Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kinabalu Climbathon 2009 - Day 1 & 2

Arrived Kinabalu park on Fri 23rdOct and in front of our eyes Mount Kinabalu stood majestically at 4095.2m. I'm always overwhelmed each time I look at it.

This International Climbathon is the last race for the pro skyrunners in their Skyrunner World Series. Skyrunning means running above 2000m elevation. Kinabalu is know to be THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN RACE. It's the steepest race on the circuit, ascending 2250m from 1866m to the summit of 4095m. Distance was only 8.5km so you can imagine the steep climb.

Lunch in KK town before hopping on to shuttle bus ferrying us from KK Tourism office to Kinabalu park.

Registration at park resort. Everyone was disappointed as no T-shirt was given out this year. That guy sitting opposite me was using 2008 T shirt!! Even officials do not have any, what more to say the participants. Poor tourism board. What are they doing??? Stinge till it has to be this way?? Unbelieveable!

One of the most beautiful sunset I ever saw. Alleluia!!!

Day 2 - Veteran and Women open. Tey, Tony, Georgina, Yee Choi sititng and shivering in the cold at 5am before their climb.

Patriotic veteran Sabahan in adidas kampung. Well known climber, porter of Mount Kinabalu.

Officials keeping track of the runners/climbers.

Veteran Sabahans finished 1st - 3rd

Women open champion (Italian) giving a congratulatory hug to 2nd finisher (Spainiard)

Lean and mean calves of the women champion!

What the women champs used for the race

Mens veteran chamions used the real Adidas running shoes while 2nd & 3rd used adidas kampung just like this one. Amazing!

Pix courtesy of Tey's camera D90

Thursday, October 29, 2009

You're a W.I.P

A small sharing ..from TheVine.Org
You're A W.I.P
Now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future.
1 John 3:2

The surest way to get discouraged is to compare yourself with others. The Bible says, "Don't compare yourself" (Galatians 6:4 ), because some people will look like they're doing a better job and you'll get disheartened, while others won't be as effective and you'll become proud.

"Concentrate on doing your best… (2 Timothy 2:15 ). That way, "You will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and… won't need to compare yourself… (Galatians 6:4 ).

All the apples on a tree don't ripen at the same time. Paul says, 'knowledge and understanding' take time (Philippians 1:9-10).

One successful author says, "When I began writing, I found myself fumbling with that part of myself. 'I want to be a writer,' I'd think, 'but I have to get this number of books published and this number of good reviews first.' It can take years and many successes in any new area… before we can confidently say to ourselves and others, 'I am'… what has God called you to do? Don't wait until you're successful… Start now by saying you are what you want to become… Yes, you've much to learn… and you may not be an expert… but you don't have to be, to say those two little words I am."

John writes: "Now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future" (1 John 3:2 ).

God uses crooked sticks to draw straight lines and imperfect people to do His perfect will.

So, push ahead, cut yourself some slack, and remember you're a W.I.P. - a work-in-progress!

23rd Kinabalu Climbathon 2009

Kilian Jornet wins the World Series finalKilian Jornet was crowned Skyrunning World Champion at the final of the Skyrunner® World Series in Malaysia, Sunday, October 25, his second world title.

The young Spaniard lived up to expectations by ascending the 4,095m Mount Kinabalu leading the pack of top international skyrunners then breaking away on the descent to finish in 2h40’41”, a good five minutes ahead of the second runner, Japan’s Toru Miyahara - but not fast enough to beat the course record set in 2003 by Italian Marco Degasperi in 2h36’59”.

The women’s race held the previous day had favourite Emanuela Brizio from Italy leading the course from start to finish and closing, overjoyed, 13 minutes ahead of her rival in 3h20’15”. Spain’s new star, Mireia Mirò, suffered the steep ascent but managed to gain on the downhill to close in 3h33’15”, just 46 seconds before Andorran Stefanie Jimenez who, after a season of intensive racing, took third, dashing her hopes for the Series’ second place.

Kilian Jornet Skyrunning World ChampionThe women’s race line-up reflects the final world ranking positions, with Brizio, Mirò and Jimenez placing first, second and third respectively, while the men’s ranking which had shown enormous scope with eight possible contenders, was confirmed by Jornet’s outright win, rocketing him from sixth position to World Series Champion. Spain’s Toful Castanyer in eighth, soared to second position and Britain’s Ricky Lightfoot, ranked seventh, took third in the final World Series ranking.

The team ranking had Spain in first and second positions with Selecció Catalana Curses Muntanya first, Salomon Santiveri Outdoor Team second, Italy’s Valetudo Skyrunnin third and Britain’s Saab Solomon Outdoor Team fourth.

Miro, Brizio, JimenezThe spectacular Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon made for an exciting final to the eight-race Skyrunner® World Series, where mountain runners from 35 countries competed on one of the steepest races on the circuit, 21 km long with an astounding 2,250m vertical climb over a mere 8.5 km to the summit of the mountain.

The mountain and the tropical rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are among the most important biological sites in the world with hundreds of species of flora and fauna.

Look out for the 2010 Skyrunner® World Series calendar, promising exciting new races across the world and, finally, the prospect of an Asian Skyrunning Championship which together with Europe and Pan America create a truly global circuit.

Source: International Skyrunning Federation

Thursday, October 22, 2009

23rd Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon

Deemed as “the World’s Toughest Mountain Race”, the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is the ultimate challenge to take for those game enough to test their endurance by running up and down Mount Kinabalu for a total distance of 21 kilometers.

The first climbathon was inaugurated in 1987 when Sabah Parks decided to scout for people to be in the rapid rescue squad, who are a team of rangers who are able to bring down injured climbers in minimal time—especially during times of bad weather or when helicopters are not available.
The participation for the climbathon was restricted to Malaysians only, until a year later when it was then opened for international participation. Starting 1995, the Sabah Tourism Board took over to organize this annual event.

The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is now very popular among the European mountain runners. They form the majority members in the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), whose patron is the International Amateur Athletic Federations (IAAF).

Sabah Tourism Board and its wholly-owned subsidiary - Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd as the organizer for the Mt.Kinabalu International Climbathon; through the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU), initiated to have Malaysia as the member country in the World Mountain Running Association. Malaysia is the first Asian member country to be in the WMRA. Climbathon received a major boost when Malaysia won its bid to host the World Mountain Running Trophy in 1999 at Kinabalu Park—which is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.

The 15th World Mountain Running Trophy 1999 was held on the 19th September 1999 and involved running along a 12 kilometer route around Kinabalu Park (The Climbathon is running up and down Mt.Kinabalu itself). It had 367 participants and officials from approximately 33 countries taking part in it. The 13th Mt.Kinabalu International Climbathon was held one week later where a total of 116 international participants and 97 local athletes took part.

The 19th Climbathon (2005); which was endorsed as one of the 7 official races of the Federation of Sport at Altitude for the Skyrunning World Championship Circuit (racing on high altitude), brought in a total of 247 participations (men category: 126, women category: 51, and veteran men: 70) for the ultimate endurance test.

Mt Kinabalu climbathon sees record number of foreign participants


KOTA KINABALU: This year's 23rd Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon will record the highest number of foreign participation in the event's history, with 35 countries taking part compared to 21 last year.

Sabah Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Ellron Angin said that so far they have registered 493 participants for the event this weekend at Kinabalu Park, Kundasang, but they expect the number to increase.

Of the number, 172 people are foreign participants, he said at the press conference here today.

"We are still open for last-minute additions," he said, adding that Malaysia, as usual, recorded the highest number of participants at 321, with Sabah contributing 240 of the total.

The race is set to be an interesting an exciting event as the world's top mountain runners compete in the climbathon, which is also the final and determining race for the 2009 Sky Runners World Series.

The race in Sabah is the only official race of the series this year held outside Europe, with the six other races held in Costa Rica, Spain, Andorra, Italy, Nagano and the United Kingdom.

For this climbathon, runners will participate in three categories -- Men's Open, Women's Open and Men's Veteran.

The race, covering a distance of 21 kilometres, will start at 7am on Saturday for both the Women's Open and Men's Veteran categories, while the Men's Open category will commence at the same time on Sunday at Timpohon Gate, Kinabalu Park, with the winners expected to arrive at the finishing line within three hours.

The record in the Men's category remains unbroken since 2003. It was set by Marco De Gasperi of Italy, at two hours, 36 minutes and 59 seconds, while the Women's category record is held by Anna Pichrtova of the Czech Republic at three hours, six minutes and 54 seconds, set in the 2004 event.

As for the Men's Veterans category, the record is currently held by Malaysian Rodimin Sodundu at three hours seven minutes and 22 seconds, set back in 2004.
The climbathon offers winners cash prizes totalling RM112,975 along with a gold pendant for the participants who first reach the summit in the Men's and Women's categories, and a finisher's medal and a certificate of participation for all participants. - BERNAMA

Stage is set for 23rd Climbathon
Published on: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kota Kinabalu: The stage is set for the 23rd Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon where some 493 runners from 35 countries will vie for honours.

The event, which is dubbed as the 'World's Toughest Mountain Race', will be held at the Kinabalu Park in Kundasang, this weekend (Oct 24 and 25).

It will be an interesting and exciting affair, as it is the final and determining race of the FSA 2009 Sky Runners¨ World Series Circuit.

The Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon is one of only seven races in the series circuit and is the only official race in 2009 calendar being held outside Europe.

The other six races were held in Costa Rica (Irazu Sky Race in Rancho Redondo - April 18), Spain (Maraton Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri in Basque Country - May 24), Andorra (Valnord Skyrace in La Massana - June 28), Italy (Girr Di Mont SkyMarathon in Premana, Lecco - July 26), USA (Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado - August 16) and UK (Ben Nevis Race in Fort William, Scotland - September 5).

When announcing the number of participants in this year's race, Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister, Datuk Ellron Angin said that this year would see more countries taking part compared to the previous year.

"We are pleased to announce that there are 172 foreign participants from 34 countries competing in this year's race, which is more than the number of international participating countries of 21 last year," he said. Ellron told reporters this at a press conference here, Tuesday.

The number one contender in this race will be none other than last year's champion, Spaniard, Agusti Roc. He will lead the main event in the Men's Open where he is expected to meet stiff competition from fellow compatriot Kilian Jornet Burganda.

Other athletes who will be giving Roc a run for his money is last year's second place winner and winner of this year's Mt Fuji Race, Toru Miyahara from Japan.

Also from Japan and among the top contenders for the race is Yokoyama Tadao, while Italians Fulvio Dapit, Paolo Larger and Jokin Lizeaga and local favourites Safery Sumping and Mius Balinting are also expected to be hot on Roc's heels for the title.

Winner of the Women's Open in the 62nd Mount Fuji Race and second in the Climbathon last year was Kambara Yuri.

She will be participating in the race for the third time this year and being more familiar with the conditions and routes, she will certainly be harbouring high hopes to win the title.

However, trying to throw her off will be Emanuela Brizio from Italy and Stephanie Jimenez from France, who are both currently in first and second placing respectively in the World Series.

Newcomers, Mirela Miro of Spain and Tania Pacheo of Venezuela (currently in third and 9th placing) are also expected to provide stiff competition during the race.

Representing Malaysia with the aim to give international contestants some intense rivalry is Sabah's top female runner, Danny Kuilin, who finished second in last year's race.

The race will start at 7am on Oct 24 (Saturday) for both the Women's Open and Veteran Men's Category, whilst the Men's Open Category will commence at the same time the following day at the Timpohon Gate.

Winners are expected to arrive at the finish line within three hours.

Covering a distance of 21km, the record for the Men's category, 2:36.59s, remains unbroken since Marco De Gasperi set it in 2003.

The Italian unfortunately will not be competing in this year's race, said the Climbathon's Organising Secretary, Zachary Mobijon.

The Women's category record is held by Anna Pichrtova from Czech who clocked an impressive 3:06.54s, which remains unbeaten sine 2004.

The record for the Men's Veteran category, on the other hand, is currently being held by Malaysia's Rodimin bin Sodundu who finished the race in 3:07.22s in 2004.

The Climbathon offers winners a total cash prize of US$33,400. There is also a special gold pendant prize for the first person that reaches the summit in the Men's and Women's categories, while all participants will receive a finisher's medal and certificate.

From the 493 participants taking part in this year's Climbathon, 321 are Malaysians, while 240 are from Sabah alone.

The Philippines, Great Britain, Singapore and USA top other countries with the most participants with 44, 29, 25 and 12 runners respectively.

Japan have 9 runners competing, followed by Spain, 7, Australia (6), Italy (5), Kenya (4) and France and Sweden (3).

Other countries who each have two runners competing are Brunei, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and New Zealand, while Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Columbia, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea, Myanmar, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and Venezuela each have one runner taking part.

A total of 218 athletes will compete in the Men's open, 92 in the Women's open and 183 in the Men's Veteran category.

Meanwhile, Sri Pelancongan Sabah (the organisers), in collaboration with the Ranau District Office, will be hosting the Pesta Kubis and Pesta Durian to make the whole event merrier.

Participants of the Climbathon and visitors can participate in the myriad of activities that will be held throughout their stay in Ranau.

Among the highlights of the Pesta Kubis is a cooking demonstration by Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Wan, which will be held on Oct 24 in Kundasang Town.

There will also be a Bamboo Orchestra concert, cultural dance performances, the Best farmer of the Year Award presentation and cabbage exhibitions.

The Pesta Durian on the other hand, would give visitors the chance to indulge in a durian fest and purchase different grades of the notorious King of Fruits. There will also be exhibitions including the biggest durian display all on Oct 24, while a durian-eating contest will be held on Oct 25.

For the public's convenience, the organisers are providing complimentary shuttle services to both the Pesta Kubis and Pesta Durian from Kinabalu Park to Kundasang and Ranau Town to Kundasang.

For more information, contact Zachary Mobijon at 088-232121 or 013-8504007 or email to

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Peres time trial

24min best time in riding up Peres this morning. It was tough slow uphill ride with nobody to chase and nobody chasing me. So you can imagine the 'loneliness torture' in riding uphill when you're trying to cut seconds and if lucky minutes off your last climb. Well minutes was out of the question as I only managed to shave some seconds off and finally a sub25 up Peres.

To go sub24...well...some other time...hopefully...

Money money money

Commandments: In today’s Gospel the good young man’s love for God was hindered by his attachment to his material wealth. The depth or the lack of our faith, hope and love for Jesus is shown in how we respond to the difficult challenges of Jesus. Do you have such challenges and what is your response to Him?

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Marriage: In today’s Gospel, Jesus asserts that divorce is not allowed. The bond of commitment made by a married couple is a life-time bond between them and God. For the good of the faith and peace of their children, parents are meant to love and nurture their married life in spite of the trials and crosses they face.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mizuno Wave Run 2009

To all who will be running the Mizuno Wave Run...

Mizuno Wave Run 2009 Race Kit Distribution

Runners, you may collect your running vest and bib at the following collection points:

Bukit Aman carpark
Sunday, 11 October 2009 -- 9.00am to 10.00am
Sunday, 18 October 2009 -- 9.30am to 10.30am

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang
Saturday, 24/10/09 -- 10am to 5.00pm

Note: You MUST show your receipt to collect your Race Kit. Please note that there will be NO distribution in PACM office.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Merdeka weekend expedition - McDSempah to Mentakab ride

Long awaited report...sorry ya...

Usually I'm one of the riders but this time, I was a driver, support wise that is lah...together with Lydia and Bernard while Mich, Bee, Lee and Kelvin did their 80km++ ride from McD Genting Sempah to Mentakab. Yip turned up as well and we thought he's gonna do a puasa ride! Actually he balik kampung to Kuantan. The first 20km or so was really a 'sap sap water' downhill cruise. Lee's wife, Yap, drove straight to Mentakab to get things ready for the riders while we lepak for teh tarik after McD. Luckily 1 stall remains open during this Ramadhan month. After much bla bla bla, off we went to catch up with the riders.

Hot springs didn't live up to its looked more like a warm abandoned pool with algae growing heaps every corner. The word 'Hot' should be replaced with "warm" cos that's what it was...

Somehow when you are driving, the journey seemed so much further and...boring! We caught up with riders next to a school...somewhere...Kelvin looked sun dried after hours under scorching sun. We stopped at a bustop for refuelling. Mich a few hundred metres in front rode back when she realised Kelvin was no more behind her.

Guessed Kelvin had decided to have a premature refuelling session as Lee & Bee were 1-2km ahead, waiting for them at BHP station.
So after 2nd refuelling, Mentakab was their finishing stop.

Four of us drivers visited Gandah Elephant Rehabilitation Centre.

An hour or song hanging around at the elephant sanctuary, we left for Mentakab, meeting the riders for lunch. Yummylicious!!!!

From then on, we drove all the way to Maran...
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