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

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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‘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. 

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.

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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!

ONEathlete “can’t wait” at Sundown Marathon 2018

20 May 2018 – The night race in its 11th edition, had 25,500 runners mentally fixed that ‘sleep can wait’, but our wolf pack differed. Finishing the race fast to get to sleep fast was a motivation.

After a less than satisfactory race performance few weeks ago, ONEathlete Banjamin Quek comes back strongly with an outstanding 2nd-place finish in the Sundown Marathon 2018 10km race (Local Men) with a time of 38:18.

We caught up with Banjamin after the race, donned in his Under Armour matt black singlet and stylish blue racer shoes. He knew he had finished 5th overall and so, “It was quite a pleasant surprise to know that I ended up 2nd in my category. Heading into this race, there was definitely an element of wanting to prove myself and overcome my last disappointing performance. That’s why this comeback race was a very satisfying one at that!”

The 26-year old full-time athlete added that “the 10.7km course was admittedly challenging with lots of sharp turns. However, the organisers have stepped up to the challenge this year and is probably why the event attracted more overseas runners this year”

Also running a 10km, shortly after flagging it off, was Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Baey Yam Keng. The endearingly dubbed ‘Selfie MP’ is also an avid runner.

In the half-marathon distance, 3rd-place SCSM 2017 finisher Evan Chee, and top Singaporean male finisher at the 2017 Kona Ironman World Championship Ben Ooi, were believed to have finished overall 12th and 18th position, with a time of 1 hour 27min and 1 hour 31min respectively.

Crossing the finish line despite combating some digestive troubles during the race, Evan was satisfied on the note that it was a good lead up run to his upcoming Gold Coast Airport Marathon. In what was otherwise, a competitive category, the top positions were swiped by our overseas performance athletes.

With that, all 3 #ONEathlete representatives finished within top 10 in their respective categories to round off an action-packed weekend for ONEathlete!

As the adage goes – luck comes to those who are prepared to seize it. For someone who’ve had to work as consistently and twice as hard like Banjamin, his results this early morning proves that success is where discipline and opportunity meets. Banja’s days sometimes stretches as long as 14 hours with two training sessions before and after his work as a tutor. The drive and commitment Banjamin continues to pour into his passion for running shows that winning is a simple choice, just not simply made.

Banjamin admitted that he struggled in the closing kilometers of the race, when his legs began to cramp so he switched his focus from getting a fast time to getting his body to the finish line. His mental strategy to ‘tune-out’ from the hurt and hone in on what he has control over has served him well in many races, including this.

Banjamin’s courage and resilience in not quitting has written a new chapter in a story that is not defined by how far he has come or how high he has climbed!

So once again, congratulations to ONEathlete runners, as well as to all finishers at this morning’s event!

P/s: Special shoutout to the beautiful Kelly Latimer for running from start point, to finish point to main race village and all over again a few times, to emcee the night event!!

Hawkins vied, but Shelley rises victorious!

Opinion piece by Ben Moreau, ONEathlete & Commonwealth Games Athlete

Live from Commonwealth Games 2018 @ Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

First published on BenMoreau.net


 

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The writer Ben Moreau (extreme right), running the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Image from CNN.

 

Watching the epic performances out there today has inspired me to write something as I sit at Brisbane airport about to head home. I’m not going to write an analysis of the race as others will do that better than myself, but I wanted to give my thoughts on a few debates I’ve seen flying around on Twitter and online regarding race tactics and competition ‘ethics’. Read more on the race from original news sources: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/6064426/callum-hawkins-released-from-hospital-after-collapsing-commonwealth-games/

 

I’m in awe of what Callum Hawkins tried to do today and it was sickening to see him in such distress and clearly desperate to continue, even once his body had given up on him. I’m also in awe (although not QUITE as much) of Mike Shelley’s run today – his Games record is a massive achievement and yet again he was Mr. Consistent with a fantastic run. Mike was clearly on the edge also and for a while at 40-41km I thought he would be going the same way as Callum as he looked a little wobbly. For anyone who didn’t see the footage, Callum essentially collapsed at 39.5km, got up after a few failed efforts, struggled on for another 800m and then collapsed again at the 40km mark, losing his 2 minute advantage on Mike Shelley in 2nd. I’m sure it’s on YouTube.

 

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Debate 1: Should Mike Shelley have stopped to help when he passed Callum?

When Mike passed Callum, lying prone on the floor, there was an official with him, although admittedly not doing much. Mike ran past him and has had some stick for not being ‘sportsmanlike’ and offering support. My view is he did the right thing. If Callum was in the middle of nowhere and Mike had seen him collapse then that’s a different matter but remember that Mike has no idea why he’s on the floor. He hasn’t seen the distressing scenes we all saw. Callum is also being attended to – what on earth can Mike do to help? Also, Mike looked pretty shaky himself and probably was battling on just getting the last 2km over with – stopping could have finished him and I’ve been in that state before – you barely take in what’s going on around you but to get to the finish. Just keep the strides moving. What if Mike stops and still no ambulance arrives – should Robbie Simpson in 3rd stop too? Should all Athletes just gather round until Callum has enough attention and then race the last 2km? It makes no sense.

 

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Debate 2: Did Callum go too hard too soon?

Callum was always looking to make a move and got a 41sec lead between 25-30km with a 15.20 5km split. Mike Shelley and others hung back, and Callum then extended his lead by another minute at 30-35km with a similar split. It’s very easy to say he went too hard too soon in hindsight but what’s interesting is that he never slowed (until he came to a hard stop!). He didn’t seem to be tiring – even his 35-40km split was the fastest in the field and that included nearly a minute on the floor and then 500m or so of running afterwards. His pace judgment seemed spot on, but the heat (I assume) just zapped him and must have come from nowhere. Usually when someone goes too hard or misjudges pace in a marathon you slow gradually over several kilometres, but this never happened to Callum. I think it’s fair to say he wouldn’t have suffered as much if he’d have made his move later and he probably should have been more cautious seeing as the heat was always going to be a factor – but I imagine he felt incredibly comfortable and the pace was fine for him. It’s hard to predict a massive collapse at 40km when you feel fine at 38km, and if he was to have gradually faded, then having a 2minute lead is quite a handy thing to have should he have started to slow…. Actually collapsing and being unable to move is pretty rare! I would say he made the right decisions not having the benefit of hindsight.

 

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The writer Ben Moreau, running the 2014 Commonwealth Games right behind Derek Hawkins (Callum Hawkin’s brother). Image from CNN.

 

Debate 3: Was the race badly organized?

There are two debates here – why did it start so late and why did it take so long for Callum to get medical attention? The first is (I suspect) due to TV broadcasting demands – the men started at 8.30am and it was 28C by 10.30am and with the heat off the road, it felt way hotter. I don’t want to see a race where conditions drive the result more than athletic ability and I do believe it should have started earlier. I don’t buy into the “it’s about being tough – make it as hard as possible” argument. It’s about who can run the fastest over 42.2km, not who can cope with heat the best.

As for the medical attention – it’s clearly very hard to monitor every athlete and be immediate when an athlete collapses over 42.2km, but Callum collapsed at 39.5km, got up, carried on for 2 more minutes and then went down again. Medics should have been flagged when he collapsed the first time and alongside. I understand an athlete will be DQ’d should he be given any assistance, but they just weren’t there fast enough to even ask the question. Given the heat, they should have anticipated issues in 30-42.2.km and it would have been pretty easy to have mobile medics ready to go and on alert in vehicles at this point. He was very lucky not to knock himself out when he went down the second time.

It was an amazing race to watch and Callum is exceptionally talented and one of the gutsiest runners I know – I’m sure he’ll be back. Huge kudos to all who ran – was a tough day out there.


(Editor’s note: RunONE spoke to a source close to Hawkins who confirms that he has been recovering well, but is unable to grant media interviews yet. )

Run ONE again Callum Hawkins! Till then, prayers and love from Singapore!

 

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Image from Hawkin’s Twitter

Callum Hawkins is a Marathon runner and was a hot contender for the Commonwealth Games Marathon Gold. The 2016 British Marathon Champion is also a New Balance UK Ambassador, and member of #TeamScotland! 

 

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/