Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #71 Report

All 90 participants and volunteers

All 89 participants and volunteers

It was great to get back to parkrun last Saturday following our event cancellation the previous week. 76 people walked, jogged or ran their way around the course, supported by 13 willing volunteers.

New members welcomed by 'old' ones

New members welcomed by 'old' ones

It was lovely to see 12 new faces experiencing our parkrun for the first time and it was very rewarding to see the smiles on their faces when they achieved the 5km distance, some for the first time.

Smiling Scanner Stephanie

Smiling Scanner Stephanie

It was the weekend to celebrate significant milestone achievements. First up was Stephanie To, who reached her 25th volunteering milestone. Stephanie, has been a wonderful supporter of our parkrun and a big TERIMA KASIH to her. Next up were are two 50 parkrun milestone achievers, Nor Azam and Mark. Nor Azam is the first person to reach 50 through Malaysian only events. Read all about Mark's achievements in this week's parkrun Malaysia newsletter. Lastly was Michael, who has recently completed his 100th parkrun while in Japan, but came back to Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun to celebrate. Thanks for the cakes Michael, they were well worth the wait (!) and really delicious. Congratulations to them all and we look forward to seeing more milestone t-shirts fluttering around in the weeks to come.

Well done on reaching 100 Michael - what an achievement

Well done on reaching 100 Michael - what an achievement!

Those delicious cakes!

Those infamous cakes!

First person home this week was the ever consistent and impressive Julie foreman in a time of 22.08, followed by the lovely Khay Ann in 22.46. Khay Ann barely had time to catch his breath before he was off taking pictures along the course. Farewell to Jet, Khay Ann's son, who has joined in the Taman Pudu Ulu fun for the last 3 weeks while on holiday and achieved a PB for the last two weeks. Safe return to Ireland, Jet, and we hope to welcome you home again soon.

While there were 12 of you that achieved Personal Best times this week, a special mention must go to Edwin and Seng Wei, both aged 15-17, who have demonstrated that regular attendance and hard work can achieve results. Well done to both!

Lovely to see our under 10's completing the course

Lovely to see our under 10's completing the course

Three international tourists joined in the fun: Romilly BAICOIANU and Kirsten MACKENZIE, from Houston and Glasgow respectively, attending parkrun with their families in Malaysia, and a visitor from Brisbane, who unfortunately forgot her printed barcode and didn't register in the results.

Please be aware that after much consideration and in order to achieve a safer event, with the least impact on fellow park users, we have made some permanent changes to the course which will take place from next Saturday.

The simple way to remember the new course is that we only turn left after the black frame/structure. We do three loops in total; 2 big and 1 small (the small one leaves out the step and the U-turn section) and we finish in the normal place but approach the finish line in the opposite direction from which we started. Please have a look at the video link provided if its not clear and please attend the run briefing next weekend. https://youtu.be/kKmTp77uMTI

Selamat Deepavali to all who celebrated and we hope to have celebrations of our own this Saturday. You are invited to wear traditional clothing or bright colours to join in the fun.

 

Volunteer antics

Volunteer antics

Last but not least thank you to our amazing volunteers who helped out last weekend .We would love to have our rota filled a month in advance, indeed we have a couple of positions still not filled for this week. Why not consider joining us? We are a friendly bunch and will make sure and support you, especially if it's your first time. Please contact us at tamanpuduulu@parkrun.com and let us know your parkrun ID, what position you would like and when. Having people who volunteer ensures the sustainability of parkrun.

Smiling happy faces

Smiling happy faces

 

Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #70 Report

We held our 70th parkrun event at Taman Pudu Ulu on 12th October, with a healthy total of 66 participants and our enthusiastic team of 15 volunteers. We welcomed eight new parkrun first timers as well as five UK and four Australian visitors. One of our visitors, Justin Alfredson , from Brisbane, also celebrated his 50th parkrun milestone with us.
First finisher was Mike Fowlds, visiting from Sydney, in a time of 21:00, followed by a very close sprint finish between our regular parkrunner Farizul Othman and David Barnes, visiting from Southampton, UK. Farizal held on to finish in 21:20, but missed his PB by 1 second, whilst David finished in 21:22, but recorded this week’s highest age-graded result of 77.77%. First female finisher was Ashley Chee, with a great effort to record a new PB of 23:03, followed by Esmae Burditt in 24:02 and Caitlin Noble in 27:46 (just 2 seconds off her PB!). Other notable achievements were by juniors Felix Burditt, who improved his PB by over a minute to 23:54 and Isabella Stacey-Swale who improved her PB by an amazing 18 minutes in only her third parkrun. Meanwhile May Yee Chen and Jet Yeo both improved their best times by more than 1 minute and Joe Earl-Spurr recorded his third PB in 5 events.
As usual our event relied on our team of volunteers – a big thank you to: Emer BREEN, Esmae BURDITT, Felix BURDITT, Pek Wai CHOI, Pek Yit CHOI, Pei Yong GAN, Jia Hern LIM, Shu Chen LIM, Colin MURRAY, Caroline MURRAY, Erin Rabiatul Charmein NOOR CHAMAN, Ellen SUPPIAH, Fion THEIN, Soo Sim Stephanie TO, Khay Ann YEO.

Please note that Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun is cancelled this coming Saturday, 19th October, due to another large event in the park, but we will be back the following week on 26th October, so hope to see lots of smiling faces at the start line then.
We have a number of volunteer slots unfilled over the coming weeks (you can check this on the “volunteer” tab of our web home page), so if you would like to help out, please contact us at tamanpuduulu@parkrun.com or at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/tamanpuduuluparkrun/
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 26th October, spread the word and bring your friends along - and PLEASE DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

Farizal leads the way

Farizal leads the way

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50 milestone achiever Justin

50 milestone achiever Justin

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Thanks to all our volunteers!

Thanks to all our volunteers!

 

Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun Event #69 Report

In the first fifteen years of its existence parkrun has gone from a few runners gathering in Bushy Park, London to a global phenomenon where runners, walkers and volunteers gather early on Saturday mornings in more than 1400 locations across 21 different countries to enjoy 5km of exercise together.

This week 84 parkrunners and 12 volunteers from Kuala Lumpur and five different countries gathered at TPU for event #69. In good running and walking conditions, ten participants achieved new PBs for the regular TPU course and seven people completed parkrun for the very first time. Special mentions go to TPU regular Mark Phillips for completing 50 parkruns and to visitor from Australia Phil Tweed for completing a staggering 296 parkruns.

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Stephanie with our new parkrunners

 

We were also pleased to be joined by a deaf parkrunner too. parkrun Taman Pudu Ulu would be really appreciative of any regular participant who either has the skills to sign for the deaf or who has the contact details of any local organisation that could help with signing. Regulars might like to know that two of our regular parkrun directors have been trained as guides for blind runners.

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Anne spreading the parkrun love to others in the park

Please enjoy the photos of the event posted on the facebook page, thanks as always to Khay Ann, and see you again soon for event #70.

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Erin and Ibrahin

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Brotherly love

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Gan Pye modelling her new 50 parkrun milestone t-shirt

 

TPU Event #68

The 68th TPU event took place after 3 weeks hiatus due to air quality issues in Malaysia. The regular participants and visitors were equally overjoyed that the run could take place at last with an AQI reading less than 100.

We had 73 participants with 19 First Timer participants including 5 participants Harry BUSH, Greg PARRY, Shauna WILSON, Lucy HOLT and Sumitra SENA taking part in their first ever parkrun and 10 participants with PB’s. Paul ARGALL a first timer to TPU, was the first male participant with a time of 18:51 followed by Charlie DODD in a time of 20:31 The first female runner was Rebecca AMOS in a time of 23:43 followed by Asley WANG with a time of 25:10.

All of this would not have been possible without the 10 amazing orange vest wearing volunteers who tirelessly set up the course, waved and encouraged the runners. Thank you to Colin MURRAY • Mark PHILLIPS • Khay Ann YEO • Gandhi SUPPIAH • Robin LAWRENCE • Beatrix LAWRENCE • Pei Yong GAN • Christina LEE • Sheila BAICOIANU • Chee Chyuan ANG. 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 YOUR BARCODE.

Volunteers thanking the wind for the good air quality

Volunteers thanking the wind for the good air quality

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Robin, next week's RD in action!

Robin, next week's RD in action!

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