KUALA TERENGGANU: Contrary to the belief that hashers just run for fun, a good number of them are formidable and highly-competitive athletes.
The Kuala Terengganu Hash House Harriers will storm the ‘Sultan Mahmud Bridge Run 2018’ at midnight today.
Twenty-four of their 98 members, comprising professionals and businessmen aged 35 to 75, are competing in the 42km, 21km and 12km races, while others are taking part in the 8km and 5km runs.
Five will run the full 42km marathon and 21 will take part in the half-marathon (21km) and 12km race.
The five are ‘Happy Girl’ Wong Kok Moy and men ‘Happy Boy’ Chan Chung Cheng, ‘Lakat’ Ngan Cheng Tiam, ‘Mercedes’ Tan Guan Koo and ‘Kukutek’ Tan Hock Teck.
Seasoned campaigner and community leader The Rocket Ng Chai Hing will participate in the 21km race.
Ng, a 58-year-old insurance consultant is Terengganu’s de facto DAP chief and the state’s Lions Club president.
Senior hasher ‘Redcat’ Tan Tiong Chook has pulled out owing to injury.
Speaking on behalf of the hashers, accountant and team captain Levy Chan Ai Hoon said the harriers (men) and harriets (women) were regulars at their weekly Thursday runs.
“A majority of us hashers have clocked over thousands of kilometres running long distance competitively for five decades to keep fit and be sprightly.
“We believe that a healthy body, mind and soul results in a healthy lifestyle and productivity at work,” said Levy, who briefed her team on tonight’s bridge event after the hashers’ weekly run.
It was followed by dinner at the Uncle Ng restaurant in Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd