Slovakian Veronika Vadovicova won the Women’s 84km race to win the Asia Trail Master Championship at MMTF.

TAIPING, 16 December 2019 : The North Face Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (TNF-MMTF 2019) flagged-off with a bigger turnout this year where over 2,100 runners from 35countries converged in Taiping, Perak for the competition from 13-15 December 2019. 

TNF-MMTF offered four routes for trail runners (13KM, 25KM, 55KM and 84KM) to test their physical endurance at the pristine yet challenging trails of Taiping with various elevations of 610m, 1,440m, 3,250m and 5,290m respectively. The 25KM, 55KM and 84KM race courses are certified by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and have been added into the list of qualifying races for the world-renowned Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).

Coming off silver and bronze medals in the SEA Games Obstacle Course event, Saddam Pittli won the new 25km Men Open known as the “Ball Breaker Run”.

Local favourites Christine Loh vying for the Asia Trail Master championship finished in second place while Tahira Zaid finished in third, behind Ukrainian Tetiana Drahonchuk who won the 25km Women Open. Meanwhile, Karen Geh won the 25km Women Veteran category.

MMTF introduced a 13km run suited for beginners known as the “Freshman Run”. Local favourites Soh Wai Ching won the Men’s Open, while Karen Siah won the Women’s Open. It was a celebratory family affair for Karen as her husband, Gary Fong finished third in the Men’s Open while her 65-year-old father, Siah Yang Tit finished seventh in the Men’s Veteran category.

Karen Siah (center) won the 13km Women’s race while husband Gary (right) finished 3rd in the 13km Men’s and father, Siah Yang Tit (left) finished 7th in the Men’s Veteran race. (Facebook/Karen Siah Fitness Coach)

TNF-MMTF is also the Season Finale for the 2019 Asia Trail Master (ATM) Championship, where the new ATM Champion was also crowned in Taiping. This has enhanced the standard of “ultra-trail” running to a higher level in Malaysia, as there are several title contenders, including a few Malaysian runners, who have been competing for ATM points throughout the year in 14 Asian countries.

Kristian Joergensen, 35, from Denmark was winner for the 84km Men’s Open category after crossing the finish line with a time of 10:22:24. The women’s was won by Veronika Vadovicova, 29, from Slovakia with a timing of 11:34:42. She also collected enough points to seal her position as the new women’s Asia Trail Master Champion. Meanwhile, Australian John Ellis, 41, was crowned the new men’s Asia Trail Master Champion for after a year-long of racing.

The 55km Men’s Open were dominated by Malaysians, Saripin Sumping who won in 07:26:56 followed by Muhammad Abrar Idris and Mohamad Syahmim Nazmy.

Malaysian Sapirin Sumping won the Male Open 55km race.

TNF-MMTF is co-organized by the MMTF Consultant, Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak, Spritzer, Perdana Global Peace Foundation and Larut Matang Hash House Harriers and Harriets.

The organizers of TNF-MMTF were also eager to promote the state of Perak and Taiping, once ranked Top 3 Sustainable Cities in the world, as a thriving social economy.

RESULTS

ASIA TRAIL MASTER CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 SERIES (SEASON WINNER)
MEN’S CATEGORY WOMEN’S CATEGORY
1 JOHN ELLIS AUSTRALIA / HONG KONG 2775 pts 1 VERONIKA VADOVICOVA SLOVAKIA 2700 pts
2 HISASHI KITAMURA JAPAN / MALAYSIA 2625 pts 2 CHRISTINE LOH MALAYSIA 2600 pts
3 MILTON AMAT MALAYSIA 2550 pts 3 ASUKA NAKAJIMA JAPAN / INDONESIA 2525 pts

 

TNF MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 – 84KM RACE RESULTS
MEN’S OPEN WOMEN’S OPEN
1 KRISTIAN JOERGENSEN DENMARK 10:22:24 1 VERONIKA VADOVICOVA SLOVAKIA 11:34:42
2 ALESSANDRO SHERPA ITALY 11:12:47 2 WEN FEI XIE CHINA 12:49:49
3 HISHASHI KITAMURA JAPAN 11:48:37 3 ASUKA NAKAJIMA JAPAN 13:50:27
MEN’S VETERAN WOMEN’S VETERAN
1 JOHN ELLIS AUSTRALIA 12:14:45 1 SONG HIANG NG MALAYSIA 16:41:36
2 GREGG PORTER NEW ZEALAND 12:59:26 2
TNF MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 – 55KM RACE RESULTS
MEN’S OPEN WOMEN’S OPEN
1 SARIPIN SUMPING MALAYSIA 07:26:56 1 VANJA CNOPS BELGIUM 08:02:41
2 MUHAMMAD ABRAR BIN IDRIS MALAYSIA 08:16:13 2 RIE SUGAYA JAPAN 08:05:22
3 MOHAMAD SYAHMIM NAZMY MALAYSIA 08:32:19 3 PAULINA SVOBODA CZECH REPUBLIC 08:15:02
MEN’S VETERAN WOMEN’S VETERAN
1 WINSTON NG SINGAPORE 08:48:39 1 RACHAEL ENG MALAYSIA 09:45:30
2 KIM HONG YEO SINGAPORE 08:50:02 2 SEK LING CHEW SINGAPORE 09:52:21
3 ABDUL RAHMAN BULLAH MALAYSIA 08:55:33 3 MAILIN SALUNGIN RIPAU MALAYSIA 10:18:01

TNF MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 – 25KM RACE RESULTS
MEN’S OPEN WOMEN’S OPEN
1 MOHD SADDAM MOHD PITTLI MALAYSIA 03:11:16 1 TETIANA DRAHONCHUK UKRAINE 03:29:01
2 SAFREY SUMPING MALAYSIA 03:11:42 2 CHRISTINE LOH MALAYSIA 03:30:57
3 MUHAMMAD RAMZAN JANI BIN MOHD PITTLI MALAYSIA 03:23:12 3 TAHIRA NAJMUNISAA MUHAMMAD ZAID MALAYSIA 03:40:38
MEN’S VETERAN WOMEN’S VETERAN
1 ANDREW JR CHINALPAN PHILIPPINES 03:24:33 1 KAREN GEH MALAYSIA 03:50:15
2 MAZARUL ARIF BIN OSMAN OSMAN MALAYSIA 03:42:38 2 SANTIH GUNAWAN INDONESIA 04:42:05
3 HOOK SENG CHIN MALAYSIA 03:43:00 3 LEA TENG ALICE ONG SINGAPORE 04:49:26

 

TNF MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 – 13KM RACE RESULTS
MEN’S OPEN WOMEN’S OPEN
1 SOH WAI CHING MALAYSIA 1:10:35 1 KAREN SIAH MALAYSIA 01:39:29
2 CHAN JUN KWAN MALAYSIA 1:18:52 2 SITI KHADIJAH SHAKER MALAYSIA 01:43:20
3 GARY FONG MALAYSIA 1:29:26 3 NORIKO KITAMURA JAPAN 01:47:55
MEN’S VETERAN WOMEN’S VETERAN
1 AHMAD FIRUZ OTHMAN MALAYSIA 01:27:25 1 SOOK FUN TANG MALAYSIA 01:54:13
2 ZULKIFLY BIN MAN MALAYSIA 01:32:24 2 SOOK FANG TAN MALAYSIA 01:57:07
3 GOH ENG HWA MALAYSIA 01:41:01 3 LAI PENG SOO MALAYSIA 01:58:11