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Sixty Six (66) from the Chief's Original Bootcamp (COBC)  regiment (from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang registered for the Taiping International marathon 2012. Those registered were as follows:

42km COBC Runners Kenny Lock Heng Weng, Shazni Abdullah Zubir, Armin Baniaz Pahamin, Abdul Adzhim Zaharudin. 21km Male Runners were Joe Liew, Chun Chia kai, John Chuah, Jeffry Wong, Affiq Zakie, James Fong Khee Hoa, Mohd Faizul Yaakub, Sheikh Hisham Iskandar, Adam heng, Lilian Lee, Afiza Abdul Halin, Norliza Mohd Khalid, Viki Lim, Maslina Ahmad Ismail, May Lyn Wong, Toh Shear Ling, Sarge (COBC) Nawal aka Nawal Aini Zulkifli, Erny Marlina Mohsen, Ilyanna Aylin Ayob, Taj Mahal Aquino. Cheah Boon Chong aka Sarge (COBC) Boon, Corporal Kenny (Foo Sze Ken), Christina Cheah, Heng Lee lee, Kelly Ong Kai Li, Priscilla Lee, Sion Koay, Wong Kwei Yee, Lau Phaik San, Kevin Chew, Marccus Low, Novelle Ooi, Eric Yeoh, Patrick Phuah, Ewe Cheong.

10km Runners were Raja Affandi Raja Jamaludin, Advance Tan Sen Sen, Colin Chong Wern Loong, Darren Teh, Jorge Arenas, Tan Wee Liam, Ineo Yee Feng (IRINK), Chan Meng Yam, Nor Sabrina, Mohd Noor, Lorrine Cynthia Xavier, Sarah Tan, Yvonne Tan Yen Ching, Avril Chan, Ley Tzyy Jia, Patricia Lim Poh Kam, Elgy Tan, Rose Emini Pahamin and Bahariah Bahadom, Jelin Chew Ann Ling and Wong See Ying.

Kids runners, Raja Normaisara Iman, Raja Annastasia Mikyle, Asheley Karen Chiong Su Lin, Ashley Rui Jun Wong, Jayden Wong Ye Li, Jason Tam Wye Ki, Aaraf Armin.

Of course, those were those registered. From the list of those registered, some did not run due to some injury, some did not run because they lack the training, some did not run because they chicken out (FFK), some ran a shorter distance and some did not race because the organiser failed miserably from observing their own schedule.

I ran a shorter distance by "being Sheikh Hisham". I took Hisham's 21km bib instead of the registered 42km after being talked out to be abit pragmatic on the lack of training... but overall, those from COBC regiment that actually ran did well and some even to be among the top 10 best when they manage to secure a good timing.

COBC was proud of all the runners but in particular with Norliza Mohd Khalid and Afiza Abdul Halin whom manage to win prizes by being the top 10 best in their category. Norliza Mohd Khalid manage to secure number 6 best while Afiza Abdul Halin number 10 in the women's open category.

Kenny Lock Heng Weng today was bestowed the title Marathoner when he completed his first marathon in less than 5 hours. Kenny Lock is a Delta at Bandar Utama Alpha and has never ran until he joined the COBC. Kenny, a COBC loyalist has never failed to run with COBC grey tee and his Vibram and had made all of us proud with his extra-ordinary running time.

Most runners from COBC had never ran any races but began participating in various running events when they discovered and acquired the hidden energy after enrolling with the COBC program.

Beside running, COBC peeps also enjoys (the most I think) eating and camwhoring.. Please find below some snapshops and candids... Some pictures were taken from (thank you for the lovely pictures and some were taken from Facebook- thank you to all contributors).

The eve of the flag-off...

While we converted Jorge Arenas to be a bootcamper, Jorge converted Aaraf into a Biker.. aiks.

The race that was scheduled to start at 5:30am was flagged off 30 minutes later at 6:00am!! Ridiculously late for a half marathon. The full marathon was flagged-off at 5am instead of the scheduled 5:30am.. Runners will be fried under the hot sun and worst, if the water station ran out of water supply.

Marathoner Shazny Az from Damansara Heights platoon

Corporal (COBC) Kenny...

We conquered and completed the Taiping race!!

Taj Mahal's first 21km !!!

Afiza Abdul Halin!!! Number 10 best!!!

Maslina Mohd Ismail - No 13!!!

Affik Zakie shred 30 minutes off from his previous 21km time and obtained his personal best in 2 hours 01 minutes!! Maslina Ahmad Ismail too achieved her personal best when she completed her 21km in 2 hours 13 minutes. Both are recruits at Damansara Heights platoon.

Please do not ask me what these COBC babes were doing...

The Spyridon!!! 21km on it was perfect!! Cant wait to run 42km in it!

Norliza Mohd Ismail from Bandar Utama platoon completed her race being the fastest 5 but somehow, the marshalls were so disorganised that she was given the tag for number 6.. I was not happy!!!

The runaway family.. eh.. I mean the running family!! The whole family ran the Taiping International Marathon..

Aah.. this is one MUST visit place in Taiping.. Restoran Goreng Pisang. The Owner.. this auntie has been operating her shop for more than 30 years already.

Kenny Lock being proud of his 42km finisher medal to be called a Marathoner!!

Before driving back to KL, we stopped by the Taiping Zoo that was reputed to be better than Singapore Zoo.

If you do not joined the Bootcamp and exercise, you may end up like this...

On our journey back home, we saw a biker lying on the tarmac.. still breathing but badly injured!!

Personally, I dont like bikes because I think it is too risky for a family man. After two months without running and 6 weeks without bootcamp during the fasting month, it felt good to be back. Although I was comfortably cruising at an average 6.4km per hour speed and completed the 21km run in approximately 2hour 30 mins but I can imagine and even already feeling the post-running aches cum pain. Ooouch.. Note to ownself.. "Dont ever stop training!!" .. Until the next race.. Stay tuned......



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