The war brought out in Spencer Chapman, every resource, quality and determination he had developed in his life. His book titled 'The Jungle is Neutral', recounts his Malayan adventures and attests to his overriding love of nature and wildlife that had kept him going. For sheer courage and endurance, physical and mental, the officer-naturalist was an example of 'what toughness the body will find, if the spirit within it is tough'.

In 1945, British Colonel, Spencer Chapman, crossed enemy lines and made his escape following more than 3 years in hiding from the occupying Japanese army. Through sheer tenacity and unrelenting will, he swam across Emerald Bay and made his way to safety.

An ode to the unbreakable strength within the human spirit, The Chapman’s Challenge returns for its second year. Consisting of a 3.8km road run around the island and 2.4km through untouched rainforest, the race culminates with a 1km swim in the sea of Emerald Bay before concluding at Chapman’s Bar.

However, instead of lying in wait for a submarine like the British commando did, refreshments and drinks will be served with our compliments for your achievements.

In the evening, join the rest of the participants at Chapman's Bar for pre-dinner cocktails. As the beach is bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun, enjoy a sumptuous barbecue dinner at Emerald Bay, prepared for you and your comrades to celebrate your achievements.

Finishing time of all participants will be recorded and the top 5 finishers will have their names on the scoreboard at Chapman’s Bar. The top three winners stand to win exciting stays at luxury properties within YTL Hotels' global portfolio.

If you have any questions, please email


1 Matt Poole Australian 13.5.2017 00:46:45
2 Rikigoro Shinozuka Malaysian 14.5.2016 00:47:18
3 Harriet Brown Australian 13.5.2017 00:51:17
4 Stephen Spencer Chapman British 13.5.2017 00:54:51
5 Irene Chong See Win Malaysian 14.5.2016 00:56:44
6 Michael Davies British 13.5.2017 00:57:01
7 Luke Hurford Australian 14.5.2016 00:57:09
8 Edward Baker British 13.5.2017 01:00:05
9 Hazel Spencer Chapman British 14.5.2016 01:00:21
10 Jamie Mieras American 14.5.2016 01:00:29