Over a thousand participants took part in the Menglembu Kledang Hill 10km Jungle Trail Race organised by the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) on Sunday, July 9. Embarking on a scenic path filled with century-old trees not trodden by many, the race saw foreigners from Singapore, Philippines, Australia and Kenya taking part.
A part of the series of events for the year celebrating the 110 years of the chamber’s existence, it was also held in conjunction with the Visit Perak Year 2017 to promote Perak as a brand.
The morning kicked off with a Zumba warm-up. Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, the Executive Councillor for Health, Public Transport, Non-Islamic Affairs, National Integration and New Villages, the guest of honour, flagged off the race at SJKC Wan Hwa 2.
“Many of you may have climbed up the Kledang Hill before but, I presume, not in such a big number like today. So it’s a great way to celebrate the 110th anniversary of PCCCI. Do enjoy yourself and take care of your safety. Climbing this trail will help you burn more than 1200 calories. After this, if you have the opportunity or time, please continue with jungle trekking and help promote Ipoh through this sort of activities,” Mah said in his opening remarks.
Also present were Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, president cum chairman of PCCCI and committee members.
There were a total of 11 categories competed (four age groups for women and seven age groups for men) with an average of 10 trophies allocated for each. Plus, chipsets were used for accurate timing.
The committee had paid much attention to safety and had engaged the Menglembu Kledang Joggers Springbok as guides with two teams of sweepers to follow at the rear of the pack.
Here are the top three with the best times:
Lau Cheekai (Men Open) – 00:53:40
Billy Boey Chee Hoong (Men Junior) – 00:53:50
Nurul Hafiz bin Ramlan (Men Open) – 00:54:50
The upcoming events by PCCCI are the Ipoh Cultural Parade (Sunday, July 23) and, the finale: the 110th anniversary dinner to be held at the soon-to-be-completed Ipoh Convention Centre on Thursday, July 27. Another huge event, Ipoh International Food and Beverage Fairs, is scheduled for next year.