MOHAMAD AFFINDI NUDIN defended the men’s Open title while policewoman Noor Amelia Musa won the women’s Open category in Saloman X-Trail Run at the Malaysia Agriculture Research and Development Institute (Mardi) in Serdang.
Mohammad Affindi, a noted road runner in the country, completed the 10km trail in an impressive time of 55:03 to finish ahead of Nik Fakaruddin Ismail (55:11) and Muhammad Asdi Weding (56:17).
Noor Amelia was in her element winning the women’s Open category in a time of 1’05:42. In second place was Colleen Rosanna Augustin in 1’14:58 while Chong Hsiao Shiang was third on 1’17:10.
Mohamad Affindi was elated with his impressive result.
“I am happy to defend the crown. It was a close race as the top five runners in the men’s Open category were strong. It was only at the closing stages that I managed to increase the momentum to finish first. It was an exciting and interesting event,’’ said Mohammad Affindi.
The event was organised by World of Sports. The main sponsor was Salomon while the co-sponsors included Nestle Fitness Cereal, Revive, Suunto, Perskindol, Ebene and Paazt Kineseolgy Tapes.
World of Sports senior sales manager Glenny J Da Costa said the event was held for the fifth season.
“We had expected about 2,500 participants. But the final number of participants exceeded 2,700. The big number of participants also reflected the interest among Malaysians for challenging events.
“The route was quite tough as participants had to go through about 9.5km of uphill and winding terrain at Mardi. We had a lot of encouraging feedback from the participants. We will look into ways to make the event more interesting in 2015.
“The event was also to show our appreciation to our consumers,’’ said Glenny.
In the men’s veteran section, Mark John Williams completed the 10km route in a time of 55:39 followed by Casey (59:05) and Kok Meng Cheu (1’02:29) respectively.
Ho Wai Peng was the winner in the women’s veteran category. She clocked 1’16:00 to finish ahead of Looi Mei Yan (1’16:16) and Lim Lee Ching (1’20:17).
The top five winners, in the four categories, received trophies and Salomon products worth RM1,000, RM800, RM600, RM400 and RM200 respectively.