RunONE – Straits Times Run 2018 Official Training Partner

22 Sep 2018 – Returning back with RunONE as the official training partner for the Straits Times Run 2018, ONEathlete Mok Ying Ren had tailored a 16-week-long series of a training program and running-related columns to prepare runners for this event. In partnership with Straits Times, Mok also hosted a #RunWithMok column which incorporated, for the first time, an interactive #AskMok segment that invites readers and runners to ask Mok any running-related question. To cap off the series of preparation leading up to the race, Mok also hosted a race clinic on 22 Sep at the Straits Times Run race expo where he took to the stage and shared his running and training experience.

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The Sunday Times 23 Sep 2018 

As many among the audience were racing the Straits Times Run the next day, Mok peppered his talk and Q&A session with behind-the-scenes insights on the preparation he himself had gone through before his races. He also addressed queries on race day execution and provided his personal perspectives and helpful tips on training, hydration, injury prevention. Questions on running shoe selection and foot striding styles seemed to be popular too.

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Mok Ying Ren using his New Balance shoe to explain on foot striding styles.

Through his sharing, Mok hopes to help more individuals overcome their fear and reluctance and encourage them to be a part of the growing running community in Singapore. He has observed, over the past few years, a healthy sign that more Singaporeans are taking to sports as part of an active lifestyle, and wants to do his part to help promote and encourage this movement.

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The talk by Mok Ying Ren was attended by more than 60 ST Run participants.
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Mok Ying Ren with some of the non-camera shy participants who attended his talk.

RunONE would like to take the opportunity, to thank #STRun2018 Chairman & Committee, New Balance, 100PLUS and Infinitus for their support in making the session possible!

 

Read more about the ST Run 2018 race event HERE 

Read more about what you can do-post ST Run, on this week’s #AskMok HERE 

 

ONEathlete Ben Moreau wins ONE at Straits Times Run 2018!

23 Sep 2018 – ONEathlete Ben Moreau took home the top honors in the Straits Times Run 2018 Men’s 18.45km category, winning in a time of 62 mins 46 secs, which was over 1 minute quicker than last year’s winner, Kenyan runner James Karanga. It was his maiden run in this race! (Top featured image by Straits Times Run Facebook)

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Article was published on Straits Times on 24 September HERE 

Ben, a previous Commonwealth Games representative, has steadily chalked up a series of race wins in the past few months, such as the Performance Series 10km as well as the inaugural ‘King of the Hills’ race, and demonstrated that he still has the legs to not let age (and his rivals) catch up with him.

 

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The trio ONEathlete who finished the race with no sweat!
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Evan (centre) sharing a post-race moment with fellow ONEathlete and national marathoner Ashley Liew (right), with RunONE co-founder Jed (left)

 

In the Men’s 10km category, ONEathlete Evan Chee finished as the fastest Singaporean and 4th overall with a time of 37 mins 7 secs. Evan, who is turning 38, is also showing no signs of slowing as he heads into peak race season in Singapore. He placed 3rd (Local Men’s) at Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017 and is looking to better his results this year. He has also recently shared his thoughts on Masters running where he hoped to promote and encourage the idea of running as an inclusive sport for everyone, regardless of age, gender and athleticism. This was also echoed by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who praised the event for being inclusive, and said: “It is great to see people of different backgrounds coming together here today.”

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ONEathlete Ashley Liew who also ran his maiden ST Run, finished 7th overall, and 3rd local in the 10km category, was in high spirits post-race. Ashley’s last marathon was at the Gold Coast, and it seems like he will now have some tips for his counterpart who will be participating in the 2019 Edition, as part of his Champion prize! The prize was sponsored by Tourism Queensland for the Straits Times Run 2018!

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Minister MCCY Ms Grace Fu together with National Marathoner Mok Ying Ren (right), Ashley Liew (middle), Evan Chee (right) and RunONE Co-founder Jed Senthil (2nd fr right). Photo by Ming Ham

In returning to the Sports Hub after a 2-year hiatus when the race venue relocated to the  F1 Pit Building and Padang, the 6th edition of the race saw over 13,000 participants, most of whom were eyeing the uniquely memorable opportunity of being able to finish the race inside the 55,000-seat national stadium.

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The ONE Family at the Sports Stadium

Kelly Latimer and Ross had the uphill task of getting the moods up on the early Sunday morning! Despite the 5am flag-off, the mood at the start was lively and electrifying as participants got ready to enjoy the scenic route. Unlike in 2017 where the race started on the Esplanade Bridge, this year’s route was a nod to its original venue at the Sports Hub.

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The 10km runners at the start line! 

 

Read more about the STRun Festival & Mok Ying Ren’s Race Clinic HERE 

Read more about what you can do-post ST Run, on this week’s #AskMok HERE 

ST: You have done it!

This article was first published in The Straits Times on 25 Sep 2018, post-race of Straits Times Run 2018. 

MOK YING REN – Congratulations on completing your race! 

I hope you have all managed to achieve your goals! Now, it is time to treat your bodies to some well-deserved rest. 

Back in 2013, right after my SEA Games marathon race, I remember having to catch the first flight back to Singapore to return to my Medical Officer Cadet Course. Within a matter of days, I was back to carrying field packs and simulating casualty evacuation casualties with an incredibly sore body. It was definitely not an ideal recovery plan, but inevitable as I was still serving my national service then. 

Unlike what I had gone through, you need not, and should not, undertake physical stress so soon after a long and intense race.

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Mok Ying Ren running past the Sports Hub, where the Straits Times Run 2018 finishing point and festival village was held. He recommends that the participants take a break to recover and catch up on other commitments. Photo credits: ONEATHLETE

Recovery 

It is key to recover well from any bout of strenuous activity. 

I know that some of you may be feeling great now and you may even be tempted to think: what is there to recover from? Well, the bad news is that any soreness which you may experience will only come to bear, much later! (my guess is probably Tuesday)! 

If you recall the supercompensation theory which we had introduced earlier, you would be aware that your body is currently undergoing a major overhaul to bring you to the next fitness level. However, this can only happen with sufficient rest and recovery. 

Sleep plays a huge role in this process of supercompensation. It should not be a problem for you to sleep a little more now since you no longer have to wake up for early morning runs (for a while at least)! 

Once the soreness wears off, you may feel a natural urge to get back to running. Instead of falling into that temptation, do some other non-weight-bearing activities, such as swimming or cycling for another week (or two).  This will help to enhance your recovery and reduce the risk of injury. 

Even when returning to running, always err on the side of caution, and keep your initial runs to 20 to 30 minutes long at a conversational pace.

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Remember to stretch all the aches on your body! 

Work out niggles 

During the training season, you may also have suffered from various aches and pains which were simply ignored. Now is the best time for you to sort out all these issues and allow your body to heal. 

If necessary, you may also wish to visit a physical therapist and have a biomechanical assessment to identify specific areas of weakness. You may then work on these specific areas to prevent recurrence of pain or injury. From my experience, small deposits of therapy and pre-rehabilitation work on a regular basis can bring you huge gains, in terms of the number of your “running years”.

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Show appreciation

I am sure that you have spent countless hours training in preparation for your race. But I am also sure that it would not have been possible without the support of your loved ones – it is time to reciprocate their support for you. 

Too often, we take many things, like having a warm meal waiting for us at home after a long day of work and training, for granted. Show your appreciation to those who have cared for and supported you.

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Happy to take overall 7th (local 3rd) at my maiden @straits_times Run 10km yesterday. It was a great outing with fellow #ONEathlete @evanchee also placing well in the 10km and @ben_moreau on fire with his overall win in the 18.45km! 🔥 Thanks to the @onemanagementsg family including manager @jedsent (also ran the 10km) for the race opportunity and Dr @mokyingren for the support, as well as @runningtan for the write-up (see https://runone.co/2018/09/23/runone-wins-one-at-straits-times-run-2018/). Massive shoutouts to fiancée @sandrafaustinalee for now being able to keep up with me on my final 100m sprint, fellow #KampongRunners who just conquered respective marathons, sponsor @asicssg, and Dr Kelvin Ng of Family Health Chiropractic Clinic for actively checking and adjusting my spine to keep me performing optimally! Last but not least, it was an honour reconnecting with Minister @gracefu.hy, the last time being after the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Marathon when I was still a chiropractic intern at @shermancollege. Next up, starting the season towards the @sgmarathon! #STrun2018 #STrun #TheStraitsTimes #RunONE #TeamASICS #ASICSSG #IMoveMe #FamilyHealthChiroSG #SingaporeAthletics #OneTeamSG #MCCYSG #SGsportsHub #ShermanPride #SCSM2018 #OakleySG

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Length of recovery

How long should you be engaged in the above recovery process? That really depends on each individual.

I would generally recommend a recovery period of between 1 to 2 weeks for a half marathon and between 2 to 4 weeks for a marathon. However, what is most essential is for you to listen to your body – do not be afraid to adjust your recovery plan according to how your body feels and responds.

As my then-deputy headmaster in Raffles Institution, Mr. S Magendrian had always emphasized, “there is a season for everything”. Now is the season for recovery.

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Read more about the ST Run 2018 race event HERE 

Read more about the STRun Festival & Mok Ying Ren’s Race Clinic HERE 

Was it an Asian American dream? or just a Goliath’s David? – Osaka vs Williams

SHAHEED ALAM – I feel that Osaka’s win is huge for everyone in Japan (and even Asia in general.) The win serves as a massive inspiration to many girls in Japan to see that it is possible to make it big! Beyond that, it inspires tennis players in Asia (including myself) to realize that it is possible to challenge the top ranking European and American players.
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One can comment much about Williams but we can’t deny that she is one of the best players ever to hold a racquet. I opine that she should’ve controlled her emotions better. After all, she is a top-class professional and she should be vast experienced enough to do that. However, I thoroughly understand where she’s coming from and the frustrations she must’ve felt.
The penalties controversy is a grey area. From the umpire’s point of view, he was just doing his job and saw that the coach is coaching her (now, the coach had also admitted to that, didn’t he?) However, the umpire should’ve have given Williams a verbal warning instead of a penalty. That would have served its purpose to stop the coach. No doubt it was a match on technicalities and not coaching, rules cannot be foregone.
On the other hand, ‘that escalated fast’ and I felt that Williams said things she should never say to an umpire, and in such a disrespectful way. She was also heard saying “I get this every year (that) I play here.” Indeed, she was ‘heavily involved’ and it was entirely her fault even in 2009 and 2011. She was also heard saying ‘Men do way worse and get away with it’. What a weak comparison, as I can assure you that many men have gotten a straight disqualification.
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The audience can’t really be blamed as they would not be able to hear the conversation between the umpire and Williams, and furthermore, the crowd was gathered to witness a historical moment. They wanted Serena Williams to win her 24th Grand Slam and tie Margaret Court as the All-time most number of singles titles.
In conclusion, I feel that Williams deserve all that she was severed (no puns intended) because it is a valuable lesson for the young ones around the world who are following the sport. If she had got away with such abusive comments to an umpire, that would have set some precedence to many other tennis players too. Also, in perspective, the $17,000 fine, however, is nothing compared to the $1.85million prize money she received.
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After much chaos, even with Williams arguing and all the controversies, nothing was taken away from Naomi Osaka – the newly minted champion who fully deserved the win. The champ outplayed Williams in all the categories. Realistically, Williams simply had no chance!
Even though it was a tad too late and the damage had been done; it was a moment to remember when Williams calmed the crowd down during the prize presentation to allow Osaka to enjoy her moment.

 

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ONE @ AHM 2018

Running a race of any distance calls for a commitment that starts weeks, if not months before we reach the starting line. That in itself may sound daunting. But amongst the various sports and disciplines out there, running is actually the simplest! In the sense that it belies the challenge of performing at one’s best, and outperforming others, at a sport which puts one foot ahead of the other.

As we head into peak racing season in Singapore, which tends to start in the latter half of the year (usually August) with the SAFRA Bay Run and Army Half Marathon (SSBR & AHM), it is timely for those who are looking to maintain their fitness or improve upon their Personal Bests to look ahead and hit their strides.

Here’s how the ONE family went full swing into the AHM and race seasons, this quarter:

 

Training plan on NSMAN Magazine – Mok Ying Ren

Thank you SPH, NSMAN Magazine, SAFRA and AHM 2018 for the opportunity and feature as well! Photos and articles reproduced with permission from SPH.

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100PLUS Race Clinic – Mok Ying Ren 

IMG_9878Besides helping runners prepare for their upcoming races, the 100PLUS race clinic had also hoped to provide a lively platform for both seasoned and new runners to come together, get to know one another, and learn and grow as one running community. As Mok shared his experiences and tips on hydration and pacing strategies, and it was exciting to see a wide range of questions from diet and training to recovery and injury prevention. The vibrancy and life in today’s running scene are vastly different from a few yesteryears, and that is an encouraging sign!

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Race Pacing Strategies – Just as dress rehearsals are important for performing artists before the actual-day event, such shorter races would be beneficial in easing the nerves and allow runners to test out and be comfortable with their race pacing. This confidence-building measure could make or break the difference between a Personal Best and Worst, especially when the stakes are high on a major race like SSBR & AHM.

Hydration and Fuelling – When it comes to race hydration, too little is just as bad as too much. Reaching the right balance for your body will aid in optimal performance in a race. During a 2hour 30min marathon, Mok recommended taking in about 200ml of isotonic sports drinks every 20-30 minutes. Mok also shared that as a 100PLUS ambassador, his go-to drink would be the non-carbonated 100PLUS Active when he is training and running. This drink is formulated to help rehydrate and replenish electrolytes and minerals.

 

D-day @ SSBR-AHM 2018!

Amongst various athletes that joined their formation in this signature event for the armed forces, Banjamin Quek stood out with his 7th position with a timing of 1:18! It was his 5th year representing his division, and the camaraderie and team spirit that kept him going, despite feeling under the weather on race day. The full-time tutor, who trained 4-5 days a week has been handling an exceptionally challenging year with workload and health. Thus, he was even more delighted that 6th Div was in the 2nd place amongst the formation challenge!

What a lead up, it has been to the SSBR-AHM 2018!! A big thanks to the partners, SAFRA, SPH, 100PLUS, and all that contributed towards our participation in this local-focused run! and made all of the above possible!
Till the next race, and AHM 2019! Run ONE!

ST: 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.

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