900-odd participants take part in Malakoff run

Tuesday June 1, 2010

900-odd participants take part in Malakoff run

By WINNIE YEOH
winnie@thestar.com.my

RUNNING 26km on flat road was not difficult at all for Nor Amelia Musa, who emerged as the champion in the Women’s Open category of Malakoff 26km and 6km, Penang 2010, finishing the run in less than two hours.

The 24-year-old, who was last year’s Iron Lady of Tioman, was elated to beat the others.

Nor Amelia, who was number three in the Sultan Ahmad Shah Eco Challenge 2010 international women’s open, said this was the first time she was participating in the Malakoff run.

Dynamic duo: Alfred Kemboi and Noor Amelia Musa win the top positions of the Men’s and Women’s Open categories respectively at the Malakoff 26km run in Penang

“I’ve always love running and I train on a daily basis,” she said after the run at Penang Municipal Park on Sunday. She clocked 1:54:07.

In the Men’s Open, Kenyan Alfred Kemboi, 29, clocked 1:33:51 to become the champion.

The professional athlete, who has been running for the last 10 years, said he enjoyed the running track.

“This is my first time too and I’ll be back next year,” he said.

Relief teacher Amy Schneider, 43, who emerged champion in the Women’s Veteran category, said she was excited to beat the others as she was initially concerned about the fewer water stations along the route. She clocked 2:13:46.

The three walked away with RM1,000 pro-duct vouchers, health products and a trophy each. They were among 936 participants, of whom 582 ran 26km and 354 ran 6km.

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