My 2015 running/hiking summary

I didn’t actively participate in running events in 2015, compared to previous years where I normally joined more than 10 races in a year. Anyway, here is the summary of my 2015 sports activities.

Running events

Nike We Run KL 21km

Date: 1 Feb 2015
Distance: 21KM
Completion time: 02:02:31

It’s been a long time that I’ve never joined 21km race. Been reluctant to join because of bad incident happened during Nike We Run KL 2012, but I believe that a big company should be repeated the same mistake twice so I’ve decided to give it a chance. Of course, there are still hiccups here and there but generally it still a successful event.

Nike We Run KL 2015 (Photo by Victor Chong)
Nike We Run KL 2015 (photo by Victor Chong)

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Nike We Run KL 2015 - the medal
Nike We Run KL 2015 – the medal

Taiwan U-Lay 42km Marathon

Date: 4 April 2015
Distance: 42KM
Completion time: 07:48:37

This is my first running event in Taiwan. It was held in Wulai, a rural district near the border of Taipei. It’s very beautiful place, the route is hilly but we went passed waterfalls, indigenous people’s villages, streams, cable car station… Accompanied my friend Yi Mei to complete her first oversea marathon.

Race kit collection.
Race kit collection.
U-Lay 42 in Wulai, Taiwan (Photo by 林文平)
U-Lay 42 in Wulai, Taiwan (Photo by 林文平)
The indigenous Taiwanese statue
The indigenous Taiwanese statue
Unique U-lay 42 Marathon medal.
Unique U-lay 42 Marathon medal.

Geddes Estate Run

Date: 26 April 2015
Distance: 10KM
Completion time: 00:56:06

A running event organized by friends from Run And Explore. This event took place in a small village called Geddes, near to Bahau town. Running in the estate was a new experience, the weather was cozy and misty.

After helping the setup (photo by Kahwai)
After helping the setup (Photo by Kahwai)
Photo by Run And Explore
Photo by Run And Explore
After the race
After the race
The medal by Medal Depot.
The medal by Medal Depot.

Penang Ultra 2015

Date: 26 September 2015
Distance: 100KM
Completion time: 17:57:00

This is my first road 100km ultra marathon, thanks to Tong Lai who accompanied me to complete this grueling 100km.

Penang Ultra 2015
After collecting race kit.
Penang Ultra 2015 - Met new friend Man Shin
Met new friend Man Shin from Johor 🙂
Penang Ultra 2015 - Struggling to climb up the gruelling Penang Hill
Struggling to climb up the gruelling Penang Hill.
Penang Ultra 2015 - finally completed with Tong Lai
Finally completed with Tong Lai (Photo by Tey Eng Tiong)
First 100KM road ultra marathon medal.
First 100KM road ultra marathon medal.
The route & elevation of Penang Ultra 100KM
The route of Penang Ultra 100KM

AMNIG I Am Warrior

Date: 6 December 2015
Distance: 10KM
Completion time: 01:13:51

Didn’t plan to join this event initially, but was offered free slots by Nikki Yeo. (Thank you! :D) Completed 10km barefoot run with Kahwai and I-Yin.

Barefoot runners (photo by Kahwai)
Barefoot runners (Photo by Kahwai)
On the way (photo by Kahwai)
On the way (Photo by Kahwai)

Medal

Hiking

Mount Kinabalu

This is my second hike to Mount Kinabalu. Some of us tried barefoot hike from starting point until Laban Rata. I’ve walked too fast on first-day hiking, so I was struck by altitude sickness/Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), I felt sick and exhausted on the second day when we were ready to hike to the peak. However, I managed to overcome AMS and reached the Low’s Peak in a slow pace.

On the way up (photo by Kahwai)
On the way up (Photo by Kahwai)
Acting... :P (photo by Kahwai)
Acting… 😛 (Photo by Kahwai)
Conquered Mount Kinabalu for second time
Conquered Mount Kinabalu for second time

Quick summary of the hiking:

After coming down from Mount Kinabalu, we spent a night in Kundasang before leaving Sabah. Kundasang is a very beautiful and peaceful village, I’d love to go back again! 🙂

Sunrise of Kundasang:

It’s sad that earthquake struck Ranau, Sabah after 2 weeks we completed our hiking. 18 people were dead while some parts in Mount Kinabalu were damaged. 🙁

As Volunteer

Multi-purpose Insurance Run (Photographer)

Been official photographer for Multi-Purpose Insurance Run for few years. Big thanks to Mr. Wan and Jamie Pang for trusting Kahwai and me to let us join them again in 2015 edition.

Multi-Purpose Insurance Run 2015 (photo by Kahwai)
Multi-Purpose Insurance Run 2015 (Photo by Kahwai)

Vibram HK100 (Time keeper)

I was not selected in the ballot process, so I’ve decided to sign up as a volunteer since I’ve already booked my air ticket and accommodation in Hong Kong. Being assigned as a time keeper for the shift 9pm-9am, stay in the cold finishing point to record the runners who passed the finishing line. Met new friend Akio Tada-san who was also time keeper working together with me.

With Aiko-San (Photo by Michael Wong)
With Aiko-San (Photo by Michael Wong)
Vibram HK100 organizers
Vibram HK100 organizers
Vibram HK100 2015 (Photo by Michael Wong)
Vibram HK100 2015 (Photo by Michael Wong)

Route 68 Ultra (Water station & medal collection)

After Malaysian Women Marathon 2014, this was my second time be water station volunteer. I am glad that I was appointed as supervisor for water station/check point A6 to serve fellow runners. After the water station duty is finished, I went back to finishing point to help in medal collection.

Water station under my supervision (photo by Cheah CC)
Water station under my supervision (Photo by Cheah CC)

Working together with volunteers from International Islamic University Malaysia

Working together with volunteers from International Islamic University Malaysia

My Mercy Run (Photographer)

Met Nikki Yeo together with Kahwai in one of the weekend runs in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail park, introduced by Zainudin Kadir. Nikki was helping Mercy Malaysia to promote My Mercy Run to raise awareness of the ever-increasing criticality of circumstances around the world. Zainudin introduced us as event photographers, so both Kahwai and I were invited to become official event photographers, our names were even printed on the main stage backdrop. 😀

The day we met Nikki :)
The day we met Nikki 🙂 (Photo by Kahwai)
We had our names on the backdrop! (Photo by Kahwai)
We had our names on the backdrop! (Photo by Kahwai)
Happy ending :)
Happy ending 🙂

TRI-AMateur Aquathlon Putrajaya 2015 (Photographer)

Being invited by Ms. Maria Bowden to serve as photographer together with Kahwai. Captured pictures of future tri-athletes/dual-athletes, I am really happy to see them enjoy what they doing.

Kahwai - my partner in crime (photo by Rany Tan)
Kahwai – my partner in crime (Photo by Rany Tan)

One Reply to “My 2015 running/hiking summary”

  1. Dear Ahfook,

    We came across your blog through Google and found that you have been a part of MPIB Runs before, now known as MPI Generali Run. Are you interested in taking part again in our Run in 2017, this time as a Runner?

    Happening on 8 January 2017 at Padang Merbok, our sixth run will feature two categories: a 10km Competitive Run and a 5km Fun Run where participants can cosplay as their favourite Prince or Princess!

    We are also organising My First Run Clinic programme to prepare both new and seasoned runners for our annual community run and it is happening this Saturday! Do join us if you can make time.

    Please contact me at seth_tan@mpigenerali.com if you would like to know more. Thanks and looking forward to your participation in our Run!

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