Over 800 join Convo Run & Cycle

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam organised UBD Convo Run & Cycle 2016 yesterday at the UBD Sports Complex in conjunction with its 28th convocation.

The guest of honour, Education Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, sounded the horn for the 5.3km and 10km runs and participated in the 3.3km run.

The minister said in an interview with The Brunei Times that he was encouraged by the attendance at the event.

“Today’s turnout was very good despite the weather, which initially threatened to dampen the event but in the end turned out to be lovely,” he said.

“We’ve been encouraging our students in Brunei to be more healthy and fit in order to reduce the obesity rate, and health-related events like today are part of our programme to promote a healthy lifestyle not just among students but also the staff (of schools and universities),” he said.

He said he would like to see events promoting healthy lifestyles continue to be promoted among educational institutions across the country.

“Every school is encouraged to hold more health and fitness events as part of our overall strategy to reduce obesity among students and staff,” he said.

“Most schools are now equipped with or have access to sporting facilities, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be doing so.”

The event had four categories. Under the non-competitive category was a 3.3km fun run and 27km fun cycle, while under the competitive category was a 5.3km run and 10km run.

There were over 800 participants, with over 700 taking part in the run and over 40 participating in the fun cycle.

The event started off with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by a warm-up session conducted by Fitness Zone.

Communications Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat also participated in the event under the 27km fun cycle.

The complex was also a pit stop for 65 cyclists participating in the 56km Cycling Expedition in conjunction with Pg Muda Mahkota Pg Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital’s 18th anniversary.

Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi was among the 65 cyclists.

Afterwards, the event continued with a ceremony where the guest of honour presented prizes to the top three of the 5.3km and 10km run in both the male and female categories.

First place for the 10km run went to Sefli Anak Ahar and Bazil Irwan, while first place for the 5.3km run went to Pg Mohd Shamsul Adli and Nurul Massanita Baharuddin. The winners received a $300 cheque.

“I consider the training I do at my workplace as my training for this run, but I still didn’t expect to win because there were a lot of people,” Nurul Massanita, who is a member of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, said in an interview with The Brunei Times.

“This is also my first time winning first place,” she added.

The second and third place winners received $200 and $100 respectively. All participants received a medal of appreciation.

Ten per cent of the event’s proceeds were donated to the Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER).

Also in attendance were UBD’s Vice Chancellor, Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina POKLW DSS Hj Awg Abdul Aziz, and SMARTER’s President, Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman.

The Brunei Times