Duo prove their mettle to win

(From left) Second-prize winner of the Women’s Open category Jessica Tang, Iza Maryati and third-prize winner Ngu Wee Jieh showing their mock cheques and medals.

Although a break time from training may lead some to wonder if they can succeed, two winners of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) Run 2017 proved that where there is a will, there is a way.

Iza Maryati Mohamad, who won the top spot in the Women’s Open Category for running 12km, said the feat was totally unexpected as she had not been running since the birth of her child last year.

“I used to do trek training but stopped when I was pregnant.

“Also, this is my first time trying a run. I was surprised when my name was called out as the winner for the first race,” she said after the run near Melawati Mall at Lorong Sarawak, Taman Melawati.

She said she wanted to test herself further by joining more runs in future.

“I have been training long distance running of 15km to 18km every day,” said 27-year-old Iza who is from Sungai Besi.

Abdul Hamid says about 3,000 people who took part in the event.

Abdul Hamid says about 3,000 people who took part in the event.

Suresh Munianday, 40, who won first prize in the Men’s Veteran category, said he had not been running for 22 years since getting married.

“I’m really happy with the results as I only started training again five months ago after a long hiatus.

“I’ll try local runs this year and move on to international races next year,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Men’s Open category winner Fong Chee Weng, 32, did not expect to come out tops.

“The route was a tough one as it was hilly. It was one of my most challenging routes. I had aimed to be in the top 10 but not the winner,” he said.

All three received RM500 cash as champions. There was also a 5km fun run at the event.

Some of the participants enjoying the MPAJ Run 2017.

Some of the participants enjoying the MPAJ Run 2017.

MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Hussain, who flagged off the participants, said the event was held in conjunction with MPAJ’s 25th anniversary, which will be on July 1.

He said about 3,000 people took part, surpassing last year’s 2,300.

Abdul Hamid said the event was to encourage the public to stay healthy and gather with friends and family during the weekend.

“This will be an annual event,” he said, adding that Taman Melawati residents were given a special participation fee of RM10 compared to the RM45 normal fee for the fun run to encourage them to join the event.

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