300 runners put endurance to test

Fadhil Yunus

Samsul bin Zamri continued his love affair with the Mukim Lumapas route after adding the 8km Waykana Trail Challenge to his growing collection of victories in the domestic scene.

The local trail specialist won the male open category, following success in the Bukit Merikan Challenge last May, which was held within close vicinity of Kampung Tarap Bau.

Yohanes Ahhoon finished runners-up while Ruzaini Mahadi settled for third place. Amirul Tuah and Adizul Fikri completed the top five in fourth and fifth.

Vanessa Gomez ran to victory in the female open category followed by Wan Nor Amalina binti Haji Wan in second place and Zatul Zaini in third place.

Brunei running personality Sefli Ahar (WAYKANA; pic below) returned to the top of the podium after winning the male veteran category with Chung Kwei Ming finishing as runners-up and Haji Ibni bin Haji Nudin in third place.

Marzni Abdullah took fourth place while Abdul Ramlan Ma’arof finished fifth.

Airince Liam, who like Samsul tasted glory in the Bukit Merikan Challenge, topped the female veteran category with Kim Chin claiming a runner-up finish and Siti Fatimah settling for third place.

The male and female open categories featured participants aged 45 and below while the male and female open categories included participants aged 46 and above.

Organised by Begawan Athlete and jointly sponsored by SONAX Brunei Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Aliaa Sdn Bhd, some 300 trail runners took part in the challenge.

Aming, one of the participants in the male veteran category, shared that the route was interesting.

Participants enjoyed the scenic view of Kampong Ayer while running across the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge.

The route also took runners through a challenging jungle trail that has a steep elevation towards the transmission towers and passing the Bumbungan 12 route before returning to the starting point.

Village Head of Lupak Luas and Kampong Tarap Bau and Acting Penghulu of Mukim Lumapas Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mokhtar and Managing Director of SONAX Brunei Sdn Bhd were present.