Wake-up 4:30am. Light breakfast. Angkut kids in-side car. Wore sarong+kepiah prepare for Subuh. Drove to Penang. Stop at Sg Dua PLUS tol for subuh. Missed a 6:30am ferry. 7:15am reach Penang. Continue to Teluk Bahang. 8am @ Dewan MPPP Teluk Bahang the Starting point. Reach too early. Kids still sleep. Registered and meet-up with En. Rahim the anchor-man of Kerachut Conservation Run and programme committee. Race start 9am after briefing and rules while running in Penang National Park (PNP).
Rules same like SKN Gunung Jerai
1. Runners will be given a bottle of mineral water.
2. Need to hand over the same bottle at finishing line.
3. Exchange water bottle at check-point at Meromictic Lake.
4. Distance >< 7km = 2km tarmac + 5km (trail +hiking +sand beach)
Greeted by one of my blog readers - TQ 4 visiting.
Nearly 50-40 registered in Men category. Elite runners + familiar faces < 10. Not so many registered.. maybe because of Penang Starwalk on Sunday - Simpan tenaga kot.
Walked thru a very beatiful trophy and plaque."Insyallah.. top 10 - can"
said to cikgu"Target #10 ka?"
- duh! cabar nih...
Run event were one of activities organized by En. Rahim and Co. There were coloring contest, traditional sports, exhibitions and etc. until Sunday. – Siap ada kenduri lagik.@ 9am - Flag Off.Route: Dewan MPPP Teluk Bahang to A (PNP entrance)
1km of tarmac. Start with normal pace. Hot. Increased a bit. Pom-pom by locals. Able to potong most of runners. Elite group still infront. Control breath. At Jeti, start run on hilly small road to PNP entrance.Route: A to F. 2.5km
The real adventure start here, where i start put the target for this run.
"As far as i could SEE those who're infront - Siap ko! / Be prepare!"
Trail route. Lecah. Roots. Slippery. A lot of cement stairs. Run uphill. Downhill. No flat trail. Not so bad as Gunung Jerai. No need to climb. The route was well marked by organizer. They put stripe tapes to close junctions. A direction signs were marked along the route. Rangers or sukarelawan were there, with walkie-talkies. A well prepared.
Focus to my run. Potong 3 runners. But one of them.. kept tailing me. A young man <25yrs. We kept overtook with each other.
400metre to F /check point (CP) /Meromictic lake. Tought i left him dah jauh.
Ran on sand beach. Couldn't ran fast on it. Step on grass. Around Meromictic Lake. Pick-up hand-band. Route: F to A. 2.5km
During briefing, understand.. at CP, those need water. Can exchange the water bottle.
The volunteer urged me to exchange the water bottle. I gave NO sign. Again they shout."Kena tukaq laa.. tak faham ka.. masa briefing tadi.."
Said nothing.. just exchange my quarter filled bottle with new one. Too heavy. Drink abit while on running and empty the bottle again. - Waste.
And again i was dipotong by young man again. - Pundek!
Potong balik. Then i heading to wrong route. Luckily the baguih young men - called. Again he ahead. Tailing him for 10mins. Unable to gave yellow signal. Too narrow. Then crossing the river on cement bridge. Pecut. Left him quite far. Uphill. Tak bagi chance. Try to breakaway.
Then saw another runner infront. Struggling and climbing the stairs. Again. Potong. Downhill... use technique that i learn at SKN Jerai. Breakaway during uphill.
Then saw an indian runner while running down. Again. Pulun turun selajunya. Didn't use cement stair. Sakit. Potong and pecut lagi. Never looked behind. Just speed to PNP entrance.Route: A - Dewan MPPP Teluk Bahang
Flat and tar road. Run with all my heart. Not seen other infront. I know the indian guy is elite runner. Kang dia potong balik.. – frust!
The best part...
Very exhausted. 10am. Damn hot. Then... never in my running life, i was escort like elite runner by police bike for 1km. Peehhhh.. that time only me on road. Locals pom-pom along the road. Can't tahan the heat and exhausted..."Jauh lagi kaa.." ask to the policeman.
"Tak nampak pun.."
Want to walk but..... had to control laaa.. escort by police!!
Finally at finish line. En Rahim, wife and kids were waiting.
Hiss.. betul2 i press this time. Betul2 puashati and all-out. Drink once on the run.
My timing same with the Official
1:00.42 = 30.33 + 30.09MEN Category
01. 038 Baskaran A/L Kuppusamy 49:30
02. 206 Ooi Sian Tieh 54:20
03. 003 Teh Siew Beng 56:10
04. 032 Mohamad Zulkifly 56:55
05. 201 Abdul Haris Shariff 1:00.42
06. 047 Mohd Azri Azmi 1:01.50
07. 205 Loh Hooi Keat 1:02:04
08. 014 Mohd Hizir Hussain 1:02.24
09. 037 Ganesan A/L Nagenathan 1:02.57
10. 203 Daud Elfran Rahim 1:03.26WOMEN Category
01. 409 K.Kamala Devi 1:11.49
02. 413 Chong Ah Tin 1:13.36
03. 410 N.Vithiaa 1:15.13
04. 412 Joan Lee Hsian Hui 1:35.13
05. 403 Nurul Izani 2:03.48
06. 411 Yeap Kim Hei 2:05.40
07. 416 Sharifah Nurhidayah 2:06.46
08. 415 Siti Nursyirah 2:20.27
09. 404 Noor Hasni 2:20.30
10. 405 Zanita Mohd Ismail 2:20.36
Got Piala Pusingan.
Trophy 1-3 cantek gila..
and 4-10 position pun okay jugak... - a plaque.Meromictic Lake
is a unique lake. Only one in South East Asean. Should come for visit.