Sunday, April 08, 2007

Running With The Police Force

What? Larian Mesra Polis KL 2007 (Insert Police siren here)

Where? Dataran Kawad, Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen, Jalan Hang Tuah, KL.

Why? Celebrating 200 years Anniversary of the Malaysian Royal Police Force

When? 7:00am (as printed on form but actual start time was 7:30am after the aerobic session)

Distance? 10km

Aerobic warm-up in progress. Hands up! You're now under arrest.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning, compared to last weekend's wet and windy affair in PD. I was happy to put on my running shoes. I reported at the Dataran Kawad (marching field?) of the Police Headquarter. A few minutes before the blast off, all of us were ushered to the start point on Jalan Hang Tuah, opposite the Pudu Jail (see below picture)

Unlike other runs, we were joined by hundreds of Pulapol (Pusat Latihan Polis or Police Training Centre) cadets thoughout the state, identified with their crew cuts and blue track bottoms. I think they were "forced" to run this event and not taking running seriously. Some of them were seen monkeying around and chatting up the girls. I hope this is not a reflection of how our future police force going to be. Heheh!

Prison break? Nah...heheh!

The run covered Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P-Ramlee, Jalan Pinang, Jalan Kia Peng, Jalan Perak, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Bukit Bintang and back to the Police Headquarter at Jalan Tuah. Basically, we were running through the busiest part of the KL city centre.

A Chinese Temple at Jalan Imbi.

Practising running with handcuff? Not sure what were these two women cadets were trying to do. (Insert Hmmmmm here).

Thanks to road closures (insert cussing from motorists heheh!) and excellent traffic control from the traffic police (insert sounds of whistle blowing here), the run was actually very enjoyable. I was loving every minute of it - running with my favourite podrunner mixes and enjoying the beautiful KL cityscapes.

At Jalan Ampang - seen here is a famous landmark - the Tabung Haji (Haj Fund). Notice the unique geometrical shape which said to resemble a traditional coin box.

We were approaching the famous twin gigantic silver corn cobs... The KLCC. Heheh! Before that we had to pass the futuristic looking KLCC Mosque.

Smile! You're on runwitme's camera. Collecting my purple ribbon at KLCC checkpoint.

Water station at KLCC. There was water supply when I reach here. Notice the big cups and the big cops..Heheh!

Twin erections. The pride of our nation. ;)

Suria KLCC. One of my favourite places to meet friends and window shop.

Two young police cadets. Woit! Run faster! How to catch thieves like that slow, ah?

More KLCC shots. I simply can't get enough of this magnificent piece of architectural wonder.

At Jalan P. Ramlee. Trying out my arty farty shot. Heheh! Notice the reflection of KL Tower on the AMBank building? Cool, eh?

Look! What that on that building?

Wow! That's a car up there. I wonder who was driving the Mini. Mr.Bean perhaps? Heheh!

Running pass the Jalan Bukit Bintang stretch, famous for its massage parlours and foot reflexology centres. Very tempted to stop for some foot massage.

Swaggering back to the Finish line. Where are all the other runners?

What's in the goodies bag?

1 x Larian Mesra T-shirt (100% Cotton; Cougar brand)

1 x Charge Up Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water 500ml

1 x Sparkling H-Two-O drink 330ml

1 x Apollo Strawberry Creamed Waffle

1 x Bahulu cake (Fish shape)

Overall, I enjoy this run very much. It offers a chance to run in the busy parts of the city centre without the fear of being ended up as a new coat of tar on the road. A very welcome change from the usual rounds at Dataran Merdeka. Bravo to our Police Force!


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