Trail-ultra Experiences

Ultimate Trails of Penang | 100km | 8-9 Oct 2022

Dubbed as the toughest trail ultra in Malaysia. The race brings you to the beautiful trails, beaches, dams and mountains on the Penang island.

Cameron Ultra | 100km | 16-17 Jul 2022

One of the most decorated trail race in Malaysia covering the mystique forests and beautiful tea plantations in the holiday town of Cameron Highlands. 

Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival | 84km | 18-19 Dec 2021

Held in one of the wettest area in the country, the race brings you up the Maxwell Hill (a.s.l. 1,250m) in Taiping, twice, through two different brutal trails.

 

There were a few other races I participated in 2022 which served as preparation for the 100km trail-ultras. 

  1. The Most Beautiful Thing | 50km | 17-18 Sep 2022
  2. Route 68 Ultra | 100km Road | 21-22 May 2022
  3. Borneo Ultra-Trail Marathon | 50km | 19-20 Mar 2022

Before this blog and my reach at the 100km trail-ultras, I have completed multiple 50km+ trail distances. There were no races for the most part of 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone had to stay home and stay safe.

  1. Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival | 55km | 13 Dec 2019
  2. The Great Malaya Trail | 50km | 19-20 Oct 2019
  3. The Magnificent Merapoh Trail | 70km | 24-25 Aug 2019
  4. Cameron Ultra | 55km | 27 Jul 2019
  5. King of Kg Kemensah | 50km | 30 Jun 2019
  6. Route 68 Ultra | 50km Road | 21 Apr 2019
  7. Gopeng Ultra Trail | 50km | 23 Mar 2019
  8. Janda Baik Ultra | 50km | 21 Oct 2018
  9. Cameron Ultra | 55km | 28 Jul 2018
  10. Titi Ultra | 50km Road | 18 Mar 2018
  11. The Signature Cross Country Ultra | 55km | 2-3 Dec 2017

And of course I did not just start running ultras out of the blue. I had to build up a base and there was a progression from short distances on the road towards marathons. I started making transition to the trails in 2016 participating in a short 16km trail race.

  1. Twincity Marathon | 42km Road | 19 Jan 2020
  2. KL Stanchart Marathon | 42km Road | 29 Sep 2019
  3. Garmin Marathon | 42km Road | 2 Nov 2019
  4. 2XU Half Marathon | 21km Road | 23 Sep 2018
  5. Fraser Ultra | 42km Road | 1 Sep 2018
  6. Hulu Langat Marathon | 42km Road | 8 Jul 2018
  7. King of Kg Kemensah | 30km Trail | 6 May 2018
  8. KL Stanchart Marathon | 42km Road | 8 Apr 2018
  9. Twincity Marathon | 42km Road | 21 Jan 2018
  10. The Magnificent Merapoh Trail | 35km Trail | 5 Aug 2017
  11. Denai Alam Night Trail | 22km Trail | 15 Jul 2017
  12. KL Stanchart Marathon | 42km Road | 21 May 2017
  13. King of Kg Kemensah | 30km Trail | 7 May 2017
  14. Bukit Jalil Half Marathon | 21km Road | 12 Mar 2017
  15. Trail Run Kg Sungai Buaya | 16km Trail | 19 Feb 2017
  16. Deuter International Trail Run | 14.5km Trail | 8 May 2016
  17. Hulu Langat Trail Run | 16km Trail | 3 Apr 2016
  18. River Jungle Marathon | 42km Road | 6 Sep 2015
  19. Borneo International Marathon | 42km Road | 3 May 2015
  20. GM Half Marathon | 21km Road | 14 Dec 2014
  21. Viper Challenge | 21km Obstacles | 1 Nov 2014
  22. KL Stanchart Marathon | 42km Road | 12 Oct 2014
  23. HK Stanchart Marathon | 42km Road | 16 Feb 2014
  24. Penang Bridge Marathon | 42km Road | 17 Nov 2013
  25. Putrajaya Night Marathon | 42km Road | 19 Oct 2013
  26. KL Stanchart Marathon | 42km Road | 29 Sep 2013
  27. River Jungle Marathon | 42km Road | 1 Sep 2013
  28. NB Setia Alam Half Marathon | 21km Road | 18 Aug 2013
  29. Island Ocean Marathon | 42km Road | 21 Apr 2013
  30. Brooks Half Marathon | 21km Road | 3 Mar 2013
  31. Multi-Purpose Insurans Run | 12km Road | 13 Jan 2013
  32. Malakoff Run | 12km Road | 16 Dec 2012
  33. Great Eastern Run | 12km Road | 04 Nov 2012

As you can see, there was no talent at play. Running was not something that I am good at naturally. It has taken me 10 years or so of running/hiking/walking progression to be able to complete a 100km trail-ultra.

Last updated: 27-Oct-2022