Bandar Seri Begawan - The Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Charity Expedition for ALAF 2012 saw multiple winners ascend on the podium to receive their prizes and special jerseys, however, the highlight of the day was an 11-year-old girl from International School Brunei, who won the Women's 10 kilometre Open Category.
Katarina Birimac crossed the finish line with a time of 45 minutes and eight seconds to claim the honour of a gold medal, an exclusive winner's T-shirt, B$500 cash and serious bragging rights.
In an interview with the youthful competitor - who has developed a passion for running ever since she was seven years old - she said, "I am really happy to have won today".
When asked how she would use her cash prize, Katarina said, "I may save it or spend it on anything".
The second and third place prizes in the 10km Open Category went to Sarah Louise Burns - who finished just one minute shy of first place - and Phua Lee Ping respectively.
In the 10km Brunei Women's Category, Nuriyenny Muslim completed the race in pole position with a time of 47 minutes and 24 seconds - winning herself a package to participate in a 10km run in Hong Kong.
When asked how she felt about winning, she said, "I am really happy to be able to complete the race with a time of around 47 minutes. The weather was good today and the organisers did a good job, especially with the location of water spots."
She added, "I felt good in the race today and it was a good run. I will continue my training in preparation for the 10km run in Hong Kong."
Second and third places went to Dk Nurazriana Pg Hassanan and Dk Nurul Aina Syafiqah Pg Hj Gainal respectively. Dk Nurazriana earned herself a package to Kuala Lumpur to participate in a 10km run, while Dk Nurul Aina Syafiqah earned a package for a 10km run in Kota Kinabalu.
In the Men's 10km Open Category, Md Khairul Anuar Ramli Won first place with a best time of 38 minutes and 34 seconds, while Mohd Shah Azahar Abdullah Shar and Fabien Plant came in second and third places respectively.
In the 10km Brunei Men's Category, a member of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and veteran long-distance running competitor, (19384 SLD) Shamsul Zamri, who came in first place in a time of 37 minutes and 51 seconds, expressed his happiness at coming in first, saying, "I am really happy to snatch first place because I have never won first place before." Shamsul Zamri also intends to make good use of his time to prepare for the 10km run in Hong Kong.
Second and third places went to Ali Akbar Ali Hashim and Muhammad Nor Risman Ismail respectively.
Another member of the RBAF, (15183 SLD) Khairul Hakimin bin Ahad finished In first place with a best time of one hour and 22 minutes and 20 seconds in the Brunei Men's 21km Category, earning himself a package to Melbourne, Australia, to compete in a marathon.
Second and third places went to Mastani bin Mohd Yusof and Mazly bin Abd Ghani respectively. Mastani earned himself a package to participate in the Hong Kong marathon while Mazly earned a package to participate in a marathon in Singapore.
The Brunei Women's 21km Category saw Surinah Hj Idris win first place in a time of one hour and 55 minutes and 17 seconds, while Nurul Muhirah Miramid and Elyina Sabtu came in second and third places respectively.
Both 21km Open Categories for men and women were dominated by Kenyan nationals with Bernard Mwendia Muthoni finishing the men's race in first place with a best time of one hour and six minutes and ten seconds, followed by his compatriots, Johndan Kiplimo Maru in second place and Charles Kipsang in third place, while Naomi Wambui Muriuki came in first place in the women's race in a time of one hour and 21 minutes and two seconds, followed by Yucabeth Chelangat Bore and Philippa Morris in third place.
Prizes for the race were presented by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, in his capacity as the chairman of BIBD. BIBD's Managing Director, Javed Ahmad was also present.
Also during the day, led by the MIPR Minister, some 350 cyclists raced with one another across a 53km stretch.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin