19-22 October 2023: Ultra-Trail Chiang Rai (UTCR), highly regarded as one of the most challenging and rewarding trail running events in Asia. It takes place in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai, known for its stunning mountain scenery, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife.
2-3 September 2023: Instinct – TMBT Ultra-trail Marathon 2023 – Sabah, Malayisa. This year I returned to take on the 109km category. The race started from Lingkubang and finished at Kundasang, making you climb a total elevation of 5,700m. The TMBT acronym stands for ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’ referring to the majestic Mont Kinabalu. The race course is set over forest ridges, river valleys and village trails around the base of Mont Kinabalu.
The 7th edition of the Ultimate Trails of Penang ECO 2023 took place over the weekend of 18-20 August 2023 at Bukit Mertajam, in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The inaugural edition of the Penang ECO 100km was the first ever ultra-trail event in West Malaysia back in 2015.
This picture only tells half the story. You may see a moment of triumph through the smile and raised hands as I crossed the finish line. A successful outing.
THE NORTH FACE® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2022 (MMTF) took place in Taiping over the weekend of 25-27 November 2022. It was an international trail race with over 1,500 runners from 31 countries participating in 5 categories – Vertical Kilometre, 13KM, 25KM, 50KM and 100KM.
The 2022 Ultimate Trails of Penang (UTOP) was held over the weekend of 8-9 October at the Northern part of the beautiful Penang Island. The top category 100km, with a total elevation gain of about 6,000m, has the reputation of being the toughest 100km trail ultra in Malaysia.
The Most Beautiful Thing – TMBT Ultra-Trail Marathon was successfully raced on the weekend of 17-18 September 2022, after a two years postponement due to COVID-19. This was the 10th Anniversary chapter. I had the privilege to be a part of this wonderful yet challenging race experience.
More than two years ago, before Covid-19 hit us, I set out a goal to complete a 100km ultra-trail race within 24 hours. Today I can humbly say that I have accomplished that.
It was just before 6 in the morning on 18 December 2021 when the gentle drizzle turned into a medium shower. The first-wave ultra-runners were all waiting at the starting pen, keeping a small distance between each other in compliance with the pandemic standard operating procedure. Personally for me, it took courage just to show up at the starting line.