18 March (Fri) - the four of us, Yew Chee Chung & his wife, me & my wife, arrived at Vistana Hotel, Kuantan after a 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. Vistana Hotel is the official hotel for the Kuantan TC Run, to be held on 20 March. We were quite impressed with the organiser for having the bib and t-shirt collection at the classy hotel, considering that it's just a small-scale 10km race! Furthermore, the quality of the t-shirt and the finisher medal is simply excellent!
After the collection, we drove to Awana Kijal Golf, Beach & Spa Resort, Terengganu, about one-hour journey from Kuantan. After a simple dinner and a slow walk by the beachside, we decided to call it a day.
19 March (Sat) - Went for an easy gym work-out. After the breakfast, Chee Chung & I went swimming, followed by an action-packed table tennis game. In the afternoon, we spoilt ourselves with a Balinese spa and massage. After the massage, we drove to Chukai town to have the popular coffee and kaya bread at HaiPeng coffee house. Mind you, they even have their own website!
Not satisfied, me and my wife went for another round of massage and tried out the Swedish style in our Resort before our dinner.
20 March (Sun) - Checked out at 5.15am. Drove back to Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan. We joined the fun of an aerobic exercise after our reporting. 7.30am, Show Time. All the 10km runners were called upon to the starting line. It's a very rare occasion to be the first liner! Could see Ronnie See taking photo of himself for memory, I supposed. "Honk" the race was flagged off in an unusual way. Immediately, we were required to run up a slope. Luckily, it's just 200-300 metres long. After the down hill, I could see Ronnie, Chee Chung, William Chan flying down literally. At this point, I guessed I was among the top 15 runners. After about 3km, I could no longer see the first runner anymore. I just kept up my pace. I could feel some burning sensation on my shin. Breathing started to be heavy. Quickly changing to my cruising mode. Felt so much better. At this point, I kept reminding myself to be strong and do not give up. Saw one Indian runner with our blue PACM vest for KLIM in front. I just followed his pace. Breathing started to be smooth. Yes, I've got my rhythm. Just zig-zag along the kampung road. With another km to go, I increased my pace. I managed to catch up with the Indian runner on the uphill. I think he tried to catch me but it's too late as I sprinted down the hill to the finishing line. My watch showed 44' 04.39! It has been years since I last did below 45min in a 10km race.
Then, my wife came back with a time of 49' 21" and won herself a 2nd prize. Bravo!
Last but not least, I wish to congratulate Yew Chee Chung (1st), Enker Goh (1st), Jenny Lim (1st), Yew's wife (3rd), Ronnie (4th), William (5th) and many more for their outstanding results.