EXCERPT: National marathoner Mok Ying Ren ran the GCM in 2011 and 2013. It was in the latter race that he set a then-personal best of 2hr 26min 30sec to qualify for the 2013 SEA Games, which he went on to win.
Describing the route as “largely flat with some rolling hills towards the end of the race”, the 29-year-old doctor waxed lyrical about the experience.
“It has a much cooler and less humid climate compared to Singapore and provides that extra boost to runners aiming for a personal best,” said the double SEA Games gold medallist.
The ONEathlete also had some advice for those who have signed up: “This coastal marathon is prone to having some cross winds along the coast especially towards the end so be prepared for some wind.
“But it gets warm quickly as the run goes on, so do run light in normal singlets and shorts but wear an extra shirt that you can dispose off when the race starts.”