Shaheed serves and sweeps ’em all!

04 Aug 2018 – At the recently concluded Singapore National Games – STA Open Pesta Sukan Tennis Championship 2018, ONEathlete and national tennis player, Shaheed Alam, secured a clean sweep across all 3 categories by winning the Men’s Singles (6-0, 6-3), Men’s Doubles (7-5, 6-4) and Mixed Doubles.

This was also covered on The Straits Times on 18 Aug 2018.

Shaheed bettered his results from the last STA Open Tennis C’ship in 2016, when he won the Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles but lost in the Men’s Doubles finals to narrowly miss out on the hat-trick.

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2018 Singapore National Games Tennis at Kallang Tennis Centre on 2nd Aug 2018 6pm match on Court 3 between Shaheed Alam vs. Arbaquez Israel Jr. Shaheed Alam hits a forehand return. Photo by AndrewJKTan/ SportSG & ONEathlete

Earlier this year, Shaheed had won the Davis Cup Group 4 match with TeamSG Tennis and his victory at the Pesta Sukan C’ship shows again why Shaheed is a note-worthy rising star on our local tennis scene. Driven by the same motivation to do his family proud, Shaheed commits himself to put in his best during every training, rain or shine. That mentality proved to be the difference when he had to play 3 Finals matches back-to-back in a 5-hour ‘marathon’ which included a tie-breaker in the first set of the Men’s Doubles.

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Celebrating a clutch winner to win the tie-breaker set 7-5 in the Men’s Doubles. Photo by Manoj Banavali/ Sport SG & ONEathlete

Shaheed has certainly proved that he has the heart and lungs to go the distance when he took victory over Israel Arbarquez from Philippines in the Men’s Singles quarterfinals match which lasted over 3-and-half hours.

The hat-trick of wins ultimately took a lot of fitness and mental strength, but it also gave Shaheed the confidence knowing that he is able to hang in there and compete among the best even when the going gets tough. The SNG Pesta Sukan Tennis Championships invites experienced players with professional backgrounds and credentials and is pegged differently from the STA tournament which caters more to the junior level players. Tennis was included as part of the Singapore National Games for the first time in 2016.

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2018 Singapore National Games Tennis at Kallang Tennis Centre on 2nd Aug 2018 6pm match on Court 3 between Shaheed Alam vs. Arbaquez Israel Jr. Shaheed Alam’s Service motion. Photo by AndrewJKTan/SportSG & ONEathlete

While pleased with his performance, having seen that the results of his training paid off, Shaheed knows the honor is not his alone to claim. He is extremely grateful for his teammates, Rohan Kamdar (Men’s Doubles) and Evelina Kontareva (Mixed Doubles), whose support and encouragement carried him mentally and physically through the rough patches in this tournament. “Their support is also crucial as I play these back-to-back categories,” he recalls with humility.

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Shaheed sharing a proud moment on stage with his Mixed Doubles partner, Evelina Kontareva. Photo by Manoj Banavali / SportSG & ONEathlete

He will also like to thank his equipment sponsors, Head and Pro’s Pro, as well as Futuro for their invaluable support,  both on, and off, the court. Much credit is also due to the team of officials and medics, as well as Team Nila supporters and, last but not least, his family and friends, who have been his motivation, advice, and support ever since he embarked on his tennis career.

Asked about his plans and intentions, Shaheed has one eye firmly fixed on the 2019 SEA Games where he hopes to qualify and be a medal contender. For now, he will be starting on his polytechnic industrial internship as he continues working towards bigger dreams in his budding tennis career.

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Shaheed’s bedrock of strength and his pillar(s) of support. Photo by Manoj Banavali / SportSG & ONEathlete

Performance Continues at Bedok TPS 3

5 August 2018 – ONE continues its run of performance as the 2018 race season heads into full steam ahead, with 3 athletes amongst the top 4 Men-Closed 10km category at The Performance Series Race 3, Bedok Reservoir. Banjamin Quek came in 2nd (37:23) while  Evan Chee (38:54) finished in 3rd followed by fourth-placed Ashley Liew (39:19).

 

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Banja, Evan and Prashanth sharing the podium moment together 

The 2-lap race format comprised a mix of terrain – pavement and packed gravel surrounding the scenic Bedok reservoir. It provided runners a refreshing change from the usual tarmac-road race featured in earlier TPS races (Pasir Ris Park and Punggol Waterway). While the weather was relatively cool on this Sunday morning in the midst of an unusually hot mid-year, participants had to contend with a big uphill as part of the race route which added to the uniqueness of this morning’s performance challenge.

 

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For the Under Armour Ambassador, Banjamin Quek, finishing 2nd today was the comeback he had desperately sought, and needed, after a disappointing DNF at the Race Against Cancer 2 weeks ago. Heading into this 10km race, he learnt from the earlier episode and adjusted his pre-race preparation by managing his training and work carefully. While his results today represent a promising step forward in the right direction, Banjamin knows that there is still some more work to be done as he looks ahead towards the Army Half Marathon in 3 weeks’ time.

 

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Looking back at the close finish he had at RAC, Evan was also quietly pleased with his performance as he had taken the effort to work on his weaker areas by sharpening his speed-work over the past 2 weeks. Along with fellow training partner, Ashley Liew who finished in 4th today, today’s race is part of their final tune-up as they will both be running at the Army Half Marathon.

 

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ONE will also be participating in the upcoming fourth and finale TPS race which will be held on 14 October at East Coast Park. Runners can look forward to a blistering fast finish at one of Singapore’s iconic running backyard and its flat-as-pancake route, as we sign off on this exciting (Performance) series. Sign up now and enjoy an additional 5% discount with the promo-code “RUNONE5OFF“. Registration closes 31 August 2018, sign up now on https://www.theperformanceseries.sg/register

 

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ONE and friends at the race village post-run

Encouraging ONE to Keep Fit Through Running!

Over the weekend of 21 – 22 July, ONE was proud to be part of the inaugural Feel Fab Fest (F3) event organized by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), in conjunction with Sport Singapore. The carnival event targeted at individuals of all ages who share a common goal to be fit and healthy. It also offered health and fitness partners an exciting platform to reach out to this rapidly-growing sports and wellness market.

 

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Seats were filled at this cosy event as the session got underway.

 

With an exciting array of events and activities lined up for everyone including the young and young-at-heart, ONE was pleased to be part of F3 and hosting a panel discussion comprising 3 of Singapore’s fastest marathoners, Mok Ying Ren, Ashley Liew and Evan Chee. The 1-hour session offered insights into how fitness and health could be incorporated into one’s (hectic) lifestyle, as well as tips on training which would help active individuals avoid common problems such as injury and over-training.

 

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Jed (left-most), co-founder of ONE,  moderating the panel discussion with marathoners (from left to right) Evan Chee, Ashley Liew and Mok Ying Ren.

 

Camaraderie of the fastest

With a combined experience of over 4 decades of running and training assembled on stage, the engaging discussion, moderated by Jed, was enlivened by light-hearted moments when they reflected on each other’s career highs and lows. Ashley spoke about how Mok had won the 2013 SEA Games Marathon Gold in spite of an incessant cough and inadequate preparation. Mok then touched on how impressed he was by Ashley’s deeply-held values about maximizing one’s gift of potential. Ashley represented Singapore at the 2015 SEA Games Marathon and was the first Singaporean to receive the international fair play accolade “Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy” for his act of sportsmanship.

 

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Ashley sharing a moment with an avid runner after the session to autograph words of well-wishes.

 

Overcoming personal challenges to fitness

When asked about balancing work and training, Evan brought up the challenges he faced in preparing for overseas races such as the Berlin Marathon while having to work around a packed work schedule that involved frequent traveling. He also encouraged runners to join a group of running buddies, or a training club, to keep the motivation going during trying times.

 

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The audience enjoyed the rare opportunity to ask anything they wanted to know, about running (mostly) and everything else under the sky (after the session)

 

In relation to sports injury Mok, who’s had to work through his plantar fasciitis and other untimely issues that threatened to derail his race preparation, advocated a patient-and-consistent mentality. From his experience, most runners tend to be overly impatient in regaining pre-injury fitness. In their eagerness and anxiety, the adage ‘more haste, less speed’ is often thrown to the winds. His advice is to take injuries seriously and allow sufficient time for complete recovery before jumping back into action.

 

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Mok shows that running may be his forte but he can go to ‘great lengths’ for a good we-fie.

 

Key to fitness 

Throughout the lively session punctuated with harmless jabs and interesting anecdotes, a consistent theme that emerged was the need for patience and consistency when it comes to building running fitness. Motivation is what gets one started but habit is what keeps one moving. As Mok puts it, anyone could start running, but “the way to start running is to really start slow in an easy-pace, build your fitness and be patient about it… have a target, such as signing up for a race and strive towards it.”

 

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Keeping fit and healthy through running, as ONE

 

Join us 

Readers and runners who are keen to learn more about running tips can follow our weekly feature #RunwithMok column in the Sunday edition of Straits Times! You can also send in any running-related questions and #AskMok!

ONE will like to acknowledge our heartfelt gratitude to SPH and event sponsors, partners for the invaluable opportunity and experience to be part of Feel Fab Fest 2018! We are also proud to be the official training partner for the Straits Times Run, and hope to see you at the race on 23 September!

Race Against Cancer 2018

22 July 2018 – Close to 8,000 people joined #ONEathlete and #ONEteamsg and took part in the 10th edition of Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society’s Race Against Cancer 2018, and helped to raise more than $1.1 million for charity. ONE took part in both the competitive 10km and 15km race categories, as well as the 5km fun run.

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Athletes and Mediacorp celebrities with GOH Minister Chan Chun Sing
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Guest-of-Honour Minister Chan Chun Sing getting ready for the flag-off for the 15km race

The event was flagged off promptly by Guest-of-Honour Minister Chan Chun Sing, as runners took to the roads under cooling conditions. While the out-and-back race route was well-marked and easy to navigate, runners had to battle the incessant headwinds after the 5km U-turn. Nonetheless, ONEathlete Evan Chee gave his all to clinch a hard-fought 6th-place finish in the Men’s 15km race, barely 3 weeks after racing the Gold Coast Marathon.

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ONEathlete Evan Chee receiving the prize on stage

In the 10km category, triathlete Ben Ooi finished strongly to come in 7th in the Men’s race while Belinda Ooi (Mrs Mok) executed her race plan perfectly to clinch a 4th-place finish in the Ladies’ race, much thanks to the encouraging support from the race pacers which included national marathoners, Jasmine Goh and Rachel See.

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ONEathlete Ben Ooi receiving his prize on stage from Singapore Cancer Society CEO, Mr. Albert Ching
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Belinda is all smiles as she clocks a 10km personal best and comes in 4th in the Ladies’ race

The event also saw an outpour of support from celebrities, such as Rebecca Lim, Aileen Tan, Cancer-survivor Pan Ling Ling, and her husband (former Mediacorp actor) Huang Shinan, who had turned up to lend their support and do their part for a meaningful cause.

 

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Team Singapore parathlete Peter Kam & Sprinter Calvin Kang sharing a moment at the race site with Singapore Cancer Society CEO, Mr Albert Ching

In sharing this spirit of community giving and love behind the event, ONE is proud to have brought together Team Singapore Athletes and ONEathlete to rally for Race Against Cancer 2018, through the “ONE Against Cancer” campaign. We are also honored to have been the Official Sports Marketing partner for Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)’s Race Against Cancer 2018.

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ONE runs against cancer 2018 – Success!

 

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F3 : Keeping fit through running!

The inaugural Sports, Fitness & Lifestyle Festival by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), aptly coined Feel Fab Fest (F3 for short), will take place on 21 and 22 July at Suntec Convention Centre’s Halls 405 & 406.

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The festival is part of Sport Singapore’s drive to help Singaporeans embrace an active lifestyle and healthy living, and will feature a series of engaging activities for both the young and young-at-heart who are striving to make small but impactful efforts towards achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Over these 2 days, participants will get a chance to enjoy several high-intensity fitness workouts including the very popular MEGADANZ®, OXIGENO® and FIGHT DO® conducted by Radical Fitness, an ActiveSG Programming partner. Famous football player Lim Tong Hai and the ActiveSG Football Academy will also be on board for the Fab 4 Football Challenge, in support of the Singapore Football Festival. More than 50 booths will also be showcasing a host of popular health, lifestyle and food products and services, including HIC Juice, YOLO Food, Optimum Nutrition and Core Collective, a co-working space for fitness and wellness professionals.

Radio DJs from ONE FM 91.3 Glenn Ong, The Flying Dutchman, Divian Nair, Cheryl Miles will also be at the event, along with producers Shaun Tupaz, Andre Hoeden, and his kids as well as UFM100.3 DJs Andrew, Wen Hong, Xiao Zhu, Wei Long and Cheng Yao.

 

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In conjunction with F3, RunONE and ONEathlete is happy to be represented by three of the fastest marathoners in Singapore – Mok Ying Ren, Ashley Liew, and Evan Chee. Besides sharing about the importance and know-hows of keeping fit through running, Mok, Ashley, and Evan will be taking to the stage to share handy tips on running and training! The session will be moderated by RunONE, the official training partner for The Straits Times Run 2018.

This is the first time Mok, Ashley and Evan are appearing together on stage. With nearly 40 years of running between them, it is a valuable opportunity where you get to hear all 3 established runners share their running journey and experience, and pick on their brains to help you work towards your personal fitness and training goals.

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If you’re attending the event, do look out and join RunONE and ONEathlete on 21 July, 2pm, at the F3 event central stage area for an interesting and engaging afternoon. Entry to the 2-day F3 event is free. But registration for activities and seminars HERE!

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‘Pure-Gold’ Coast Marathon 2018

1 July 2018 – ONEathlete traveled down to the scenic Australian city of Gold Coast for the 40th edition of IAAF Gold Label 8.Gold Coast Marathon (GCM) 2018. Taking on the full marathon distance in the 2018 GCM, national marathoner Ashley Liew was joined by Evan Chee (both managed by ONEathlete), quite literally, when the long-time training partners crossed the line together with a time of 2:51:09.

 

 

While this year’s Gold Coast marathon was tipped to be hotter than previous editions, its iconic flat route and historically fast finishes remained popular with runners of all levels who see this well-reputed and professionally organized event as an opportunity to clock their personal bests. Alike the ONEathlete(s), this track record was assuring for the 450+ Singaporean runners (highest record) who went down under for the race.

 

As this was Ashley’s 5th, and Evan’s 2nd, participation in the #GCM18, the duo are hardly strangers to the electrifying race atmosphere and camaraderie as well as support extended by the warm Australians. Not to forget, the ‘Commonwealth effect’, the magnanimity of the recent host city of the Commonwealth Games who were now seasoned in cheering on the runners! However, race-day conditions vary, and could change in an instant. That is why they always approach each race as if it’s their first, leaving little to chance. Ashley also shared his race approach and GCM experience with other Singaporean runners on the Sunday Times as well as a pre-race session organized by Tourism & Events Queensland.

 

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Ashley and Evan with the Kenyan Winner, Kenneth Mungara (center).

 

It was an exciting affair in the Men’s race, which was eventually won by 3-time winner Kenneth Mungara in a 3-way sprint finish with a time of 2:09:47, seconds ahead of 2nd and 3rd place Japanese runners Kenta Murayama (2:09:49) and Jo Fukuda (2:09:50) while Japanese ‘citizen runner’ Yuki Kawaguchi, competing in his 7th GCAM, finished 9th place in 2:14:51.

 

RunONE caught up with Ashley after the race, where he was joined by his fiancée Sandra who had also taken part in her maiden overseas race on Saturday.

Ashley at GCM 2018. Photo by JK Chew.
Ashley at GCM 2018. Photo by JK Chew.

“It was a tough day with hotter and more humid conditions than expected, but I’m grateful for the cheers of so many Singaporeans who were also running the marathon. Special thanks to Sandra who waited for me at the 30km mark and ran alongside me while cheering encouragement”, said Ashley who had been preparing consistently for this event and won The Performance Series 5km race just a week ago.

Speaking of Evan, who Ashley had shared many memorable moments during training and podium finishes together, “I’m very thrilled that we sprinted down the line and headed for the finish together, as fellow teammates and ONEathlete(s) pushing each other on to the very end. It was a special moment and definitely one for keeps.”

 

The only thing worse than sustaining an injury during a race is to start with one. Evan had serious doubts about his race fitness owing to a prolonged injury which had affected his preparation and training. However, looking back on the professionalism of GCM race organizers, where race logistics such as special drinks station and distance markers were wonderfully orchestrated, left a lasting impression on him.

“Having that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to push each other throughout the race, just as we did on countless occasions during training, and sprint down the finish chute with Ashley, is something I’ll never forget too,” reminisced Evan.

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Ashley and Evan (left and right, centre) with their supportive partners Sandra (far left) and Shuzhen (far right) at GCAM 2018.

 

In the half-marathon distance, national marathoner Soh Rui Yong finished with a time of 1:10:51 behind Indonesia’s Agus Prayogo who clocked his season-best finish of 1:07:40. Agus had lost out on the Marathon Gold Medal (for SEA Games 2018) to the Singaporean last August in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Well, at least post-race now,  both athletes and the Singapore community would not be coming back without spending a day or two at the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach, catching a bird’s eye view from Q1 or walking down the Burleigh Market. Not to mention, not one, but three theme parks – Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild Water World – to be spoilt for choices!

 

 

One Against Cancer!

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

A true story penned by a caregiver who witnessed the last days of his cancer-stricken granny. 

“Grandmother was a feisty matriarch in her 70s who had raised her 7 children through the Japanese Occupation. Even whilst she’s in hospital garbs, beneath her quiet and unassuming features granny packs a dragon-lady punch. Ironically, and cruelly, so did her brain cancer. We never saw it coming, until it was too late. 

Within a short span, our world would turn into one almost entirely spoken in numbers and timelines (She’s 74, and will be 75 come Jan; Doc places her 1-year survival rate at 45% chance if…). As she became weaker, even these conversations soon became more form than substance.

Granny was ‘brave’ to endure through the intense treatment and its side effects. On rare occasions when she was in better spirits, granny would request to take a walk down the corridor and asked too much of her frail brittle frame. “When I’m well, bring me for a walk downstairs”, she asked of me one evening. I agreed, and she knewIt was the last time I would lie to her. 

Unlike granny, I was, and still am, a runner. Yet, for all the decades and insidious cancerous cells that separated her from me, we had shared the same thirst for freedom that speaks to what is fundamentally a human desire for movement. My runs became a convenient and my only excuse to break down, wear myself down, pump my fists, let tears mix with sweat as they drip down my chin. Most importantly, it gave me a reason, reasons, to relive and remember the courage, passion, joy, and miracle of living.” 

 

CAMPAIGN AGAINST CANCER 

“Cancer does not just hit the old. It has hit my dad when he was in his mid-30s, my sporty university mate, a newly married young girl, 4-year old cute bubbly boy, and even the teenager who was preparing for his O level exams. We need to do our part to raise awareness of our ‘heroes’ and their caregiving families, to support them through their trying times,” says Jed, Co-founder of ONE, when asked about the campaign. Jed had also lost his dad to cancer when he was 3 years old.

Have you lost anyone to cancer? Who were they, and what did they so passionately stood for before cancer veiled their world?

Join #ONEathlete and #ONEteamsg as we honor their memory and celebrate the courage and passion for life, in this #ONEagainstcancer campaign! From now till the 22nd July, you too can post your photos on social media. Post with the hashtag, #ONEagainstcancer to lend weight to our voice!

 

 

 

 

RACE AGAINST CANCER

RAC aims to raise awareness of cancer and the services which Singapore Cancer Society provides and rallies the community to join in the fight against cancer. It also aims to raise funds for cancer treatment subsidies, welfare assistance, cancer rehabilitation, hospice care, cancer screenings, research, public education and cancer support group initiatives.

In its 10th year running, RAC 2018 will be held on 22 July at East Coast Park. It will feature two competitive categories – the 10km and 15km competitive races, as well as a 5km fun run. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 male and finishers for both the 10km and 15km competitive categories.

Sign up at www.raceagainstcancer.org.sg. Registration closes 9 July 2018.

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AUCTION AGAINST CANCER

If you are not to keen to post or run, there are more ways the one to contribute! You could also contribute by taking part in the auction and donating! Funds raised will help to drive SCS Programmes and Services to minimize cancer and maximize life! ONEathlete Ashley Liew has also donated his SCSM2017 Finisher Medal up for auction!

He hopes to send a ‘plea-reminder’ to his potential buyer/ donor: “I sincerely thank you for your donation. It is truly a blessing not just to receive but also to give out of one’s abundance. Always stay humble while running for a bigger cause, such as for those that are unable to run due to health reasons.” 

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ONE is proud to partner the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)’s Race Against Cancer (RAC) 2018, as its Official Sports Marketing Partner. 

Not 1-for-1, but 20-for-20!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”

 

For active individuals, or athletes (recreational or professional), the importance of balance takes on a bigger and more significant role. For Ashley keeping this balance despite his hectic professional commitments and intense training schedule is key. Not to mention that he has remained free of training injuries since receiving chiropractic care in 2010, and knows only too well the importance of treading the fine line and keeping the balance as a professional athlete.

 

Today marks 1 year (and 1 day) since practising as a Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic! Extremely humbled to give, love, and serve all walks of patients while witnessing the fulfilment of their nervous system potential. Thank you mentor, colleague, and friend Dr. Kelvin Ng for this amazing journey of growth since your 2010 health talk in a bike shop (first time I heard the word "chiropractic"). Thank you @shermancollege as well for imparting us the philosophy, science, and art. Life is awesome when what you do resonates with your "why" 😊 Celebrated the occasion with @sandrafaustinalee by "shopping" at @asicssg and then having dinner. Now onto picking up Tiger the #RunnerDog from the @freemovementsg office! Photo credit: dad Andrew Liew. #FamilyHealthChiroSG #Chiropractic #ShermanPride #FindYourWhy #TeamASICS #IMoveMe #FreeMovementSG #Flexifitness #SingaporeAthletics

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Professionally, Ashley is a trained Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic. He is also a deep believer in taking care of the body dutifully so as to reap the full benefits of training. This includes paying attention to details, such as the effects of spinal alignment on leg length and how this has a knock-on effect on training injuries and running performance? With his credentials on and off the race track, Ashley’s training and medical philosophy is sound advice for runners (professional or otherwise).

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In conjunction with Family Health Chiropractic Clinic, Ashley has introduced a limited-time-only “20-for-20” deal for the first 20 runners who sign up by 31 Jul 2018. The 20-minute evaluation session will cost S$20 (before GST) and as part of this special deal, Ashley will be personally conducting an evaluation session for you. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The evaluation session may take up to 20 minutes and includes a targeted case history, posture exam, leg length evaluation and summary of findings.
  2. All runners (recreational or competitive) are invited to partake in this evaluation
  3. Chiropractic evaluations, imageries (such as X-ray or MRI) and adjustments are not included in this special deal, which will cost S$20 (before GST)
  4. Please note that during the postural exam, the doctor may be required to place his hands on your hip joints and feet. Please inform the doctor if you are not comfortable with this.
  5. As this special deal is a no-obligation session, there is an option to add on a standard chiropractic evaluation (which includes any chiropractic adjustment as necessary). The S$20 fee for the 20-minute special deal session will then be applied to the standard first consultation fee of S$120 (before GST) for the chiropractic evaluation.
  6. Call Family Health Chiropractic Clinic at 6336 7714 to schedule your appointment in advance and ask for the “20-for-20” deal during registration.
  7. Terms and Conditions apply.

 

Family Health Chiropractic Clinic is located at 111 Somerset Rd, #08-03 TripleOne Somerset. Tel: 6336 7714. You may also wish to refer to their Facebook page for more info.

Performing at The Performance Series Race 2

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.

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Ben Moreau crossing the finish line! (Photo credits: The Performance Series)

 

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)!

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Ashley (centre), 5km Men’s Closed Winner and Ben Moreau (left), 10km Men’s Open and Overall Winner, with Ironman Ben Ooi (right).

 

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.

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Ben Moreau (2nd from Right) sharing a moment with the other podium finishers. (Photo credits: The Performance Series)

 

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.

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Ashley Liew (1st from Right) on the podium with the other prize winners. (Photo credits: The Performace Series)

 

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.

Now, wanna sign up for The Performance Series 3? Wait no longer, and sign up with the promo code below!

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Ben Moreau – King of (on) The Hills 10K

6 June 2018 – In the inaugural “On The Hills 10K” race held last Saturday (2 Jun) on a cold rainy morning, despite a 1-hour delay to the race start due to thundering showers, Ben Moreau, managed by ONEathlete, dominated the Men’s 10K Open category by winning in 35:29.

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Ben crossing the finish triumphant in 35:29 (official), winning the Men’s 10K Open category (credits: Ming Ham and race organisers)

Ben, a dual Commonwealth Games athlete, was participating in his first race since his parkrun last September. On The Hills 10K is an interesting hybrid race concept that comprises a mixture of trails (10%), gravel (5%) and tarmac (85%) surfaces. This bring with it a unique set of challenges that evens the playing field for both seasoned trail and road runners alike as they blaze through Zhenghua Park Connector (PCN) and Dairy Farm Nature Park trails.

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While parts of the trail were waterlogged from the pre-dawn showers, the overcast conditions made for a cooling race which was a rarity in tropical Singapore. Reflecting on his race, Ben was happy about his results in what could be said as his ‘comeback’ race after a short hiatus, and is looking forward to greater results as 2018’s race season gets underway!