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About lokey

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  1. Bro Autumn, you have your post link? Respect. Love to read it.
  2. 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)
  3. 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!!!!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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! 🏃🏼
  7. 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 ===
  8. 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
  9. 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!