The Chapman’s Challenge, a unique biathlon experience at YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort will return for its second year, on 13th May 2017.

This race day is exactly 72 years after Colonel Spencer Chapman – whom they named the challenge after – escaped.


The Chapman’s Challenge run 

Crafted to commemorate the British commando’s adventure on the island, the challenge 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 before concluding at Chapman’s Bar.

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Pangkor Laut Resort has welcomed international and local participants last year for the inaugural race, including professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts. As groups of friends and couples spent the weekend completing the race, memorable and inspiring moments were created where new friendships were forged and old bonds were strengthened.


Background of the challenge

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 Malaya.

On 13th 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.

Photo courtesy of YTL Hotels.


Registration details 

The full board package starts from MYR943++ (approx. SGD301++) per room per night, where interested parties can partake in the challenge by signing up for it.

A minimum stay of two nights on 12th and 13th May 2017 is required to participate in the race. The package entails return scheduled speedboat transfers, accommodation in preferred villa type, daily meals, two entries to the race day on 13th May 2017, post-race cocktails or mocktails, and post-race barbecue dinner at Emerald Bay for two adults.

Every participant will also receive a goody bag courtesy of YTL Hotels and esteemed partners.

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The top three winners stand to win exciting stays at luxury properties within YTL Hotels’ global portfolio, which comprises of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. YTL Hotels also manage the Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, and one of the Top 10 Hotel Spas in Europe.

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


Register here for the challenge.