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Tributes pour in for Evelyn Ang, runner with big smile who inspired others.

Evelyn Ang died today, leaving behind a legacy and memories as a well-loved ultra marathoner that had a big smile and was an inspiration to everyone around her.

When contacted, Ang's mentor and running coach Terence Poon spoke of how she had spurred other runners on.

'Evelyn was a remarkable person and strong athlete. She was always encouraging new runners to run and run,' he told Malay Mail.

'As she gained knowledge and experience in running, she helped me give coaching and running tips to new runners and beginners,' said Poon, who founded the running group known as Terence Poon Running Club (TPRC).

Poon said Ang had two years ago started the TPRC kids' running programme for children aged six to 15.

'Her departure is a big loss to the running community. We all will miss her dearly,' he added.

Forever remembered

Following official news of Ang's death this morning, tributes started pouring in on her Facebook page with comments expressing how she would be deeply missed.

'You were an inspiration to so many people. We started running in Malaysia, started entering races and you've gave guidance and encouragement in so many ways. Such a big loss,' Makiko Mo said.

Rayyan Haries wrote: 'Till we see you again Evelyn Ang Loo, run free and lt;3 Thank you for touching our lives and inspiring us, you'll forever be remembered for being such an inspiration.'

Merryn Tan similarly wrote: 'Evelyn dear, You've made a great impact in our lives. Your positivity, fighting spirit and never give up attitude will live on in us. It's time to fly high with your wings now. Take care my friend. Till we meet again ...'

Sarah Rees also said on Facebook that she was fortunate to have known Ang and be inspired by her, adding that she will remain alive in the hearts of all those who love her.

Friends spoke of Ang's cheerfulness as she brought joy and laughter to others, with Wendy Goh who is believed to be her cousin describing her as having an 'infectious colgate smile'.

'I will always remember you and miss you dearly. Your encouragement and sunny big smile will never be forgotten. You've fought and ran your best. Rest in peace dear Evie, for we will meet again someday. My deepest condolences to you Dennis and family,' Krystle Teoh wrote on Facebook:

Vivienne Ng said Ang's 'happy smiling face' would always be in her heart, while Criz Lai said she had done the best she could 'to put smiles and happiness into the lives of many beings'.

Ang never woke up from her coma after being knocked down in a hit-and-run last December during the Klang City International Marathon 2017 and suffering a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage, succumbing to her injury and dying around 1.30am today.

Her husband Dennis Loo said Ang a who would have turned 45 on April 13 a died peacefully and commended the hospital and doctors for doing their very best for her.

'I will always say this is a race that she ran and she has crossed triumphantly. She has always been cheerful, a believer of positivity and smiling. She would always put on a strong front and she believed that every smile shown would be returned back. She would want everybody to remember her for that,' Loo told Malay Mail this morning.

The latest profile photo on Ang's Facebook page carries the caption: 'In memory of Evelyn Ang Loo, 13041973 - 01032018.'

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Date:Mar 1, 2018
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