UPDATE 4 – “5 Down and 1 to go”

The story so far……. 5 down and 1 to go

As we are fast approaching the final Major of the runRICKYrun challenge in London we have just released another update.

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We will also take this opportunity to promote the fundraising for CHILDREN WITH CANCER UK. Remember that the runRICKYrun project has been a charity fundraising challenge – if you have some spare change to donate to an absolutely great charity please DONATE HERE

Thank you so much for your continued support of runRICKYrun. It is amazing to think that through your kindness and generosity we have raised over $22,000 USD for charities in the last 12 months. THANK YOU

Ricky Matthews – 11th April 2019


Anyone that runs regularly will no doubt like to listen to music. I have always enjoyed listening whilst running and also receiving updates on my progress in the run via strava. 

However since moving to Malaysia in 2012 I have had to go without music on all my long runs, unless I use a loud speaker or ran in the gym. 

Reason being the roads in Malaysia are dangerous. I have preferred to be able to listen to traffic and the dangers of the road, rather than being at risk. I have sadly read about the death of a runner who was hit by a car whilst running and another who has life changing injuries. I am not for one second stating that these could be avoided by not listening to music – I am merely trying to inform of the real dangers out there. 

I have tried to find some safe locations for running but still want to be aware of what is going on around me. 


As an early birthday present my better half purchased a set of Trekz Air by AFTERSHOCKZ headphones. 

The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside their lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. They cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too.

Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.


I must admit I was sceptical of the sound quality so whilst in the shop I tried them by connecting to my iPhone. 

I was amazed. The sound was surprising good – yet my ears were uncovered and therefore able to also hear any other sounds in the environment…!

So after unwrapping (before my birthday not until April but Hitomi knows how important this could be to my training with 2 marathons to prepare for) I tried some further tests. Using my iPhone as the source (Bluetooth) I was able to be around 12 m away before there was any interference on the sound. 

I also connected directly to my iWatch via Bluetooth and also worked very well. 

Next test was in the gym. 

I was able to hear the treadmill gently humming, my breathing and listen to the music. Again impressed with the sound quality. 

Final test was on a run outside. Hence Saturday morning I set out for a 10km run to join the USM runners for their LSD run. I left home around 5:45 in the morning and at this hour the roads are dark and traffic is light. There are many dangers and therefore I wanted to be aware of the ambient noise in the environment. Starting on a low volume I was able to hear the music and run along with my wits about me. They are lightweight and the around ear design was fairly solid and held well in place. No real movement or restrictions. It was enjoyable. 

As I approached the end of the run the traffic had increased so I did turn up the sound. Still perfect quality with no issues and I was still able to hear the cars and also the occasional beeping of a car horn or barking of the local dogs. 

It was a success…!!!

So let me tell you a little more about the headphones. 

  • They come in several colours – I went for the blue version. 
  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • A new organic design delivers increased comfort
  • Complete wraparound titanium design provides a flexible fit for unnoticeable all-day comfort and stability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Bluetooth® v4.2 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

They also allow multi pairing – so I have mine paired to iPhone and iWatch so that I can listen to my strava commands as well as listen to music (depending on the workout). 

I have had 5 hours plus of music from one charge (6 it states on the box) which is enough for a marathon. Hard to dislodge or lose whilst running as there are no cables or wires to catch. 

Thoroughly recommended. 

Price – for Bluetooth headphones they are well priced at MYR699 (about $170USD – although will be cheaper in the US with a recommended retail at $149.99 USD. 

NEWSLETTER # 2 Next Stop Berlin – is now released……..

runRICKYrun is pleased to announce that the second newsletter has been released and now available to download from the link below :

NEWSLETTER: #2 Next Stop Berlin

If you have trouble downloading please contact ricky@ifa-asia.com and we will arrange for the PDF to be sent to your inbox.

If you wish to donate to the charities that Ricky is raising money for please go to our DONATION pages

Newsletter 1 – Preparation for BOSTON

Newsletter 2 – Next Step Berlin

Montreux Sponsor runRICKYrun

Montreux have become the latest company to become Corporate Donators to the runRICKYrun Project.

They have made a very generous donation of GBP5,000 (approx $7,000 USD) to UNICEF on behalf of runRICKYrun.

Ricky would like to thank Gary, Oliver & the team at Montreux for their support of the project and in particular UNICEF.

The Montreux Group offer access to market leading funds via their Capital Management arm.

Award winning performers with funds in the following categories – Healthcare, Natural Resources & Fixed Returns.

For more information on their investment options please refer to www.montreuxcm.com or email ricky@ifa-asia.com

RunRICKYrun are proud to announce BROOKS MALAYSIA as kit sponsors for the project.

Running 6 marathons over the next 12 months for charity will be an arduous task, however with positive support it will be significantly easier – physically, emotionally, mentally and of course financially.

As such Ricky Matthews is proud and delighted to announce that the Malaysian arm of the US sportswear manufacturer BROOKS have agreed to be kit sponsors for the runRICKYrun Project.

I personally would like to thank Wilson Lee (from Brooks) for his assistance in arranging the sponsorship. Your support is very much appreciated.

This is my first experience of using the Brooks range of running shoes.

The Brooks Ghost 10 are from the “cushioning” range that Brooks offer. Ideal for the long distance runner where cushioning is very important.

With cushioning being important you would think that the shoe would have a slight heavier feel, however on the first few runs I have not noticed any weight to the shoe. In fact the first few training runs have been slightly faster than normal.

The Ghost 10 shoe comes in 4 colours – the LIME (shown opposite), Red, Grey & Black.

With several half marathons and longer runs planned over the next few months in preparations for Boston in April, I am sure that there will be a chance for me to fully review the shoe and my thoughts on this. Please subscribe to this blog (enter your email in the link on the top right of page) to see this first.

There are a few more corporates that have expressed and interest in supporting this charity project so please look out for the news.

Also, if you wish to support Ricky to raise money then please click on the link to donate to UNICEF in the runRICKYrun name.

#runRICKYrun #PrepForBOSTON #6StarFinisher
#TheRunningPlan  #brooksrunningmy #runhappy


Howei – Brings You Monday Evening Training…….in Penang

Would you like to join group training in Penang?

Are you available from 18:30 on a Monday evening?

Please come along to Persiaran Karpal Singh (opposite Starbucks) on the promenade. You will meet other keen runners and have some fun at the KSD RUNNING CLINIC.

These are just casual runs of 3-6km (although you can run a lot more if you wish?).

Free “Team Howei” t-shirt for first time runners.

If you want further information on this please email – info@howei.com