16 July 2017 – Mok Ying Ren finishes as top Singaporean in the 18.45km category of the Straits Times Run in the City 2017. His timing of 1:04:15 earned him a 3rd place finish, just 21 seconds behind the Kenyan Champion. Mok was pleased with his win as he checks off another solid effort in what would likely be his last race before the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur this August.
“I am happy that the race went the way it did as I had been largely focused on preparing for the SEA Games. It was an honest effort today, and I enjoyed racing among some of the very best today,” said the New Balance & 100 Plus Ambassador. Coincidentally New Balance and 100 Plus are the official apparel and official hydration partner respectively.
Mok’s wife, Belinda, and his manager Jed received the prize award on behalf as he had to attend to work demands right after the race.
Also participating in the 18.45km race are ONEathlete Banjamin Quek and Aileen Tan. Banjamin finished the race behind Mok in 4th position with a timing of 1:09:12. “I had looked forward to this event as a validation race before AHM so I’m definitely aiming for a stronger finish in 3 weeks’ time” said the 22 year old NUS Engineering student. In the Women’s category Aileen also finished 7th with a timing of 1:26:20.
In the 10km race, ONEathlete Evan Chee crossed the line in 36:56 missing out on the top spot to Kenyan and Nepalese. Evan who will be competing in the Berlin marathon in sept, and has just started work at a new company 4 months ago, recalls “It has been a challenging time balancing work which involved quite a lot of travelling and training so I’m pleased with my efforts today”.
The 5th edition of the Straits Time Run in the City saw 13,000 participants taking part across 3 categories: 18.45km, 10km and 5km. There was a slight drizzle on race morning but it did not dampen the participants roaring spirits. The cool breeze and scenic route was a huge morale booster as runners were treated to dance and music parties along the way. Unlike previous editions this year’s race started on the Esplanade bridge, taking runners past the Singapore Sports Hub and Gardens by the Bay before ending at the iconic Padang. A symbolic nod, perhaps, to its partnership with the Singapore Marathon this coming December.
The Straits Times Run in the City 2017 will be donating $1 received from each registration fee to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. The Fund started in 2000 as a community project initiative by The Straits Times to provide pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school, and currently supports more than 10,000 children and youth a year.
Since it’s inception, the Fund has disbursed more than $55m and helped over 150,000 cases of children and youth in providing them with monthly school pocket money to help take bread and butter issues off the table. Through its efforts the Fund has contributed significantly to promoting social causes and community charity.
RunONE is proud to be the official training partner for The Straits Times Run in the City 2017. We will also like to thank The Straits Time team for the partnership in the weekly RunWithMok columns and runONE training plan.