The People of Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun – Priya Suppiah

Priya Marshaling

Priya Marshaling

This week we introduce 15 year old Priya Suppiah as the latest to feature in The People of Taman Pudu Ulu. Priya has completed 23 parkrun events in total, beginning when she lived in England with her family. Since moving back to Malaysia, she has joined us for 11 parkruns at Taman Pudu Ulu. Despite being only fifteen years old, Priya has volunteered on 13 occasions, and  is particularly famous for her role at Marshal 2 position on the Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun course. Many visitors have highlighted Priya for the support and encouragement she provides. Over to Priya:IMG_2001 How would you describe yourself? I am very determined and competitive when it comes to most aspects of life. I love rock climbing and running. I am also a cross country runner though I also can compete in track events. How did you get to hear about parkrun? I learnt about parkrun from my Mum who heard about it through her running group so she took us along. Where was your first parkrun? My first parkrun was very cold. It  was still spring in England when we started so it was very chilly. It was quite hard for me because at this point I wasn't really a runner but it was fun and a nice environment. Who do you come to parkrun with? I always go with my mum and dad, every once in a blue moon my brother might join us. What has parkrun done for you? parkrun has really improved my fitness abilities as well as my 5km time and helped me gain new confidence in my running that I never used to have. What is your favourite thing about parkrun? I love the community aspect of parkrun at the fact that a lot of people there feel like some kind of extended family, also the fact we get food at the end is very nice. Do you have a favourite parkrun moment? My favourite moment was when I cut my PB down from 31 to 27 minutes, I had been trying so hard at that point to get a sub 30 and to suddenly get something so much lower compared to my usual was just so lovely. What are your personal parkrun goals? My aim to try and get a sub 21 minute for 5km or even a sub 20 but something around those times I would be so happy about. What are your hopes for parkrun in Malaysia? I hope that parkrun in Malaysia can grow so that most people in Malaysia can wake up on a Saturday to go and run a parkrun and have fun. It is a very enjoyable and supportive environment and I want everybody to be able to have fun running or walking their 5kms. How would you encourage first timers to come along to our parkrun? I would reassure them that at parkrun there is no such thing as a bad time, even not finishing isn't bad so come along because whatever you get you're going to be praised and see how much fun joining in can be.

 

Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #46 Report

It was a busy morning for our 68 eager participants and 12 fantastic volunteers at event #46 on 23rd March. Due to the late running of another event in the park, we shared parts of our route with another group of runners, joggers and walkers, but thanks to everyone’s courtesy and consideration and a great job by our marshals Khay Ann, Pei Yong, Geok Lan, Lor Che and Emer, all was completed safely and without incident.
We welcomed 17 TPU first timers, including 9 people doing their first ever parkrun and 8 overseas visitors: Jake, Jessica, Helen, Mark and Paul from UK, Erin and Andrew from Australia, and Laura from Germany. Helen and Mark are serious parkrun tourists, having participated in 82 different parkruns and Mark made a video of his run, which we hope to share online soon.
The Cole family had multiple reasons to celebrate, with John reaching his parkrun 50 milestone by completing the entire course with party balloons attached (and providing chocolate brownies for everyone at the finish) whilst Bethan bagged a PB and Hannah volunteered for the 9th time in the last 10 events – a great effort! We were able to display the fantastic parkrun milestone flags, gifted from parkrun South Africa, to mark both John’s 50 and co-ED Colin’s volunteer 25.
Todd Thornback recorded his 9th TPU first-finish in a time of 21:01, followed by Ong Hou Seng in 21:35, with Jake Mowson 3rd in 22:06. First lady was Michelle Newall in 24:31, followed by Brenda Ong in 25:36 and Laura Mugford in 27:02.
One of the great things about parkrun is that by completing a timed run, jog or walk over the same course each week, you can track your improvement in fitness as your time gets quicker and a PB is recorded. It was notable that many of the 10 PB’s this week were by our regular parkrunners who have been coming to TPU for a number of months, but are still seeing improvements in their times: Nor Azam As Safar Haron (25 TPU parkruns), Caroline Murray (18 TPU parkruns), Bethan Cole (17 TPU parkruns), Razyiqah Abu Hassan (16 TPU parkruns), Erin Noor Chaman(15 TPU parkruns) , Ian Fong (13 TPU parkruns) and Joseph Tan (11 TPU parkruns).
A special thank you to the 12 volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible: Emer BREEN, Sheng Yang CHIAM, Pek Yit CHOI, Pek Wai CHOI, Hannah COLE, Pei Yong GAN, Tan GEOK LAN, Tan LORRIN, Colin MURRAY, Caroline MURRAY, Lor Che TAN, 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 tamanpuduulu@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 don’t forget to bring your barcode.

John celebrating his parkrun 50 milestone with Hannah and Bethan

John celebrating his parkrun 50 milestone with Hannah and Bethan

Our visitors Mark, Helen and Laura

Our visitors Mark, Helen and Laura

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parkrun Taman Pudu Ulu Event Report #45

We were delighted that we had 122 parkrunners in attendance last Saturday, young and old,  all taking part at Taman Pudu Ulu's 45th parkrun. 33 of this crowd, joined us for the first time, which is amazing , and 17 of our regulars recorded a Personal Best (PB) time. Visitors hailed from Australia, Scotland, Bahrain, England, Ireland and Poland.

Two junior parkrunners, in particular, stood out this week. The first, Rupert, was complemented highly by several participants including a visitor, for his support and encouragement provided to parkrunners on the course.

Wonderfully enthusiastic Rupert tidying up post event

Wonderfully enthusiastic Rupert tidying up post event

The second was Jim, who was thrilled to complete the 5km course for the very first time.

According to volunteer Ellen Suppiah:

' I was very proud to accompany Jim and his mum Vicky Kerrigan for their first parkrun ever, at TPU on Saturday. Jim would say that he can't/doesn't run and yet he completed the full 5kms walk/jogging it. He enjoyed the lovely supportive, friendly environment so much that I believe he hopes to return on the 23rd with his Mum, Dad & little sister. This is what parkrun is all about.'

Jim and proud mum Vicky

Jim and proud mum Vicky

Well done to both boys and we would love to encourage you to bring your children to parkrun, teaching them resilience and giving them the joy of exercise in our beautiful park. Please remember though that under 11's must be within arms distance of an adult a all times.

Craig Smitherman, a visitor from Norfolk in England, was first man home on Saturday with a time of 20:26 and our very own Julie Foreman, fresh off the back of her victory at Malaysia Women's marathon, finished in 21:17. It was really exhilarating to witness the battle for 3rd and 4th place between our regulars Mohd Helmee Bin Nasar Zheng Yong Lim, both securing a personal best time in the process. Well done all.

Well done to Nor Azam and Edwin Lawrence, who both achieved a PB on their 30th parkrun and to our consistent attend Muhamad Suwairi Deraman who has improved his time by 5 minutes in the last four months.

Nor Azam reaching 30 parkruns and a PB

Nor Azam reaching 30 parkruns and a PB

Muhamad Suwairi on his way to a PB

Muhamad Suwairi on his way to a PB

 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Emer BREEN, Carla BUTTERFIELD, May Yee CHEN, Hannah COLE, Bavatareni GOBALAKIRSHNA, Loghalechumi GOBALAKIRSHNA, Gobalakrishna GOVINDASAMY, Kamala Devi KALIAPAN, Rupert LAWRENCE, Caroline MURRAY, Colin MURRAY, Anne WENG, Khay Ann YEO.

Balal and his volunteering family

Balal and his volunteering family

 

We are short of volunteers for the 23rd March event. Please contact us on tamanpuduulu@parkrun.com if you can help out.

A few reminders;

1) We are sorry to say that we are cancelled next Saturday 16th March. There is a competing event in the park and vehicles on the paths.Your health and safety are our number one priority.

2) We have had a complaint from an elderly park user who has felt particular uncomfortable with the faster runners. Please remember that our continued use of the park depends on our respect for fellow park users, and we must slow down or stop if needs be.

3) Last weekend, we had numerous requests to scan barcodes off mobile phones. Please don't ask us to do this. These are parkrun worldwide rules. Please print out a barcode and bring along each week

 

Who can resist a post parkrun selfie?

Who can resist a post parkrun selfie?

 

parkrun Taman Pudu Ulu part of a parkrun World Record?

We think we may have witnessed a parkrun world record in the making at Taman Pudu Ulu Parkrun this morning. Meet @Greg Lloyd from Canberra, Australia who has managed an amazing 8 consecutive parkruns, in 8 weeks in 8 different countries!

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His first was at Duffins Trail parkrun in Canada where he came home in number one position in a temperature of -11ºC, followed by Anacostia parkrun in Washington DC. No 3 was in Foro Italico parkrun in Sicily (fuelled by delicious pizza) No 4 in Amager Strandpark parkrun in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, No 5 in Nidda parkrun - Frankfurt, Germany. No 6 took place in his home parkrun in Ginninderra parkrun, Australia where he recuperated before making a weekend dash to New Zealand Western Springs parkrun and finally to crown it off Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun, Malaysia. If that doesn't make you feel tired, it's back to work for Greg on Monday morning. Well done Greg on this amazing feat!

While Greg being very diplomatic wouldn't tell us which was his favourite parkrun, he did admit that the Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Malaysian breakfast was his favourite! When asked what about adding number nine to his collection next Saturday Greg denies this will happen. However, we've suggested he might want to check out parkrun Singapore!

Greg enjoying his post parkrun Malaysian breakfast

Greg enjoying his post parkrun Malaysian breakfast

 

Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #44 Report

It was a very special day at Taman Pudu Ulu this week as we remembered and celebrated the life of Evelyn Ang Loo, also known to many as Missyblurkit, who was part of our original team and who tragically passed away one year ago. Evelyn had a great fondness for running in a tutu and wearing bright pink colours and it was great to see so many of our participants decked out in these items. We were also really touched that Evelyn’s husband Dennis and two friends, Michelle and Cynthia joined us for the day – we hope you will come back and join us again in the future.
We had a fabulous turnout of 84 participants who completed the 5km course this week and of course many thanks to the 16 volunteers who made our parkrun possible.
There were 18 first timers at TPU, including 6 people doing their first ever parkrun and it was great to welcome 13 overseas visitors, including Cathy Fraser and Des Husin from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who were impressively fast while pushing their young son in a stroller, and Jos Bartlett from Tring, UK, who persuaded partner Jamie King to do his first ever parkrun with us – hopefully the first of many.
First to finish was Mark Palser, visiting from Milton Keynes, in 18:37, followed by our regular speedster Todd Thornback in 19:00. Third was another UK visitor, Will Goodacre, from Lincoln, who finished in 19:08. First finisher for the ladies was Ashley Chee, in a time of 23:22, who not only reached her “Junior 10” milestone, but also got a new PB – well done Ashley! Second and third were Cathy Fraser in 24:35 and Jos Bartlett in 24:51. In total we had an impressive 19 PB’s – special mention to Emily Hopkinson who was our 3,000th finisher at TPU and celebrated with a PB of 27:17 and to Gandhi Suppiah, who improved his PB to 26:33 while wearing a tutu – we expect to see him wearing one every week! Other notable achievements were from Erin Noor Chaman, who has improved her time by 10 minutes over the past three months and Shiao Chin Ang, who improved her PB by a minute to 29:50.
A special thank you to the 16 volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible: Emer BREEN, Ayda BUTTERFIELD, Carla BUTTERFIELD, Hannah COLE, Khoo KAY HAO, Alexandra LAWRENCE, Eldred Sia Liang LEE, Tan LORRIN, Caroline MURRAY, Colin MURRAY, Stacey ONG, Brenda ONG, Ellen SUPPIAH, Priya SUPPIAH, 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 tamanpuduulu@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 don’t forget to bring your barcode.

Dennis with Michelle and Cynthia

Dennis with Michelle and Cynthia

Gandhi doing his "tutu assisted" PB

Gandhi doing his "tutu assisted" PB

Des and son

Des and son

Tutus on parade

Tutus on parade

Thanks to all our volunteers!

Thanks to all our volunteers!

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