Larian Pantai KUANTAN-01/06/08-Taman Gelora to Baluk
First the KPAC 'contingent' to this beautiful race would like to thank Ms Crystal and Mr Tan Wah Seng-the group leader of Kuantan Pacesetters- for assisting us to collect our T shirt and running bib and also arrangement of accommodation as well.Our group consists of 2 female and 11 male runners lead by our president Mr Wong Soon Pin.
On this 16km race day,the weather was so kind to us.We thought there would be a downpour as thunders were heard growling in the sky.The participation was encouraging probably because of hefty cash rewards offered and we were gunned off batch by batch.The first to go was the Men's International open category,felt a little pity for our poor friend,Dhan Bahadur who is a junior veteran to compete with those young Kenyan running machines.
Next was the Men's National open category which saw stiff competition among the local runners-among them were Venul Gopal,Muniandy,Saharudin,Arul Thevar,Samuel Moses and of course our hero Vigneswaran.
We ran the first 2 km on the tarmac road all the way to Teluk Cempedak,and then on a narrow wooden bridge which is built parallel to the beach for short distance,then a 200 m hill before the agony of running on the beach begun.Thick fine and soft sand makes the legs heavy as for most of us this was the first ever experience.
For the next 3 km,most runners were shy of the sea water as the tiny waves hit the seaside,runners were seen avoiding so not to get their running shoe wet.There were several check points to ensure runners run on the designated route.There were 3 water stations and what l like about them was they served ice cool isotonic drink and it was really refreshing.
At approximately 7 km mark,there was a stream and runners were required to hop on a 3 piece metal plank tight together to plastic drums act as float.The 'bridge' was swaying unsteadily to the left and right and we had to jump into the shallow stream to cross over.There was another stream,l guess it was 2 km away but it was not as broad as the previous one.
The rest of the run it was sandy beaches,windy and cool breeze air and the best part is you can see the finishing line with white canopies erected at Baluk from a far distance away.
As far as KPAC members are concerned,this Kuantan Beach Run is a gold pot to most of them.10 out of 13 runners won cash rewards.The biggest winners were Nur Athika and Lim Pei Yen who came first and second in the H category (Women's junior) and they entitled to cash rewards of RM1,000 and RM800.00 respectively.Vigneswaran 10th place position won him RM300.00,Thalagavathy's 7th position in the D category made her richer by RM300.00 too and Dhan Bahadur 19th placing in the International group earned him RM200.00.
In conclusion the race was an enjoyable one and we KPAC members participated in this run really have fun and hope the Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan will organise again next year.
L to R:Lee Swee Yee,Tee Choon Wooi,Wong,Thalagavathy,Lim Pei Yen,Vigneswaran and Dhan Bahadur.
At Heap Heng Seafood restaurant for lunch before depart to KL.
Front row L to R:Navaneetha Krishnan,Dhan,Ter Yew Tiong
Back row L to R:Swee Yee,Pei Yen,Thalagavathy(partly hidden)Viki,Choon Wooi,Wong,Jayakumar and Lim Boon Wah
Results at glance:
Men's International Open
No:019--1h 15m 39s---Dhan Bahadur
Men's National Open
No:010--0h 58m 47s---Vigneswaran
No:019--1h 04m 23s---Jayakumar
No:039--1h 10m 17s---Navaneetha Khrisnan
No:043--1h 14m 43s---Lee Swee Yee
No:000--1h 31m 11s---Tee Choon Wooi
No:000--1h 33m 07s---Syanizam
Women's National Open
No:007--1h 27m 41s---Thalagavathy
Men Junior Veteran
No:019--1h 19m 28s---Wong Soon Pin
No:025--1h 21m 49s---Ter Yew Tiong
No:029--1h 22m 52s---Lim Boon Wah
No:055--1h 35m 21s---Tee Kuan Meng
Women's Junior (16yr to 18yr)
No:001--1h 46m 05s---Nur Athika
No:002--2h 08m 11s---Lim Pei Yen