Double Happiness for ONEathlete runners at Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017

Press Release for SCSM 2017

3 Dec 2017 – Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy Winner Ashley Liew and fellow Flexifitness teammate Evan Chee (both managed by ONEathlete) finished as 2nd and 3rd Singaporean male respectively at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2017 which also doubled up as the first Singapore National Championships marathon race.

1st runner-up Ashley Liew (right) and 2nd runner-up Evan Chee (left) together with their Team Flexifitness coach and reigning Singapore marathon national record holder M. Rameshon (centre)

1st runner-up Ashley Liew (right) and 2nd runner-up Evan Chee (left) together with their Team Flexifitness coach and reigning Singapore marathon national record holder M. Rameshon (centre).

In the Open category the Kenyans once again completed a podium sweep with Cosmas Kimutai winning the Men’s race in 2:22:48 while Pamela Rotich was crowned the women’s champion with a time of 2:38:31.

Reigning SEA Games marathon champion Soh Rui Yong was the first local Men to cross the line and was crowned Singapore’s first national champion finishing in 2:35:55. Rachel See won the accolade in the local Women’s race with a timing of 3:11:08 (unofficial).

Ashley Liew, the latest Singapore elite marathoner to join ONEathlete few weeks ago, finished with a timing of 2:50:21. While Evan Chee, wrapped up his 4th and final marathon race for 2017 (following Tokyo, Bangkok, Berlin) finishing in 2:54:38 on a humid but relatively cool and overcast December morning where the skies even looked threatening atone point during the race.

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Ashley and Evan on the podium with SCSM 2017 local Men champion, Rui Yong, at the SCSM 2017 Prize Presentation.

I had to balance high mileage run training with serving patients six days a week as a Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic. In addition, it is never easy racing under the heat and humidity in Singapore. Overall, I’m thankful to my coach, Mr Rameshon, Flexifitness teammates, my encouraging girlfriend Sandra, my father who ran the 10km today, my supportive sponsor Asics and my management agency ONEathlete. I couldn’t have asked for more than to be taking part and racing among the very talented field today” – said Ashley Liew after completing his 28th Marathon today.

“Having raced 3 marathons earlier this year with the last being Berlin marathon just 9 weeks ago, my goals this morning had to be conservative and realistic much as I would have wanted to give it my all once the gun went off. Congratulations to Ashley who ran a superb race as well as all the runners who helped made this event a wonderful experience! It has been a fulfilling year of racing and travelling and I am looking forward to catching up with family and friends over this festive season” – Evan Chee

Also taking part in SCSM this morning were members of runONE & ONEathlete family. They enjoyed this year’s revised route, revelling in the running community’s camaraderie and taking turns to cheer fellow runners along the route.

While Mok had to give SCSM 2017 a miss due to his upcoming wedding banquet preparations. However, he turned up on race morning with a bright smile, this time as a supporter to give back the kind words and support he has received from the running community as well as family and friends all these years. Mok’s wife Belinda completed her 10km run while his sister, Mok Ying Rong, came in 2nd in the local Women’s marathon category.

Leading up to SCSM 2017, Mok also continued doing what he believed in, supporting fellow runners through his #RunwithMok 15-week training programme as part of a RunONE x Straits Times column which advocates getting active as a healthy lifestyle and also provides running tips such as injury prevention. Mok also provided hydration tips and strategies through his social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, having experienced first-hand the importance of hydration in the days before, and during, important races.

(left to right): Ashley and Evan with the RunONE & ONEathlete Co-founders; Mok with Belinda after her 10km race; Mok Ying Rong receiving her 1st runner-up prize

The 16th edition of Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, which started in 1982 and has evolved into a marquee event for Singapore running, saw 48,000 enthusiastic participants in what is likely one of the biggest turnout in recent times. This year’s marathon also incorporated new ‘heritage’ routes and entertainment points, allowing runners to enjoy a historic cultural journey through Singapore as they race past Little India, iconic heritage sites such as Chinatown, Malay Heritage area and the city centre before ending at the Padang.

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Ashley (left, in light blue) and Evan (right, in maroon) sharing a light-hearted moment with fellow runners before the gun goes off

SAA President Ho Mun Cheong, had earlier alluded to the partnership between SAA and SCSM organiser, Ironman Asia, as raising the level of competitive distance running in Singapore by giving top Singapore runners a chance to compete amongst the elites at the region’s only IAAF Gold Label race. Mr. Ho’s sentiments was echoed by Mok Ying Ren, one of Singapore’s top marathoners and seven-time SCSM Singapore Men’s champion, who was confident the partnership would resonate with competitive runners in Singapore and also offer opportunities for a finer display of local sportsmanship as well as groom future young running talents. The partnership between SAA and Ironman Asia will last 2 years until 2018.

(all photo credits: ONEathlete)

For any queries, kindly email jed@onemanagement.sg

Coach Jason Lawrence says work on your butt! 

Coach Jason Lawrence (@jacehaspace) shared on Race Preps & Injury Prevention during a lunch time talk at a civil service unit today! 

He also demonstrated some simple exercises for you to work on one of the most powerful body part – your butt! Train it up, cos it helps quite abit in runners related injury preventions! 


What’s more, recently he wrote a #runwithmok piece about running in #japan too! 

#runONExJL #runONE #coach #running #runner #run #talk #onecoach #jasonlawrence #kiwi #newzealand #nz #injury

Singaporeans Hungry for Success at Berlin Marathon 2017

Press Release for Berlin Marathon 2017 – Evan Chee (PB 2:42:18)

 

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Berlin 24 Sep 2017 – The sun was nowhere to be seen on this cold Berlin morning of the last Sunday in September. Yet more than 43,000 participants from 137 countries, including 106 Singaporeans, had converged onto Brandenburg Gate ready to conquer the 44th edition of the BMW-Berlin Marathon.

 

This year’s Berlin marathon had also attracted plenty of pre-race hype focused on a battle between the ‘big three’ of Eluid Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang, Kenenisa Bekele which could lead to a new marathon World Record under 2:02:57. Eventually, Eluid Kipchoge would go on to take the win in a time of 2:03:32, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Guye Andola, a half-marathon specialist (personal best 59:07) who finished with the world’s fastest marathon debut besting Dennis Kimetto’s debutante record of 2:04:16 set in 2012.

 

As in previous years, the Singapore embassy in Berlin hosted a lunch reception for Singaporeans participating in the Berlin marathon. Known for its fast course and iconic finish under the historic Brandenburg gate, the Berlin race is hugely popular amongst Singaporean marathoners, new and experienced alike. Leading this year’s representation are prolific elite athletes, like 2015 SEA Games national runner Melvin Wong, who is competing in his first Berlin Marathon, as well as Evan Chee, who is managed by ONEathlete and trains with Flexifitness under Singapore’s national marathon record holder M. Rameshon.

 

 

ONEathlete, Evan Chee, 35 at the iconic Brandenburg gate.

 

Remarkably, this is Evan’s 3rd marathon in 2017, having set his personal best of 2:45 at the Tokyo Marathon in Feb before finishing 4th (and as Top Asian) at the Bangkok Midnight Marathon. 2017 has been a punishing race calendar for him who has had to frequently travel overseas for business, but Evan seems to be taking it in his stride. Because of the unpredictability of overseas run routes and travel schedules, gym treadmills became his training partner of choice. Prior to Berlin, Evan frequently clocked treadmill runs of up to 30km, which honed his mental focus as much as it did his fitness.

 

On race morning, the heavy rain before the start made for a very wet and humid race with slippery road conditions. The surprising chill took a lot of Singaporean runners by surprise; many were aiming for fast timings and personal bests, but were not adequately acclimatized to take full advantage of the race conditions.

 

“I am happy that my race went well despite the heavy rain and wet conditions. It was a fantastic experience being here and celebrating the togetherness of international marathoning with my participation. I also had my own fanboy moments watching 3 of the very best marathoners in history battle it out today, so it was very inspiring and enjoyable experience for me, and many of the Singaporean runners as well.”

 

 

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Evan Chee in red pulling through the chilly weather.

 

 

Coming off months of hectic business travel, a new work environment, and a 3rd-place hard-fought finish at the POSB Passion Kids Run 10km race just 2 weeks before Berlin Marathon, Evan had set himself realistic targets heading into this race. Evan also caught up with Matthias Hoffman, a Hong Kong-based German runner and fellow Adidas athlete who most recently came in 3rd at the Sundown marathon in Singapore.

 

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Having a running group for the first half of the punishing race helped Evan stay focused on the task at hand. Crossing the halfway mark in just under 1:20, Evan quickly realised he was on track for a sub 2:40 finish and set his sights on that target  despite losing touch with the group he had been following. That he was sharing the same course with the marathon greats, and quite possibly partake in marathoning history, gave Evan the mental edge to overcome rough patches when he was alone during the punishing second half of the race. Towards the final kilometre or two, Evan pulled away to finish strong in a timing of 2:42:18, lowering his personal best (set just 6 months ago) by over 3 minutes!

 

With another personal best in his bag, Evan is looking forward to enjoy the remaining of his stay in Berlin before working towards his fourth and last marathon for the year, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in December 2017.

 

Wasnt exactly the most ideal weather conditions ☔️ at Berlin Marathon this year but it is definitely a good learning experience on handling wet cold race 😄. ・ 1st half of the race went by quickly & comfortably in 1h19min by sticking with a sub 2h40m group and was hopeful for a similar 2nd half run. Alas had some untimely issue with the non-waterproof laser printed bib & broke off from the run group. Thankful & happy to eventually finish with a new PB time of 2h42min18s 🙏🏼. ・ Congrats & nice run to Nicholas, fellow #teamflexi Andreas (@icyandi), Desmond, Jennifer (@queen43m), Felicia, fellow #adidasathlete Matt (@matt_the_hoff), Melvin (@melvinwongyh) and all who ran today 😄! ・ Also thank you to all the support from @flexifitnessconsultancy (Coach Rameshon & all team mates), @runoneapp and also @adidas_sg. ・ https://runone.co/2017/09/25/singaporeans-hungry-for-success-at-berlin-marathon-2017/ ・ #adidassg #adidasberlin #adidasrunning #adidasrunners #flexifitness #runONE #ONEathlete #fitspo #runner #runsg #justrunnn #sgfitfam #runnersofinstagram #instarunner #sgrunners #justrunlah #runsociety #evantravelruns #takechargeberlin #berlinmarathon2017 #beatberlin42

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As mentioned on his social media, Evan will like to put on record his deep appreciation to his coach, M. Rameshon, and training mates from Flexifitness, as well as his supporting sponsors, Adidas and ONEathlete, whose unwavering support was key in making today’s results possible.

 

For more information and enquiries, kindly email jed@onemanagement.sg 

ONEathlete Marathoners join hands with ‘Blade Runner’ and Special Olympics 100m Dash runner at Heartstrings Walk 2017

SINGAPORE – This morning’s Community Chest Heartstrings Walk saw close to 8,000 participants, including members of the public, social service organisations and corporate partners who came together to provide opportunities for meaningful interaction among persons with different abilities. It also aimed to show how every person can be empowered to self-advocate, be self-reliant and give back to the community. This year, an increased number of beneficiaries, including persons with disabilities, seniors and youth-at-risk stepped up at the event to volunteer in various roles, such as teaching other participants how to play inclusive games and facilitate interaction.

 

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Athletes with different abilities also joined in to exchange sporting tips with event participants. Prolific marathoners (managed by #ONEathlete, a social enterprise), Evan Chee (4th in Singapore Marathon 2016) and Ben Moreau (Commonwealth Games participant, based in Singapore) as well as Md Shariff Abdullah, a para-athlete (affectionately known as “Blade Runner”) with a prosthetic leg, took part in the Fun Walk.

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They walked alongside 15-year-old Shawn Goh, a special needs student from MINDS Towner Gardens School who participated in the 100m dash at the Special Olympics this year. Diagnosed with a congenital intellectual disability, Shawn has managed to overcome the challenges he faced and pursued his passion for sports. Shawn’s infectious cheery disposition and affectionate demeanour caught onto the other athletes! These athletes demonstrated how sports and social interactions can be inclusive.

 


Evan Chee said, “It was heartwarming to see so many volunteers, partners and beneficiaries come together as one community to support the cause, and to even interact and understand one another.”

 

Ben Moreau highlighted the significance of athletes using sports and running to give back to the community thru events such as this. He added, “I’m glad to help in whatever way I can because everyone has a role to play. We can also seek inspiration from those who overcome their challenges in life, like Shaun Goh.” 
 

Other than the Fun Walk, the Sky Vertical Marathon up the Marina Bay Sands, and the family carnival was part of the charity event. The 4-km Fun Walk along the Waterfront Trail at Marina Bay was flagged off by Guest-of-Honour, Minister (Min) for Social and Family Development (MSF) Mr Tan Chuan-Jin. This is likely to be the last community event for Min Tan, in his capacity as Min MSF. Indeed a suitable swan song, as the event was helmed by the National Council of Social Services (NCSS), a statutory board under the Ministry of Social and Family Development. Min who initiated SG Cares (a national volunteering movement), will be moving onto becoming the 8th Speaker of Parliament in Singapore.

Highlighting the true spirit behind the event was the Chairman of Community Chest, Mr Phillip Tan (right of Min). He said, “At the heart of our community outreach and fundraising efforts is enabling a better quality of life for our beneficiaries. This year, we are involving our beneficiaries to take on more roles at the event. They are no longer just at the receiving end, but are empowered to co-create solutions and self-advocate. It has been a privilege for us to partner like-minded organisations to foster a more caring and inclusive society. Each of us can give back to our community and make Singapore a better place to live in.” 

ONEathlete x ONEteamsg Special – Tan Yi Ru

National hockey player Tan Yi Ru is no stranger to a family away from home. He first started hockey together with his cousin, Toh Limin, in the U-12 squad and the years training with this hockey ‘family’ has forged bonds of friendship and camaraderie over blood and sweat, laughter and tears.

On Yi Ru, who was nominated one of the top 23 hunks and babes of TeamSG athletes, his cousin Limin recalled: “There was this young girl who was a fan of Yi Ru and when she found out that I was his cousin, she started asking me things about him and even to help ask for a photo of them together!” Unfortunately for all you single ladies, Yi Ru is engaged to his loving fiancee and partner of 4 years, and will be getting married in Nov 2017.

So what makes a winning team? In a sports like hockey, with pucks flying as fast as 150km/h, the importance of teamwork cannot be understated. For Yi Ru, it’s about the team chemistry to instinctively know your teammates will be chasing down a splitting pass down the middle, or the gut split-second reaction to chain together several passes in quick succession. These intangible qualities add up to the difference that separates a successful team from the rest. Even though Yi Ru’s name was on the scoresheet for being the first Singaporean to score a goal for Singapore at the 2009 Junior’s World Cup, he is keenly aware that the honour belongs to the team.

Fourteen years ago, I last played for Xishan Primary School competing in Hockey/Floorball for Senior boys tournament. I could barely remember how much we had lost and win for the matches but all I could recall now was all the fun times I had with my team mates and always trying to be mischievous during most of the training days. No doubt the kids are still the same but they missed out on how to "Create Memories" for themselves 💦 which I was taught recently. A little too late but at least I know this is essential 👍🏻 Today, I return back to where I picked up the sport and giving those kids in the picture the exact same feeling I had back then. Teaching them how they should enjoy the sport and how it should be played. This group of kids, with half of the team just started 6 months ago won my heart by getting 1st runner up for the national championship with such little time on practice, I salute all of you! (Hats off) 👏🏻 Now back to 📚, study smartly. I know all of you will do well. All the best for PSLE! 💪🏻

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Yi Ru is also deeply involved in coaching developmental work. Amongst others he is coaching his alma mater Bishan Primary’s floorball team, where his own passion for hockey was first ignited, as well as the Singapore Development U14 and U16 squads. By giving back to the community, he hopes to pass on his experience and passion to the next generation of athletes and hopefully inspire them to greater heights, in sports and in life.

Usually quiet and more reserved in his own time, Yi Ru is a different character once he steps onto the court and into his role as a coach or a member of the national hockey team. He understands the importance of communication in building a team, bringing different individuals together and towards the same goal, supporting one another through the challenging demands in life. “It is crucial to convey confidence and trust, knowing someone else shares the same dream as me, and will be there for me, and beside me.” Yi Ru deeply values relationships and personal ties with family and friends, that it was his ‘family away from home’ that kept him motivated when the going got tough, for instance during his overseas training stint in France.

As physically demanding as hockey is, more games have been won and lost within the head than on the legs. Being one of the more senior member of the squad, Yi Ru speaks of his experience with a quiet conviction that ‘(it is crucial) to have a team that’s able to stay as one and focused on the goal, to motivate one another, especially when the team is trailing behind or morale is low’. Yi Ru’s teammate of 14 years, Enrico Marican, who captained the 2015 SEA Games Hockey team, echoed this sentiment: “playing (hockey) full-time is not all fun and games. There is also a mental aspect about being really focused and serious”

For those of you who can’t attend the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, your words of encouragement and support can still help give Yi Ru and his team the winning mental edge! #ReadyforKL #OneTeamSG #ONEathlete.

ONEathlete x ONEteamsg Special – Mok Ying Ren

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

About two million years ago homo sapiens evolved long legs and short toes to run for survival. Since then, Man has progressed from hunter-gatherers chasing food to running down competition but the race against time, for time, continues. In this time immemorial cycle of life, the young chases the old, the hunter becomes the hunted. Time is the enemy of all. Does one choose to rage against the dying of the light or fill the unforgiving minute with its worth of run?

(Photo Credits: ONEathlete)

Mok Ying Ren is 29 years old. The creases on his face wink in agreement when Mok smilingly bemoans “that the party doesn’t last forever and one day the music will have to stop.”

Once Mok was performing overnight duties at the hospital. There was a patient who got really excited knowing she was going to be stitched up by the national marathoner because “now I’ve got your autograph for life”. By all accounts time has also left its indelible mark on us all. In medicine as in running, it is always a race against time. Mok knows it only too well.

The enormity of the mission behind Mok’s medical profession has lent a great gravity and awareness of the fragilities of life and the human body. After spending a large part of his earlier running career overcoming personal injuries and now dedicating himself to the wounds of others, Mok quietly accepts when his legs take longer to recover, and his breathing more laboured as his heart and lungs strain to compensate. Men at 30 learn to close softly, doors they know won’t be opening again.

Professional running has been compared by some to poetry in motion. Gliding legs caressing the pavement like a carefree antelope, although not even the fastest or most graceful of them has been known to escape the endless pursuit of time. The younger Mok admittedly had an immolating passion and fury raged in his belly, which did not play well to the strengths of a sport where the one who wins is often the last to slow down.

Today, Mok can hold his own among some of the region’s best marathoners, and turn up the heat with a burst of speed or join a breakaway. The feisty runner is hardly one to expect mercy from after the gun goes off. But he always delivers respect. Respect your opponent and the distance. Respect your body. Respect the clock.

How much fire still burns within him? No one, including Mok himself, knows how his SEA Games bid will end. “You have to be absolutely committed, and hungry,” he said. “At the same time, I don’t tell myself that I must win this race or break that record.”

For the doctor-athlete straddled between medical responsibilities and athletic pursuit, Mok’s priorities were clear – his patients. “Their lives and well-being are my responsibility, and I owe it to them and their families that they receive complete focus and attention. When I was put in situations where I had to choose between my training and my patients, I was convicted to prioritize the latter. I guess then, training was compromised, but I gave the best of my ability.”

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Like medicine, athletics is a lifelong apprenticeship where lessons are passed from one generation to the next. Through mistakes made and guidance shared, the baton is passed as the young learn what they can and the wise imparts what they have.

Mok knows his success is not his alone and he is grateful to friends, family and coaches who have stood by him throughout all these years, as well as the continuing support of partners and sponsors like 100PLUS and New Balance.

At the 29th SEA Games in KL, Mok will be trying to beat the clock but he is also racing the era. Champions don’t give up easily, not even against time. Coach Rameshon set the standing national marathon record of 2:24:22 at the 1995 SEA Games. Then, he was 31 years old.

ONEathlete x ONEteamsg Special Series

“Athletes inspire us not just with their records and medals, but also with their spirit and stories.”

In the coming weeks #runONE will be running (pun intended) a special series featuring #ONEathlete(s) who are also national athletes. Some of them will be heading to SEA Games 2017 representing #ONEteamsg this August, #ReadyforKL!

We will be taking a look at these national athletes’ training journey and a peek into the stories within their struggles, the faces behind the medal. What keeps them going? How, if at all, are they different from us?

I believe these athletes have a personal side to share, a story to tell. That aside from all the finish-line glory they return to a house just like ours, and go through Monday blues just like we do.

I hope these stories lend a voice to the athletes that their medals and records can’t. Even better if it should move us while we are trying to “fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run” As Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to summit Mt. Everest, once said: ‘In the end, it’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”.

Stay tuned for the upcoming piece, first of the series, featuring ONEathlete and national canoeist, who was 4th in SEA Games 2015, Jonathan Chong!

Singapore Athletics partners with IRONMAN Asia for National Championships

SINGAPORE – The partnership, will see Singapore Athletics Association (SAA) continue to sanction the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM), the region’s only International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label race.

 

Team Singapore athletes who have already confirmed participation include Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy winner Ashley Liew, Jasmine Goh, Neo Jie Shi, Fang Jian Yong, and 3rd place finisher at SCMS 2015, Evan Chee, who is managed by ONEathlete. Other ONEathlete marathoners, Soh Hua Qun and Ben Moreau are also expected to race at this signature event.

 

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As part of the organiser’s tie-up with The Straits Times Run, the weekly #RunWithMok column and #RunONE training plan by Mok Ying Ren, will both be published on Saturdays.

 

7-time SCMS Singapore Men’s Champion & Team Singapore athlete Mok Ying Ren (who is managed by ONEathlete) also welcomed the partnership saying “We’ve had the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon for many years now, and many of us have run this race growing up. The event has grown tremendously both in scale and quality, so hosting the National Championship here makes sense, and will certainly strike a chord with competitive runners in Singapore. I am confident that it would be an opportunity for a finer display of local sportsmanship and emergence of more young local running talents.”

 

For further reports on this development, please refer to the following:

The Straits Times – http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/athletics-sa-partners-ironman-asia-with-stanchart-marathon-official-race-for-national-cships

The New Paper – http://www.tnp.sg/sports/athletics/scsm-double-national-championships

 

 

Photo credits: Red Sports & Just Run Lah

 

 

Mok shares his 2013 SEA Games Gold Medal experience, running & hydration tips; but gets a surprise instead!

By Lester Tan

 

8 July 2017 – The afternoon started drizzling, and there were some worried faces among the participants of the final ST Run Race Clinic. But not the Double SEA Games Gold Medalist, Mok Ying Ren, who like any seasoned and dedicated athlete, is clearly comfortable dealing with ups and downs.

 

It was a cosy turnout with close to 50 participants of all ages and gender. One of them shared that she had chosen the ST Run as her first race! We also saw familiar faces like local runner-blogger Pris Chew, as well as members of the runONE & ONEathlete family who had turned up in full support.

 

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Same old hard work

The New Balance & 100 Plus Ambassador, Mok started the clinic by bringing us through his 2013 SEA Games experience. Unbeknown to most, he only took the lead in the final km of the marathon race. The winning margin of 20 seconds was barely a whisker in a 42km marathon. Mok boils it all down to ‘a quiet confidence, and patience, and a dash of luck’.

“I trained 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success” – Leo Messi

That was the clear theme weaving through various parts of Mok’s talk – to debunk the myth of secret training or trait that separates professional athletes from folks like you and me. Mok believes that it all boils down to plain old hard work – putting in the miles and staying consistent (and injury-free) over time.

His 1-year training stint with 3-time Olympian Lee Troop at Boulder, United States also brought a new ‘Less is More’ perspective when he noticed overseas Olympians and high-performance athletes training less, yet achieving more.

 

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Race Day Execution

“Race day is only the day the champion is crowned. The die was long cast in the weeks and months of training before”. For the second part of the clinic Mok touched on race day strategies, such as pre-race routine as well as race execution.

While everyone, even professional runners, inevitably suffers from race-day anxiety, the key is not to let it affect your game plan. “Remain confident in your preparation, start conservatively, be patient and strive for a negative-split race pace (finishing the second half faster than the first)”. Mok candidly admits to having suffered (more than once) the brunt of the consequences otherwise. “Cramps, very terrible cramps and just a very tough and sad feeling”

The simple-to-read graphs and dash of science were also a nod to Mok’s medical training and (I guess) his minimalist and balanced training approach padded with lots of commitment and dedication. Nothing fanciful, and certainly not ‘elite’ looking.

There were also lots of interesting questions from the floor – whether carbo loading is necessary or good, whether running kills the knees, and how much to drink during a race (clue: its not beyond the point of thirst).

 

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Photo Credit: Steven Teo (@j2meepok) for runONE

 

The clinic ended with a live demonstration of warm-up and cool-down routines as well as a short 20-min easy #runwithMok. Unfortunately, the #runinthecity route had to be adjusted due to NDP rehearsals which also earned us an unexpected and unforgettable experience of running next to army tanks and marching contingents.

 

Of Birthdays and Rainbows

Mok, who normally doesn’t celebrate his birthday, also received a birthday cake and a surprise video of well-wishes from family & friends, sponsors & partners who have been supporting him alongside all these while. The cameo video included ONEathlete Ben Ooi, Ironman Triathlon World Championship Qualifier and (coincidentally) also Mok’s brother-in-law who’s overseas in Peru now, corporate partners like Oakley and 100 Plus, and close well-wishers who were kind in cheering him unto his 2017 SEA Games Journey.

 

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Photo Credit: Steven Teo (@j2meepok) for runONE

 

That was essentially, an accurate portrayal of the local marathoner, who recounted that the support of the family & friends, partners & sponsors, well-wishers & Singaporeans, had kept him ‘going on again, and again, and again’ despite the many challenges that athletes face!

 

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“The only way to see a rainbow is to look through the rain”

For athletes and runners alike who are no stranger to dealing with the ups and downs of training, there is no better way to conclude our afternoon than this.

ST Run Clinic 3 #RunWithMok (8 Jul)

July 8, 2017, Saturday

 

 

ST Run Clinic 3 :

Mok’s recollection of the SEA Games Marathon 2013 & race day execution tips

  • 4.30pm (Registration at 3pm for prior Mt E session at 3.30pm)
  • Suntec Rewards Lounge, East Wing, #03-342/343 (Beside Vietbox)
  • This session is exclusive for all ST Run participants only. Sign Up now!

Note:

  • Bring along your running gear as the clinic will include a 20 minutes easy run with Mok Ying Ren
  • For all The Straits Times Run In the City 2017 Participants, please log into your participant’s account add Straits Times Run Training Clinic to cart and proceed to check out.
  • All runners who have successfully registered for ST Run Clinic will receive an email reminder prior to the event.
  • Registered participants for Straits Times Run Training Clinic will stand a chance to win a Winbot worth $899 at the end of the clinic.

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ST Run Clinic 3 :

# RunWithMok (20 Mins easy run)

  • 5.30pm (Pls arrive by 5.15pm if you are not attending the prior race clinics)
  • Meet at Tower 3, Level 1, East Wing 
  • No sign-up required. Just appear in your running gear!

Note:

  • Wear your running gear as the clinic will include a 20 minutes easy run with Mok Ying Ren
  • Look out for runners in orange ONE tee-shirt
  • Bring along your own water bottles and be green!

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