Archive for December, 2007

The Finale of the year-long preparation – Singapore Marathon 2007

3, December, 2007

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Well, Singapore Marathon 2007 is finally over. For many, especially those who participated in the run, it would have been a time to remember for many months to come.

For most of the avid runners, preparing for The Marathon of the Year has been exhilarating. And culminating from it all – Singaporeans and the citizens of the world saw something like 40 000 runners completing the stretch of 10-km (quarter marathon), 21-km (half marathon) or 42-km (full marathon); with the winner, Kenyan Elijah Mbogo of the full marathon touching the finishing line at 2.14.41… just 2 seconds ahead of another Kenyan, Amos Tirop Matui. You would be surprised to know that this was his second marathon, and he won it! No doubt about – that Africans reigned in this event, as in other track-and-field challenges. Historically, the Africans were known to be super strong runners and if you want to know why, there are several sites that actually give you pretty good reasons for it – from livelihood to ticket out of poverty… click on this link – Why are Kenyans Fast Runners? You may also want to read, and then contribute to Yahoo! Answers – Why Kenyans are Such Great Athletes?

Singaporeans, not too bad either; The first man to come in was Daniel Ling at 2.46.31 and the first lady at Vivien Tang at 3.010.37. Hey, i would have come far far far behind… 🙂

Well, win or not, the real reason for us going into such runs has always been two-fold – to keep fit, and to set a personal record. For many of us, crossing the finishing line is a personal goal for alot of us. I particularly like what appeared as the last line of the report in Channel NewsAsia by Margaret Perry – Just crossing the line was a big enough prize. You see, it’s about personal mastery. It’s about fulfilling a personal goal within the realm of personal vision.

As for me, I did not make it there, because the doctor advised me not to run (not that I risk death if I do it…). I just feel, though, that I should try it next year. Let’s see… if I still have that strong desire for a quarter or half-marathon. I must also be watchful and make sure that my condition is not aggravated.

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Singapore Marathon 2007 – Race Route

1, December, 2007

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I noticed some of you have been accessing my site looking for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007 Race Route.

I am sorry I do not have it… but I could point you to the main site which has it – Click on the image below to bring you to the site –

Singapore Marathon 2007

Special Press Report on Singapore Marathon 2007 (2nd December 2007)

1, December, 2007

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Have you read the special report on Singapore Marathon 2007 – which was published in the Straits Times on 30 November 2007 (Friday)? If not, you should try to get hold of one to read. Inspiring indeed to know of avid marathon runners ranging from age 17 to 77 years old! Well, read the summary below if you are unable to get hold of one.

Dierdre Grace Morgan, at 17 years, is training to be a distance runner. She has so far ran three 10-km races. For this third-time runner, she aims to finish it in under fifty minutes.

Christopher Tan, a 37-year old CEO of a wealth management company, has his mind set on the clock as he runs. As part of his personal goal-setting target, he intends to keep his run to within a time.

Tan Kheng Hua, our Mediacorp actress, at 44 is participating in the StandChart’s “Run for a Cause” – to raise money for the Autistic Association of Singapore. Her stand for distance running – “… runs… has never been about endurance, but more for a cause or about fun”. I am certainly to hear this from her. By the way, she’s known to articulate very well in English in the media circle.

Then we have this 77-year old Mr Chan Meng Hui, who has been running since he was 55 years old. He has done over seventy marathon races so far! An avid marathon runner indeed, he runs to keep fit, and his desire has always been to cross the finishing line, NOT WINNING. This year alone, he’s done five marathon races. Weight-wise, he’s proud to make it known that he down to 45-kg, from that of 65-kg when he started his first run. So, guys and gals, if you are ever into weight-watching, heed what he said. And yes, he’s also stayed away from deep-fried food and does not consume alcohol.

So, friends and readers out there, if you haven’t yet participated in any marathons, you may like to consider starting next year – Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008. Good time to consider and start to gear up for it, especially when you have not been running for a long while, or when your runs are only for short distance… like chasing after a bus which is about to pick up from the bus-stop or the MRT train… 🙂