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SCKLM is Now KLSCM

The 11th Biggest Marathon in Kuala Lumpur is now called Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) and it brings together top world and local competitive marathon runners.

It will take place at iconic Dataran Merdeka  on 28 and 29 September, bringing together 40,000 runners compete in a variety of distances, with the previous year’s title holders all returning to stake their claim once again.

“The Race weekend will see thrilling contests between the defending champions in various categories and the upstarts who will be pushing the incumbents all the way,” said KLSCM Project Director Rainer Biemans, who is also a Director of Dirigo Events, the owner and organiser of KLSCM. “As an added highlight, making his debut in KLSCM will be YB Syed  Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, who will make it the first time a full-fledged Minister has taken part in the Half Marathon category,” added Biemans.

The undisputed “king” in the local marathon scene, Muhaizar Mohamad, will be back to defend his title in the Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category for an astonishing fifth consecutive time. Muhaizar, who won Malaysia’s first S.E.A. Games medal in the event in the last 44 years in the 2017 KL edition, is also representing Malaysia again in the event at this year’s Games in Manila, Philippines. He is currently the second fastest Malaysian marathoner after national record holder Leo Tan Huong Leong. Leo, who came in third at last year’s KLSCM, will unfortunately not be participating this year due to other commitments.

Muhaizar Mohamad and Nik Fakaruddin

Muhaizar Mohamad and Nik Fakaruddin

Due to his participation in the Manila S.E.A. Games in November this year however, Muhaizar is not expected to push himself to glory at KLSCM2019 as both events are just two months apart and his priority is representing Malaysia at the Games.

“KLSCM2019 will be my last marathon outing in my preparations for the S.E.A. Games and I do not want to jeopardise my training for that. I still aim to be competitive and hope to defend my KLSCM title as it is an event that is close to my heart after winning it four times in a row. Dirigo Events, the owner and organiser of KLSCM has also been one of my strongest supporters and I want to repay their faith in me by participating again this year,” said Muhaizar.

The main obstacle in the defence of Muhaizar’s title will come in the form of someone well known to him. Nik Fakaruddin, who came in second last year, is a vastly improved runner and is in fact Muhaizar’s compatriot in the Armed Forces and one of his regular training partners. Nik’s advantage this time around would be knowing that there’s nothing preventing him from going all out to bag his first title especially since Muhaizar would be more concerned with the upcoming S.E.A. Games.

In the Full Marathon Open category, two-time consecutive champions Cosmas Matolo Muteti and Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol from Kenya will return to defend their Men’s and Women’s tiles respectively. Their aim to win their third consecutive titles in Kuala Lumpur will be put to the test by elite Ethiopian athletes who will be making their debuts at KLSCM. Cosmas will be tested by Victor Kipchirchir who has a personal best of 2:07:39 while Asnakech Mengistu Egigawehu (2:25:50) and Ticzita Terechu Dida (2:28:00) will both give Elizabeth a run for her money in the Women’s FM Open category.

Cosmas Matolo Muteti and Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol

Cosmas believes his success in the past two KLSCMs is due to the similar climatic conditions between his home base in Machakos County in Kenya and Kuala Lumpur so although Victor’s personal best is a pretty fast time, it was probably achieved in a non-humid and cooler climate. “After developing knee and muscle problems after the Singapore marathon last year, I have not participated in any marathons since and my body has been recovering and responding well to my training. I’m happy with my progress and I’m confident of being competitive enough to try and defend my title,” said Cosmas. “While I appreciate the competition from other strong runners, I’m still someone who runs without apprehension as I’m only concerned with my own race. My motto is ‘train hard and the winning will come automatically’ and I am really looking forward to racing in Kuala Lumpur, which has a special place in my heart,” added the champion.

In the Malaysian Women’s FM category, Loh Chooi Fern will be back to defend the title she won last year in 3:18:44 but is expected to better that time as she recorded a personal best sub 3 hour time in the Gold Coast Marathon earlier this year. Nur Amelia Musa, the wife of Nik Fakaruddin, will be her most serious competition in this year’s KLSCM but Loh is relishing the challenge. “Women are getting stronger in marathons and I expect to be pushed hard this year. This is great for the sport as intense but healthy competition can only serve to help us achieve better times,” said Loh.

The darling of the Malaysian Women’s HM category Sheela Samivellu, will be attempting to make it four in a row and it’s hard to see anyone going toe-to-toe with her in this year’s race. Sheela, who is also the national record holder over the distance and the course record holder, has not set any specific targets for this year’s race and just hopes to finish the race successfully. “When I’m in a competition, I regard everyone as competitors and usually don’t target specific people to beat. My ultimate goal is usually to just to run well and finish strongly,” said the modest Sheela.

Apart from the exciting contests in store in the blue-ribbon categories, SCKLM will again see its fair share of inspirational stories from incredible individuals who use the marathon as a springboard to motivate and challenge others to do more with their lives, none more so than Chris Koch. Born without limbs, Chris is a Canadian farmer, athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker who will be attempting to complete his eighth marathon using a special longboard. “This will be my first time in Malaysia and first time attempting a marathon in this sort of hot and humid climate. I’m grateful to the organisers for allowing me to participate in my eighth marathon in the third continent and am looking forward to this particular challenge,” said Koch.

The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon has grown to become the premier distance running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2019 edition will be the largest yet with 40,000 runners taking part, including 1,900 running tourists from 73 countries from around the world, and will once again see sponsorship from Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, along with Under Armour, 100 Plus, Seiko, Jaybird, Pacific Regency, Banana Boat and TudungPeople.

 

For more information and updates on KLSCM, please visit:

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon
Twitter : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon
Instagram : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon
Website : www.kl-marathon.com

Vote for Nashata Kids Model

Nashata is in the process of designing and producing modest sportswear for children. Here are the 4 final contestants for Nashata Kid Model. They are active, young, talented girls with so much positive energy. We had a good time getting to know them, taking photos and videos of them and capturing their moves. Special thanks to these girls, their parents and family members for their support.

Vote for Nashata Kids Model : Arissa Batrisyia, Elif Filza, Mishel Zaiti and Puteri Nur Sufia Schasya.

Here’s how you can vote:
1. There are 4 final contestants
2. Voting is via @nashatadotcom instagram
3. Like the instagram post of the contestant you wish to support
4. You can like as many contestants as you wish
5. You can also support by sharing individual contestant post to others
6. Comments that are kind and encouraging are welcomed
7. Voting ends 30 Sept ’19
8. Contestant with highest likes @nashatadotcom will be the winner (11:59pm 30 Sept ’19)

Click on their respective pictures to go to the instagram post to like and vote for the girls.

1. Arissa Batrisyia

Arissa Batrisyia Abdul Hasib is 10 years old. She is active in running, taekwando, swimming and football.  She represents her school in MSSD Track & Field 2019, competed in more than 10 taekwando competitions since 2018 including ITF Sarawak Inter-School Invitational Taekwando Championship 2018, bronze (pattern),  Champion 3 Malaysian Open Taekwando Championship 2018 (gold in pattern & Bronze in sparring) and the Synergy Taekwando Championship 2019 (Gold for both pattern and sparring) and was selected to  represent her school for Air Asia KL Junior League – girls team. Arissa has also been with D Swimming Academy, Bukit Jalil since she’s 5 and now in their Mini Squad. Click here or her pictures below to vote.

 

2. Elif Filza

Elif Filza Nur Shaffik is 10 years old.  She is active in swimming, artistic gymnastic, running and rugby.  Elif Filza has participated in sports competition such as the Jakarta Intercultural School Aqua Open 2019, British School Jakarta Swimming Open 2019, Australian Independent School Swimming Competition 2018 and 2019, JASIS Athletics 2018 and 2019, Moose Games Gymnastic Bangkok 2019, British School Jakarta Gymnastic Competition 2018 and 2019, KOMODO Jakarta Rugby (junior) 2017.
Click here or her pictures below to vote.

3. Mishel Zaiti

Mishel Zaiti Mohd Salehin is 7 years old. She is active in ballet, swimming, taekwondo and running. Click here or her pictures below to vote.

4. Puteri Nur Sufia Schasya

Puteri Nur Sufia Schasya Mohamad Fahmi, 7 years old.  She is active in rhythmic gymnastics and loves to dance.  In a past years she was presented in MSSD Hulu Langat in rhythmic gymnastics competition.

Click here or her pictures below to vote.

Do vote for the girls. We know it is not easy to vote because all of them deserve a thumbs up each 👍. We are so proud of them. 😘

 

Athletic Girl Model Casting

Nashata is looking for an athletic girl to be Nashata Kid model. It is a 6 months contractual role and below is more info:

Athletic Girl Casting

Requirements:

  • Female age 7-12 years old
  • Active in sports (any sports is fine)
  • Preferably knows how to swim
  • Have interests and ability to run, pose & model
  • Able to travel to Cyberjaya and commit to 3 hour photo shoot a month.
  • Parental/guardian consent required

Dates :

  • 3rd Sept ’19 : Deadline for application. Fill up the form to apply
  • 4th Sept ’19 : Shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • 7th Sept ’19 : Model Casting of shortlisted candidates at 10am in Cyberjaya
  • 10th  Sept ’19 :Online voting starts
  • 30th Sept ’19 : Voting closes

Winner gets Nashata Kids products, hourly allowances and discounted products during contractual period.

Apply and share to athletic girls you know.

Fun and Active Model of Nashata

Behind the Scene during Photoshoot  | Active and Fit Hijabi Models – 

Email contactus@nashata.com should you have any questions.

SCKLM Infographics

The Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2019 (SCKLM2019) is now approximately 43 days away, which is equivalent to 1,032 hours or 61,920 mins or 3,715,200 seconds. This will be the 11th edition of SCKLM and it will be the largest edition yet with over 40,000 participants converging on Dataran Merdeka over the 28-29 September weekend. If those numbers don’t get your heart pumping with renewed enthusiasm and anticipation for the premier distance running event in the country, maybe these Infographics telling the SCKLM story in numbers will do the trick! At the very least, we hope this will pique your curiosity in understanding the enormity of what SCKLM entails to the thousands of people who participate and work to ensure the iconic event is a resounding success for all!

SCKLM 2019 in a nutshell

SCKLM 2019 Infograph

 

 

All Smiles at the Score Marathon Run The Day

The Score Marathon has definitely made my running in the city of Kuala Lumpur a marvelous experience. The route for the half marathon, 21 km took me around the heart of KL, starting from the Berjaya Time Square. What I like most about the run is the route – scenic features of the city skyline, parks and undulating hills of the city.  The route is similar to the Standard Charted KL Marathon, but lesser crowd. There were about 3,500 half marathon runners, 2,700 ten KM runners among the 13,000 participants at the Score Marathon.

I was glad the organiser moved the venue from Bukit Jalil to Berjaya Time Square. Running in the city was truly a lovely experience.

Score Marathon

The roads were well-managed and I felt safe running throughout. There were water stations serving 100 plus and water at every 3 km with one serving banana a few kilometers before the finish line. The run started at 5am and the roads were well lighted with many marshals on motorbikes. I felt safe although it was quite dark until the sun rose at about 7am.

Some of the iconic buildings that I passed were National Mosque, Islamic Museum, Merdeka Square, POS Malaysia, Sasana Kijang, PWTC, Pavilion KL, Bursa Malaysia and close enough to see the KL Tower and KLCC Twin Towers. The runners passed the National Mosque at KM 8, and it was well suited for morning prayers. Most muslim runners stopped at the mosque for prayers.

Towards the finish line – Photo by Marlina Ibrahim

I was not certain if the distance was accurate or not as my Garmin watch recorded a distance of 24 km and so did many of the other Garmin users with extra mileage. GPS can be inaccurate in city area with tall buildings. It was a bit tough to do a personal best due to the famous hilly routes. I was accompanying a friend, Farhani who ran her 1st half marathon and our goal was to finish and enjoy the run. Indeed we did. We took many pictures to cherish her 1st half marathon. She trained really hard for this. Ladies who plan to take up long distance running be it half or full marathon can join .Nashata  Weekend Training

It was a thumbs up experience at the Score Marathon 2019 – from registering the run, picking up the race kit, running and finishing run.

Now, some pictures of the runners and the city of Kuala Lumpur!

Our 1st stop – Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Cool and hilly route, well lighted

Run like a tourist

 

The KL Tower on the backdrop as we cruise on Jalan Sultan Ismail

On Jalan Kuching Photo Credit : Score Marathon

At this point, it was about 2 more KM to go with KLCC Tower on the backdrop

The running sisters – Farhani and Farhati ran the half marathon

With brother and cousin who finished their half marathon

 

 

Hijabi Alert – Wear Patriotism This August

Nationalisma Serumpun is the concept of this Special Edition of Hooda Ellipse Sports Hijab. Three ASEAN countries – Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia celebrate their Independence or National Day in August every year.

Singapore marks its Independence Day on the 9th August, Indonesia the 22nd August while Malaysia on the 31st August.

Nashata releases these country-themed Hooda Sports Hijabs to celebrate Independence and Merdeka Day as well as to give an option for athletes to wear your country-themed sports hijab when you race and compete.

The concept of the design is to include important elements of each country – the national flower, iconic architecture and the flag of each country.

The price is RM89/SGD30/ IDR302k and it comes in size M and L.

1. The Singapore Hooda Ellipse Sports Hijab features the

  • Orchid and
  • Merlion

Click here for more info

Hooda Ellipse Sports Hijab Singapore

2. The Indonesia Hooda Ellipse embodies:

  • Melati Putih or Jasminum Sambac,
  • The National Monument,
  • Rumah Gadang of Minangkabau and
  • The Grand Mosque of Bandung

You can purchase at it here

Hooda Ellipse Sports Hijab Indonesia

 3. The Malaysia Hooda Ellipse Sports Hijab features the :

  • Bunga Raya or Hibiscus,
  • The skyline of Kuala Lumpur

Visit product page for more

Hooda Ellipse Malaysia – New design released 29th July 2019

The version below was released initially and changed to the above design on the 29th July. The change was made due to feedback received by our customers – requesting the Malaysia design to be simplified. We are sorry about the inconveniences this may have caused you. We will contact those who have ordered based on the old design on changes.

Hooda Ellipse Sports Hijab Malaysia – initial design which will not be produced

 

Meet the Pacers for Standard Charted KL Marathon 2019

SCKLM marks its 11th year with 40,000 runners, an additional 2,000 runners as to compared to 2018. Not only that, this year there are 30 pacers, an additional pacer compared to 2018.

Pacers are important at races. They not only run at desired speed indicated on their markers (usually it is a balloon), but motivate the runners.  They have to train hard to run at a steady pace. It takes experiences and the right heart.

Pacers for SCKLM 2019 in Under Armour Outfits

There are 24 experienced pacers allocated for full marathon this year for timing 3 hr 45 mins, 4 hr, and subsequent 30 mins until the cut off time. “Some of our Pacers have been with us from day one and are quite well known to the local running community so their popularity and more importantly their experience is a big advantage for us. We are very grateful for their selfless service over the years,” said Rainer Bieman, Project Director of SKCLM and Director of Dirigo Events.

Rainer Biemans (Director, Dirigo Events and Project Director SCKLM) and Jessica Tan (General Manager, Under Armour Sports Malaysia Sdn Bhd)

There are 6 pacers for the half marathon as well for various timing. So runners, know your target time and follow your pacer. Don’t run too fast, too slow, just run within goals and finish without injuries. Most of all, train.

This year, Under Armour sponsors the outfits of  the pacers with newly designed UA HOVR performance running footwear and race kits.

I still have the picture of my pacers from my first Full Marathon back in 2015. Towards the last few kilometers, I followed Kelvin who kept the ladies motivated until the finish line. How can I forget my virgin marathon pacer.

Pacers go beyond running within designated speed. They keep runners motivated.

Me and my 1st FM pacer. Kelvin will be pacing 5hr 30min timing. You won’t forget your pacer for sure.

The Standard Charted KL Marathon takes place on the 28 & 29 September 2019. It is the premier running event in Malaysia with top runners competing for a total of RM500,000 in prize money.

For SCKLM 2019  updates, visit :

Facebook         : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon
Twitter              :  www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon
Instagram        : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon
Website           : www.kl-marathon.com

If you would like to train long distance with us over the weekend, you can join Nashata Runners. We have plans for half and full marathon. Let’s train smart and run happy!

Weekend Training Plan for Marathons

Weekend Training Plan for Marathons

Ladies, here’s Nashata Runners calendar for July, August and September for long distance running! You can join these weekend sessions if you want to train for half and full marathon anytime before October.

This weekend training plan is tailored for those running  half marathon for SCORE RUN 2019, PJ Half Marathon and Standard Charted KL Marathon 2019. You can also join us if you would like to train for full marathon at the Standard Charted KL Marathon.

The distances planned for each weekend is to prepare you for upcoming races and what we do is to train  together with you. This plan does not include plans for weekdays. Do train on weekdays as well to ensure you gain enough mileage prior to races.

There are two main venues for our training: Cyberjaya and Bukit Jalil. The meet points are Perdana Lake Jogging Track for Cyberjaya and Bukit Jalil Recreational Park (Car Park Gate C) for Bukit Jalil.

There is no fees involved, but if you would like to join the sessions, please whatsapp +60123112489  or email active@nashata.com. Just let us know your name, session you wish to join so that we know that you will join our session. Follow Nashata Active instagram account for updates.

Why Join Us?

Nashata runners consist of avid and seasoned marathon runners and we have inspired and supported many female runners to push their limits. If you are a new in embarking into long distance running, you can join us to get tips and support.

If you cannot join us, you can still train on your own, no matter where you are. Do clock in the mileage and keep training.

Weekend Training Plan for Marathons

 

Intan and Apeng running together at the Pink Ultra Run

Hiking @ Bukit Batu Lebah Recreational Forest, Melaka

If you are in Jasin, there is a lovely hiking spot 20 minutes drive away from the city. You get to experience rainforest wilderness, huge rocks, caves and rich biodiverdity at Bukit Batu Lebah, Melaka. You would drive through beautiful kampung sites decorated with durian, rambutan and fruit trees by the roads.

Once you arrive, you need to register with the rangers at the Eko-Rimba Park. There are a few chalets and huts for rent and you can plan to stay for a night if you want to check out the area more. When I arrive at the park, there is no guide at the office and I presume they are out with a group  hiking. I plan to take my 14 and 17 year old teenagers for an hour hike or a walk around the area. So we walk around.

In Gua Kelambu with Ranger Nik

There are three trails at Bukit Batu Lebah. However, there are no trail maps and detail information about hiking trails around the area. We just walk pass a gate that we see from afar, presuming it is the start point of the trail. We hear a few motorbikes passing by a couple of times not far from us and we just walk towards the sound. As we walk along the trail, we have to decide to either take a left or right turn. We take two left steeper turns, hoping they would lead us to the peak. The pathway is about 2 meters wide and as we hike, it gets smaller and smaller. More butterflies fly around us until we reach a transmission tower.

We walk pass the tower towards a flight of steps going uphill. The climb after that is quite difficult. The hiking path is not clearly defined and covered by dead leaves. It is a hot and dry day and the dirt is powdery and dry. It is important to wear hiking boots when you hike here as the trail is quite slippery. We keep climbing up until we see two big rocks, called the Ikan Paus (Whale Rocks). At this point, we are showered by gliding javan cucumber seeds. Many are already covering the ground and they look like papery version of bulls eye eggs.

  • Entrance Bukit Batu Lebah Recreational Forest
  • Initial Pathway as made two left turns from the gate (start point)
  • Transmission Tower
  • Steps after you pass Transmission Tower
  • Pathway covered by leaves
  • Some rope work as you clim to Batu Paus
  • Batu Paus and Laluan Paus
  • The view from peak Bukit Batu Lebah
  • Alsomitra Macrocarpa or Javan Cucumber
  • Gua Kelambu
  • Gua Kelambu

From there, we hear sounds of a group cheering and laughing. So, the three of us continue climbing  to get closer to the group. The passage is not clear, so you really need a guide if you want to be safe. We take our chances and keep climbing and luckily a few minutes later, we reach a huge rock hosting dozens of climbers, taking pictures of the view.

A group of hikers at the peak

A few of them are shockrd to see us. There are six ranger accompanying the group, and one of them volunteers to descend with us. Ranger Nik is knowledgeable and kind. He takes us to a big rock resembling an elephant and Gua Kelambu that resembles a bed covered with a mosquito net. We descend pretty quick and completed the hike of about 2km within 1 hour and 15 mins.

The area has rich wilderness. Unlike the other hiking trails that I have been to, the Bukit Batu Lebah gives a more adventurous experience – there are many interesting rocks and caves to explore. There are no directional signs on the trail and you can easily get lost. Be warned – you are not supposed to hike at Batu Lebah without a guide. The trail is not straight forward and many have lost their way.

If you plan to explore Bukit Batu Lebah, allocate at least 6 hours to go through a full trail.  They have a 6 hours open hiking trips scheduled end of this month and on the weekend of Merdeka Day.

You can find out more at their facebook page, official page or contact Nik Zaiman at 0189189102.

Walking in nature increases my sense of curiosity

 

 

Ecominim, the Gentle Household Cleaning Product

I use body soap to wash dishes for many years now. It is not perfect, but much gentle on my hands as to compared to other dish washing soap. But now, I use Ecominim dish-wash. It is more gentle and cleans better.

My Top 3 Favourites purchased at Opika Organic Store

Ecominim has a wide range of products; shoe deodorizer & dehumidifier, floor cleaner, glass and surface cleaner, dish-wash, powder and liquid detergent. My favorites are the dish-wash, detergents and floor cleaner because they are so gentle on my hands and clothes that I am confident enough to domestic cleaning without gloves on.

Care for Sportswear and Swimwear

I find Ecominim detergent suitable for workout clothes. Clothes that are made of spandex, especially activewear and swimwear are best hand-washed with gentle soap. You need to be extra careful washing swimwear if you want it to last. Avoid washing swimwear in the washing machine (use delicate setting if you use washing machine) and use cold water. To retain the shape, color and texture of the fabric, avoid using softener, do not use bleach and do not soak overnight. To avoid fading, do not dry directly in the sun.

Super Gentle on Skin

I have several floor cleaner samples and accidentally use them for hand-washed laundry.  I only realize after second load wash. However, since the detergent is gentle, my hands and workout clothes are fine. In fact, it don’t even feel that my hands are soaking in floor cleaner.

Impressed, I later use the powder detergent on subsequent machine wash and happy with my washes. The liquid and powder detergent is easily rinsed off and leaves no residue. There is no coloring in these detergents and I love the clean feeling on washed fabric. The key ingredient is plant-base and the products are safe for skin prone to eczema.

  • Ecominim Floor Laundry Detergent
    Ecominim Floor Laundry Detergent
    Ecominim Floor Laundry Detergent
  • Ecominim Floor Cleaner & Shoe Deodorizer
    Ecominim Floor Cleaner & Shoe Deodorizer
    Ecominim Floor Cleaner & Shoe Deodorizer
  • Ecominim Dishwash and Glass Cleaner
    Ecominim Dishwash and Glass Cleaner
    Ecominim Dishwash and Glass Cleaner

 

Where can you get Ecominim

You can purchase Ecominim at Opika Organic Store, 1 Utama Shopping Center, Lower Ground Floor or on their website – https://www.ecominim.com/

You can get 20% OFF by using discount voucher : NASHATAECOMINIM to purchase from Ecominim E-store valid until 30 Sept 2019.

The prices range from RM16.50 – RM26.90.

Tan Yet Mee – The lady behind Ecominim. She worked on this for many many years and I am so happy that  she made the products happened!

Ecominim are not only safe for me and you but also environment. They use ingredients that has minimal impact to the environment and produce household cleaning products that are safe. It seems them they have it all for active ladies. The shoe deodorizer is also useful for running shoes.

Click here for Ecominim Catalog