Just over the weekend, The Great Eastern Live Great Run 2012 just took place. If this sounds familiar, it's actually quite like the Great Eastern Women's Run in Singapore. In our country, all gender mesti participate. ;)
Held at Martrade and route around the Dutamas area, the Dutamas Runners gang was of course pretty excited about it. After all, this IS our training ground. So when registration started, we quickly did it in a jiffy.
|The DR gang early bird registration : From left Seng Chor, Kenny and myself. Sequential numbers!|
So you could imagine Seng Chor, Kenny and myself were quite surprised when our bib numbers were running sequential numbers. Talk about being kiasu! (ps: actually we didn't know we registered at the same time and it's purely coincidental.)
I was pretty excited the day before but I tried to get as much rest as possible. I told myself not to get overly excited like other races where I loose sleep over it. For once, I decided that I should skip my compression wear and GU gels this time round. Probably didn't need it for a short race and not wanting to rely on it so much.
|The main stage area and gathering point.|
Morning started out early as I calmly left the house and head to the venue. It was a short drive since I stay nearby. Already there was a large crowd of people slowly swamping into Martrade.
|Clockwise from top : (1)The official photographers and photog buddies - Jason, Darren & John "Katak" Ling, (2)Sue Leng , (3)Part of the setup team - Winnie & Grislle , (4) Crystal & Alex.|
Walking towards the startline, met up with the setup gang that I've worked with during the recent We Run KL 2012. They have been working since the day before and they were still pretty energetic. Great job!
|The startline already crowded.|
I'm usually quite kiasu when heading towards any startline. I prefer to be close to the start rather than start at the back. From previous experiences, this was to avoid zig-zagging slower runners after the gun off.
While inside the pit, I kept my legs moving so I don't cool down too much. Must keep the heart rate pumping. The gun off was delayed by 6 minutes, which felt quite like an eternity. The crowd began to feel anxious and the emcees were trying to keep everyone occupied with some music and some activities. I was beginning to feel worried as the sky is getting brighter and the sun rays can be quite glaring at some parts of the route.
Once the gun was off, I wasted no time overtaking as much runners as possible but conserving energy at the same time. I'm mentally prepared as I know what waits before me - hills, hills and more HILLS!
|Bumping and over taking Sharon.|
|Clear skies! After 3km mark heading towards Publika.|
|As expected, the glaring sunrise!|
Next up was the turn heading towards Hartamas. This is the part that I started to speed up.
If this was the scene of "Sound of Music", better start singing "The hills are ALIVE....." cause this is where the terror begins. Jalan Sri Hartamas is a popular road for runners doing their training run. It's famous for it's continuous ascends and descents. KM6-KM9 is gonna be FUN!
|First obstacle course - Climbing over Water Barricade.|
Made up a bit of time as I quickly jumped over the barricades as many were struggling. I need to quickly make it downhill and make a U-turn to catch up.
The rest of the route is pretty much straight forward. After the U-turn, the route was in reverse and we need to head back towards the finishing line.
|Running pass the infamous coloured wall structure outside Publika. 1.5km to go!|
Out of the maze, a quick turn to the left and the finishing line is just a shot away. I quickly blast through the finishing and was very happy with my timing. At the same time, I was cringing cause the DJ decided to blast a certain "Gangam" song when I crossed it. Happy nonetheless. ;)
|Ever cheerful Jolene.|
After collecting the goodie bag and a quick change, it's time to meet up with friends at the staging area and finishing line.
|From left : Yin Yin, Gilbert , Tan Wah Sing and me.|
|Cute little boy helping out to pass Tau Hueh for the participants.|
Such a joyful sight to see young ones helping out.
|With Ultra-Marathoner Frank Chong of Running Lab Malaysia.|
|Jason was so busy snapping away that he wasn't aware that I was calling him. Well, he needs to do his job.|
|Closing to the finishing line, Kenny G & David.|
|Showing off our sequential bib numbering. Except Capt's bib number was a bit later.|
It was Uncle Oli's birthday, so I decided to do an impromptu birthday song for him. Please don't mind my suara sumbang la cause I can't sing properly for dear life. Happy Birthday Uncle Oliver. Stay forever young and continue to inspire! (ps: Uncle Oli does Full Marathons and Ultra-Marathons! No words can expressed how incredible his feats are).
|Top Podium Finishers.|
|Edan pointing out his winning results.|
|Group photo with all podium winners and the GE team.|
|Mr & Mrs. Moey. Congrats to Moey on his 4th placing in the Men's Junior Veteran Category.|
|Congratulations to Mr. Tan Wah Sing on his 3rd placing in Men's Senior Veteran Category.|
|Edan and his 3rd placing mantle. Congratulations Edan!|
|A quick pic with the fastest Human Snail. Amazing costume bro!|
Later I found out that I did a personal PB for 5km by shaving off 3 minutes! I'm so glad. :)
Here are some breakdown points:
1. Sufficient water stations and the sponging station was an additional bonus.
2. Excellent route with obstacle courses.
3. Race venue was huge and catered well with more than 5,000 people.
4. Finisher Medal - One of the best I've received. Very solid and well made.
5. Volunteers and support team were helpful in all areas.
Cons (not really but if I had to nitpick) :
1. Gun off should be on time. Not a big issue for me as long it's not delayed too long.
2. Obstacle courses could be more challenging. Always room for improvement.
3. Suggested parking areas may seemed a bit far from venue but a good warm up before the run.
The organizers definitely did well in this event considering this is the first one done by Great Eastern Malaysia. If ever there is a Live Great Run 2013, count me in! :)
|The awesome looking and solid finisher Medal for Live Great Run 2012.|