Thursday, September 10, 2009

Victory for KPAC’s relay quartet

KLANG Pacers Athletic Club’s (KPAC) K. Muralinathan posted the fastest lap and anchored the club’s first-choice relay quartet to victory at the Pacemakers running group’s fifth anniversary run at the Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

After trailing behind KPAC’s second team as they executed the final baton change, Muralinathan posted 8:27 around the 2.6km course and caught up with his club mate B. Girivasan before edging him at the finishing line.

KPAC president S.P. Wong said they were delighted to defend their title at the annual gathering for social runners.

Exciting finish: Muralinathan anchoring KPAC 1 to victory with the fastest lap of 8:27 around the 2.6km course.

“We had two balanced sides to provide an exciting one-two finish. It was a closely-contested race as they engaged in friendly rivalry to challenge for the top spot when they took the lead midway through the race,” Wong added.

The KPAC 1 quartet of Beepa Yeoga Raj, R. Jayakumar, P. Naresh Kumar and Muralinathan clocked 38:00 and came in ahead of the foursome from KPAC 2 comprising Sri Sugunnya, Jagdev Singh, J. Vigneswaran and B. Girivasan, who settled for second spot in 38:05.

Earth Wind & Fire comprising Michele Tan Bee Kiang, Chin Yong Heng, Jasni Khairil and Syahidan Alias registered 38:57 to finish third.

Race adviser Ronnie See said each team were required to field one woman and three men in their line-up for the competitive category.

“Although it was a wet finish for the competitors as it rained in the closing stage of the race, the downpour did not dampen the participants’ spirit to complete the race tackling a tough and hilly terrain at a familiar venue.

Braving the rain: Annabelle taking part in the noncompetitive category.

“We were delighted with the maximum turnout with 33 teams in the competitive section. Since introducing the relay event for our second anniversary celebration, we have continued to host it as an annual affair to allow the avid runners have a feel competing in a team event,” he added.

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Annabelle Kang Huei Min also joined the occasion with her father guiding her around the route.

The youngest participant gave a brave display teaming with her father Kang Hok Beng and mother Joyce Wong in the non-competitive category comprising 11 teams with three members representing each team.

And the trio from KJA United completed the race in 57:48.

The Pacemakers formed in 2004 have about 60 members communicating and sharing ideas about running through the website.

1 comment:

feifeipinky said...

COOL! Pacemakers boleh!!