CH4 complete battle in the mountains
Runners with a drinking problem or drinkers
with a running problem?
Arie J.M. de Keijzer
The Chiangmai Happy Hash House Harriers (CH4), the best
mixed hash that runs on every Saturday and distinguishes itself from other
hashes by being informal, allowing children and being simply very happy,
enjoyed their 17th run last
Saturday on September 11.
Kwazimoto, Hare Klaus Barber and Hasher Licks get ready for the run.
The Hare for this run was A-J de Keijzer, alias “Klaus
Barber”, GM from the Rydges Hotel, and his residence on the Samoeng Road
was the starting point as well as the location for the circle and ON-ON
party. The co-hare was Dyke Converter and both hares went a long way to set
the toughest run of the year.
The run was already announced as being “nice but
tough” and surely did receive plenty of comments alike, after the runners
had completed the battle in the mountains. The fastest runner came in after
51 minutes and the last ones, well, we won’t mention them.
bunch of hashers just having a great time.
Excellent food, made available by the hare and catered by
the Rydges Tapae Chiang Mai Hotel was provided, along with a wide spread of
drinks that ensured an attendance from around 30 hashers, who stayed till
very late, or early in the morning. Parties catered by hare Klaus Barber
have gained the reputation of being the best of the best and this one was
surely a top one, once again.
Anyone interested in joining this group of ‘drinkers
with a running problem’, runs are held every Saturday starting at 5 p.m.
You can also go to the Fish and Chips Shop, where transportation leaves at 4
p.m. For more information please contact this special group of Hashers at:
Olympic weightlifters visit Chiang Mai
Two Olympic gold medals winners “Orn” Udomporn Polsak,
and “Kai” Pavina Thongsuk, and two bronze medallists Aree Wiratthaworn
and Wandee Kampiam visited Chiang Mai on September 17.
vintage car carrying Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, president of Weightlifting
Association of Thailand, and Budsaba Yodbangtoey, manager of the Thai
national weightlifting team, and a second one carrying “Kai” Pavina
Thongsuk, a gold medal weightlifter, ascend to the Kruba Sriwichai statue.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization
(PAO), led by Thawatwong Na Chiangmai, had invited them to let Chiang Mai
people show their appreciation and congratulate the young athletes.
Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, president of the
Weightlifting Association of Thailand, and Budsaba Yodbangtoey, manager of
the Thai national weightlifting team, joined the four youngsters.
left) “Orn” Udomporn Polsak (gold medal), Wandee Kampiam (bronze medal),
Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, Budsaba Yodbangtoey, “Kai” Pavina Thongsuk
(gold medal) and Aree Wiratthaworn (bronze medal) pay homage at the Kruba
Sriwichai statue at the foot of Doi Suthep.
Our gold medal winners were driven around the city in open
cars to the Kruba Sriwichai statue at the foot of Doi Suthep to pay homage to
the city’s soul statue before moving to the Three Kings Monument.
Later, they attended the celebration of the 34th
anniversary of Chiang Mai Physical Education College, from where “Kai”
Pavina, one of the gold medal winners, had graduated. The college granted
Pavina a shield of honor to award her as the Most Outstanding Alumna of the
In the afternoon, a celebration was held at the Empress Hotel to record
their success and excellent performance in serving the nation at the recent
Marathon for better health and funds for charity
The Mahidol Day marathon honoring the “Father of Thai
medicine” was held at the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University on
mini-marathon start on September 19.
This year was the 30th time the marathon had been held. Its
aim was to raise awareness about health through exercise, as well as to raise
money for the Rajasamathorn Fund to help the poor and disadvantaged receive
treatment at the Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital.
Mahidol Day falls on September 24 and honors Prince Mahidol,
the father of Thai medicine.
Lt Gen Picharnmeth Muangmanee, commander of the Third Army Region, presided
over the opening ceremony at the Faculty of Medicine.
Chiang Mai’s diplomats to slug it out
But it is just for charity
Dr. Rebecca Lomax
What if you could make a difference in the life of a child
whose history includes the death of parents, abandonment, neglect, abuse or
being trafficked and prostituted for the profit of an unscrupulous adult? What
if your 100 baht could go into a pool of donations and give this child a
recreational opportunity that he or she would not otherwise have?
Director Saenpol of the 700 Year Anniversary Complex presents new tennis
racquets to some of the children who are part of the “Tennis is My Dream”
“Tennis is My Dream” grew out of a desire to enrich the
lives of poor children and give them recreational skills that can last a
lifetime. Children in institutions and other poor children may have their basic
needs for food and shelter met, but they have few opportunities for sports or
other life-enriching experiences. They become very vulnerable to substance
abuse and prostitution, two of the most challenging problems in northern
On October 23, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., the organizers of
“Tennis is My Dream” will sponsor a VIP tennis competition featuring the
competitive tennis skills of German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen,
Consul-General Katsuhiro Shinohara of Japan, Vice-Consul Henry Jardine of the
United States, and Governor Suwat Tantipat of Chiang Mai. Former National
Champion of Thailand, Worapol Tongkamchoo, and former member of the Thai Davis
Cup Team, Suparat Chookuan, will also compete, as will several Junior Chiang
Mai Tennis Champions.
Michael Vogt, Managing Director of Chiangmai Mail, will MC
the event in English and German, while the Japanese language MC will be
The competition will take place at the 700 Year Anniversary
Complex on Center Court, with tickets priced at 100 baht. Seating will be open,
so come early. Bring your camera. The competition and the door prizes promise
to be fun!
Tickets are available at Bake and Bite Bakery and Restaurant (both
locations), or telephone Khun Gai at 01-882-9545, Ajahn Boonsong at 01-531-0177
or Ray Twine at 053-211-542.
Thai women footballers
meet Singapore in trial match
The Football Association of Thailand has invited an under-19
women’s football team from Singapore to play the national under-19’s at the
700 Year Anniversary Stadium on October 23.
This will be a trial match to test the field conditions
before the actual FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off, according to Dr Santi
Pongpandecha, manager of the Chiang Mai football field for the tournament.
The Football Association of Thailand will test all relevant
systems at the stadium including the condition of the field, preparedness of
the province and the juniors who will escort teams onto the field, as well as
the live telecasting system by Tossapark Company.
The friendly against Singapore will be shown live on TV from
4-6 p.m. nationally.
The 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai will be used
for one match in the first round and two matches in the second round between
Weightlifting fest to be held in Chiang Mai
In the wake of national pride in the Thai women
weightlifters who won two gold and two bronze medals during the Olympic Games
in Athens, Thailand’s Weightlifting Championship and Asian Youth
Weightlifting Championship will be held from October 1-4 and October 5-15
respectively. Chiang Mai has been chosen to host the two events.
Admiral General Chaiyuth Tantrakul, vice-president of the
Amateur Weightlifters of Thailand, called on all associated organizations in
Chiang Mai to prepare for the championships.
Earlier, Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, president of the
Amateur Weightlifters of Thailand, had assigned Dr Santi Pongpundecha, managing
director of the Thai Product International Co, to be president of the committee
organizing the events.
Weightlifters from every region of the country will take
part in the national championship, while participants from 20 countries will
compete in the second event.
Top weightlifters from China, Iran, Kazakhstan and
Uzbekistan will draw sport lovers to follow the competition. It will be
interesting to see if governmental interest remains as high as it was after the
first gold medal was won in Athens.