RBPF holds charity hill challenge

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TEMBURONG

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday held the Bukit Patoi hill challenge in Temburong to raise funds for less fortunate people.

The charity run saw 70 participants taking on the challenge with a 2km run on the road from Taman Rekreasi Hutan Bukit Patoi to Batu Kedinding and back to the recreational park.

The run was also held to mark the police force’s 95th anniversary.

Inspector Daniell Chin, secretary of the charity run, said the collection of the registration fees will go to the charity fund for the less fortunate.

RBPF will hold another charity walkathon at the Tutong Sports Complex on March 20 before announcing the total amount of funds raised.

According to the press release, yesterday’s race was split into three categories - Men’s 5km Open; Women’s 5km Open; and 2km fun run.

The champion of the women’s open, Siti Fatimah Hj Abu Bakar, said she joined the competition because she wanted to challenge herself in running up the hill.

“The only way for me to have a good chance in this race is on the hill.

“The younger ones were overtaking me on the road but I thought to myself that I could put up a good fight on the hill,” the first ex-national hockey goalkeeper said in an interview.

The ex-national athlete said she does not want to stop running even though she is “much older”.

“I have been running my whole life and am currently trying to get my daughter to start too,” said Siti Fatimah.

Former national runner, 42-year-old Sefli Ahar won the men’s open. He said running up the hill requires a much more different technique than normal running.

“Breathing is different and more controlled. The energy should be saved for the hill and not exerted prior to that moment. The running steps are also much different, it should be strictly measured with shorter steps,” said Sefli, who also teaches running techniques to aspiring athletes.

Sefli, who is a regular face on the podium of running competitions, said he runs every morning and that “running is my rice”.

Present as guest of honour at the event was Police Commissioner Dato Paduka Seri Bahrin Md Noor.

The Brunei Times