Three weeks ago, I was back in Melbourne to take part in one of my favourite runs – the Melbourne Half Marathon. Last year, Adam also took part in the same event, how fast time flies. Once again, I finally overtook him along St Kilda road (a repeat of last year’s performanc, along the same road) and led all the way to the finish line
This year’s timing:2 hours and 14 secs
Queenstown Cemetery from my Queenstown, New Zealand photo set.
This picture was taken in the local cemetery in Queenstown, New Zealand during a recent holiday. The cemetery was located on a hilly slope with breathtaking view of The Remarkables. The cemetery was a beautiful and peaceful final resting place.
The picture was taken a bright clear fine day but I decided to tone down the colour with the BW features of my camera.
Here is a selection of the afternoon and evenings Singapore Grand Prix pictures and videos of the (the first ever night race) running along the Esplanade Drive. This is the link to my other related pictures.
A rainbow spans the sky as a storm passes over Sydney at sunset.
Credit: Fergus Woolveridge, Fairfax, Sydney-Morning-Herald
The Nike Human Race held in Singapore was a brilliant marketing campaign. 11000 runners in Singapore all wearing a Nike Red running t-shirt and thousands more across 25 other countries around the world. Overall a great brand strengthening exercise!
I ran the distance, and I can only give them kudos for marketing. Event management wise, they get a C+ from me. Race pack collection Day 1 – under staff of support staff resulted in 3 hours long queue! Good thing they got more staff in on Day 2.
The route itself was the usual downtown route from Esplanade – Shenton Way – Clarke Quay – Robertson Quay – Parliament -Cityhall. However the human flow design was poor which resulted in human bottleneck along the way. Singapore has one of the longest average completion time among all 26 countries. Certainly, not a race if you are serious about PB. I’m gonna file this under, been there, done it.
Nike Human Race 10k – 1:02:09. Event pictures.
It has been almost 8 years since I took part in the Singapore Army Half Marathon – my first long distance run event. It was in HQ 9 Div where I developed a passion for running. I can recall the immense sense of personal pride when I crossed the finish line. I also received a letter of commendation from my Div Commander for clocking the most pre-event training mileage. Those were the old army days.
2008 Singapore Half Marathon (21k) – 2:05:19
More event pictures (flickr).
A fornight ago, I took part in the 2008 Run NUS 10k run which takes one around the National University of Singapore campus and the surrounding neighbourhoods. It was a fairly challenging route which takes one around the university key landmarks like University Hall, University Cultural Centre, Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge. Special mention to my Singapore running nemesis – Mt Faber. It is long hard slog uphill and a hip wrecking downhill. The race finished with a lap around the NUS Stadium.
Overall, it was a very organised event by the NUS Sports Club with plenty of road marshals along the way. At the end of the race, I also got a chance to meet and greet Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (Acting President. NUS) which was a nice bonus.
2008 Run NUS 10k – 1hr 11mins 8 secs
Official event pictures
Back in June, I took on the challenge with the 2008 10k Mount Faber Run. This Mt Faber run is not for you if you think the City2Surf Heart Break Hill was tough. Humid, massive uphill climbs and lack of adequate water points, poor marshaling, a messed up at the finishing line, makes it all, shall we just say character building?
My 10k time was 1hr 25secs (link to the official results).
Last evening’s Beijing Olympics Games Opening was simply spectacular. Incredible details packed into a massive display of Chinese heritage and advance outdoor display technology on the main field and around the top of the “Bird Nest” stadium.
I am particular fond of the spotlight on the four Chinese inventions (Papermarking, Moveable-type printing, Compass and Gunpowder) woved together into the scroll as a common theme. These themes highlights the long history behind the Chinese civilisation. It truly instills a sense of pride among all ethic Chinese and a marvelous showcase of the human spirit.
No doubt at the back of my mind, there is a voice that whispers, “This could be the dawn of a new world order.”
Two Sundays (27 July) ago, I took part in the 10km Mizuno Wave Run 2008 held along Bedok Reservoir via Temasek Polytechnic (my alma mater). This run was much better organised compared to the Mt Faber Run, also organised by VGO Corporation. This time I was joined with my cousin and my new running friend – Niwas.
My 10k time was 56:15 and here is the link to the event pictures.
A selection of pictures