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by y.p. sivam
Good luck: Steven greeting participants in the disabled category.
The participation of orphanages and associations for the disabled made the recent Klang Executive Club (KEC) 10Km Unity Run at Bandar Baru Klang a meaningful event.
About 200 participants, on the invitation of the Selangor Council of Justice of the Peace (JP), took part in the run, organised by KEC. Selangor JP vice-president Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad Dahlan said they were proud to be associated with the run.
“We want to organise more social events. And when KEC invited us to be a partner, we readily accepted the invitation. We invited the children from orphanages and disabled associations to be part of the run. We were happy with the response.
“Now we want to initiate more programmes for the less fortunate,’’ said Mohd Mokhtar.
The children were from Bengkeldaya Klang, Padmasambhava Children Loving Association, Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, Malaysia Chinese Disabled Association and Pertubuhan Bajikan Anak Yatin & Miskin Klang.
Organising chairman T. Kanniappan said they were proud to have the JP of Selangor as one of their partners for the event.
“Within a short period, they had gathered the participants for the run. We have succeeded in bringing together people from different background for a sporting event. We hope to work with the JP of Selangor and organise other events for the less fortunate,’’ said Kanniappan.
The run, held for the third season, attracted about 3,000 participants.
Seasoned road racer R. Venugopal, considered the best 10,000m runner in the country, won the men’s Open event. Venugopal, representing Police, completed the 10km distance in a time of 33:10.
Venugopal, who was the winner last year, said it was a challenging route but he managed to maintain his composure to win the crown.
“The route was different from last year. It was an interesting run as the top participants were almost of the same standard. But I managed to keep the lead and win the gold medal,’’ said Venugopal.
In second place was Nik Fakaruddin on 34:46 followed by D. Vijayan (35:25). In the women’s Open category, Venugopal’s teammate, Noor Amelia Musa took the spot after a keen tussle with S. Sheela.
Noor Amelia, a former student at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), crossed the finishing line in 37:27 while Sheela had to be satisfied with the second place on 37:40. Popular triathlete Kimberly Yap was third on 42:43.
Former international M. Rama-krishnan, who once held the national 3,000m steeplechase record, also made his presence felt by winning the gold medal in the men’s senior veteran category. He clocked an impressive 29:11.2 to finish the 7km run by almost four minutes ahead of Wong Yew Tho.
Susan Khoo showed her dominance in the women’s veteran category when she won the event for the third season. Susan won the 7km event in 32:15 while the second and third spots went to Lian Bee Hoon (35:17) and Wendy Weng (37:35) respectively.
While the elite runners were committed to finishing on podium, the others were happy to be part of the event.
Klang resident M. Elamaran, who took part in the 10km event with his two friends, was excited to complete the distance. “I am running in a road race after a long time. It was challenging but I managed to complete the event and also receieved a certificate. My friends also completed the run,’’ said Elamaran.
The event was sponsored by Milo, 100Plus, Gardenia Bakeries and Klang Municipal Council (MPK). KPJ Healthcare had also set up a booth for participants to check their medical conditions.
Acmar International chairman Datuk Steven Tee said they were pleased with the sponsors as well as partners support for the event.
“The run was initiated with a modest aim. But today, it has become a family affair for many. We are happy to have brought some cheer to the children from the orphanages as well as the disabled. We will be working towards making next year’s event a more exciting one. We also have plans to increase the total cash prize,’’ said Steven.
Open (10km): 1. R. Venugopal 33:10; 2. Nik Fakaruddin 34:46; 3. D. Vijayan 35:25;
Junior veteran (7km): 1. Ong Khing 28:58; 2. Ng Say Heong 30:21; 3. Yeo Khoy Ann 33:50.
Senior veteran (7km): 1. M. Ramakrishnan 29:11; 2. Wong Yew Tho 33:10; 3. A. Rajah 34:15.
Boys: 1. B. Thesigan 28:19; 2. Mohd Farhan Khairul Anuar 28:59; 3. David Leong 31:34.
Open (10km): Noor Amelia Musa 37:24; 2. S. Sheela 37:40; 3. Kimbley Yap 42:43.
Veteran (7km): 1. Susan Khoo 32:15; 2. Lian Bee Hoon 35:17; 3. Wendy Weng 37:35.
Girls: 1. Kim Choo 35:07; 2. Leong Pay Xuen 41:02; 3. Teh Chen Pang 48:00.
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