24 June 2018 – Just 3 weeks after winning the “On the Hills 10K” race, ONEathlete Ben Moreau brings home the bacon by winning the 10km Men’s Open category at The Performance Series Race 2 – Pasir Ris, crossing the line in 33:14 and over 30 secs ahead of 2nd-placed Nimesh Gurung.
In the 5km competitive category, Ashley Liew won the Men’s Closed category with a time of 18:00 (and also 2nd fastest Men’s overall)!
While most people tend not to speak of the 10km race in the same breath as a 42.195km marathon, they’re both just as demanding and challenging if you apply yourself to it. Case in point – Ben Moreau’s race pace was akin to completing a 2.4km IPPT in under 8 mins, and doing it 4 times back-to-back.
The 10km race unfolded with Ben, Nimesh and Prashan in a tight lead pack at the 2km mark before Ben and Nimesh pulled ahead as they crossed the 5km mark, putting nearly 40 secs between them and Prashan. Eventually, it was Ben who proved the stronger runner as he turned up the heat in the closing kilometres of a chilly morning race to finish strongly in 33:14 and ahead of Nimesh Gurung who’s a familiar face on and off the podium at local races.
In the 5km race, national marathoner Ashley Liew was crowned champion in the Men’s Closed category, winning with a time of 18:00 (which was also the 2nd fastest Men’s timing). Early in the race, Ashley was joined by several others at the front with a Gurka athlete just ahead of him. In a fast and furious race like the 5km, there is neither time nor room for distraction as Ashley worked hard and tuned in to his race rhythm, eventually closing in on the athlete ahead and setting up for an epic sprint down the finish to edge out 3rd-overall finisher Bahadur Gurung.
In what is his final tune-up race before heading “down under” next week for his 5th Gold Coast Airport Marathon race, Ashley felt comfortable and strong with his fitness coming off the tail end of a consistent training block. His win today was a validation of his commitment and discipline, proving that he had it in him when it mattered, and he’s looking to carry the form heading into the much-anticipated race weekend next week.
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