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  1. Hi there, anyone knows of a trail run from Upp Pierce Reservoir in to the jungle and out Upp Seletar Reservoir? I see from Google map there’s a dotted green “trail” like that leads from UPR car park into Mandai jungle and out USR round about. Anyone done it before? thanks, Ken
  2. - Baggage in majors takes less than 5 mins from check point to deposit. Trucks are clearly labeled by runners Bib. - For majors cut off point for first 15km by timing clearly defined. Sweep bus will come to pick up. - Hydration on both sides 200m long - yes half hearted from govt. no money like F1.
  3. There’s talk again that Ironman wants to make SCMS an Abott Major. Can those who ran it share the list of improvements and standards?
  4. That’s a nice one. That should be a major. Watch out for the food stalls at 35km and the bridge at the 37km! Enjoy.
  5. lokey

    2XU Compression Run 2018 - 8 Apr (Sun)

    Bro, totally agree... don't know why, every year feedback, every year same thing. 1. Yes course was "suspect" short. My watch showed 500m short from the 2km mark until the 19km. Then at the Marina Promontry (that triangle thingy) GPS hay wired. I think they use the nearest pole to mount the mile stone signs instead of portable stands. (so not accurate) 2. Hydration was good at least 50 meters now. 3. Route was ok, like you said runnable. But the Stadium curb from the road to walkway transition, should be platformed. (Like what they did from Marina platform underpass to the F1 track). Muddy path at after Tg Rhu bridge, should be "sand-ed or platformed", it was dark too. Bay East - PCN to ECP - no choice, there was a Stop-look-go crossing the road (to the Golf course). Bay East transition to Marina East Drive, muddy grounds. Merlion steps - also can be platform transitioned for safety. 4. Fold backs (U-turn) - the dividers at the end of the first fold-back Middle road was Orange cones instead of yellow fences. So were dividers at Bay East and Marina East Drive. (I do think it's ok, but it sure looks like they are trying to save money). 5. Timing Check points - I didn't see that many timing chip check points but 3. 9km, 18km, i think?. Usually they place them at the fold-back points. 6. Start time - I had thought it would be a rolling start like last year. To be fair, organizers did indicate on the race info. But Wave 4 started at +40mins. Announcer said due to the "technical issue". not good. Side note: I can tell that this year there's at least 20,000 for the HM. (How? the F1 pit start lane is approx 250m long 40m wide. Each 1sqm it was packed with 2 runners. 10,000sqm X 2 runners ~ 20,000 runners) At $60 each, that's $1,200,000 (only for the HM). Of all the issues, this year, the Start is the most annoying for me, I am sure many will agree. Suggestion: Yes, use runners timing (historical or volunteered info) to divide the pens to expected speeds. A,B.....K,L,M... You can move down but not up. Time between each wave 3-4 minutes max (after last runner cross). On average if you use the average running pace of 7.5km/h, that's comfortable 500m of empty road in front. I can understand why they are doing this, mainly because of the narrow paths ahead at the 6-9km marks. 2XU or Pink Apple, you need an experienced Race Director.
  6. Bro Autumn, you have your post link? Respect. Love to read it.
  7. http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/race-can-become-a-major Seriously???? Major??? kidding right? with all the cock ups? We still have long ways to go, bro. 1. First of all, the info of 48,000 RUNNERS is misleading!!! Only 10,000 signed up for the FM. Majors are >25,000 Runner’s. 2. To be a Major, you have only one race. A Full Marathon. Period. Other distances you have to do it the day before. 3. The whole city and people must be behind you. That means No buses, No cars, No DUCKS!!! Everything stops for 7hrs. Only bus is the ... sweeping Bus “kee chia”. 4. The race line is to be marked to exact 42.195 on the roads. 5. Width of route should be two car lanes ... all 42km. 6. No back markers from another distance, in our case the 10K and HMs. I saw the Kenyans on TV, he was paced by the HMs along side 🤦🏻‍♂️ I mean seriously, look at Sydney. They have the climate. I think they tried to be a major but because of commercial reasons they kept it as a Running Festival with other distances. Get more runners. Due to the costs and fewer road closures, the route has multiple fold backs in the city. Singapore city has the route. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for them to be a major. But better must be done before we get there. Most importantly it is the COST!! $$$$. you see, if it makes less $$$$ than F1, we are stuck with a half cooked event. (Maybe better to loop Tekong 4 times)
  8. If I look at it ... results of the 70+ group he was overall 6993 (8hrs+) ... [steady Uncle!], so think at most 10,000?? Walao, champion!!!!
  9. lokey

    Osaka Marathon 2017 26 Nov 2017

    There is no finisher tee. You get a finisher towel. At the start, may be chilly. Bring plastic bag to wear, then throw. Bring clothes to change as the Expo is far from the start. But when is your race? Must be over liao? no?
  10. lokey

    New York Marathon 2017

    Yes, completed but very “beh kam wan” The Elite men starts 9.00am. Then the women 9.15am. They want it clear for TV, I think. Then Wave 1 sub 3s. 930am. Wave 2 10am. Staggered like that. Long wait. 50,000 runners. BQ? cannot lah, maybe buy a tour slot.😀 you should try with multiple emails. Increase your chances.
  11. lokey

    New York Marathon 2017

    One word. Rain. Was lucky enough to get a slot by lottery. Conditions were 10-16C. Cloudy. Me average runner, so started at Wave 4. The wait was long. You start the day at 5am. Get on the bus, get to Staten Island by 6.30am and wait. Security was tight. Just after the week’s lone wolf attack, every security outfit was activated. NYPD, State troopers, SWAT, NYPD choppers, mounted Police and the Marines. The safest you can feel. Cold and windy. Wave 4 starts at 11am! Many of us was just trying to keep warm. A bit of advice, bring throw away winter clothes and a airline blanket. Bring a mat. Lie down and meditate. Stay warm. I thought practicing slopes will prepare you for the bridges. But boy! was I wrong. It was the undulating roads. That’s the killer. Five bridges. The first was a climb from 30m to 86m, 1.2km uphill. Running at 3% on the threadmill will prepare you, sort of. The 5 bridges was not the problem but the slopy roads plays with your mind. As soon we started, it drizzled. Not the tropical rain but consistent drizzle. Ran with three layers. You think it will dry out, but no. It seeps in. Shirts wet. Worst, socks wet. I thought blister time. But the atmosphere and crowds were awesome. In the rain, the bands played. Buskers entertained. Crowds cheered on. Amazing! If it was Singapore, “bo lang liao”. My goal was sub-5. Until the 17th mile was still on target with 11mins/mi. But by the 37km after the Bronx and the last damn bridge, on 5th Ave straight, was a slow incline for 2.5km. Something your mind and legs will not agree. It was like 3% on the treadmill going forever. Wet and cold, many walked. Central Park was undulating again. Then you exit into 59th St, slope! all the way to Columbus Circle. The last 400m was uphill to the Finish, again!! “wah piang!” That was a real test. No joke. Finished a humbling 5:16. 23mins slower than London and 34mins slower than Berlin. NYM truly a major. It’s the one, you “beh kam wan” want to come back and do it again. Now I have not done Boston (not that I can qualify), but this is the second toughest. If any of you are lucky enough to get the lottery. Do go and go prepared. Prepare strong legs. Strong mind. Run like 3/4hours then finish with a Sembawang slope for 3km. Don’t forget to simulate the 5 bridges. Train for strong strides or consistent small quick steps. Condition your cardio for that. Always Breathe Deep, Run Easy. It reminds me of the SCMS at the Shears Bridge after 36km but only longer. Nevertheless, a great experience. Great crowd. Do go for it! Happy Running! 🏃🏼
  12. lokey

    London Marathon 2017

    1) Well if you are Sub-4 you get to start from the Red Start. Rest regardless of time... pen 8,9. 2) Yes, it was still 11deg sunny. 3) What I meant was the AJ mention was not an advertisement. :-) The price was reasonable, considering London is almost impossible to get. AJ reserves this for regular customers. Good organization. Free and easy. Hotel just 300m from race exit. Bus ride to start point. All cool. Cheers, Ken ===
  13. lokey

    London Marathon 2017

    Hi Runners, Just did the London marathon on Sunday. FR: it's an experience. Lucky to get a slot with Athlete's Journey. (not a paid plug). Cold weather. 7-11*C. Very well organized. Instead of cups of water, they can squeeze bottles. Lucozade in squeeze bottles. You can't imagine the bottle pile up on the road sides. Cheering crowds all the way. Start was from south of the Thames from Blackheath. Ending opposite Buckingham palace. Along the way London Bridge, the Eye then Big Ben. Sights are fantastic. Had started at the Blue start. Many charity runners. Some started walking the first mile. Oh boy. Back markers. And yes, distance markers are in Miles! If you are in pen 8 or 9 (usually all overseas runners they put u there) you'll have to navigate to the front. Red start runners will have better pace. Same Adidas blue lines were drawn on the road. Follow for the shortest line. Course was actually slopey. Medium but frequent. So have to prepare the mind for it. I didn't. Thot it was flat. Ha ha so wrong. Missed PB by 11mins. Almost exceeded 5, urrrrgh. Advise, prepare for slopes Shopping. Never forget to ask for VAT refund. IMPORTANT. It is 20%!!! and in POUNDS! VAT REFUND. DO NOT CHECK IN your luggage before you show it to customs. They want to see it! Will update with pictures. Cheers. Ken
  14. lokey

    Tokyo Marathon 2016 - ( 28 Feb )

    Congrats to Bro Wonderfulblevic, excellent job. I was there too. Lovely race. And the warm Japanese people. Did my PB too ... 5:03 😀. (old man la) tried to push to sub 5 but the last few bridges made it tuff. Great race great experience!
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