YTL hotels backs sporting event

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 February 2017: The Chapman’s Challenge 2017 – a biathlon run sponsored by Pangkor Laut Resort, returns for its second year, with its race day on 13 May.

The sporting event marks the 72th anniversary of Colonel Spencer Chapman’s escape from the island that was under the control of the Japanese military during World War II.

The Chapman’s Challenge, crafted to commemorate the British commando’s adventure on the island, is an annual race comprising of a 6.2 km run around the private island’s roadways and through a rainforest and concludes with a 1 km swim in Emerald Bay before concluding at the resort’s Chapman’s Bar.

inside no 7Colonel Spencer Chapman spent 3½ years hiding from the occupying Japanese army during World War II in the  jungles of Malaya.

On 13 May 1945, he made his last escape from Emerald Bay at Pangkor Laut with his compatriot, Major R. Broome.

They swam out to sea in the dark of night to be rescued by the Royal Navy submarine, HMS Statesman.

Christopher Spencer Chapman, guest-of-honour and the youngest son of the late Colonel Spencer Chapman, will flag off the participants for The Chapman’s Challenge 2017.

Pangkor Laut Resort has welcomed international and local Malaysian participants last year for the inaugural race, including professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Registration for The Chapman’s Challenge is now available online.


The resort is offering a full-board package starting from MYR943++ net per room per night. A minimum stay of two nights inclusive of 12 and 13 May is required to participate in the race.

The package includes return scheduled speedboat transfers, accommodation in preferred villa type, daily meals, two entries to the race day on 13 May 2017, post-race cocktails or mocktails, and post-race barbecue dinner at Emerald Bay for two adults.

The top three winners stand to win stays at luxury properties within YTL Hotels’ global portfolio.

(Source: TravMedia Asia)