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Thursday, 26 May 2005

Report: Larian Bendang 2005

Aaaahhhh.. feel like a family gathering. Meet all of my running friends, SP runers (2 weeks tak jumpa..), BM leopard runners, Geng Alor Setar, Alex, Zul, Najib and blog visitors.. were here. Spend 45mins before proceed to Starting line by chit-chat, said hi, woi!, weeehhh!... ayooo.. & laughing - Great time!

Reached A.Setar 5mins before 6am, perform Subuh at Masjid Zahid (betul ka?). Alex called, BM Leopard were waiting their bib# from my car's bonet.

Musuh ketat on the run. Zul, indian guy, Ah Kok, Najib and his junior, finished in 10th=RM20
Early morning in Stadium Alor Star before 21km flag off
11km ready for aerobic exercise

The run start in Stadium Alor Setar - first time get inside. I'm not a big fan of soccer.. - Again, more running family members wait inside. Said.. hey!.. hai!.. wey!... and @#$%^&*()%$#@! (Joking words laa...)

Meet SeniorVet, one of my blog visitors, the only representative from Singapore!. After this run, he fly to Hatyai for another run event. - Wow! true runner & kaki jalan (makan angin).

Only one 21km category, probably because lack of number of runners. Everybody were put in here, men, women, even the foreigner especially Thainese also had no choice, no 11km for them. No age category. In total.. there were 80 participation in 21km.

Chat abit with SeniorVet while warm-up. The weather was perfect. Just like at Lumut. Heavily rains stop early morning before Subuh (5:45am). The roads were wet. The sun, still hiding behind the dark cloud. It was a cold morning and legs were warm by Sloan Cream.

Aerobic exercise with VIP
Flag off for school category
Flag off for women category
School category.. run aloop in stadium

Sharp 7.00am - Flag off!
Did a loop around stadium and exit to the roads. Really enjoy the run on early stage. Start with slow pace. Chat & laughing with SP Runners, musuh ketat BM Leopard and a morning greeting other runners.

Running map for LB05

5KM
Still running on traffic roads. Policemen really did their parts, control the traffic. Start potong sayur and sembang - Aku cakap banyak betul pagi ni

8KM
Bendang! (sawah padi) - i'm waiting for. Road course was changed, compare to last year, we ran on the tarred road until finish line. It was a kampung tarred road. Both side, you could see a large paddy field. Weather still cold and windy. The greeny of paddy field... - Peh! cantek. They was a huge Gunung batu kapor far far away and clouds still cover the mountain. Some of people still planting the paddy, racun pokok padi, other just come for visit and pom2 the runners.

Again, potong sayur more..

Water station - huh! water drinking too cold.

10KM
Saw a familiar faces of women thainese runners, usually they won lots of local run events especially in short distance (8km, 10km & 12km). Today, they got no choice must run in 21km. - hehee.. i potong sayur.

Water station - "Plain water please.."
Wrap the powergel - rasberry flavour, Yurrrkk!!

15KM
Still in Bendang, 1-2km more.. head to Taman houses.
My stopwatch shown 1:12.05. In my head.. start calculated 6km x 5mins/pace = 30mins.

Plus 30mins+12min = 42min or 1:42mi. - Can do PB nih...
Ran alone. 3-4 runners.. 100metre behind. Nobody in-front me.. Probably they already pecut.

17KM
The run course, join with other category, 11km veteran, senior and sek men (Secondary School). I jadi sayur.. lots of indian.. potong. No more bendang scenery.. ran thru Taman Muhibbah. Increace the pace.. until meleleh ayeq hidung.. Kaki.. - duh! Feel like want to walk... run or walk or run or walk... my mental already tortured. If I walk.. for sure after the run feel guilty gila b*bi punya.

Thanks god!.. i saw a balloon 2km to finish line
Saw a huge ballon on the sky.. - finish line not far..
Maintain my fast pace.. A lots of kids & 11km category runners join on same road. Ran on hilly fly-over, cross the rail-way. By-pass Bomba... by-pass last roundabout.. The Stadium!.. and cross the finish line!!..

Stopwatch shown.. 1:37.49!.
"Position number?"
"26th" - Wuhooo!
Had 6 cups of 100Plus and livita.

Finish line.. for all categories
50 Medals.. waiting for you.
At finish line..
At finish line..

Karnival Amal Hari Penyayang is like pesta.. started since yesterday (Friday). There were lots of events like fishing, x-games, tarik tali (my company - champion), football, food stalls, education exhibition, karaoke, classic cars, blood donation, auction, coloring and etc.

Traditional dances group in-front of Sultan Kedah
Sultan Kedah with laksamana & hulubalang

Would recommend to runners to put Bendang Run in your running calendar next year and come with family. There were lots-lots of activities. and next year, if you register thru post.. They will courier to you the bib# & tshirt. - Serious!

Kids following the Mascot
Pesta!
Classic cars..
Beetle.. classic cars
One of my Supercars

Too tired to walk around stadium. After breakfast+lunch, called and said thanks to Bendang Run chairman for well organized run event. We plan to meet.. but it was too crowded and too loud with music..

With SPRunners at finish line

..i did a PB & got VIP track-suit!

No tri-bike allowed.. Please
Alauddin & down-syndrome kid, ..They run without me...
Be informed by my wife, a down-syndrome kid came late with his mother. He was eager to ride a bike & follow with his friends.. but the race already flag-off. So he just ride around inside the stadium. If i were there.. will accompany with him until his cross finish line.

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  • Congrats for the excellent time!

    I wish I could be there if not of my commitment to the NB Pacesetters 15km Run in the next morning. Maybe next year I will support my own hometown's race.

    See ya more often in the coming races.

    By Blogger John, at 11:29 am  

  • Haris,

    Slight correction - I tidak naik kapal terbang to Hatyai.

    After LB I went to the bus terminal but it seems the bus to the border just parked at the terminal like for show only. So I shared a taxi to the border and walked over to Thailand. From there I went to Hatyai by passenger van.

    Hope we meet again soon.

    By Anonymous SeniorVet, at 5:38 pm  

  • John Tan,
    TQ, Hopefully could see u in Bendang Run nx year. Worth to come a day earlier.. lots and lots of events.

    Kedah International, Langkawi this December?! amacam?.. or Seremban..

    See u on the run

    By Blogger aharis, at 5:57 pm  

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