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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Adidas 4x3km Relay Report from Eddy Choo Klava Team Manager

In the last Penang Round the House Road Relay 2005, we came, we saw, we conquered. For this Adidas / FTAAA / Pacesetters 4×3km event, we not only conquered but also set records! Since the Senior Veteran Category is a new event, our first placing means our time is deemed a record until another faster team comes along. KLAVA also have the distinction to grab both first & second placing in this Senior Veteran Category! That’s another record to cherish!

I’m pleased to think that one of this two so called records will not be easily broken unless another club can occupy all the three podium positions i.e. 1, 2 & 3. Come to think of it, KLAVA could have done it this time. It would have been possible if our Thanes & K.F.Yong are still competing & at their best. They, together with Y.S.Liong & Ramanaidu if there are also at their previous best may have snatched 3rd placing. It would be Klava’s dream teams. We hope to be the ones to beat (the record) next year. To borrow Adidas motto as printed in our sponsored running vests:-“IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING”!

This year our Men Junior Veteran A team was quite strong. Even with the exclusion of Nanchappan who have to run for his sponsored team Adidas, we felt that we can perform better this year although first & second placing is out of the question. Team Adidas comprising 4 of the best veteran roadrunners in Malaysia is in a class of its own. The only other team able to compete with them is one having much younger runners like those in Pacesetters racing teams. This event’s unconventional age grouping of 35 to 50 years means that Pacesetter can field younger runners below 40 years. As for KLAVA, one has to be 40 years to be eligible for membership. Most of our junior veteran runners are already above 45 years old. Hence, KLAVA junior veteran teams are competing at a disadvantage. It is like a handicap in a non handicap race. We could only fight for the 3rd to 5th prizes.

Our A team had quite a good start when our first runner came back third. However the 2nd runner of the 4th position team overtook us. We’re still in 4th placing when our 3rd runner followed another runner into a wrong route which lead to a deadend! Two other runners also followed! Our runner lost several minutes trying to find the correct route. By that time it was too late. Even though, our 4th runner overtook 2 runners, we could only managed 10th placing. I feel so sorry for them. Our B team was also unlucky to lose the 5th placing & could not regain back the position inspite of our intense cheering him to move forward nearing the finishing line.

The 2nd start at 9.15am saw our Men Senior Veteran & Women Veteran teams in action. After the earlier setback, our deputy president Thaneswaran told me it’s time to show our stuff- to make amends so to speak! With about a hundred teams sprinting off & leaving the tracks (stadium) for the road we could only see our men’s teams in the middle pack. Some of the junior boys were speeding so fast as if this was a 400m race. In less than 10 mins. They were returning back when low & behold, our men’s team were now in 1st & 2nd placing among the front pack. There were a lot of excitement & cheering. The 2nd runners of both KLAVA teams maintain their respective position upon returning. I found myself feeling the pressure even though I was in the 2nd team (team D). What if the current 3rd position team runner is much faster than me? What is the chance of being overtaken? The heat as a result of the late 2nd start is a factor. Fortunately, yours truly managed to complete without losing our position and still have a wide gap to spare. There was no need for our ever reliable Iyanar to do any hard work to follow home in 2nd placing behind our first team (team C). So it was a one two finishing for KLAVA.Thus, we have proven that our winning the Pg.R.T.Hses.R.Relay,’05 is not just plain luck.
As for the women veteran category our 1st team (team F) first runner returned in 7th position. Our 2nd runner, Agatha overtook 1 runner for 6th position. Our 3rd runner maintained this position. Finally our 4th runner, Tengku Maziah overtook another runner to finish fifth for prize contention.

Our men junior veteran seems to be short on luck ever since the Pg.R.T.H.R.R.’05. where we could have won if our top runner, Nanchappan have not withdrawn at the last minute due to family reasons (as told) & had to be substituted by an off-form (injured) reserve. In the previous 4 years history of these 4×3 events, there was no known case of runner losing his way! Hence, we did not expect the unexpected. But this time it happened to a few runners including our A team 3rd runner who was unfamiliar with Bukit Jalil, as this was his first time representing KLAVA in this event. Prior to the start, he also could not find his way to this Komplek MSN,Bkt Jalil! He has to wait for his friend to shoe him the direction. If not for the delay his team leader would have let him run the 2nd leg. Then the scenario may be different.

Our men junior veteran B team 6th placing was an improvement to last year’s 8th placing but no medal were awarded after 5th placing unlike last year. Overall it was still a respectable finish considering the tough competition with 22 teams in this category.

I’ve previously mentioned that our strength is in team relay with 8 or more runners per team. Now I stand to be corrected! In this 4×3km event of 4 runners per team, we have to split up our top 8 runners into 2 teams based on time trial. Surprise, surprise with the split we grabbed both first & second placing!

We are grateful that the organizers paid heed to my persuasion to add in a separate category for men 50 years & above. KLAVA & also the Pacesetters Club have alot of runners above 50 years. In fact, quite alot of KLAVA participent are senior citizens i.e. Sallehudin; Lim Than Yen & Mookan. Some are pushing 60s i.e. Ramanaido, Phillip & Iyanar. It take an exceptional athlete of this age to complete with someone more than 20 years his junior!

I’ve been explaining this to Pacesetter former president, Mr. Wan Yew Leong & also Adidas Running Head, Mr. K.Krishnan. Even though the Entry Forms were printed very much earlier, but it was a good thing they were flexible to add in this category. Although less publicity was generated due to the non-inclusion but a good respond of 10 teams proved I was right. I’m sure all the 40 runners are happy to compete among their peers & not in a category with tremendous age differences.That includes the pacesetters teans who finished 3rd. These 4 runners may not have won anything if there was no senior Veteran category. (Pls. also read Iyanar comment in the Star Metro dated 23/6/05)

I believe there will be even much better response next year if the organisers award more prizes instead of for three placing only as in this year. These are the feedbacks I gathered from the average runners- those are the ones who make up the majority of the participants & determines whether the event will be popular or otherwise. For the majority, the objective of taking part is not to make up the numbers but to challenge for something. If they repeatedly go home empty handed, they will be disappointed and discouraged from taking part in future.
This report would not be complete without a word of thanks to all the KLAVA participants & team leaders. We appreciate your efforts & strong commitments for KLAVA. Not forgetting our helpers & supporters, including Lim Yoke Fooi for timekeeping during the time trials, Thaneswaran for timekeeping on race day, our former president, Chow Teng Song as digital cameraman & Peter as ‘acting’ video cameraman, K.K.Wong & Jenny Lee (non-member) for being so gracious to be on standby as substitudes if required. At the moment, our members may be small in numbers as compared to Pacesetters but we want to be the chilly padi when it comes to performance!

Reported by: Eddy Choo
Date: 23/6/05

My 2001 Race Result

4th Feb 01-------KLIM-21km 2hours3min25sec--------255th
25th Mar 01-----Power run 7.08km 33min52sec-------- 60th
3th June 01------Penang Marathon 42km 4hour45min---finishing medal
19th Aug 01------Awana 10km 1 hour7min---------------83th
23rd Sept 01-----PJ Half 18.47km 1hour38mins----------40th
21st Oct 01-------Shah Alam 10.8km 51min--------------38th
23rd Dec 01------Yayasan Run 4.98km 21min12sec-----11th

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Fast kaki in action
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A lot of familier faces
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Here they go!
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Flag off of adidas 4x3km
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Result of adidas FTAAA Pacesetters 4 x 3km Road Relay 2005

Category A Men Open
1. Team adidas (37:10 New Record)
2. KWSP (41:40)
3. Pacesetters 'G' (43:17)
4. Sri Muda Runners (43:33)
5. University of Malaya Road Runners (43:35)
6. Pacesetters 'E' (44:11)
7. USM Team 'A' (47:02)
8. International Medical University 'Men' (48:46)

Category B Men Junior Veteran
1. Pacesetters 'J' (41:45)
2. Team adidas (41:49)
3. RASI (44:53)
4. Pacesetters Permaisuri MVI (50:00)
5. Pacesetters 'K' (50:07)

Category C Women Open
1. Team Arul (46:45 New Record)
2. Team adidas (47:56)
3. Pacesetters Rose (54:33)
4. International Medical University Gals (1:00.46)
5. Pacesetters Hibiscus (1:07.23)

Category D Women Veteran
1. Pacesetters Orchid (53:08)
2. Pacesetters Jasmine (1:00:30)
3. Pacesetters Tulip (1:02:17)
4. Pacesetters Carnation (1:02:26)
5. KLAVA 'F' (1:08:44)

Category E Boys Junior
1. Rawang Road Runners 'A' (43:26 New Record)
2. SMK Sultan Sulaiman Shah - School (46:27)
3. Pacesetters Boys (48:26)
4. Rawang Road Runners 'C' (49:39)
5. BU Junior - School (49:48)

Category F Boys Senior
1. Team Arul - Club (38:54 New Record)
2. SMKKA - School (46:17)
3. SMK Bandar Utama (48:18)
4. Best of Seri Saujana - School (48:37)
5. SMKBB 1 - School (48:58)
6. Jinjang 'F' (50:00)
7. Chong Hwa -School (50:34)
8. Kwang Hua - School (50:58)

Category G Girls Junior
1. Jinjang 'A' (59:40)
2. SMK Sultan Sulaiman (1:00:36)
3. SM Seri Sentosa 'A' (1:02:51)
4. The Groove Girlz (1:05:48)
5. Pacesetters Sunflower (1:06:41)

Category H Girls Senior
1. Chong Hwa Ind High School (1:05.19)
2. Lonely - Bangsar Baru (1:09.09)
3. BN Group - SMK Convent Bkt Nanas (1:11.03)
4. The Star - SMK Bandar Utama PJ (1:16.04)
5. The Unbeatable - SMK Bkt Maluri (1:22.20)

Category J Men senior Veteran
1. KLAVA ‘C’ (49:00)
2. KLAVA ‘D’ (51:14)
3. Pacesetters 'M' (52:09)

Men Varsity
1. Sri Muda Runners (43:33)
2. University of Malaya Road Runners (43:35)
3. USM Team 'A' (47:02)

Women Varsity
1. International Medical University Gals (1:00.46 New Record)
2. USM (1:08.33)
3. International Medical Uni Gals (1:11.51)

Monday, June 20, 2005

Photo of Adidas/Pacesetters 4 x 3km Road Relay

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Greatest show on Earth- adidas FTAAA Pacesetters 4x3K Road Relay

This morning I witnessed one of the greatest race on earth. The relay started at 8 am sharp. Fong, the Ronnie pacesetters B team shot off like a bullet. He was 7th position at the 300m mark.

Fong came back strong with the 2nd positon overall. I saw Ronnie, the 2nd runner,was so panic and full of tense waited for the baton from Fong. At the same time, one bulk of elite runners, inclusive pacesetters team A, were chasing from behind.

When Ronnie came back the stadium, he was at the 4th postion. I saw Justin, the 3nd runner, was even more panic and tense than Ronnie, waited to receive baton from Ronnie.

When Justin came back, he was at the 5th position. Tan, the last runner, managed to overtook two runners and eventually finished at the respectable 3th position. The pacesetters A team was totally couldn't match the Ronnie's team and finished 6th position.

Congratulation to Ronnie, Justin and his team mates for their superb performance.

How about my team, Klava A.-Junior Veteran above 35 years category
Our 1st runner Raja started impressively. He came back with the 3rd position in our category. The second runner Jalil maintained the position. After our 3rd runner Tan Wah Seng shot off, I was so confidence with the podium finishing. I was fully warm up and waited patiently for my turn. I waited, waited and waited, where was Tan, runners by pass one after another, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th,.....11th. Finally, he came back with extra 9 minutes of normal time. I already no mood but just took the baton and ran for my personal best time. I managed to overtook two runners of my category and finished 10th with the time of 11minutes 35 seconds. Later, I was told by Tan that he followed the runner infront with no C18 to the wrong road toward the Astro Head Office with 2 other runners. What a disaster again. I can't blame him, it was happen to me before. Anywhere, I will like to congratulate our Klava senior Veteran C and D teams who have won the 1st and 2nd position in the 50 years above category.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Prediction On adidas FTAAA Pacesetters 4x3K Road Relay

I predict the fast improve Ronnie see and Justin Lee, the so call pacesetters Team B, the underdog will beat the Pacesetters Team A, the upperdog by at least 400 meters this week end. What do you think ?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

My next race - FTAAA/Adidas/Pacesetters 4 x 3km Road Relay

Yes, this week end 19th June 2005, i will be represent Klava for the above event.
Klava Team A - 35 years and above
1) Indian runner
2) Vincent Wong
3) Tan Wah Seng
4) Jalil

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Thursday Kg Pandan Track Training 9th June 2005

Coach Chan didn't come today. Many regular kaki were not around. Anyway, according Ah Wah the manual was 400m x 16 times with set time of 2 minutes inclusive rest for group 1, and 400m x 10 times with set time of 2.20 inclusive rest.

I and Justin were in the second group today. My target was to run at a faster pace of 1.24 per lap (3.30 pace)

2 km warm up

1 x 400m = 50m slow and 50 m fast

2 x 400m @ 1.35 and 1.31

10 x 400m set time of 2.20 inclusive rest.

1) 1.24
2) 1.24
3) 1.24
4) 1.24
5) 1.24
6) 1.25
7) 1.23
8) 1.24
9) 1.23
10) 1.21

Add one more with group 1 - 1.26

warm down 800m

Total quality run - 5.4 km
Total milages - 8.4 km

I really push very hard today and was satisfied with my training.
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