Run For Good

First published on NS MAN Magazine – May/June 2018 Issue

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A line-up of notable national athletes kicked off the year’s first charity run at a launch event at SAFRA Toa Payoh’s EnergyOne gym.

Led by #ONEathlete and National Marathoner, Mok Ying Ren, these athletes marked the commencement of the 3M Team Futuro Challenge, encouraging participants to run at least a 2,000km from 20 Jan to 4 Feb. Achieving this target would help raise $30,000 worth of Futuro-brand products for under-reached individuals and community groups.

At the launch held on 19 Jan, Mok was joined by fellow ONEathlete(s), National Tennis Player, Shaheed Alam and National Badminton Player, Ren-ne Ong.

Read more via image below.

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ST: The greatest athlete I’ve seen is …

First published in The Straits Times on 08 May 2018

The Straits Times’s Rohit Brijnath asks our ONEathlete Ashley Liew about the greatest athlete that he has seen. What ensues is a very provocative yet fun,  opinion piece by our ST writing prodigy. Read more here!

 

 

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First published in The Straits Times on 08 May 2018

 

Excerpt: Ashley Liew, the marathoner, picked Wilson Kipsang, the former marathon world record holder, for in the Kenyan’s humility the Singaporean finds heroicness. Thrice Liew has met him and every meeting, he said, confirmed a generosity of spirit.

Once, after Liew finished a hard workout in Kenya, Kipsang drove by, stopped by the roadside, congratulated the Singaporean and the locals he was running with, and bought them a drink. “To this day,” wrote Liew, “I still root for Kipsang because of the values he lives by.” Read more here!

 

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ONEathlete Ashley Liew with Wilson Kipsang

 

30 Interesting Facts About Ashley Liew That Most People Don’t Know

As a National marathoner and ONEathlete, Ashley Liew has represented Singapore twice at South East Asian Games (SEA Games), won Singapore Marathon 2012 Local category and is the 2nd-fastest all-time Singaporean for the Ironman triathlon distance (10h3m29s at Ironman Texas 2012).

 

Ashley shares with RunSociety 30 truths that most people don’t know.

It includes a vivid history of his overweight days, to his desperation to lose it, to his road to running, to his usual running companions & his lil Tiger, to his guilty pleasures,  to the lady who swopped him of his feet, to what he does in the day (and night), to who has got his back on.. phew!

Read all about the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy Recipient, right here! Read more

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Top 10 local fitness role models worth following on Instagram

Men’s Health Singapore – May 2018 issue covers Top 10 local fitness role models worth following on Instagram! ONEathlete Mok Ying Ren makes it to the list and shares with them what got him started, and what still keeps him going!

 

 

Take your time to find your strength and ultimately enjoy the journey,” Ying Ren advices. He believes that once you have found your strength, you should use it to encourage others as well. “It will not only make a difference to them, it will also make a difference to you.

 

Check out the full list of fitness role models to see who made it to the exclusive list and read their stories too!

  • Roxanne Gan @roxanne_yoga
  • Mok Ying Ren @mokyingren #runwithmok
  • Christy Chng @christychng
  • Leroy Kiang @ketobeast
  • Soh Rui Yong @runsohfast
  • Tyen Rasif @tyenstagram
  • Melissa Sarah Wee @melissasarahwee
  • Darren Stephen Lim @dslasher
  • Adrian Tan @adriantanfitness
  • Calvin Kang @frappecal

 

Read more about it in its latest issue! Digital copies can be purchased here: https://www.magzter.com/SG/SPH-Magazines-Pte-Ltd/Men’s-Health-Singapore/Lifestyle/ (Top stylised photo by Men’s Health Singapore)

 



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Here’s What Runner Mok Ying Ren Eats To Prepare For Long-Distance Runs

Home cooked meal by 'Chef' Mok Ying Ren
Home cooked meal by ‘Chef’ Mok Ying Ren

 

Mok’s food diary

6am: Breakfast

One bowl of high-fibre cereal, one glass of low-fat milk, half cup of yogurt, one cup of coffee with milk.

Noon: Lunch

One bowl of white rice, 11/2 cup of vegetables, one palm-sized piece of steamed fish.

4pm: Pre-run snack

One slice of fruit, one snack bar.

5pm: Training

No food or fluid intake.

6 or 7pm: Post-training

Half to one litre of non-carbonated sports drink, one glass of low-fat chocolate milk.

8 or 9pm: Dinner

One bowl of brown rice, one cup of vegetables, one palm- sized piece of meat/fish (steamed/stir fried), one slice of fruit.

 

Read more here: http://www.menshealth.com.sg/weight-loss-nutrition/heres-what-runner-mok-ying-ren-eats-prepare-long-distance-runs/ 

(ONE)Athlete Passionately Giving Back to Society

First published by MCCY Press Release / Excerpt of Min Grace Fu speech

8. Our athletes play highly significant and meaningful roles, both in and outside the sporting arena. Your sporting talent and achievements put you in a unique position as role models; so I urge you – all of you nominated today and all those who are striving to be on the podium – to use this privileged position to inspire others to give back to fellow Singaporeans, to bring positive change to our community. And I’m heartened that our athletes have begun doing so.

9. I’d just like to quote one or two of them. Yip Pin Xiu, the Straits Times Athlete of the Year in 2015, is one such example. Pin Xiu was named as an athlete mentor for last year’s ASEAN Para Games, as well as the chef de mission for the Singapore contingent at the Asian Youth Para Games in Dubai last December, where she was able to use her vast experience from previous major Games to mentor a young team, and to inspire them to greater heights. I remember a quote from her: “I want to give back to society and help the future generation of athletes. Other than showing others what sports can do, I hope to create more awareness that ‘disabled does not mean unabled, and also to inspire others around me.”

 

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Min Grace Fu (left most) with Double SEA Games Gold Medalist & National Record Holder, Mok Ying Ren (second from left); during the baton run in May 2017. 

 

10. We also saw that three Team Singapore athletes – Mok Ying Ren (marathon), Shaheed Alam (tennis), and Ren-ne Ong (badminton)  – took part in a public fundraising event just two months ago to help raise $10,000 worth of sporting apparel for youth under SportCares. On behalf of the youth, we thank these athletes for doing their part to really make an impact and improve the lives of others.

(Ed note: Read More https://runone.co/2018/01/19/team-futuro-trio-run-the-talk-for-sportcares/ )

 

11. These are just two examples of how our athletes are using sport as a force for good. I’m happy that many of you are doing likewise, and I encourage you to connect with others in your community, reach out to the less fortunate, and be role models for younger athletes, even as you train hard and strive for sporting success.

Shaheed Alam: To Greater Heights

First published on @RunSG Run Inspiration

 

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From left to right : Shaheed Alam, Mok Ying Ren and Ren-ne Ong, the Team Futuro Ambassadors, managed by ONEathlete

 

“I do not really have a running “coach” who dishes out running advice at the moment, but when the chance arises I find myself invariably trying to emulate Mok Ying Ren’s running form close. Though I’m doubtful if it’s actually beneficial for my running abilities, I feel that it’s more a reflection of how I see him as a role model who I can look up to. I’ve heard so much about him before I got to know him personally, and he’s been a really awesome friend as well as a trustworthy brotherly figure to me.” – ONEathlete and Team Futuro Ambassador, Shaheed Alam

Read more https://www.runmagazine.asia/shaheed-alam-to-greater-heights/ 

Gold Coast is the place to be in 2018!

First published on The Straits Times

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.

 

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Mok Ying Ren running at Gold Coast in 2013, where he qualified for SEA Games 2013, eventually going on to win Singapore’s first SEA Games Marathon Gold Medal. 

 

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.”

For full article, pls see http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/st-run-sign-up-for-1845km-category-by-april-30-and-stand-a-chance-to-win-a-trip-to-gold-coast

25 Things You Did Not Know About Mok

National marathoner and ONEathlete Mok Ying Ren is an enigma. The 2-time SEA Games Gold medalist who holds a marathon personal best of 2:26:07 is a familiar friendly figure within the Singapore running community.

Yet there is an undeniable veil of mystique to national athletes who, like Mok, are capable of feats of physical incredulity that draws our breath in (editor’s note: In achieving his marathon PB, Mok was running an 8min 18sec 2.4km split, 17.5 times over). 

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Mok Ying Ren at the recent launch of 3M Team FUTURO™ Challenge

Beyond that, Mok is also a triathlete, a doctor, husband and Singapore record holder and self-professed ice cream fanatic. The affable marathoner, who recently got married to the love of his life and started his ‘lifetime marathon’, gave a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the personal life of a national athlete. He candidly shares how he met his wife, and his number 1 idol!

All this and more, as shared with RunSociety during the recent launch of 3M Team Futuro™ Challenge. Read more

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Click here for Runsociety’s 25 things you did not know about Mok!

Ashley and Mok on ‘New Year, New Goals’

There is a fairly high chance that your alarm is set for 5:00am tomorrow – 10km run before work you tell yourself. No I do not have superhuman insights and ‘Big Brother’ is not watching you; we are just part of the 7 in 10 who stick to new year resolutions 9 days into 2018; but it is likely you won’t last and neither will I if the University of Pennsylvania study is right.

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So how about #ONEathlete national marathoners, Ashley Liew and Mok Ying Ren?

When asked about his goals for 2018, Ashley says:

I differentiate between targets (what you want to achieve) and goals (who you want to be)”. His targets are to “run a sub-2hr 30min marathon personal best and to qualify for a major Games event” and his goal is “to remember that life is not all about running and thus I should better appreciate the people around me like my father and girlfriend”.

Ashley, who was the first Singaporean to be awarded the Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy in 2016, has both feet firmly grounded (pun intended) when he sees running as fulfilling a promise to himself while life is about fulfilment through his loved and cherished ones.

Similarly for Mok, who has spent more than half his life chasing down that finish tape and recently started his lifetime marathon of matrimonial bliss, goals are as much an end in itself, as a means to a (larger) end. He too echoed that special occasions are meant to be spent with special people in his life! He was relating to why he only did an easy run and opted to spend the festive days with his wife, family, and best friend instead.

Writing as a man who seeks clarity in life, and in true Mok-style brevity:

A generation without a vision will perish. Likewise a man without goals.”

Mok, who has a major exam coming up this year in his residency Programme, hopes to balance that and enjoy his running in 2018!

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From runONE and ONEathlete, we wish all readers and runners alike a blessed and meaningful 2018!

For more about setting new year resolutions and goals, (or if you’re deciding what time to set the alarm for) read on below or click here for article link.

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The (ONE)athlete’s High

Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. But once you’ve tried it you’re always craving for it, and the more the better. If you’re one of those who wakes up at 5am to get in a heart-pumping workout before heading to work, then you must know how satisfying and addictive that endorphin rush after a sweaty session can really kickstart your day.

Now the buzz junkies must be wondering: Is there any other way to get that same athlete’s high without working for it?

Nuyou (女友)magazine’s anchor feature of “Men We Love” (MWL) is back for its 2017 edition. Conceptualised in 2002 and in its 15th year running, the annual MWL feature introduces 25 men with desirable qualities, such as successful careers, well-balanced family lives, athleticism, good looks and personality. It is also a fantastic opportunity to introduce and showcase talented men from various walks of life who have stood out in their respective fields, and bring out a different (less known) side to their public persona.

ONEathlete is proud to have 3 of our athletes featured in Nuyou’s 2017 Men We Love – #10 Jonathan Chong, #15 Tan Yiru and #19 Mok  Ying Ren! Check out these behind-the-scenes (#BTS) sneaks and read on for more below!

 

 

(Top-left): Mok Ying Ren getting some tender care from the make-up artists; (Top-right): Jonathan Chong having fun in his own time; (Bottom): Tan Yiru trying out his personal favourite pose (Photo Credits: #ONEathlete)

 

 

Jonathan Chong, 25 

National Canoeist

Managed by ONEathlete

 

 

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“(One of the craziest thing I did) was to pack my luggage in 7 minutes and spent 4 days on a small off-the-radar island with my friends.” – Jonathan Chong

 

 

Tan Yiru, 27 

National Hockey Player

Managed by ONEathlete

 

 

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“Men tend to let their ego get in the way. That’s why I believe the game is about survival of the humble.” – Tan Yiru

 

 

Mok Ying Ren, 29 

Double SEA Games Gold Medallist & National Marathoner

Managed by ONEathlete

 

 

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“For me, love is about patience. And with every passing day I find her more beautiful than ever before” – Mok Ying Ren

 

 

Photo credits:

  • Black/white photos from Nuyou (女友)magazine’s anchor feature of “Men We Love” (MWL) 2017.
  • Coloured photos from #ONEathlete.