Participants at the Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon 2020. PHOTO: BUTM
BY Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam’s runner Meo Romero of Kiasu Runners finished in 49th place overall out of 92 finishers in the 100 mile event of the prestigious Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) 2020 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah after clocking a time of 50:04:18 on Monday.
The local runner also recorded an 11th place finish in the men’s veteran category and became the highest Bruneian finisher in this year’s annual race.
Meo completed the race four minutes past 8am on Monday with his compatriot Ali Ajis Rasil finishing seven minutes later. Three other Bruneians completed the race while four runners ended their journey at several checkpoints during the race including in Kiulu River at the 11th stop of the race.
Joining Meo to finish the gruelling race was Ali Ajis Rasil of SVR Brunei, who finished in 52nd spot overall and 13th in the men’s veteran class.
Matnarudin Ibrahim, the third highest Bruneian finisher, finished two spots back in 54th overall followed by Muhammad Izzat Abdullah Wong who finished in 57th place overall.
The duo was also registered under the men’s veteran category with Matnarudin representing SVR Brunei.
The three runners who attempted to finish the race were Shahrin bin Haji Kasim of Chainblock MuayThai, Haji Khairul Arifin of T2R, Md Sukairi bin Haji Abdul Rahman of STR Brunei and Amir Abdul Latip of Kiasu Runners.
Malaysia’s Daved Simpat of The North Face Adventure Team emerged winner in the 100m event after recording a time of 30:21:02. He edged countryman Milton Amat, who also posted the same time, in a photo finish.
Wilsen Singgin of Running Project Malaysia completed the podium of Malaysian runners after finishing the race five minutes later.
Organised by Borneo Ultra Trails, the race attracted an international field from countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.
The international meet, which was set on a course certified by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), took runners through a combination of natural jungle settings and cultural landscapes as they battled through the route in the Kiulu Valley North of Kota Kinabalu.
This year saw the addition of the Borneo 100 miler, the main event of the race, to complement the existing distances in the 100k, 50k, 30k and the 9k events.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin