Australian champion take home first place at The Chapman’s Challenge
The Chapman’s Challenge, the annual biathlon held at YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia returned for its third year on 12 May 2018 with a record breaking turnout. With a total of 131 participants from 10 countries, across four continents, Australian Ironman Matt Poole took home first place for the second year in a row in the male category, while Ironwoman Champion Harriett Brown was the first place winner in the female category.
Breaking his own record from 2017, Matt Poole came in first place at 45 minutes 16 seconds. The female category saw Australian Ironwoman Harriet Brown emerging as champion, successfully maintaining her place on the scoreboard.
The first and second place winners of all categories each walked away with an all-inclusive stay at YTL Hotels’ properties including Gaya Island Resort, Pangkor Laut Resort and Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali.
The Chapman’s Challenge, crafted to commemorate World War II veteran, Colonel Spencer Chapman, is an annual race comprising of a 6.2km run around the private island’s roadways and through the two million year-old rainforest, including a 1km swim out at the award-winning Emerald Bay.
Colonel Spencer Chapman spent three and a half years in hiding from the occupying Japanese army during World War II in the wild jungles of Malaysia. On 13 May 1945, he made his last escape from Emerald Bay at Pangkor Laut with his compatriot, Major R. Broome. They swam 45 metres out to sea in the dark of night to be rescued by the Royal Navy submarine, HMS Statesman.
The top ten leaderboard for The Chapman’s Challenge can be viewed at www.pangkorlautresort.com/the-chapmans-challenge.html. The Chapman’s Challenge 2019 will be held on the weekend of 10 to 12 May 2019 and registration for the challenge is now open at www.pangkorlautresort.com/the-chapmans-challenge-offer.html.