29 SEP 2019 – More than 13,000 runners took part in the seventh installment of The Straits Times Run this morning, with over 4,000 opting for the longest distance – 18.45km, created to commemorate the year the paper was founded. A 3.5km schools category was introduced in conjunction with SPH’s 35th anniversary.
As in previous years, one of the key highlight for participants was finishing their run inside the National Stadium, one of only two local races to offer such an opportunity. With the haze on everyone’s mind just a week ago, there was a collective sense of relief thanks to the rain over the past few days, and the cooling morning weather.
Last year, ONEathlete & Commonwealth Games Athlete, Ben Moreau won the 18.45km Men’s race at 1:02:57, but was away for a business trip this weekend. Taking the champion spot, was yet another non-Singaporean, but homegrown – Singapore Shufflers – runner Nick Impey, who won in a time of 1hr 2min 22sec, while Japan’s Maki Inami won the women’s race in 1hr 11min 55sec and successfully defended her title from a year!
After finishing the recent Gold Coast Marathon in July with a time of 2 hours 44 mins, ONEathlete Giebert Foo, 3rd Singaporean Men’s finisher at SCSM 2018, took part in the 10km while in the midst of training with his sights set on SCSM 2019.
Besides being a well-organised and iconic race on the local circuit, Giebert also felt that the race had provided a timely opportunity for him to put in a hard training block and gain some speed in his legs. With just over 8 weeks to go to the biggest race in Singapore, Giebert feels that preparations have been on track and his main focus now is to continue to be consistent with his training and recovery.
Joining Giebert in the Men’s 10km category was UA Ambassador & ONEathlete Banjamin Quek who finished as the fastest Singaporean and 2nd overall with a time of 36 mins 24 secs, 30 seconds behind race winner and Singapore Shufflers runner Jerome Besanud.
Banja, who just finished a 3-month long training stint in Kenya, is satisfied with his showing today and feels that it will be a good confidence builder as his training picks up heading into SCSM 2019.
Also racing in the same 10km category is Ashley Liew, who finished with a time of 37 mins 15 secs and 4th overall. He was also the 2nd Singaporean. After a slow start to the year, Ashley is pleased with the progress he has made over the last 6 months and he will be looking to build on this momentum for the remaining race season in 2019.
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