Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Second Time Around

My second year doing Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Second time doing the half-marathon at SCKLM. 9th half-marathon to-date, since June 2012.

I went into this just aiming to finish my run. A complete opposite attitude from last year's.

Well,
  1. I wasn't injury riddled last year so I ran a rather comfortable run and finished my first half-marathon at 2:31. I did 2:50 this year (nett time, according to my Timex watch. Gun time was 2:52)
  2. I ran without knowing other runners last year, but I've come to know and ran with a whole lot of runners this year. Getting hi's all through the route. :) Thank you everyone for your friendly gestures. ^^
  3. It was nice and overcast last year. It was hot and super duper sunny this year.
  4. I was very clever. I ran without having breakfast. Then again, breakfast for last year's HM was a pack of Kit-Kat. Wasn't much of a breakfast either. :P
Before the race. Met a few people and the very very famous Kak June. I'll do the full marathon next year, KJ and meet you at KM36! ^^

Half-marathon flag-off was at 6.00am, one and a half-hour after the full marathoners were flagged-off and fifteen minutes after the Ekiden category.

I purposely set my Timex not to show the distance and I just have it show my timing. I ran according to feel today. Today's run was not about getting a PB (personal best). I haven't been running/training for the past two months. Whatever mileage I acquired these past months, was by cycling and walking. I slow-jogged a few times the past two weeks, but nothing more than 7K. That is definitely not enough for a half-marathon training!

Quite  a number of friends passed me. I used to pass them once upon a time, and now they all run faster than me. They ran further too, now. I am so proud of them yet I'm feeling sad too. Sad because of my stagnant performance. huk huk huk

Ah well. On to train for the next event in October. And November. And December. And January. HAHAHA

Anyway, I managed to maintain a 7:30 pace for the 1st 12km before losing focus and getting tired. Ate my first and only gel at the water station and washed it down with a cup of 100-Plus. Not a good idea. Tummy protested. Adui.

Good thing the water stations were ample and stationed at every 2km. I drank water after that and felt better.

I picked at banana at KM10.5 water station (I think) last year but I decided to give the banana a miss this year. Cold sponges were abundant and it was sooooo nice to wipe the hot, sweaty body with it. 

I walked my first incline around KM14, I think. While walking a runner was like "Bunny! Come Come! Do you want my carrot?" - he was holding a banana by the way. It was funny that time but sound kinda wrong now! *dirty mind* LOL

The pace after KM12 was 8min pace. I contemplated at pushing all out after KM18 but I can't seem to really push myself. I am weak and lazy! Phiak Lina!

The final KM towards the finish line was really congested. You have all the categories merging at Sogo and man... was very crowded. Very very crowded.
More crowding here. Created by a bottleneck effect and the fact that some runners who finished did not seem to notice that they were obstructing the road for finishing runners to run.

Some 10K runners were seen too keen to take a shot at the 42KM signboard that they just stand in the middle of the road, oblivious of other runners. I had to shout to them to be careful. We don't want a collision, do we? All I know, for a tired marathoner (that's those who run 42km folks, the effort to zig-zag too much around others might be too much).

Zaini was waiting right at the finish so he managed to get some nice finishing photos complete with timing in the background, not only for me but for other friends too.
He managed to get there because
He was media! Yup, I was offered a media pass and I pass it to him.

Though getting the pass wasn't without drama. We were supposed to get it on race day but when we wanted to get to the media tent, we were stopped by the volunteers. When we told them that we are "media", they asked us to show our pass. "How to show our pass when we were supposed to go collect it first?" Well, they were very strict and told us to get the media pass. They sure are doing their job marvelously!

Good thing la I got the PR person's handphone number so called her so she can let us in. Haish.

As runners were finishing their run, Zaini stationed himself at the Full Marathon/Half-Marathon finish line for a while.
Managed to take a photo of Edan, who did a 2:54 full marathon. Congrats Edan!

Around 8.45am, both Zaini and Raimie made their way to the Kids' Dash starting line. Raimie was registered to do a 2.5km run.
The kids, after flag-off. This is no kids stuff. A number of kids running had their timing watch! Whoah!

Not sure the total distance was correct at 2.5km. The flag-off was 8.50am. Raimie made it to the finish line around 9.03am. If it really was 2.5km, Raimie sure ran fast!

There were two categories. One was 700m Kids Dash. Raimie ran the 2.5km category.
Maintain! Maintain!
 
Super duper long queue after the finish line. Under the baking hot sun. I needn't wait long because instead  of just following the queue, Zaini called me to walk with my son at the fun run/10K finishing chute instead. Turned out the jam was because organisers had volunteers spraying runners legs.

But for me, I was out in a matter of minutes. Hehehe

Got my goodie bag, Raimie got his (he got free ice cream too) and heard my name being called out.
By Massy! We finally met again. We met the first time last year, on the route. While running in this same race and in the same category. ^^

After that, we decided it would be fun to show support to finishing marathon runners so we camped ourselves nearby 7-11 there to take photos, encourage, motivate and make a nuisance of ourselves.
Following Kelvin. He's a 5:30 pacer. Very very havoc when he is nearby. LOL
The gold man was there too.
Those who were not running and those who had finished their run, supporting others. I love the spirit of these runners!
Took lotsa photos with the #Krazirunners gals and finally headed home around 10.50am. The day was fun!

All in all a great event. Volunteers were great. Quite a number cheered us and it was super appreciated.  Thank you to all volunteers for being there for us. ^^

KL drivers - haven't changed much. Lots of honking nearby Renaissance Hotel. Some irate drivers commenting over at SCKLM FB page about the jam too.

You know what... these people probably won't complain if the jam was caused by a "Jom Heboh" event or because of a sale but boy, were they mad when there were 33,000 non-motorise and non-polluting way of travelling (i.e. on foot) took over the road for a few hours! BRAVO!

Good job to all running in SCKLM. You are a winner! See you next year, yeah? :-)

In the meantime, enjoy some photos:
Album I
Album II

KENNEDY KIPROO LILAN AND ROSE CHEKURUI KOSGEI WIN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON 2013 TITLES

PRESS RELEASE
 
Kuala Lumpur, 29 September 2013 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon crowned this year’s champions Kennedy Kiproo Lilan of Kenya and Rose Chekurui Kosgei from Kenya, who won the Men’s and Women’s Full Marathon with respective times of 02:19:01 and 02:41:05.
  
Kennedy Kiproo Lilan emerged as the champion at this year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
Rose Chekurui Kosgei coming up top in the Women’s Full Marathon Open Category.


The Men’s Full Marathon first runner-up medal with a time of 02:19:35 went to Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi of Kenya just ahead of Kosgei Robert Kilagat from Kenya (02:19:50). Viola Chepleting Bor from Kenya was the second to cross the line in the Women’s Full Marathon with a time of 02:41:26, while Rose Kerubo Nyangacha from Kenya finished third (02:42:31).
Malaysian Full Marathoners were not far behind with Fabian @ Osmond Bin Daimor earning the Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s Title and Yuan Yu Fang taking the Malaysian Women’s category with a time of 02:41:55 and 03:37:16 respectively
.
Fabian @ Osmond Bin Daimor clinched the title of full Marathon Malaysian Men’s Winner this year.
 
Yuan Yu Fang, the winner of the Marathon Malaysia Women category is flanked by Loh Chooi Fern, the first-runner up on her left and Choong Swee Ying, second-runner up on her right.


As the prize package offered for Standard Chartered KL Marathon remains the highest amongst all marathons in Malaysia, this year’s marathon prize package was increased to a total of USD112, 000.
Some 33,000 runners took off from the starting lines in Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Parlimen throughout race day, solidifying the Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s position as the largest marathon event in Malaysia.  Y. Bhg. Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Hj. Talib, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur started off Race Day with a blast by firing the first gun to signal the start of the Full Marathon category. 
Other dignitaries present at the marathon were Y.B Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd. Sheriff Mohd. Kassim, Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia; Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Y.Bhg. Dato Zainal Abidin bin Haji Ahmad president of the Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) and Chua Seck Guan, CEO of MSIG Insurance.
 
Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia said, “We are proud to be the title sponsor of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon for the fifth year.  Seeing an increase of more than 17 percent runners gather together to ‘run for a reason’ this year inspires us all to do better and greater things.  I’m so pleased to see the Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s tremendous growth this year, and we hope the runners and spectators alike spread the ‘marathon spirit’ throughout Malaysia and the world.”
Rainer Biemans, Project Director, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 said, “The success of today’s event truly cements the Standard Chartered KL Marathon as one of Malaysia’s premiere sporting events.  On behalf of the organisers, I’d like to thank everyone for their dedicated support and commitment that went into making this day a great success. I would also like to extend congratulations to all of the 33,000 local and foreign runners that ran for a reason today!”
S. Vegiyathuman, General Secretary of the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association said, “In the five years that The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has been here, so much growth has taken place and the community is now closer than ever before, thanks to this iconic running event, positive terms of participation and event organisation. But what is interesting to see is how the running feedback from the running community demonstrates the significance of the Standard Chartered KL marathon to them, with some even stating that the highlight of the marathon is to see the city of Kuala Lumpur with the company of family and friends. We hope and wish for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon to continue growing, and we are proud with the success gained thus far.” 
Berbard Mwendia Muthoni, Kenya took home the men’s Honda Half Marathon title, clocking 01:07:26 while Ann Mukuhi Njihia, Kenya won the women’s category of the half marathon at 01:17:04.
The only relay race in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the MSIG Ekiden category saw the winner, Ekiden – New Balance take home the first prize for being the fastest to team to complete the 21km distance.
Ahmad Luth Bin Hamizan took home the winning title of the 10km Speed Category at 00:32:21 while Yuan Yu Fang won the female 10km Speed Category with the time of 00:42:39.04.
The Ministries Challenge category saw Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia emerge as the winner with a time of 03:28:06. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) came in a close second with the time of 03:30:12 and the Economic Planning Unit came in third with a timing of 03:31:31.
In the Corporate Challenge category, in which organisations in Malaysia ran for charity, Telekom Malaysia Berhad took the winning title with a speed of 02:34:14, followed by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Sdn at 03:18:08 and GENTING MALAYSIA BERHAD at 03:24:25.
The Universities Challenge category saw more than 10 universities put on their running gear in friendly competition. The winners, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman KL were the fastest in reaching the finishing line, demonstrating their strong ability to work together as a team to achieve their goals. 
In addition to the title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Gold sponsors include MSIG and Honda. Official partners are Seiko, MYLAPS, New Balance, NTV7, 100 Plus and Li TV. The event is co-organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 is sanctioned and supported by the relevant international and local sporting authorities- Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA), International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS), and National Fitness Council (NFC).
 
[L-R] Kennedy Kiproo Lilan, Champion of Men Full Marathon this year, Kosgei Robert Kilagat, 2nd Runner Up of the Marathon,  Rainer Biemans, Project Director, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013, with the top three winners from the Malaysian Men Full Marathon.



Winners of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013

Full Marathon Men’s Open
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Kennedy Kiproo Lilan
Kenya
02:19:01
2nd
Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi
Kenya
02:19:35
3rd
Kosgei Robert Kilagat
Kenya
02:19:50

Full Marathon Women’s Open
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Rose Chekurui Kosgei
Kenya
02:41:05
2nd
Viola Chepleting Bor
Kenya
02:41:26
3rd
Rose Kerubo Nyangacha
Kenya
02:42:31

Full Marathon Malaysian Men
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Fabian @ Osmond Bin Daimor
Malaysia
02:41:55
2nd
Shaharudin Bin Hashim
Malaysia
02:45:28
3rd
Lim Kien Mau
Malaysia
02:47:53

Full Marathon Malaysian Women
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Yuan Yu Fang
Malaysia
03:37:16
2nd
Loh Chooi Fern
Malaysia
03:37:34
3rd
Choong Swee Ying
Malaysia
03:38:43

Full Marathon Veteran Men
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Charles Kimingi Thaiya
Kenya
02:42:42
2nd
Philip Chichir Lagat
Kenya
02:51:59
3rd
Luc Bodart
Australia
02:52:54

Full Marathon Veteran Women
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Chothit Kan-Uam
Thailand
03:23:17
2nd
Julie Foreman
United Kingdom
03:26:35
3rd
Jane Kanizay
Australia
03:36:07

Honda Half Marathon Men Open
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Berbard Mwendia Muthoni
Kenya
01:07:26
2nd
Peter Keter
Kenya
01:07:45
3rd
James Munyi Maregu
Kenya
01:08:18

Honda Half Marathon Women Open
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Ann Mukuhi Njihia
Kenya
01:17:04
2nd
Jackline Musyawa Nzivo
Kenya
01:19:03
3rd
Viola Jelagat
Kenya
01:19:27

Honda Half Marathon Men Veteran
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Baskaran Kuppusamy
Malaysia
01:21:23
2nd
Khir Bin Salleh
Malaysia
01:24:30
3rd
Fung Sze Yuen Michael
Hong Kong
01:29:31

Honda Half Marathon Women Veteran
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Emer
United Kingdom
01:38:17
2nd
Rachel Ellen Pepper
New Zealand
01:41:37
3rd
Lee Khum Chiew
Malaysia
01:48:15

MSIG Ekiden
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Ekiden – New Balance
Malaysia
01:00:30
2nd
Skechers Malaysia
Malaysia
01:01:26
3rd
Pacemakers Malaysia
Malaysia
01:11:20

10km Speed Men Open
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Kawarai Tsukasa
Japan
00:34:00
2nd
Koech Walter Kiptanui
Kenya
00:34:36
3rd
Simion Kipkorir Ruto
Kenya
00:35:27

10km Speed Women Open
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Carolyne Chepkwony
Kenya
00:39:33
2nd
Lim Hooi Kheng
Malaysia
00:49:19
3rd
Michelle Anne C. Tibagacay
Philippines
00:49:58

10km Speed Men Veteran
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Lim Khon Seng; Casey
Malaysia
00:41:04
2nd
Ramakrishnan Manikam
Malaysia
00:41:55
3rd
Ong Chin
Malaysia
00:42:28

10km Speed Women Veteran
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Chong Ah Tin
Malaysia
00:50:59
2nd
Lai Yook Ching
Malaysia
00:53:25
3rd
Tsukagoshi Akiko
Japan
00:56:03

Corporate Challenge
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Telekom Malaysia Berhad
Malaysia
02:34:14
2nd
PETRONAS Chemicals Group Sdn
Malaysia
03:18:08
3rd
GENTING MALAYSIA BERHAD
Malaysia
03:24:25

Ministries Challenge
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
JABATAN IMIGRESEN MALAYSIA
Malaysia
03:28:06
2nd
BNM
Malaysia
03:30:12
3rd
Economic Planning Unit
Malaysia
03:31:31
Universities Challenge
Position
Name
Country
Time
1st
Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman KL
Malaysia
02:12:41
2nd
Methodist College Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
02:30:49
3rd
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PERLIS
Malaysia
02:53:45



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