AFTER taking a break from running competitively, Noor Amelia Musa is returning to the sport with a positive mind.
“Not working out and participating in races like how I used to made it difficult for me to make a strong comeback,” said the avid competitor who took a two-year leave to focus on her pregnancy and becoming a mother.
The 32-year old mother of a baby girl said she made her return to the sporting scene in March this year but chose to concentrate on shorter and smaller races.
“When I am ready I will be back at the bigger races again,” said the former international athlete after receiving her prize at the BHPetrol Orange Run in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Noor Amelia took home the top spot in the women’s open category ahead of D. Pavithra and Michelle Chua.
“After my break, I realised that I had to work extra hard if I want to win races,” she said, adding that she was grateful for the unexpected win.
Meanwhile, seasoned runner Sheela Samivellu nailed the 11km race comfortably in less than 45mins to win the women’s veteran category.
“Although the route seemed tougher this year with more hilly areas, I am glad to have won it,” said Sheela who coincidentally signed up for another competition the night before.
With hardly enough sleep, Sheela powered through the route which took participants from the Curve shopping centre through the neighbourhoods of Mutiara Damansara, Kota Damansara and Bandar Utama before returning to the mall.
Susan Khoo and Veronica Uhen took the second and third spots respectively in the women’s veteran category.
While in the men’s open category, S. Poovasanthan won the race followed by Muhaizar Mohamad and Ahmad Luth Hamizan.
It was a close fight in the men’s veteran category with R. Muniandy taking the first spot, seconds apart from M. Arul Theva and Sharuddin Hashim, who came in third.
Winners of each category received cash prizes worth a total of RM50,000 along with BHPetrol vouchers.
The race had eight categories; men and women open, men and women veteran, men and women international as well as boys and girls.
At the prize presentation, BHPetrol managing director Tan Kim Thiam said the company was thrilled with the strong turnout this year.
“We are very happy to celebrate the 13th edition of the BHPetrol Orange Run.
“Not only does this initiative help promote a healthy lifestyle but it also allows us to assist the less fortunate,” said Tan.
Boustead Holdings Bhd group managing director and deputy chairman Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin later presented mock cheques to three homes – Persatuan Orang-Orang Cacat Anggota Malaysia, Persatuan Kebajikan Pusat Jagaan Rumah Kasih Harmoni Paya Jaras and Pusat Jagaan Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Trinity Komuniti Selangor.
They each received RM10,000.
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