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.

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.


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


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:


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.


Image from Metro


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.


Image from News@TechMasair


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.


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 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!


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


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

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Ren-ne gains more than experience at the Commonwealth Games 2018

First published on 12 April 2018


ONEathlete Ren-ne Ong during her games at CWG 2018. Image credits myactivesg


“I realized that maintaining our composure and having a clear mind is very important in executing strategies given by our coaches. That’s where we lose out to the more experienced players as they are able to change strategies and overcome obstacles more easily in a match.” – ONEathlete, Ong Ren-Ne

The learnings come upon her reflection after the bronze medal match, where the young Singapore shuttlers lost to the English team, despite a strong showing of their best.

The ONE Co-founders also turned up to support #ONEteamSG during their group match against Zambia where they won 5-0!


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.


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

Performance (series) is back!

After attracting participants from more than 60 nationalities in 2016 and 2017,  The Performance Series is now bringing the #TranscendYourself spirit back in 2018!

Just as the money you spent on that new pair of running shoe wasn’t saved overnight, running is a process that requires motivation, determination and strong spirit. Only through consistent training and commitment, can we transcend into better, faster and stronger runners.


“#TranscendYourself means the ability to constantly improve your quality of life through the development of total wellness – which includes the integration of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being,” – Liu Zhiyong, founder of The Performance Series.

As a new initiative in 2018, the Organiser has also initiated a “Share Your #TranscendYourself Story. Spread Positivity.” campaign whereby participants get to share their fitness journey to motivate others to get active and stay healthy. The top-voted Male or Female inspirational ambassador will walk away with S$1,000 cash each.

Spanning Singapore and Malaysia’s iconic landmarks, TPS will be hosting a total of 9 races, with distances of 5 and 10km in Singapore and an additional 21km category in Malaysia. TPs-Singapore will kick off with Punggol Waterway (22 April), Pasir Ris (24 June), Bedok Reservoir (5 August) and ending with the finale at East Coast Park (14 October).

National marathoner Ashley Liew will also be taking part in the 5km race category on 22 April. Ashley, who just finished the Tokyo marathon just weeks ago, has his eyes set on improving upon his performance in the 2016 series!


As the first of its kind, TPS is leading the way in encouraging runners, be it leisure or competitive, to have a schedule of races to work towards and progress along with the series. In return, TPS hopes to help advocate fitness and health as a part of an ongoing lifestyle. TPS is also bringing the concept #BackToBasics in 2018. As with all journeys, in sports and in life, a strong foundation is the basis for greater things ahead and TPS hopes to motivate participants to focus on the fundamentals of running to improve their fitness one step at a time!

To encourage like-minded friends and active individuals to encourage one another, TPS Singapore is providing a bundle package (4 races) registration so runners can join their friends to enjoy the series at competitive rates! Upon completion of all 4 races in the series, runners can also connect the 2018 TPS medals in a way that signifies the journey they have undertaken!29064317_1962036600476722_412942273070841620_o

The Performance Series Singapore 2018 is organised by JustRunLah! and selected Community Sports Clubs, and supported by Garmin, PAssion Card, Compressport, JustConnect Media, SportStats Asia, JustRaceLah! and The event is managed by Pink Apple. For more information, visit or

So wait no more and hurry to register at Remember to use promo code RUNONE5OFF to get an additional 5% off!

The sun goes down, the marathon comes out!

Calling all night owls, party animals and corporate worker bees – if #sleepcanwait is your motto in life then better listen up! One of Asia’s premier city race and largest night marathon, OSIM Sundown Marathon, is returning in 2018 for its 11th edition!

Image_1“Each year we look at ways to improve and enhance the experience for both runners and supporters, and we hope to meet the challenge each time. With the return of the Race Expo and new measures introduced to shorten wait times for the Race Pack Collection process, we are streamlining the runner’s journey, allowing them to focus on the things that matter, like achieving their Personal Bests in the race and in life.” said Adrian Mok, Managing Director of HiVelocity Pte Ltd, the organiser of the Sundown Marathon.

Image_2Come 19 May, F1 Pit Building will be packed with over 30,000 participants who are expected to give the night a run for its money. Following feedback from participants last year, five improvements to the Race Pack Collection process have also been made with the collection venue returning to Suntec City.

  1. The collection venue is back at Suntec City from 10 – 13 May. Suntec City was a popular collection venue with participants in 2016 and organisers are confident that participants will have an enjoyable experience. To cater to those who are coming after work, race pack collection will be held over four days with the collection time extended by two hours from 11am to 9pm as compared to 2016!
  2. Race Pack Courier Service For up to 2,500 runners residing in Singapore, they have the choice of getting their Race Packs delivered to them for a fee of $10 from 23 April to 6 May 2018. This service is available when runners register for the race at the official event website 
  3. Faster check-in, registration and Race Pack Collection. As a first for sports events in Singapore, the OSIM Sundown Marathon will implement the ACTIVE Network® On-Site Mobile App system with dynamic bib assignments. The Mobile App is a globally-established digital activity management system used at other renowned events like Ironman Triathlons, Tough Mudder and the Hong Kong Marathon.
  4. Even faster collection with more counters. The queue process will be revamped with a total of 33 counters set up for collection on-site, as compared to 20 last year. Additional staff will be on-hand to assist with queries while queue updates will be provided on the official event Facebook page.
  5. Race Pack Q Appointment. Similar to the service provided at some banks and restaurants to manage long queues, a Fast Track service will be available for participants who prefer to pick up their race packs at a pre-determined time instead of waiting in the queue. Simply choose your preferred timing when you arrive at the queue start point and viola!


This year there’ll also be more ways for participants and supporters to give back to the community through Sundown With Love while organisers lead by example by providing employment to members of two disabled charities – the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH).  The OSIM Sundown Marathon’s charity outreach campaign, Sundown With Love
started in 2013 with the aim to encourage the running community to raise funds for their preferred local beneficiary. This year sees collaborations with six Sundown With Love Ambassadors to raise funds for the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Food from the Heart (FFTH), Boys’ Town, Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS), Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) and Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA).


To date, Sundown With Love has raised more than S$42,000 for a diverse range of charities in Singapore. This year, organisers will also continue to lead by example by hiring members of the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) to collate the race packs. In addition, the Mobile Massage team from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) will also be hired to provide massage services to participants of the Half Marathon (21.1km) and Full- Marathon (42.195km) post-race.

As part of ONE’s continual support to foster a community of hearts and minds through meaningful contributions back to society, we are proud that Evan Chee, managed by ONEathlete, will be participating in this meaningful event for the 2nd year running (pun intended). Evan, who has recently finished 4th at his season-opening New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon, is excitedly looking forward to his next home-coming race in Singapore.

Evan Chee finished 4th at the New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon

He will also be joined by popular fitness model and Sundown Marathon Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Bovis, who will be spreading the message of resilience, focus and determination to motivate runners to stay on track and beat the sunrise.

Starting with 6,000 runners in its inaugural race, Sundown Marathon has seen participant numbers increasing more than four times to 27,500 in 2017 across seven race categories for the four race formats (5km, 10km, 21.1km, and 42.195km). It has continued to stay inclusive and attracts runners of all fitness levels and diverse backgrounds with marathon tourists making up 15% of participants in 2017.

So hurry and sign up to be part of the #sleepcanwait warriors – remember to enjoy 5% off registration fees when you enter promo code “RUNONE5OFF“! Registration ends 15 April 2018.


(Sha)Hit at Davis Cup 2018!

Amidst efforts from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to orchestrate a massive shake-up of the Davis Cup competition which will see the formation of an 18-nation World Cup of Tennis, Team Singapore’s Davis Cup 2018 campaign has already gotten off to a fantastic start with qualifier group pool matches that started on Jan 29 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman.

TeamSG Tennis Contingent before departing for Davis Cup 2018 : (From Left to Right) Shaheed Alam, Roy Hobbs, Steve Ng and Jensen Hiu

Shaheed Alam, TeamSG tennis player managed by ONEathlete, is 19 years old and the youngest member of the TeamSG tennis contingent at Davis Cup 2018. He is joined by former top-ranked Singaporean tennis player 36-year old Jensen Hiu, as well as Roy Hobbs and Steve Ng. (trivia: Shaheed was born a year after Hiu made the first of his six Davis Cup appearances!)

In the final Group 3 promotion match against UAE, Hobbs defeated Abdulrahman Al Janahi 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first singles match before UAE levelled the score with Fahad Janahi grinding out a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over Shaheed Alam in a match that lasted 2hr 39 min. In the deciding doubles match, Jensen Hiu, making his return to competitive tennis 13 years after retirement, joined hands with Roy Hobbs to beat Fahad Janahi and Fares Al Janahi 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the decider to secure Team Singapore’s promotion to Group 3.

Singapore was last promoted to Group 3 in 2015 before suffering relegation a year later. In 2017, the men’s team stopped short of qualifying for promotion to Group 3 after losing the deciding doubles match in a play-off against Saudi Arabia.

TeamSG tennis player, Shaheed Alam, savouring a moment after a hard-earned Group 3 promotion in Davis Cup 2018.
Singapore Tennis Association deputy general manager Wilson Tay was encouraged by the results as it was a clear sign that younger players such as Shaheed, 19, and Steve Ng, 22, are maturing and improving and a positive development for Singapore tennis.

Photo courtesy of Sports SchoolShaheed, who was also recently awarded the Sports Achiever Award in recognition of his achievement from his alma mater, Singapore Sports School, was also very happy and pleased with his own effort and the progress the team has made in overcoming 2017’s setback, to achieve an all-time best world ranking of 90!

Shaheed has returned to Singapore and is currently working hard towards his next competition at the ITF Futures Singapore later in May, where he hopes to build on his earlier result as the first Singaporean male to win an ITF junior singles title and break into the ITF pro circuit!

Ashley Liew engaged at Tokyo (Marathon)!

 The 2018 edition of the Tokyo Marathon was held on Sunday, 25 February 2018, with a grand total of 320,794 applicants fighting for the 35,500 full marathon slots. One of the most popular World Marathon Majors and the only in Asia, Tokyo Marathon is well-known for its efficient and smooth organization as well as fantastic crowd support, not to mention the quality caliber of Japanese runners which translates into a steeped field and sweeping fast finishes.

This year’s race saw uncharacteristically cold temperatures on race morning, and along with a slightly revised race route, meant lots of uncertainty even for seasoned marathoners like Ashley Liew, one of Singapore’s top marathoner who finished 2nd at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2017 just 10 weeks ago.

Although this was an important season opener race for Ashley, he hasn’t had much time to prepare for it the way he would have liked, owing partly to his hectic work schedule.  Many an occasion he’s had to complete a 2 to 3-hour long run after work, which meant ending past midnight and then returning to his work the very next morning. Such is the discipline and commitment required of him, which Ashley feels is worth it because he’s realizing the true worth of the potential he has been blessed with.

Sandra (left) and Ashley (right) at the Tokyo Marathon Race Pack Expo

For Ashley, the crux of training is not just the sacrifices by the athlete, but also the family and friends who stood by his side and supported him over the months and years, and having it all boil down to under 3 hours come race day.

CNA SportsWorld Feature

Which is why it’s also fitting that on the evening of the Tokyo Marathon (25 Feb 2018), Ashley had the privilege of appearing on ChannelNewsAsia’s SportsWorld Weekend, where he candidly touched on his experience as a Singapore marathoner. Ashley recalled how his harrowingly close encounter at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was a grounding moment for him to ‘make the most of we have, right here right now, rather than waiting for tomorrow‘, particularly as he continues to walk the fine-line balancing work and training while working towards the 18th Asian Games later in August this year, as well as qualifying for the 2019 SEA Games.

Tokyo Marathon 2018

After nearly a decade of running, it was probably the culmination of these life experiences and stories, as well as the friendship ties and bonds, that carried him through the bad patches, such as when he was clipped at the 36km mark and suffered a bad hamstring cramp for the agonizing 6km remaining. Thankfully, he preserved and went on to complete his season-opening race in 2:41, over 9 minutes faster than his finish at SCSM 2017.

Sandra and Ashley sharing a joyous moment together after he completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2:41:41 (official nett time)

#AshandSandra Engagement

Ashley’s no. 1 supporter and then-girlfriend, Sandra, also flew over to Tokyo to accompany Ashley for this race and assist with pre-race preparation and arrangements so that Ashley could focus on what he needed to do. Having his loved one be there with him, for him, meant a lot to Ashley and he feels that her presence and support in many ways underscores what his athletic pursuit embodies – his passion and priorities in life. This is perhaps one of the many reasons that urged Ashley to commit to a lifetime together and propose to Sandra on this trip! The couple were on Mount Fuji, and in cloud nine, no less!

And Sandra said YES!

From us here at runONE and ONEathlete, we extend our heartiest congratulations to Sandra and Ashley, and wishing you both a blessed beginning to the next chapter in your lives together, and Godspeed Ashley, as you train towards the upcoming 18th Asian Games!