One of the IRRC members come back to KL each week and collects the entries.
The T-shirts and bibs were then delivered to Albert
one week before the event. This is great service that
only running clubs are providing. …hassle free! Chai
took care of the hotel booking at Heritage Hotel. I
guess I have to do my part by offering to drive up and
I did. We left KL at about 4.00pm and got to Ipoh by
6.00pm, did a round loop to look for the start venue
at the Indera Mulia Stadium and found that it was nearby
to our hotel. We caught up with Patrick Cheng, a friend
of Chai and we had a great dinner at Tambun Hawkers
Centre. Cheap and good! But don’t over eat.
Running a race in Ipoh is always very relaxed as the
venue is near, no parking problem and therefore we could
sleep late and left our hotel only at 6.45am. It is
quite unlike Penang where the start time of the Penang
Bridge Run is very early and the venue is much further
with roads closed to traffic very early. I was pleasantly
surprised when I met a number of Pacesetters members
at the run. Tan Swee Nel, group leader of Sabak Bernam
was there with his group. Keshab Kumar drove up with
his three angels, Teresa Goh, Carol Low and Foo Sook
Ying. Peter Lim, Lim Siew Cheng and her husband Lee
Cheng Chuan was also there. It was a nice Pacesetters
get-together in Ipoh. The turn-out was not too strong.
Only about 800 plus registered but the actual number
of runners taking part was about 500 plus. When I met
Chong Him Shim, the president of IRRC, I commented to
him that I like the venue as compared to the Polo Ground
that they hold their annual 10km run. I suggested that
they change the venue from Polo Ground to Indera Mulia
Stadium Car-park for their November event.
As majority of the runners were seasoned runners, coupled
with a small crowd, the starting area was very orderly.
Tun Ling Leong Sik, the Chairman of UTAR was present
to receive the donation of RM88.888.88 from the organizer.
What an auspicious amount! He flagged off the run at
7.30am sharp. The route is a little similar to the annual
10km run by the IRRC, very flat and fast. After the
event, Chong told Albert that it was 9.9km. As the route
was very flat, everyone went very fast, including me.
I have Lim Siew Cheng, Keshab Kumar and Tan Swee Nel
around me during the event to pace and attempt to overtake.
In all the past events, I have always finished behind
Keshab but this time I thought I could upstage him since
he did not have enough sleep, driving up at 4.00am that
morning. I stayed ahead of him up to km 6 but after
that this 60plus Nepalese man was too strong for me
and I slipped back in the race……sigh! Still can’t beat
a 60 plus man who did not have enough sleep. When I
finished my run, I was pleasantly surprised that I clock
50 minutes 14 seconds, it was the fastest 10km time
I recorded in recent years. I suspect it was shorter
than 9.9km, perhaps 9.6km but Albert insisted that our
fast time was due to the very flat route. Well! I shall
not argue about it and take it as my personal best to
shoot for in my next run in Ipoh.
After the run it was shopping time at the Brooks Store.
Brooks’ Loh and Sherman were there to man the store,
offering 30% off for all items. I bought a pair of Adrenaline
GTS 6, my favorite model from the Brooks series to replace
my existing pair that is already 11 months old with
more than 700km to its credit. The old shoes still look,
so new and would make good walking shoes. My other favorite
model that I am using is the New Balance 1221 that I
use for 21km race and longer distance practice runs.
Both these two models are stability shoes that suit
me, given my bio-mechanics. To read more on shoes, you
could go to the Runner's
We left early for the hotel, had a shower and a light
breakfast at the hotel. More shopping at Ipoh town;
we picked up some salted chicken at Aun Kheng Lim (24,
Jln Theatre, 30300 Ipoh, tel 05-254 2998) and stock
up some tit bits for the FIFA World Cup Football telecast
at Yee Thye Cake House (1-3, Jln Theatre, Ipoh, tel
05-241 3482). After contributing adequately to local
tourism, we drove out of Ipoh towards Bidor for an early
lunch. We went to a recommended shop; My Friend Restaurant
at Bidor at the outskirt of the town. We had a great
meal that includes Ikan Haruan and frogs for lunch.
We drove off happy and completed the trip within 24
hours as we reached home at Subang Jaya by 2.30pm. An
enjoyable Fathers’ Day I must say……need we asked for
Peter Lim, Wan Yew Leong, Chai Weng Moon
Chong Him Shim, president of IRRC, second from
left, his daughters and friends
The Pacesetters group from KL
Clara, Wan and Chai after the run