The Outdoor Unlimited
Chiang Mai Challenge 2009
The Chiang Mai Challenge 2009 will take
place on Saturday May 9.
Amarin Plaza’s Outdoor Unlimited Zone, The Tourism Authority of Thailand
and Active Management Asia Co., Ltd. are pleased to announce the second
edition of The Chiang Mai Challenge Adventure Race.
Scheduled for Saturday May 9, this three to eight hour wilderness
adventure race, will take teams of two through a 35k to 50k course. The
trail will consist of running, mountain biking, swimming and paddling.
Adventure Racing is a highly visual and dynamic sport genre, stretching
competitors to their limits. It is a sport that that is rapidly
capturing the imagination of sports people in Thailand and around the
After the tremendous success of the River Kwai Trophy 2009 edition that
attracted 120 teams from many nations, the next event of the Amazing
Adventure Race series promises to bring some fun and excitement in the
Rose of the North.
The landscape surrounding Chiang Mai offers “unique challenges for
setting an event of this kind,” says Serge Henkens, Amazing Thailand
Adventure Race Series Manager. Located between the 700 years stadium,
the Doi Suthep Mountain and Mae Rim, the course will include a variety
of short and fast sections.
“We always strive to create something different in all of our races; to
surprise the competitors,” says Dave Debruyn, the logistics coordinator.
“What we can say is that it will be a lively and interesting race. We
can’t tell much more at this stage. The racers will find out on the race
The race will start and finish at the 700 years stadium. Many of the
activities will take place at the Huey Tung Tao reservoir from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. says Henkens.
The Amazing Adventure Race Series is now by far the largest Adventure
Race Series in South East Asia. For the Chiang Mai race there will be 2
divisions, and anyone with a minimum fitness level can participate. The
race is open to anyone 14 years of age or older and each team must
consist of two athletes.
For more details go to www. chaingmaichallenge.com or
www.active-asia.com or Tel: 02 718 9581-82 (Nid or Soy) or the race
director Serge Henkins on 081 922 7100
The 8th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is taking place this
week from 23 - 30 March, on the playing field of the Anantara
Resort, near the Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen district.
The event has attracted 50 polo players, who will represent
teams sponsored by companies in Thailand as well as polo clubs
in foreign countries. All told, 12 teams are competing for the
trophy. It requires 18 elephants to travel to the venue from
their home pastures in Surin province, in northeast Thailand.
For more information and directions to the Anantara Resort,
check out the website at www.goldentriangle. anantara.com
Chiang Mai Cricket News
Players were able to take early drinks in the match
between City Life and Bangkok Blues played at the Prem Centre
last weekend, due, in no small part to an attack on the bowling
by the Blue’s Anwar; but more of that in a moment.
Richard Bartholomew was ‘on the ball’ at the recent match
between City Life and Irish Pub.
City Life batted first and could only scrape together 78 runs
off 23 overs due to the excellent bowling of Lohit Jassal and
Vikki Singh. Both bowled 8 overs, the former taking 3 wickets
for 17 and the latter 4 for 35. No batsman with a score of
Any thoughts City Life had of making a game of it were quickly
dashed by Anwar who smashed 58 off only 26 balls to help his
side reach the required runs in an amazing 6.1 overs. At one
stage he hit the ball so hard he broke his bat in two.
The other scheduled match was cancelled as the Prem School would
not let any students play whilst the high pollution situation in
Chiang Mai remained; a decision I fully endorse.
Last week I mentioned the unusual dismissal of ‘obstructing
the field’ given against a batsman who called “Drop it,”
as a fielder was about to take a catch. However, I failed to
mention that the umpire on that occasion was Richard
Bartholomew; who knew his rules. Well done Richard.
On Sunday at the Gymkhana Club a clinic for juniors was
conducted by Chris Dodd and Martin Papworth with 25 lads from
three schools. The schools represented were Wat Don Chan, Wat
Wai Luan and Wat Ban Si Ban Yuen and the boys showed great
enthusiasm. It is worthy of note that the boys from Wat Don
Chan are all Hilltribe children. It augers well for the future
of cricket in this part of the world.
Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes 2009 next weekend
The 22nd Chiang
Mai International Cricket Sixes will be played from Sunday March
29 until Saturday April 4, at the Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai.
A total of 32 teams will compete in this world famous cricket
tournament and there will also be separate ladies and junior
competitions running concurrently with the main event.
As always, spectators are warmly welcome to come down and view
some spectacular cricket and soak up the atmosphere at this one
of a kind event. The Chiengmai Gymkhana Club is situated on the
old Chiangmai Lamphun Road just north of Nong Hoy Market (before
the Holiday Inn Hotel) and is an easy tuk-tuk or songthaew ride
from any part of Chiang Mai. Admission to the beautiful,
spacious grounds of the Gymkhana Club is free and there is
ample, shaded seating for cricket spectators.
As always, there will be a wide variety of food on sale, plus
cold San Miguel beer and other beverages will be available from
the “Boundary Bar” which is located right in the heart of the
For more information and a full schedule of the matches, check
out the official tournament website at www. chiangmaisixes.com.