Thousands participate in
Chiang Mai’s annual Terry Fox Run
Thousands of benevolent athletes participated in this
year’s Chiang Mai version of the annual Terry Fox Run on November 2 at the
700th Anniversary Chiang Mai Sports Complex.
The Terry Fox Run is a marathon inspired by Terry Fox, an
18-year-old Canadian man who was diagnosed with osteoginic sarcoma, or bone
cancer, and had his right leg amputated six inches above the knee. While in
hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients that he
decided to run across Canada, more than 8,500km, from the Atlantic Ocean to
the Pacific Ocean, to raise money for cancer research. The run became known
as the Marathon of Hope. Terry died on June 24, 1981 at the age of 22.
University exchange students took part in this year’s run.
the local schoolchildren also took part in the event.
this is a walk/run event, many opted for the “walk” option.
Every year, more than 50 countries organize their own
Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research, which is awarded to an
accredited cancer facility within their country.
This year in Chiang Mai, the Regent Chiang Mai Resort
& Spa in conjunction with the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand
under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty organized the Terry Fox Run to
raise funds for cancer research.
The Regent Chiang Mai Resort & Spa got much
cooperation from Ballantine’s, Silk Air, Vanichwathana, Boncafe (Thailand)
Ltd., Bank of Ayudhya, The Pizza Company, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, and Vittel.
Proceeds raised from the previous five runs in Chiang Mai
totaled 1,147,000 baht, all of which was retained for use in Thailand. The
figures for this year’s run have not yet been released.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts staff, Canadian Embassies, Consulates and
the Department of National Defense and local cancer societies organize
Norwegian hearts raise 1.7 million baht for HIV infected children
With a charity golf tournament held during the daytime in
Pattaya and an evening of sumptuous dinner and auction on the same evening
at the Amari Orchid Resort Pattaya, a group of just 40 Norwegian business
people recently raised 1.7 million baht to be donated to the Save The
Children Foundation for HIV infected children in Chiang Mai.
organizers of the event, Bjorn Granerod the past MD of Jotun Thailand Ltd.,
Bjorn Naglestad, Ms. Vibeke Lyssand Leirrvaag, and Ms. Virginia Sorensen.
The group has raised altogether 15 million baht towards this course since
1984 and have built a house for the children under the care of the
Twenty-eight countries turn up at Transplant Games opening ceremonies
Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Kromluang
Naradhiwas Rajanagarinda graciously presided over the opening ceremony of
the first Asian Transplant Games at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium
Prince Royal College’s orchestra led the parade of sportsmen.
Twenty-eight Asian countries were represented by their
Following HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana’s welcoming
address, the Prince Royal College’s orchestra led the parade of sportsmen
from many countries including Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kuwait,
Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand into the stadium followed by the
from many countries were represented, including Australia, China, India,
Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.
transplantees and children from local schools all took part in the opening
The Games covered athletics, badminton, table tennis, golf, swimming and
petong. Organizers hope that the games will inspire people to assist and
become interested in organ donation.
Flamingo beats Rock Hard making for exciting finish in Pool League
Thanks to Flamingo beating Rock Hard, the Chiang Mai Pool
League should still have a tight finish to the season.
The win puts Flamingo back into a tie with Rock Hard for
first place, with Hiss & Slither just one point back and ready to
strike, whilst Lucky Bar is just two points back and looking to get lucky
before the end of the season.
Scores from November 8: Flamingo beat Rock Hard 6-3, Up
2U defeated December Bar 6-3, Home to Roost doubled up Lucky Bar 6-3, and TF
Cafe was given a 9-0 win due to Mad Dog failing to field a team.
This coming week (Nov 22, the final week of the season)
sees Home to Roost v UP 2U, Mad Dog v Viking, and Hiss & Slither v Lucky
Note: The league is now planning on taking December off with the new
start on 3 Jan. There will be a meeting in mid December for all present and
new teams to register and sort out fixtures, rules etc.
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks
(hence: on 18-11, 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13 01 2003). Pick up can be
arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the
H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged
from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub
every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.
BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month
on the last Sunday of the month.
Coming Monday is a great event: The traditional Lot
Catheuy run when the guys and girls run cross dressed straight through town.
If you want to join, it’s 300B including all the beer after the run! Meet
at “ONON” Pub at 17.00 (Moonmueng Soi 1, yellow building). It’s going
to be great fun.
We also have two so-called outstations coming up: A male
hash outstation to Bangkok on 7, 8, 9 December and a mixed outstation to
Chiang Dao on 14 & 15 December. All information either from Fish and
Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
Bang, Thump, Kwang!
Kwang Championships end this weekend
The always-exciting Kwang Championships are being held
this weekend at the Kad Gong Kong Fair, with the final rounds this Sunday,
black insects, are competing in the Kwang Fighting World Championships 2002
this weekend at the Kad Gong Kong Fair.
Kwang are black insects - scientific name Xylotrupes
The Agriculture Faculty, Chiang Mai University, in
cooperation with the Chiang Mai Kwang (Xylotrupes Gideon) Club are hosting
the Kwang Fighting World Championships 2002 as part of the Yipeng Fair.
Assc. Prof. Dr. Pornchai Luengarpapong, deputy dean of
Academic Service and Technology, Agriculture Faculty, Chiang Mai University,
is the chairman of the 4th Kad Gong Kong Fair.
The competition has been divided into four categories:
large, medium, small, and the very tiny. The winning Kwang will receive
1,000 baht and a trophy. The most beautiful Kwang will also receive 1,000
baht with a trophy.
If you wish to train a Kwang for next year’s competition and require
further information on Kwang Fighting contact Prasert, tel. 053 369 397, 01
111 7694 and 053 944 088.
Doi Saket schools bowled over
Pattamaporn Tongorn, the secretary of the Chiang Mai
Cricket Schools Alliance has revealed that there will be cricket training
for the P.E. teachers in 24 schools located in the Doi Saket District
November 28-30. “At the moment, 20 schools in Doi Saket have agreed to
cooperate with us already, but there are 24 schools in Doi Saket and we need
to train all. We are contacting the other 4 schools, and we think they will
participate with us,” Pattamaporn said.
The training will take place at the Chon Pratan Pha Tak
School in the district, from 8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. There are 6 trainers;
Eric Little, David Walker, Caro Granada, Ray Twine, Mark Varney, and Parn
The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance was pioneered by
foreigners who love playing cricket. Originally, the member schools were all
international schools, but recently the number of member schools is
increasing with currently 11 schools in Chiang Mai.
The cricket alliance aims to spread knowledge of cricket
to the remote schools and aims to support players in rural areas.
“Some children could have been geniuses in cricket. But
some of them are too far away to be discovered, so sometimes we miss a
genuine diamond. That’s why we aim to get to schools outside the city.
Maybe one day one of students in Doi Saket will become a national cricket
player, who knows?” Pattamaporn said.
Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance Tournament begins today
The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance is holding a
cricket competition today, Saturday November 16, at Sai Moon School, Hang
Dong District. The competition starts at 9 a.m. and finishes the same day at
around 3 p.m.
of the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance Tournament met at the White Lotus
to announce the tournament. Chairman Peter Dawson, seated 2nd form left,
presided over the meeting.
The cricket competition is being organized by
co-chairmen, Somboon Sooprasert and Peter Dawson. It is held annually among
11 member schools in Chiang Mai: Prince Royal College, Montfort College,
Chiang Mai International School, Lanna International School, Prem, Wat Pa
Phaeng, Sai Moon, Rong Or, Sahakorn, Ban Nam Phrae, Ban Dong, and Wat Sri
The event is a tournament competition; three rounds will
be completed within 1 day. All eleven schools will compete against one
another in the first round, with losing teams facing elimination.
The objectives of the competition are to help support students play
cricket, and promote knowledge of cricket among Chiang Mai children.
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
One of the challenges of covering boxing in the Kingdom
is acquiring information. Often the date, time and place are as closely
guarded a secret as the actually number of family members belonging to a
“dearly beloved”. As the December 5 date draws near for the fight to
celebrate the 75th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
information is being made available. “The Thai Tyson” Yodsanan
3K-Battery will definitely make his first WBA Super Featherweight title
defense against #14 ranked Lamont Pearson, which you already knew from
reading the Square Ring. The fight will be held at the Royal Park, Bangkok
and televised live from 3 to 6 p.m. on the National Channel 7, which
promoters say is “the #1 Sports Channel in Thailand.” “They no lie
me.” A recent press release indicates that more than 100,000 are expected
to attend. Boy that be a lot of people.
If there are 100,000 cheering on 3-K one wonders if they
will be as enthusiastic as the 125,000 that packed Azteca Stadium in Mexico
City to watch Julio Caesar Chavez (104-5-2) remove Greg Haugen (32-4) in 4
rounds back in 1993. Haugen had added to their excitement when before the
fight he made a couple “bulletin board statements”. “Half of
Chavez’s wins came against Tijuana taxi drivers that my mom could whip,”
was by far the best. After the fight he admitted that they were tough
Tijuana taxi drivers and his mom was pretty tough also. Having ridden around
in many taxis in Bangkok I would offer a word of advice to Lamont Person,
“Don’t make the Haugan mistake of saying that of 3-K’s 38 wins half
came against Bangkok taxi drivers. Not a good idea.
Probably a good time to bring the world up to date on the
Heavyweight division. The reader must be warned that anything that appears
in regard to heavyweights has about as much validly as a “demonde’s”
promise. “I love you all my heart.” In New York last week Don King
announced that Evandler Holyfield (38-5-2) will fight Chris Byrd (35-2) for
the IBF title on December 7. The IBF title became vacant when Lennox Lewis
declined to defend it. Lewis got the belt when Riddock Bowe tossed it in a
rubbish bin in London. Silly boys.
Roy Jones Jr. will maybe fight John Ruiz for the WBO
title on March 1. Then the two winners would meet for the IBF-WBA belts. But
there is a slight problem. Jones has not agreed to fight Ruiz let alone the
winner of Holyfield-Byrd. Then on the 14th of December Vladimir Klitschko
(39-1) and Jameel McCline (28-2-3) will lace up the gloves in Las Vegas for
the WBO Heavyweight belt.
What of David Tua, you ask? Good question. He’s suppose
to fight Hashim Rahman in an IBF title eliminator but Rahman wants too much
money according to the TuaMan’s team. Mike Tyson? Well, he’ll fight
Clifford “The Black Rhino” Ettiene maybe. That leaves the Imperial One
(Lennox Lewis). He wants to fight Vladimir Klitschko in March of next year
but the pay per view folks say “NO”. They already have Jones-Ruiz for
March except as we know they don’t.
Meanwhile, Vitali Klitschko (31-1) takes on Larry Donald
(39-2-2) in Dortman, Germany on November 23. The same night Olympic Champion
Audley Harrison (7-0) makes his USA debutt against TBA.
Bad news for the followers of Ratanachai Sor Vorapin
(34-7) who had to be highly disappointed when he made the mistake of
traveling to Indonesia for a bout with undefeated Featherweight Chris John
(29-0). Granted, John was fighting at home but his unanimous decision keeps
his record clean while putting the brakes on Vorapin’s climb in various
rankings. Vorapin had gained some world wide attention when he went to
America and defeated former champion Danny Romero. Now it’s probably back
to the drawing board for Ratanachai. The drawing board? In fight talk that
means a string of meaningless opponents converted into wins and hopefully
another money fight.
The home team hasn’t being doing well lately. PABA
interim champ Deeden Kengkarun (21-8-2, 12 KO’s) lost his second fight to
WBA #7 Marvin Tampos (10-1). The fight accomplished two goals. It allowed
the Filipino to retain the title and removed the word “interim” from in
front of Deeden’s name.
The two had fought on May 23 when the popular Thai was
KO’d in 7. This time? He again made it to the 7th
with the fight being halted at 1:21.
But alas there was some good news. Kiatchai Icejellybalm
(13-0, 8 KOs) bombed Mohammed Usup of Iraq at 1:34 of round 3. The card was
held at Taladthai Market, Patumthanee, Thailand. Then last night Somsak
Sithchahchawan (27-1-1) fought Andries Dick (15-6-3) in Bangkok. Do I know
who won? Not a chance as this column was written last week. But my guess is
that Somsak got his 28th win.
How about them apples?
Fitness Tips: Exercise and pregnancy part II
I will now continue with the article that I started last
week after the release of the study below which I’ll show you again before
I finish off the recommendations.
Exercise is beneficial throughout pregnancy
A new study, published in a recent issue of the American
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has revealed that exercise, even
during late pregnancy, may prevent complications in pregnant women and their
The study looked at 75 pregnant women who exercised
regularly. Each of the women were divided into three groups and worked out
on either a treadmill, stepping machine or participated in a step aerobics
class during their eighth week of pregnancy. The report goes on to state
that any woman exercising regularly before she became pregnant should not
cease the physical activity during the pregnancy and women who were
previously inactive but are looking to ease the effects on her body should
commence exercise, but all women should gain a clearance from an Ob. Gyn. to
participate in the exercise.
What you will be told along with a couple of other things
is something to the effect of: remember that the baby will not handle the
exercise as well as the mother so follow these further guidelines:
Blood flow to the baby, when lying on your back to
perform abdominal exercises in particular or any general exercise, the added
weight of the fetus will compress blood vessels and restrict flow though
both the mother’s and the baby’s body. After week 16 try to avoid this
completely and try to avoid lying on your back for longer periods than 2-3
minutes. Be aware of dizziness and or rapid but weak pulse, it will mean you
have been lying on your back for too long.
Always incorporate a longer than average cool down phase
after exercise, you must reduce not only your own but the baby’s heart
rate and body temperature also.
Pregnant exercisers should check with their doctor to
ensure that maternal weight gain and the fetal growth are increasing at a
satisfactory rate throughout the pregnancy. If not, their exercise level may
need to be reduced and their nutritional intake assessed.
Your center of gravity will change with the pregnancy so
balance and stability will be more difficult. Be careful with rapid
direction changes when exercising and moving around in general.
The hormone relaxin is released in your system in
increased levels during your pregnancy so be more careful to not overload
the body with impact (jumping/running) and stretch much more gently.
Avoid any position/load/exercise that makes you feel
uncomfortable, you don’t need that extra stress until after you have
recovered from the delivery.
Ask your Ob. Gyn to check your rectus abdominus (the six
pack muscle at the front of your abdomen). In 30% of pregnancies this will
split down the middle without you feeling it go. If the doctor detects this
they will insist that you cease abdominal exercise.
Water based exercise will ensure that your active heart
rate will be 10 beats (on average) lower and water will take away heat from
your core 25% faster than air. Water supports a large proportion of your
body weight thus reducing impact and falling over while exercising in the
water is no issue if it is waist depth or more as you will not hit the
bottom. So balance and coordination problems are eliminated. It’s hard to
beat a water workout for a pregnant lady.
When do you stop exercising?
If at any time during exercise a woman feels very hot,
faint, dizzy, short of breath, experiences vaginal bleeding, has
palpitations, blurred vision, disorientation, severe OR continuous
headaches, lower abdominal pain, tightness or cramping, back pain or pubic
pain they should stop immediately and consult their obstetrician.
Now that’s a lot to think about isn’t it? But yes,
it’s very much worth it as it will increase the recovery time after birth
and will also increase the chances of the return of, or even, the
improvement of your figure after everything has settled down again. Stop
laughing, I’ve read about it, not only in study texts and industry
journals but subjective accounts and I’ve seen it happen, it’s all about
That’s enough for now. We’ll be off in a different
direction next week.