Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event No #39

Taman Pudu Ulu Event #39 had 58 persons who ran, jogged and walked the course. It was great to see 8 first timers to Taman Pudu Ulu, of which 4 runners were doing their first ever parkrun. We welcomed international visitors from Australia, South Africa and UK. 11 runners recorded new Personal Bests and representatives from 5 different clubs took part.

Aidan Edmanson has been steadily improving and beat his previous week's time, recording a PB in a time of 20.54 and our first lady in was the age grade course record holder, Julie Foreman. Congratulations to them, for their consistency and improvement in their times. Special mention to Calvin Fong and Mark Phillips for improving their times by a significant amount and recording new PB's.

The parkrun community welcomes anyone irrespective of how fast or slow they take for 5km. We always have a volunteer tailwalker who will finish in last place. If you're considering joining but not sure you can do all of 5km, its ok to try and if you don't manage the whole distance, come back and try again next week. Everyone has to start from somewhere.

We are very grateful to all our volunteers who made this event possible.This weeks volunteers were; Emer BREEN • Georgina SCAMBLER • Claudia DOBSON • Khay Ann YEO • Rafael DOBSON • Ellen SUPPIAH • Gandhi SUPPIAH • Abbey FEWELL • Anne WENG • Hannah COLE • Khoo KAY HAO • Mohd Zairy ABDULLAH • Erin Rabiatul Charmein NOOR CHAMAN

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Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun #38 Event Report

Event #38 at Taman Pudu Ulu had 61 persons who ran, jogged and walked the course. It was fantastic to see 13 first timers to Taman Pudu Ulu, of which 6 runners were doing their first ever parkrun. We welcomed international visitors mainly from Australia. 12 participants recorded new Personal Bests and representatives from 5 different clubs took part.

Todd Thornback smashed his previous week's time, recording a PB in a time of 18.22 and similarly first lady was Abbey Fewell also crushed her time with a PB time of 20.08. Congratulations to them, for their consistency and improvement in their times. I also would like to make a special mention of Nur Rasyiqah Abu Hassan who improved her time by nearly two minutes arriving at PB time of 37.03.

The parkrun community welcomes anyone irrespective of how fast or slow they take for 5km. We always have a volunteer tailwalker who will finish in last place. If you're considering joining but not sure you can do all of 5km, its ok to try and if you don't manage the whole distance, come back and try again next week. Everyone has to start from somewhere.

We are very grateful to all our volunteers who made this event possible. This week Ellen Suppiah achieved her 25 volunteer milestone, thank you Ellen for your continuous support at Taman Pudu Ulu.  This weeks volunteers were; Pek Yit CHOI, Pek Wai CHOI, Hannah COLE, Calvin FONG, Khoo KAY HAO, Colin MURRAY, Bryan ONG, Brenda ONG, Stacey ONG, Ellen SUPPIAH, Gandhi SUPPIAH, Soo Sim Stephanie TO and Khay Ann YEO.

Thank you to our Volunteers

Thank you to our Volunteers

Some of our top 10 finishers

Some of our top 10 finishers

 

 

 

 

Group photo before starting

Group photo before starting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun #37 Event Report

We welcomed 77 participants to run, jog or walk parkrun Taman Pudu Ulu Event #37 last Saturday. It was wonderful to see 21 first timers in total, thank you for finding us and we hope you spread the parkrun word to your friends. One of these first timers was participating in the under 10 category! A massive well done to him. We had international tourists visiting from Brisbane, Perth, Scotland, England and Jersey, defying jetlag and joining us for their first Malaysian parkrun.

First male to arrive home, was Todd Thornback in a time of 18.37 and first lady was Abbey Fenwell in a time of 22.32. Congratulations to them, for their achievements. The parkrun community welcomes anyone irrespective of how fast or slow they take for 5km. We always have a volunteer tailwalker who will finish in last place. If you're considering joining but not sure you can do all of 5km, its ok to try and if you don't manage the whole distance, come back and try again next week. Everyone has to start from somewhere.

Many thanks to those who have volunteered this week.

Colin MURRAY • Emer BREEN • Khay Ann YEO • Kamala Devi KALIAPAN • Bavatareni GOBALAKIRSHNA • Ellen SUPPIAH • Gandhi SUPPIAH • Esmae BURDITT • Hannah COLE • Bethan COLE • Stacey ONG • Khoo KAY HAO • Pek Yit CHOI • Pek Wai CHOI • Soo Sim Stephanie TO

We are always on the lookout for volunteers and have places available on the 26th January and beyond. If you think you can help please contact us on tamanpuduuluhelpers@parkrun.com. We gave full training for each role. There is research from the UK that volunteering at parkrun helps people feel a strong sense of community, a sense of achievement and can improve mental health. Please think about giving it a try.

If you would like to share your parkrun stories with us please contact us at the email address above. We look forward to hearing from you.

A selection of our favourite photos for the week:

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Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #36 Run Report

What a great start to 2019 at Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun! 72 runners, joggers and walkers made a healthy start to the New Year – 50% of whom were female 18 BP’s 14 First Timers – 6 taking part in their first ever parkrun 12 fantastic volunteers 9 visitors – from UK , Russia and New Zealand 5 runners from Queensville Rangers - our top club 1 milestone runner Despite the festive season, it seems that a lot of extra training had been happening as we had no less than 18 PB’s, which amazingly included 5 of our first 7 finishers. First to finish was Jacob Maddison, visiting from Sussex, UK, in a time of 18:09, closely followed by Todd Thornback, taking 20 seconds off his previous PB, in 18:28, with David Townley 3rd home in 19:38. Our two fastest ladies had a close run, with Abbey Fewell finally pulling away to finish in 20:20, taking a remarkable 39 seconds off her PB, followed by Daria Salnikova, in 21:25, improving on her debut TPU run of last week by 52 seconds. Ashley Chee was 3rd to finish among the ladies in a very steady 23:31. Other notable achievements included Mohd Zaki Ahmad, who has made an amazing improvement in her times every week from 54:46 to 31:44 in only 4 parkruns, and YC Yap, our most senior runner, who got his third PB in a month at 39:21. We also had a milestone achievement by our junior runner Felix Burditt, who ran his 10th parkrun to earn his “Junior 10” t-shirt. Not only is Felix one of our regular runners, but he’s also helped out 3 times as a volunteer – well done! A special thank you to the 12 volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible: Emer BREEN, Esmae BURDITT, Felix BURDITT, Carla BUTTERFIELD, Pek Yit CHOI, Pek Wai CHOI, Caroline MURRAY, Colin MURRAY, Ellen SUPPIAH, Todd THORNBACK, Anne WENG, Khay Ann YEO We need volunteers in order to be able to hold our events - so if you are able to help, you can contact us at tamanpuduhelpers@parkrun.com or at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/tamanpuduuluparkrun/ We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday, spread the word and bring your friends along - and please remember to bring your barcode.

First start of 2019

First start of 2019

Felix finishes his 10th parkrun

Felix finishes his 10th parkrun

Abbey and Daria

Abbey and Daria

Rasyiqah and Faizul running happy

Rasyiqah and Faizul running happy

Thanks to all our volunteers

Thanks to all our volunteers

 

The People of Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun – Gobalakrishna GOVINDASAMY

Bala at Singleton parkrun Australia

A picture of Bala, at Singleton parkrun, in Australia.

 

Describe yourself?

I am a 52 year old runner who loves all sports and play most games, but age is envying me and I had to reduce to jogging and running after a few injuries playing contact sports. I like meeting people, having fun, travelling, running and more running!

How did you get to hear about parkrun?

got to know about parkrun while I was working in Canberra in 2015. After injuring my knee and sitting in an office environment for close to 5 years, I was trying to find motivation and reason to get up and run daily. My boss and a very dear friend, Matt Nash who himself is a marathoner and an ultra-runner introduced it to me. He said ‘… mate try parkrun… it’s a 5k run… every Saturday, rain or shine at 0800… that will get you back to your running routine and improve your timing.” (Editor's note in Malaysia it starts at 0730!)  As the Aussies say, I had a go at it and my first parkrun was event number 120 at Tuggeranong Parkrun on 13 June 2015. It was -1 degrees C in winter but 166 eager runners turned out for the run. It was fun and I enjoyed the 5k run in the cold weather. I always loved the Tuggeranong track; an out and back run which is in a beautiful park. That first run did the trick and by December 2017,  I did 100 parkruns and 6 half marathons in Australia. I even got my wife, son and daughter to join me for the runs.

As I was moving back home,  I was searching ways to get a parkrun in Malaysia. This is where another Malaysian Nazmy Zainal who was a parkrunner in East Sale introduced me to the Malaysian Parkrun Discussion group. So, when I came back to Kuala Lumpur, I got in contact with them and the rest is history.

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?

Meeting like-minded people who love to challenge themselves on a Saturday morning, doing a run around a park! parkrun is also a great way to see the country. When I was Down Under, it was a good reason to travel every Saturday. I did travel to 3 states and ran at 22 different events. Different people, different events, different climate but with common interest….. HEALTH. Each had its own unique way of enticing you to enjoy the 5k runs.

What is your favourite parkrun moment?

Probably my 50th run. Then when I did my 100th it became my fav I guess. But, getting up early and off to the park with my wife and children beats it many times over.

What are your personal parkrun goals?

To get the green 250 parkrun t shirt! That’s a long way to go. Dip to 22 min PB is my 2019 target. Getting more of my families and friends to join me for the runs would be great.

What are your hopes for parkrun in Malaysia?

I believe it has moved along very well. The 2 years of planning, searching, trying, running (and cycling) by the tireless Malaysian parkrun team has paid off nicely. We now have 2 parkrun events in Malaysia. I would to see one parkrun event in every state. A few more in Kuala Lumpur itself. That would be great.

How would you encourage first timers to come along to our parkrun?

Bring a friend or a family member. Have fun. Enjoy. That eases your way to break the ice. Make new friends with the parkrun family. We are there to run/walk with you. Don’t worry about the timing. You could always do your PB next week, you have 53 more runs in a year to do!

 

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Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #35 report

Last Saturday, determined to keep going despite end of year festivities, 64 parkrunners joined our 5km run, walk or jog at Taman Pudu Ulu.

Among these 64 people, we had 16 first timers at Taman Pudu Ulu, six of whom came to parkrun for the first time. We hope you enjoyed the experience and will come back to join us next year. 11 of these first timers were from overseas including Russia, England, Scotland, Australia, Brunei and Singapore and it was lovely to see so many of them come and join us for Roti Canai, at Restoran Haava afterwards.

The following wonderful people helped bring about parkrun event #35. A big thank you to them.

Sheng Yang CHIAM • Emer BREEN • Khay Ann YEO • Ellen SUPPIAH • Gandhi SUPPIAH • James WILLIS • Esmae BURDITT • Stacey ONG • Pek Yit CHOI • Pek Wai CHOI • Brenda ONG • Calvin FONG • Mohd Zairy ABDULLAH

Congratulations to David Townley and Julie Foreman, who have consistently finished among the top finishers every week they have attended and who came first male and female this week. Special mention to the Fong brothers, Ian and Yue Xing for their consistent attendance and both obtaining PB's by a massive 7 and 15 minutes respectively in a matter of 5 weeks. Our ever smiling Mr Yap also ran his fastest time too as did Roslin Ahmad Hiloni, Mohamad Suwairi Deraman, Becky Thomason, Sreekant Pillai, Siew Yin Algie Chia and Tan Geok Lan. Congratulations to them all.

Drawing to the end of 2018 it is time to reflect on the last eight months since parkrun Malaysia launched in Taman Pudu Ulu. We appreciate the support that we have had from the Landscape and Sports Departments in DBKL, from Mr. Gan the parkranger and his staff, and all the Security and Police in the park. Most of all we thank each and every one of the 727 of you that have taken part and are indebted to the 105 people that have volunteered to make our event on Saturday morning happen. Please keep volunteering, it is very rewarding! We are grateful to have an average of 9 international visitors each week and appreciate the role each of you have in welcoming them, and to all on your travels, including our roving reporter Robert Jamieson, thank you for being great role models for parkrun Malaysia. Special thanks to Khay Ann whose high quality photos week in, week out provide special memories. Let's hope that 2019 is one we continue to grow and encourage our community to come together on a Saturday morning and make friendships through physical activity in our lovely Taman Pudu Ulu.

A selection of photos from our event last Saturday.

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