SINGAPORE: Mr Chan Meng Hui was not always a runner. He was a drinker and a heavy smoker who chose party shoes to run shoes.
In fact, when he started running in his 50s, he could not get some 200m. But when Mr Chan reached 89, he had encompassed thousands of kilometers in 101 marathons right across the globe.
A lovely figure in the local scene, Uncle Chan – as she is enthusiastic – has died on Thursday (Feb 21), to friends and family at Channel NewsAsia.
His passion for the sport was obvious – in life and death.
Upon waking up at North Bridge Road, Uncle Chan was dressed in her 10-bit marathon 101. A variety of colorful medals surrounded her casket – was a reminder of achievements over the last three decades.
The singlet read: "101 marathon, Uncle Chan Meng Hui".
A maker's medal had to trace her neck, coming to rest on her chest.
Inspiring many of the operation to run, Uncle Chan was a great and funny friend, his friends said.
"He always encouraged runners. Some of them would walk, and would stop and encourage them to continue to run and not give her up," said Mr Steven Lee, running club president local MacRitchie Runners 25 (MR25).
After all, Uncle Chan was not too tired of competing with co-runners. This was a man running at his own pace – he never was involved with the speed and always for the finish.
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Uncle Chan, who has two sons and three grandchildren, was late running, but raised it in 50 to prevent an unhealthy way of life.
Nevertheless, over three decades, his races would take from the Great Wall of China steps, to the Mongolia actions.
Uncle Chan and Mr Lee met as co-members of MR25 in 1983. In order to become part of the elite club, members must clock a time of 25 minutes or less for running 5km at the MacRitchie Reservoir.
In 1986, Uncle Chan was president of the club, but she gave her after a year to focus on running, says Mr Lee.
"He said:" If I'm a president, I can not run! "He wanted to focus more on running, so I got over," said Mr Lee.
"I'm crazy about running and he was also mad about running," said Mr Lee. "He was a kind of easy person to do … He always bind anything, if you were asking for help, to run with each other, to go abroad – he liked to run abroad."
And Uncle Chan never gave the best to run. He completed his 101 marathon – Chartered Singapore Chartered Marathon – in 2015, clearing a time of 8.5 hours.
"I'll advise it several times to easily take it in this age," said Mr Lee.
"The last marathon he made – the 101th one, I said to him not to go, he had his 100th, that's her. But I think he was very enthusiastic and wanted to get another and I ; he thinks he takes a lot out of it. "
Uncle Chan liked to run so much that he even went for jog on his son's wedding ceremony day, Lee remembers.
"He told me that even on his son's wedding day he went to run and he came back late for the ceremony," said Mr Lee. "I was not surprised because his life was running."
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Tributes got out freely after the news on Uncle Chan's death broke, and those who knew the high-speed took social media to share their memories about it.
"You could see the flood of people express their sympathy. Uncle Chan has touched many lives in the scene, it's like an icon," said Mr Dan Gan, a member of MR25.
"He was a mentor for me and a father of every runner who joined the club. He would clear his advice and tell us about his life history, how he was not an indigenous runner but through experiences life began to run. "
To collect some of these memories, Gerrard Lin 36 and many others began a Facebook In Memory Memory of Chan Meng Hui.
"Uncle Chan is part of the history of running in Singapore," said Mr. Lin, who goes through the nurse Ah Siao. "It has proven all running in Singapore, the highlights and the lowlights.
"You saw him in races and marathons – the thing that impressed me was the way he was still running and said he wanted to use his deeds to inspire people. He would say running is not related to gain or loss, it was not so important. But the important thing is to finish. "
Mr Lin, athletes of extreme endurance, Uncle Chan described as "a source of inspiration."
"From the bottom of my heart, I was inspired. One of the people, however, I'm doing something very incredible, his story would always float in my mind – could Uncle Chan do it, why can not I live through the stories that people say, "said Mr. Lin.
Despite his years of experience competing in different races, the weakness of Uncle Chan is also remembered by those who came into contact with her.
Ms Liew Wei Yong, personal coach, remembered how the age of 86 was selected as part of a program to prepare participants for running local.
"He was a veterans running but he was very small and willing to learn," he said. "Although old, he was trying to improve – to motivate others to run too."
The seven-week procedure included strength training, a component that Uncle Chan was not too familiar with. But he would need trainers during the week to find out more.
"He was not a fast runner but he was very consistent in his training and when we were out for running training, he would try to keep up with the speed set for them," he added. "Indeed, he would encourage the rest to do this more often.
"A loss to the community that runs in Singapore – it was pretty inspiration."
Outside to run, Uncle Chan ran his own company – the co-named in Constant Courier. It could have been called a day ago, but he wanted to keep it running to help those in their care.
One of her employees was Chan Chai Hui, who is 69, also a member of MR25 and a friend.
"He had a very good heart and it was very good for workers," said Chan. "If employees were in trouble, he would help him. If he saw a pregnant on the street, he would give money."
A motto on Uncle Chan's name card is the company's motto: "We may not be the best, but we always do our best".