Event Area
Event Area
Completed the 11KM charity run at 1:15 hours receiving my finisher medal at the finishing line. The was no free water at the finishing line except the ones given by one of the event sponsors which was apple flavour.

Finisher Medal

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Travel: Radioman Heritage Hostel (Sarawak)

Looking for a budget, friendly and convenient place to stay in Kuching city?

Why not try the Radioman Heritage Hostel?
Situated in the heart of Kuching City, across the road from the famous Kuching waterfront, The Radioman Heritage Hostel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in a location, which makes the most of your visit. The Radioman lies along Wayang Street, at the heart of Kuching’s historical quarter. Its perfect location next to Chinatown (Carpenter Street) offers an exciting mix of culture, dining, nightlife and shopping experience.

Offering cozy and clean beds, The Radioman is a warm and friendly hostel that welcomes the backpackers all around the world. Make yourself at home in one of the fully air-conditioned rooms/dorms featuring reading lights and electrical sockets. You can relax in the chill out room; complete with comfy sofa, or catch up with friends or family over the internet. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is provided to keep you connected. 

Tours can also be booked at the reception, so don't be afraid to ask.

Hostel Outdoor
Hostel Entrance
Hostel Living Area
Room Area

Running: Kuching Marathon 2015 (Sarawak)

Photo Courtesy of SeanWorld of Marathon

My first time running in the Kuching Marathon recently on 16 August 2015 held at Padang Merdeka, Kuching, Sarawak. Took part in the Half Marathon category at an early bird fee RM70 with runner"s entitlements such as finisher medal, race vest and also finisher tee.

Flew in to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur for a 1:30 hours travel time few days earlier. A large number of runners friends who flew in the same weekend from Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

Once arrived, a runners welcome banner was seen at the Kuching International Airport arrival hall. Easy to spot other Kuching Marathon runners as everyone were taking photos there. Took the RM26 coupon taxi ride to my booked accommodation which was located less than 500 metres away from the event venue.
Race Pack Collection Day
The REPC was held at Plaza Merdeka, a shopping mall located just in front of the event venue, Padang Merdeka. Quite a long queue as early at 11am. REPC was somewhat fast with friendly volunteers at the counter. Felt like a runners parade there with  a lot of familiar faces in the running / marathon scene from all over the country. Regrouped with KKNER members Coach Jason, Donna, Erin, JLO, CheguCarol and others for quick meal afterwards.

Race Kit
Had some leisure time in Kuching city with runner friends until race day.

Leisure with Running Friends
Photo Courtesy of Azmi GME
Photo Courtesy of Danny
Race Day
Reached the starting line 40 minutes prior to the HM flag off time at 5:0 0am. The FM category was flagged earlier at 3:00 am. Met KKNER Donna, Gwen, Ally and some runner friends from KL like Elite Runner Mizan and Ken Lee before our flag off.

Running Friends
Running Friends
The race route was basically flat with minor elevation. Started my run at a slower 7" pace up till KM2 due to my first time running in Kuching city. There were some section within the race route which was pitch-black dark at the first few KMs. However, traffic marshals were seen with their flash-lights.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Giveaway: Reebok Spartan Sprint Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Race Details
Date        : October 10, 2015
Distance  : 6+km and 22+ obstacles. 
Venue      : Super Epic Spartan Kuala Lumpur (TBA)

Official Website:

Be a part of the first ever Reebok Spartan Race Kuala Lumpur competitive Elite Heats! The top 3 fastest male and female Elite racers will win top cash prizes and a phenomenal Spartan Race trophy.

Registration for the Kuala Lumpur Sprint is now open. This race is open to individuals aged 14 and above.

A Spartan Race is not your average race! While you are certainly familiar with everyday run-of-the-mill running races, the Spartan Race is like their adventurous, adrenaline-junkie friend who thrives on excitement.

Not only will you be running, climbing, and crawling across unknown terrain, but you’ll also get to splash through mud, tackle many unique and challenging obstacles, test your overall strength, balance, mental tenacity and endurance, and finish with a fiery leap of victory!

It’s probably one of the most exciting, invigorating and thrilling ways you can choose to spend your weekend.

Participants Entitlements
Each racer will receive the coveted official Spartan Race Finishers T-shirt and race medal upon crossing the finish line.

There are many obstacles that will confront you on your path to Spartan victory. These obstacles often strike fear into the hearts of many that do battle with the course for the first time. Take the rope climb, for example.

If you don’t have the upper body or know how to employ hook holds with your feet, it may be 30 burpees for you.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Running: ASEAN Unity Run 2015 (Kuala Lumpur)

27 days after moving back to Kota Kinabalu, I am back in Kuala Lumpur city for another race event at my least favourite training ground, Padang Merbok held on the 9 August 2015.

The ASEAN Unity Run 2015 had open its registration last 2 months during Ramadhan month. Registered myself for the 10K category at RM53 (Early Bird) with running vest, bib and lucky draw entitlements. My race pack collection was helped by my running partner a week prior to race day. Running vest and finisher medal had been shared thru its Facebook page few weeks earlier.

Race Day
Decided to drive to Padang Merbok as early at 5.00 am. Parking was at first come first serve basis. A short walk from Lake Garden to the race venue. Regroup with my running partner, Shaz Niza as we bumped onto celebrity runner, Omar Shuib at the baggage deposit tent.

Running Friends
The start area for 21K and 10K for ASEAN Unity Run 2015 was 50 metres away from the 5K category along the hilly road. Started my 10K race together with my lady pacer on our basic 6" pace. Bumped onto MY365Runner friends, Murni and Botak at KM2.5. Nice to see turtlena in the same race too.

Felt that the first water station was a bit far from the usual or maybe because I was too thirsty. Water stations had mineral water and 100Plus. Good job to volunteers for the smooth and fast work. The route selection was great, slightly different from the usual 10K route from previous race events there.

Successfully crossed the finishing line at 1:07 hours (Nett Time). Not my personal best but standard timing for my 10K distance. Collected my finisher medal at the finishing line with a bottle of water and a bananna. No finisher photos this round due to no photographer at the finishing line. Hang around the finishing line area while meeting running friends from MY365Runners Tinie, Khairul, Zhaff and many others.

Finisher Medal

Monday, 3 August 2015

Running: La Salle / Sacred Heart Charity Run 2015 (Sabah)

Here's an update on my recent experience running as an participant at the La Salle / Sacred Heart Charity Run 2015 held 2 August 2015 at my very own beloved hometown, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Since I am 'home' for a long break, had to look for local race event to prep myself for my future marathons and also to catch up with long lost friends and to make new ones. As at date, I have signed up for a few including TMBT 2015 and Save the Bornean Elephant Charity Run 2015.

Successfully signed up for La Salle / Sacred Heart Charity Run 2015 online via EventBrite portal early June 2015 at RM64.49 (inclusive GST). Manual walk-in registration was also available at Performance Sportz, Likas. Participants will receive a dry-fit running tee with BIB during its race pack collection a week prior to race day. Race pack collection was fast. No timing chip but was fine since this was a charity race. Met running friend, Miranda who was handling my race pack collection there.

Race Day
Reached the race venue 40 minutes before flag off at SM La Salle, Tanjung Aru. Parking was ample but on first come first serve basis. Decided to park at SK Stella Maris instead which was 100 metres away.  Met running friends from KK No Excuse Runners (KKNER), Jason, Donna, JLO, Caroline and others at the school main entrance. Met few familiar faces there too like Jeffrey with Jocelyn and Rachel.

Running Friends
Flag off was at 6.00 am running towards Tanjung Aru beach area. The race route was a little congested up to KM3 as only one lane was closed (with safety cones) for runners usage. The initial race route should be along the sand beach within that section. However, changes were made for safety reason due to weather.

There were two water stations along the race route with 100 Plus and mineral water. Runners received a checkpoint rubber band at both water stations. Medical volunteers (PBSM) were seen there too. There were traffic marshals with bicycles on duty.

Race Route