Steaming through Sabah
THE FOURTH BORNEO ULTRA-TRAIL Marathon saw 1,400 runners from 39 countries pitting themselves against Sabah’s steep terrain and technical trail. Competitors sizzled on the ridge under high temperatures during the day, and later struggled with footing as rain turned trails muddy and slippery. Many came to the finish line looking as they had joined the water buffalos’ mud bath. Backdrops of the majestic Mt Kinabalu made it all worthwhile, while curious children and f leeing domestic animals along the route were part of the welcome runners received in the native villages. A trio consisting of Ita lian Alessandro Rizzetto Chini, Britain Chris Goodwin and local runner Milton Amat pulled away from the start on the 100-km course and were close together for the first 25km before Amat made a decisive push on the largest hill on the course to gain 20 minutes on the others. Amat kept the lead to the finish, ahead of Goodwin and Rizzetto in third. In the female category, it was also a trio, consisting of UK’S Lucy Scott, local runner Adelinah Lintanga and Singaporean Poh Suan Puah, who pulled away early and battled it out with Scott eventually taking the top spot followed by Lintanga and Poh. The 50-km race saw the Czech Republic’s Petr Novotny blazing through the course to take a convincing win in the men’s category ahead of local runner Safrey Sumping in second and UK’S Chris Timms in third. In the women’s, Hong Kong’s Cindy Fan took the top spot ahead of Brunei’s Judy Leslie and local top runner Jassica Lintanga Pado.