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Wednesday, 12 January 2005

News: 12 Hours Walk @ Penang

Veterans Bag 12-Hour Walk Crowns
Monday, August 19, 2002

Veteran walkers Mohd Noor Hassan and Yap Wai Mun walked their way to victory yesterday when they emerged champions of the men and women categories respectively at the First Penang International 12-hour Walk in Esplanade.

They were among some 300 participants who sacrificed their sleep to walk all night long from 8pm on Saturday to 8am yesterday around the Esplanade field.

Retired air force officer Mohd Noor, 45, had also won the men’s national category in the Malaysia International 24-hour Walk at Genting Highlands last year.

“To prepare for the walk in Penang, I walked a total of 100km six days a week for several months. I also cycled five hours around the countryside once a week,” he said.

Mohd Noor, who hails from Kuala Terengganu, completed 75 laps within 12 hours while Yap finished 68 laps.

Yap, 38, from Kuala Lumpur said: “Walking without sleep was alright although I had to endure leg cramps and blisters.”

She had also emerged second at the women’s category in the Genting international walk last year.

They each received a trophy and return air ticket to Taipei, courtesy of China Airlines.

The top three winners of the Men’s Open, Men’s Junior Veteran, Men’s Senior Veteran, Women’s Open, Women’s Junior Veteran and Women’s Senior Veteran categories took home RM400, RM200 and RM100 respec-tively.

Participants came from as far as Australia, Mauritius, Thailand, Singapore and France.

p/s: Huh! Need hard training..

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