“There is nothing impossible to they who will try.” – Alexander the Great
This ambitious woman is unstoppable and consistently achieves extraordinary feats.
Recently, our former national athlete Melinder Kaur secured her 5th National record. The retired army lieutenant jotted down her name in the Malaysia Book of Records for the remarkable feat of RUNNING NON-STOP BACKWARDS FOR 12 HOURS ON A TREADMILL WITH A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 46.814 KILOMETERS, also she is the FIRST MALAYSIAN woman to do so. This record was performed at Sunway Velocity Mall in Cheras.
The 35-year-old mother pushed on through the pain barrier and screamed in joy after achieving the record just over an hour before midnight. Her goal was to surpass 42.2km but she excellently surpasses 46.814km.
This Penangite wept with happiness as she crested the finishing and expressed how much the race had impacted her emotionally and physically.
“On a treadmill, running continuously backwards for 12 hours is challenging physically and mentally. It hurts, and it takes a lot of determination and strength to keep on when your body is urging you to stop,” she remarked.
During the record attempt, she encountered chest pain and tightness. So she had to slightly slow down and was treated by the medical team on standby.
Running 12 hours is a celebration of living and a rehearsal of dying all rolled up in a single intense experience. – Melinder
“When I got onto the treadmill, I reminded myself I’m doing this for a good purpose, mainly to help underprivileged children. Age and physique were never a barrier to achieving my mission.”
Melinder is no stranger to setting records and had in July become the first Malaysian woman to run non-stop for 25 hours (123.85km) on a treadmill.
Melinder who is also an ex-military officer will be donating all the proceeds from her latest record achievement to underprivileged children though she was slightly disappointed to have only raised RM5,000.
“My target was to raise RM20,000 but all I managed to raise was RM5,000. I promised to perform well and delivered on my promise but even that was not enough to convince people to contribute,” she said noting that she will look for underprivileged children’s homes that are not well funded and donate the cash to them.
“Even a small amount makes a difference in every child’s life.” this kind lady says. She had previously raised RM17,000 for charity during her 25-hour run record last year.
FUN FACT: This iron Lady has held the women’s 3000 m steeplechase record for 22 years, ever since she won gold in the 2010 Malaysia Games in Melaka with an impressive time of 10:55.31s. (Her record is still unbreakable) CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Speaking to Varnam Malaysia, the mother of one extends her heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors who stood by her.
“Of course, I couldn’t have even had the privilege of attempting this without the support of my sponsor, Fitness Concept Malaysia, which is Malaysia’s Largest 1 Stop Fitness Specialist Chain Store certified by Malaysia Book of Records with over 47 outlets nationwide. They have been extremely helpful.”
Also, she gives a special shootout to YB Prabakaran (MP of Batu), her mentor for always being there advising and supporting her.
In addition, “I have a set of good friends who were there as my support crew. Thank you to all the medical team on standby during my record attempt, my husband, Charanjit Singh and daughter Jacquelin Kaur.” she expressed.
Inspire others without expecting anything in return. True joy is in giving. – Debasish Mridha
This quote best suit Melinder as she spread her kindness in all way that she could without expecting a penny in return. Indeed BEAUTIFUL IN & OUT!
“You’re such a big inspiration to many, Melinder!”
Congratulations on this mindblowing achievement and all the best for your forthcoming ventures!