Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pacesetters AGM & Annual Dinner 2011

 Lucky me

 Dressed to the nines


Michael Jacksons

 Ms Chee

Winners all

I attended the Pacesetters Athletic Club’s annual AGM meeting cum dinner 2011 held at the Swiss Garden Hotel on Saturday 19 March 2011. This was my second time I attended the function since being a member of the club in 2009.
The AGM started promptly at 3.30pm with a fair crowd of about 100 members. The main itinerary for the AGM were the presentations of the annual report, financial report and the election of the President and committee members for the year 2011/2012. I am particularly pleased that Encik Rastam and several committee members were returned to office for another term. The past committee had done well last year, which saw some progress and good activities. Syabas to all. I hope that the new office bearers will bring the club to a new level for the coming year.
The 27th annual dinner was most enjoyable and fun. More than 350 members and their families attended the 8 course chinese dinner. It was full house and roaring laughters throughout the night, Thanks to the MC and his impromptu leg pullings.
The highlights of the evening included cultural magic by the Chee siblings, a local renown magician family. Ms Jorinn Chee is a Merlin awardee, and had won the most entertaining magician award. Her brother Gelvinn Chee had won the International Junior Magician and Newest Star awards. They also debuted a younger brother to boot.
Making the night most enjoyable were the members’ participations in Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean stint and Lets Cha Cha. There was also a Best International Costume and Talent competition. A good number of members dressed to the nines to vie for the award.
Awards were also presented to the best male and female athletic award 2011, Sportsman and Sportswoman award 2010, and the top and best club award 2010.
Door gifts were given to all who attended and of course lucky draws kept everybody anxious for the good prizes to be won. I was one of the few lucky ones to get a prize voucher of RM200.00 from Mizuno. Not bad for staying and hoping for the last few lucky numbers to be drawn. Just like running, never give up until crossing the finishing line.
A big thank you to Ms Wendy Soo and her team for organizing the wonderful evening. Everybody enjoyed themselves. I am looking forward for the next annual dinner in 2012.

I took some photos for the occasion. Please feel free to download any photo for my web album here.

Allen Lai

Monday, March 21, 2011

Photos for PACM's AGM & Annual Dinner 2011

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Allen Lai

Monday, March 7, 2011

First 20km in 2011

Last Sunday I took a deep breath and decided to do the Pacesetters LSD from Bukit Aman to Sri Hartamas charter for 20 km. I was apprehensive and doubtful whether I was ready for it. I was off the road since October 2010. So this would be my first 20km in 5 months.
Ready of not I woke up at 0545am, and remembered to have a stronger than usual breakfast. I was packed for the run the previous night so I managed to take off fairly quickly. I arrived at the Bukit Aman car park at 0640am to a full car park. I looked around for friends but there was nobody around. 0645am and nobody was around. Flag off was scheduled for 0630am and everybody was off.
Looks like everybody was on their own or in their small groups. I just took off alone without any warm up. No fuss, just go.  Not really trying to catch up with anybody, as my real objective for this outing was to test my knees and stamina. What was it like to do 20km ?  I gave myself 3 and half hours to complete because I did not know the route well. I intended to walk most of the way and to test some really small run steps.
It was fairly dark before 0700am and I walked in a quick pace, with my trusted sony walkman. Set my stop watch, heat rate monitor and Nike Ipod. I was doing better that expected, walking that is. My little run steps put pressure on my knees, but no real pain yet. I decided not to risk another injury too soon, so it was AWAS all the way. My heart rate sustained at 130 to 150 bpm. My body form was good and I was breathing well.
I met Sofian, AJ and Arif , all on their return lap. High fived and quick hellos. Look like they were training hard for their personal bests. Me, just doing my system checks. Legs Ok, knees OK, heart Ok, but cannot push for more small run steps, not yet. My calf’s, particularly on the right, were showing signs of impending cramp ups.
The organisers were good to have set up two water points and manned them until 0900am. The water point at the Petronas station at Sri Hartamas was manned personally by Encik Rastam, president PACM. Thanks Pacesetters.
 On another note, I wish if PACM could sign the route for new comers. Just small wooden pegs at road junctions will do the trick. I actually missed a junction in Bukit Tunku and almost ended at Jalan Kucing. I lost 15 minutes there and worst still I had to do a terrible300m long up slope back.
The Malaysian Armed Forces was also celebrating their 78 anniversary on Sunday. The area around Padang Merdeka and Padang Merbuk were abuzz with the military parade and  impressive tanks, helicopters and weapon systems. Parachutists stole the morning with their precision landings on target.
I finished in 3 hours 45 minutes happy and satisfied. I will do another LSD in early April and I hope that I can do more small run steps.
Little steps make the run.
Take care
Allen Lai