The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun Chapter 6: Noor Haryana PAZIM & Muhamad Zaki MUSA

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Question 1 - What is a typical day for the both of you at parkrun?

Eventhough we go for a run with our friends on Friday evening, we still make sure we get to Presint 18 parkrun the next morning. After completing our Fajr prayer, we get ready for parkrun. We usually ensure that breakfast is ready for our kids before we leave the house.

We are extremely excited for parkrun every week as we get to meet the regulars as well as new first timers and visitors. When we first met other parkrunners for the first time, we just politely smiled at them. But now we have made long-lasting friendships with those same people.

Everyone who comes to parkrun has the same mindset, ‘running’. This mindset together with the social aspect of parkrun will live long at Presint 18 parkrun.

Question 2 - Tell us about your parkrun history.

We got to know about Presint 18 parkrun from Norbee Shireen who regularly runs at Presint 18 parkrun. We then googled parkrun, got to know more about it and the rest is history. We have never regretted signing up.

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

We live in Bangi, about 18 minutes from Presint 18 parkrun. Hence, it is close and convenient for us. Plus, the view you get at Presint 18 parkrun is to die for!

Question 4 - What are your parkrun goals?

We want to achieve PBs every week. It’s like a unit of measurement. A measurement on how much effort and how far we have got in keeping fit and leading a healthy lifestyle. We have 7 children. Juggling kids, home-making and work isn’t easy for the both of us. All we wished for is to have extra energy and stamina to go through the day with a breeze.

Question 5 - As one of Presint 18 parkrun’s regular parkrunning couple, what you say to first time or newbie parkrunning couples?

parkrun is not a competition. Just come with the mindset of wanting to chill and have fun with your partner. And over time you will notice that parkrun couples are the most romantic parkrunners!

Question 6 - Tell us a memorable moment for the both of you at parkrun.

Achieving PBs, it’s all about competing with yourself and not others. I have had 5 PBs and Zaki has had 4 PBs thus far.

Feeling good looking at happy faces regardless of age, gender, race, religion and social status. We both feel this every week at parkrun.

The bonding between husband and wife. It isn’t easy to squeeze in ‘us time’ with 7 children hence parkrun provides us the ‘us time’ we crave for every Saturday morning. Thank you, parkrun!

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

Volunteering at parkrun brings a sense of fulfillment as we donate our time and effort for a good cause. It is also a chance to give moral support to first timers as well as regular runners. That cheering that volunteers do at the finish line is priceless for both the runner and the volunteer. I reiterate it is truly a priceless moment for all. After all, it is a great way to start the day. We are happy that we will have the opportunity to volunteer at Presint 18 parkrun for the first time in April.

Noor Haryana PAZIM (A 5070599)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 11

Number of parkruns volunteered – 0

Muhamad Zaki MUSA (A 5068480)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 15

Number of parkruns volunteered – 0

 

This is the sixth 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.

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The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun Chapter 5: Norbee Shireen ABDUL HAMID & family

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Question 1 - What is a typical day at parkrun?

Before going to bed on Friday night, I prepare mentally and physically for parkrun the next morning because waking my children up early in the morning is never easy. I usually ask them to go to bed early. It was a bit difficult for me to manage the children for the first few weeks as they are accustomed to waking up around 10am on the weekend. After attending about 4 parkrun events, the children have finally understood that Saturday is parkrunday. Nowadays, it is the children that wake me up for parkrun especially on those days when I tell them that their friends will also be coming to parkrun.

We set off for Presint 18 when the whole family is ready and usually arrive around 7.15am. We set up the stroller for the youngest child and do some light stretching before the start at 7.30am. The event is really fun and safe as parkrun has marshals along the route and a tail walker to make sure no one is left behind. Also, the scenery along the route is awesome!

The best part of parkrun is the breakfast session after the run. There, my family can catch up with everyone and share everything including our meal!

Question 2 - What is the family’s parkrun history?

The truth is the whole family didn’t know about the existence of parkrun. I came across it when Perbadanan Putrajaya’s post about Presint 18 parkrun popped up on my Facebook timeline sometime last year. Since then, we started to collect more information about parkrun. What attracted us about parkrun was that we don’t have to pay a registration fee to take part. Just register, print the barcode and you are all set! Your time will also be recorded! Our very first parkrun was on 3 November 2018, the launch of Presint 18 parkrun. Now, parkrun is a “wajib” event for our family.

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

We choose Presint 18 parkrun because it is close to our house. And of course, the beautiful scenery!

Question 4 - What is the family’s parkrun goals?

Our ultimate goal is to stay fit and live a healthy life. Furthermore, we would like to attend parkrun every week and make it into the parkrun 50 club by the end of 2019. My son has already joined the parkrun 10 club being the first junior from Presint 18 parkrun to do so & one of the few from Malaysia to have achieve such a feat.

Question 5 - As stroller runners, what would you and your husband advise first time or newbie stroller parkrunners?

To all first time and newbie stroller parkrunners, you do not need to own a jogger stroller in order to start stroller running/jogging. Just bring whatever stroller you have to parkrun and have fun. Don’t forget your child! The run route is family and stroller friendly. Make sure when you run with a stroller, you attach the harness/safety belt. If your child wants to run, let him/her run and have fun. But remember, at parkrun under 11s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Don’t let them run alone. Safety first!

Question 6 - How do the children feel about parkrun?

My children are very excited about parkrun because they know all their friends will be there. The can play with them after the run and participate in some post-event activities for example the group photo and birthday celebrations which usually has cakes/brownies. My 3-year-old daughter has even requested to celebrate her 4th birthday at parkrun. They really enjoy it to the max!

Question 7 - How does your mother feel about parkrun and/or does she have a message for senior female first time or newbie parkrunners (over the age of 55)?

The doctor has advised my mother, who is 59, to carry out some exercises such as brisk walking in order to keep fit and stay healthy. 5km is not an easy distance for my mother and at first, she thought she would not be able to complete the whole distance. She kept walking and completed her first parkrun in 1 hour 9 minutes. Last week, on 16 March, my mother recorded a time of 52 minutes hence improving her time by 17 minutes in the past 4 months. We are all very proud of her. To date, she has already completed 13 parkrun events. Presint 18 parkrun makes her perspire a lot. She feels great and full of energy after parkrun. Her message to all senior citizen in Putrajaya is to come and join parkrun every Saturday morning. It will make you happy and healthy because parkrun is not just a running event, it is also a platform where we can meet new people and share everything especially the common goal to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Question 8 - Tell us a memorable moment for the family at parkrun.

Every week at parkrun is a memorable one! But the most memorable moment was when my son joined the parkrun 10 club becoming the first junior from Presint 18 parkrun to achieve such a milestone. Well done, Aniq!

Question 9 - As members of the Malaysia Stroller Runners Community (MSRC), parkrun Malaysia’s second largest club (78-registered runners, 215 runs recorded to date), what impact has the club brought to parkrun in Malaysia?

Togetherness. The culture of MSRC is family-oriented. How do we engage with our kids? When we gather, we spend our time with other parents sharing stories, knowledge, tips on everything especially productive ways to engage with our kids via running/jogging. We encourage and inspire other runners to bring their kids along when they decide to go for a run. Having kids should not be an excuse not to run. We are glad to see that Presint 18 parkrun and MSRC have same principles.

Question 10 - What does the family think about volunteering at parkrun?

Volunteering at parkrun is fun and good as we can contribute something back to the community. The volunteers make parkrun happen and ensure its smoothness. We can choose do anything for example being a pacer, marshal, timekeeper, barcode scanner, tail walker and etc. Other than that, we can make it to parkrun 25 volunteer club if we manage to volunteer 25 times. My husband did pacing the other week at Presint 18 parkrun. He felt great, proud and satisfied as he managed to helped other runners achieve a new PB!

Norbee Shireen ABDUL HAMID (A 5063315) – the mother

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 18

Number of parkruns volunteered - 0

Adi Aiman KAMARUDDIN (A 5050108) – the father

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 18

Number of parkruns volunteered – 1

Noraidah OTHMAN (A 5115073) – the grandmother

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 13

Number of parkruns volunteered – 0

Aniq Aqlan ADI AIMAN (A 5135908) – the child

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 16

Number of parkruns volunteered – 0

Aufa Aysha ADI AIMAN (coming soon…) – the child

Number of parkruns ran/walked – coming soon…

Number of parkruns volunteered – coming soon…

 

This is the fifth 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 4: Lianne KRUGER

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

My sister and I normally arrive around 7.15am. We do a bit of stretching, warming up and greeting familiar faces until the Run Director’s Briefing. The run starts at 7.30am and the route is great and very beautiful. Once we are done and have returned the tokens, we will sometimes stay and chat to a few people (some we know and others are new friends).

Question 2 - What is your parkrun history?

I actually joined parkrun around 2014 in my home country, South Africa. But I was a lot younger then and enjoyed sleeping in too much. Hence, I didn’t go very often. But as soon as I saw that there was parkrun in Malaysia, my sister and I decided to give it a try. I am glad we did, it’s now something I look forward to every week!

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

I chose Presint 18 parkrun because it is not too far to travel on Saturday mornings but now, I choose it because of the people and scenery! Everyone is super friendly and encouraging. It is also an enjoyable run with wonderful scenery of the lake, trees and buildings.

Question 4 - What are your goals at Presint 18?

I had a couple of goals for the first few months of this year at Presint 18. The first one was to attend every Saturday this year but unfortunately, I have missed one already. I am hoping it will be the only one I’ll miss. My other goal was to get under 30 minutes which I have already managed to do! Because I’ve smashed one of my goals already, I have come up with a new one: to beat my sister’s parkrun time. She is much faster than me so I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.

Question 5 - What would you say about women participation (an average of 46.3%) at Presint 18 parkrun?

I always check the women participation every week and it’s good to see such a high percentage of women participants. Not only is the participation high but the support and encouragement that goes between the women is amazing! More than once I’ve have started walking from being tired and a fellow woman runner has stopped next to me and pushed me to keep going. That type of support is really incredible!

Question 6 - Tell us your memorable moment at parkrun.

My most memorable time was when I first got under 30 minutes. It was the absolute best feeling and I received good compliments and congratulations from some of the runners. It was awesome!

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

I have only volunteered once but I enjoyed it and will definitely do it again. It was nice being a marshal and encouraging the runners to keep going. It’s also an awesome way to meet new people.

Lianne KRUGER (A 1429483)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 11

Number of parkruns volunteered - 1

 

This is the fourth 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 3: Khairul Azizul JAHI

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

Every Friday night, I prepare my running gear for parkrun. I wake up around 5am on parkrunday. After getting ready, I will ride my motorbike to Presint 18. I usually stop to purchase water on the way. I always make sure I am happy mentally and physically for parkrun. By doing that, I always run better and try to achieve a new PB.

Question 2 - What is your parkrun history?

My first parkrun was during the launch of Presint 18 parkrun on 3 November 2018. I have ran 17 parkruns as of 2 March 2019.  I look forward to Presint 18 parkrun every week and attempt not to miss any parkrun event if possible.

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

When I started running 4 years ago, Putrajaya was my chosen running venue. I have ran almost all possible running routes in Putrajaya and it is one of the most beautiful and safest place to run in Malaysia. The Presint 18 parkrun route is no different and I am happy that parkrun chose Presint 18 as one of their events in Malaysia.

Question 4 - What are your goals at Presint 18?

As a recreational runner, my goals are to keep fit and try to achieve new PBs. At parkrun I want to achieve a sub-20 as well as consistently maintain my parkrun times. I also hope to run Presint 18 parkrun more than 100 times.

Question 5 -What would you say to veteran first timers or newbie parkrunners (over the age of 40)?

For veteran first timers and newbies parkrunners, I urge them to make parkrun as their first step to be healthier. Use it as a platform to get to know other parkrunners as well as a mechanism to teach us how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Question 6 - Tell us your memorable moment at parkrun.

I can’t choose. For me, every Presint 18 parkrun event is memorable. Every event creates happy memories for me.

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

Volunteering at parkrun is fun. By volunteering, we can contribute something back to the community. For example, ensuring that all runners can run safely and happily at parkrun. I believe that every runner needs some form of moral support when running. By volunteering, we can do just that.

Khairul Azizul JAHI (A 5092248)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 17

Number of parkruns volunteered - 4

 

This is the third 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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