The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun Chapter 2: Nur Hidayah KHALID

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Question 1 - What is a typical day at Presint 18 parkrun?

A typical day start as early as 540am. Getting up at that time is normal for me during the weekdays but on a Saturday, which is non-working day, I take the opportunity to wake up later. Nowadays, I set my alarm at 540am on Friday night because the next day is parkrunday! After having showered and performed my Fajr prayer, I get ready for parkrun. Presint 18 is very near to my house. However, I sometimes travel all the way from my hometown in Senawang to Presint 18. On those days, I start my journey as early as 630am. As soon as I arrive at Presint 18, I will put on the volunteer vest (if I am volunteering that day) and help out at the start/finish line. If I run that week, I will usually mingle around with the volunteer team before the start.

Question 2 - What is your parkrun history?

Honestly, I had never heard about parkrun before October 2018. My office colleague who is also the Event Director of Presint 18 parkrun introduced parkrun to our office-mates in a telegram group message as Presint 18 parkrun was about to be launched. I was so interested and personally met her to ask for more details regarding parkrun. However, due to my work commitments, I could only join parkrun for the 1st time, volunteering as barcode scanner, at Event #3 on November 17. Nowadays, if I am not working on Saturday, I look forward for parkrun every week regardless of whether I am running or volunteering.

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

The main reason is because I live in Presint 17. It is only 5 minutes to get to Presint 18. Besides that, Presint 18 was started fully by a group of multiracial Malaysians that are very ambitious. Being inspired by them, I always make an effort to come to Presint 18 parkrun even if I am in my hometown in Senawang on Friday. Just to put it out there, I admire the commitment of the core volunteers and really love the environment of Presint 18 parkrun.

Question 4 - What are your goals at Presint 18?

My goals are to improve my pace and achieve a PB. At the moment, it takes me around 45 to 49 minutes to complete parkrun. Other than that, I would like to join the parkrun 25 volunteer club this year.

Question 5 -What would you say to female first timers or newbie parkrunners (running/volunteering)?

Don't be afraid. You can see many female runners and volunteers at Presint 18 parkrun. parkrun is about challenging yourself. It doesn’t matter if you run, walk or volunteer. Come and feel the environment (the positive vibes, encouragement and support from the parkrun community and the opportunity to meet like-minded people). I bet you will fall in love with parkrun and never want to miss any single parkrun event after that.

Question 6 - Tell us your memorable moment at parkrun.

Every parkrun event is memorable for me. However, one memorable moment that i can’t forget is bringing my five-year-old daughter to parkrun and completing parkrun with her. Despite she didn’t have proper running shoes, she kept on running non-stop for the first 3 kilometres. This really surprised me and I was very impressed with my daughter’s achievement that day.

Question 7 - What do you think about volunteering at parkrun?

I would say volunteering at parkrun is such my stress reliever. The positive spirit in the volunteers just makes the environment so lively and seriously I just can’t wait for Saturday (parkrunday) to come every week. Volunteering at parkrun indirectly teaches you many things such as managing people. It can be a meaningful life lesson.

Nur Hidayah KHALID (A 5047094)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 3

Number of parkruns volunteered - 11

 

This is the second chapter of "The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun", an Independent Issue brought to you by the Presint 18 parkrun volunteer team. It will feature participants of Presint 18 parkrun regardless of whether that participant runs, walks or volunteers at Presint 18 parkrun.

If Presint 18 parkrun has had an amazing impact on your life or you would like your Presint 18 parkrun story to be shared on the next chapter of "The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun", please get in touch with us at presint18office@parkrun.com or speak to our volunteers any Saturday at Presint 18 parkrun.

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The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun Chapter 1: Jasneshpal KARAMJIT SINGH

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Question 1 - What is a typical day at Presint 18 parkrun?

A typical day starts early in the morning at 6am. Getting up at that time every Saturday is a norm. My brother and I would then drive over to Putrajaya. The roads would be relatively empty as most people are sound asleep on their beds. As soon as we reach, we help out with setting up the run. Both of us regularly volunteer at Presint 18 parkrun. My role has consistently been the First Timers Briefer. It is always nice seeing new faces turning up for parkrun. Once I have delivered the briefing, it’s time to warm up and calm myself down before the 5K run.

Question 2 - What is your parkrun history?

Up to this point, I have completed 32 parkruns in two countries, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. My parkrun journey had its humble beginning at South Manchester parkrun when I was studying in the UK for the past three years. It was a challenge running in extremely cold conditions. After returning to my home country of Malaysia, I initially ran at Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun before becoming a regular at Presint 18 parkrun. Besides that, I have also volunteered 18 times at parkrun. Volunteering is so fulfilling. My favourite roles are Token Sorting and First Timers Briefing. I love doing these roles.

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

I would put Presint 18 Putrajaya above the rest due to its originality and scenic beauty. Located in the administrative centre of Malaysia, the running route is beautiful from start to finish. We always get a big crowd, so it is nice running with other enthusiastic people. The volunteers are also friendly and encouraging. Everyone cheers you on as you are about to finish the race, so that adds the extra motivation you need.

Question 4 - What are your goals at Presint 18?

As simple as it sounds just run every week and challenge myself to improve, not just in terms of Personal Best times but also to see the parkrun grow with more people coming in and becoming regular runners. I try to promote parkrun whenever I can. It’s the best thing that occurs on a Saturday morning.

Question 5 - What would you say to first timers or newbie parkrunners?

Come and give parkrun a try. Waking up early on a Saturday morning and running 5 kilometres may be a big challenge initially. But once you start, you will notice the positive vibes and the desire to challenge yourself. It really does not matter how fast you run or what volunteer role you take up. It is the fact you commit yourself to a healthy lifestyle that will bring better gains to you in the long term. There are runners/volunteers who show up at Putrajaya with their family. It is a common sight to see parents run alongside their kids and push younger ones in stroller, which makes Presint 18 parkrun one for all ages.

Question 6 - Tell us your memorable moment at parkrun.

It has to be the launch of Presint 18 parkrun. Just witnessing three hundred plus people show up with so much energy and excitement for the birth of something new was surreal to see. We also had visitors from all around the parkrun world, so to see everyone come together was satisfying. I was also happy for my brother who was actively involved behind the scenes as a key member to put Presint 18 on the Global parkrun map. I personally didn’t have my best run on that day but safe to say, that launch day will live long in the memory.

Question 7 - What do you think about volunteering at parkrun?

Put it simply, there is no parkrun without volunteers. It is a fun and fulfilling aspect as you can cheer and assist fellow runners. There are a variety of roles that one can take up, from being the barcode scanner to standing in as a marshal. It is exciting to see all the runners go by and as a volunteer, you can give them the added encouragement to challenge themselves throughout the run. Similar to the running milestone t-shirt, you get a milestone t-shirt for volunteering 25 times. Personally, that is a much bigger achievement than any of the 50 or 100 running milestone t-shirts, because it shows your commitment to the running community. The commitment of wanting to contribute by helping others.

 

Jasneshpal KARAMJIT SINGH (A 1900270)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 32

Number of parkruns volunteered - 18

 

This is the first chapter of "The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun", an Independent Issue brought to you by the Presint 18 parkrun volunteer team. It will feature participants of Presint 18 parkrun regardless of whether that participant runs, walks or volunteers at Presint 18 parkrun.

If Presint 18 parkrun has had an amazing impact on your life or you would like your Presint 18 parkrun story to be shared on the next chapter of "The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun", please get in touch with us at presint18office@parkrun.com or speak to our volunteers any Saturday at Presint 18 parkrun.

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