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Green Corridor Run 2013 Sun 27 Jan 2013

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The Green Corridor Run is the first running race to be held on Singapore’s most unique course. The 10.5km course, starting at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station winds its way along the ‘Green Corridor’, finishing at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.

Website: http://www.greencorridorrun.com.sg/

Course Map

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Course Overview

The Green Corridor Run is 10.5km in distance and follows the course of the old rail line, starting at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station (30 Keppel Rd). From here the course runs parallel to the AYE before heading North via Buona Vista, passing near Holland Village and through the lush Clementi Woodlands, before finishing at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station. The surface of the course is a combination of trail, grass, gravel, clay and the route is very scenic due to the forest on either side of the course.

Entry Fee

Early Bird (Before 30 Nov 2012): $48

Normal (After 1 Dec 2012): $55

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Very rare to have a race during the first month of the year. Route very refreshing. But why 10.5k instead of 10k? Disrupt those 10k PB attempts. 6 waves with first one at 8 am. Wouldn't the last one be 8.30 am? Early bird $48 still expensive. No mention of finisher's medal. My verdict - skip. Next please. Think should be Zoo Run in early part of year.

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Agreed. Too expensive for a 10.5 km race.

Organiser also not well-established (unlike Hivelocity, or PinkApple) so how can charge so high? Later become like Marina 21K organiser - $50+ for half-marathon with crappy goodie bag.

The worst part of it all, run 10.5 km and if go by own transport, how do we get back to starting point 10.5km away? Take public transport back? What about baggage deposit consideration? :thumbsd:

However I dun mind paying $48 if this race turn out to be a half-marathon instead 10.5km x 2 =21km; from Tanjong Pagar to Old Bukit Timah and then loop back to Tanjong Pagar again.

Aiya! Should have hired me as consultant in planning committee first :thumbsu:

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@@ thank you..bro lonewolf..for the event publicity.. bro swtmt..recommend "skip"..and bro NoobieRunner "Should have hired me as consultant in planning committee first".. good question..bro Ultimate Warrior.."rather skip this and attend Terry Fox Run in the name of charity"..this one for charity?...and the rest of us.. blur blur like sotong.. so as usual uncle details.. here goes..

Event Organiser - Groundswell Events Pte Ltd.. no clue who are they..formed in 2012..

Official Charity Partner - Nature Society (Singapore) http://www.nss.org.sg/about.aspx?id=3

Official Online Media Sponsor - Run Society (part of the Sports Rocket Group, Network) http://www.runsociety.com/

Start: Tanjong Pagar Railway Stn

01-Kampong Bahru Rd overpass

02-Henderson Rd overpass

03-Jln Kilang Timor

04-Bukit Merah Lane 3

05-Jln Hang Jebat

06-Commonwealth Dr

07-Tanglin Halt Rd

08-Tan Boon Chong Ave

09-Holland Road

10-N/A

10.5?-Bukit Timah Rd/Rifle Range Rd

start and end different locations..so deposit bag/collection? the race finishes onto Bukit Timah Railway Station located off Bukit Timah Rd, opposite the corner of Rifle Range Road/Dunearn Road.."have someone to pick you up at Bukit Timah.."

Drink Stns..don't see sponsor like 100plus, or Pocari..so ..

0-Keppel Rd

3.5-Jln Kilang Barat

5-Jln Hang Jebat

7.5-Nth Buona Vista Rd/Commonwealth Ave

10.5km-Bukit Timah Rail station

Wave starts at 8:00am ..for 6 categories..

01:Under 18 years

02:19-29 years

03:30-39 years

04:40-49 years

05:50-59 years

06:60 years and over

in Tiong Bahru Salomon Urban Trail Run 2012.. an approximately 2.5km of the former KTM Railway track starting at Alexandra Village..this one has Bukit Merah Lane 3, Jln Kilang Timor, Henderson Rd overpass..those that ran that one..including uncle..already knew what to expect..

fee ..and..logistics..(consultant NoobieRunner sums up)..and after 8am starts waves (bro swtmt sums up)..and hydration point..sure or not water only..10.5km?..got gifts or not like medals?..objective for this run/nature walk?..non-competitive..charity for Nature Society?..bye bye

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Among the many races I ran this year, there was only one where the Start and End point is different - U-Run & Vertical Climb. Start point at floating platform and end point at NTUC Centre in Shenton Way. Shuttle buses brought us back to floating platform. But then, that's only a 5 min ride.

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Among the many races I ran this year, there was only one where the Start and End point is different - U-Run & Vertical Climb.

Got one more coming up - SCMS for the full marathon. But logistics-wise, at least they provide transportation for the baggage.

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Among the many races I ran this year, there was only one where the Start and End point is different - U-Run & Vertical Climb.

Got one more coming up - SCMS for the full marathon. But logistics-wise, at least they provide transportation for the baggage.

Oops, forgot Yellow Ribbon Prison Run too.

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another one coming up... We Run SG 10K..start Esplanade and finish at MBS..and KL race already got complaints on that one..

next time.. mobile transportation for baggage..great idea..consultant bro NoobieRunner.. uncle had one 2011 sundown ultramarathon..marina barrage (start)..deposit bag, up lorry.. and at 50km mark, bedok reservoir (temporary bag deposit/collection point)..down lorry..collect bag for bath..change of clothing..and deposit bag... up lorry..back to marina barrage (end)..down lorry..final collection.. at first uncle saw lorry..like funeral one with colourful bags (very floral), some even got balloons..luckily organiser never ask participants to put "pictures" on bag for easy identification..you know..like CSI type..body bags with tags.. luckily, last year bedok reservoir was peaceful.. unlike this year..destination to bedok reservoir is like "western paradise Nirvana Resort"..with so many suicides there..

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bro teckhooi, @@ thanks for clarification.. got finisher medal.. http://www.greencorr...run.com.sg/faq/

runner's entitlement:

*A chest bib and timing tag

*A Green Corridor Run Visor (perfect to use for sun protection when running in Singapore).

*Green Corridor Run finishers medal.

*Sports drink and water during the race and fruit after the race.

*Assorted goodies, free passes and discounts from sponsors

*Baggage Valet Pass

ah.. got transport arrangement...trucks allocated..cool..uncle's up/down lorry..by 9:00am..wah..sharp

"Colour coded clothing bags will be available at the bag concierge desk at the start area. Record your chest bib number on the bag using the marker provided and then leave the bag with the truck for transport to Bukit Timah. The last baggage trucks will leave at 9:00am sharp. No more bags will be taken after this time as they cannot be transported to the finish for your arrival.".."Clothing bags left anywhere but with the trucks at the allocated locations will NOT be transported to Bukit Timah Rail Station."..meaning..better check..at the allocated locations..

ah.. drinks:

"If you are worried about finding a drink, bring your own water bottle (no glass please). We recommend that people starting in the back-of-the-pack group carry their own drink bottle which can be filled at each drink station along the course.".."There will be three drink stations along the course dispensing water. Sports Drink Mix will be available at the second drink station.".."Both Water and Sports drink will be available at the finish line reception area.".. ah so..entry fee is for sports drink..fruit after the race..

3.5-Jln Kilang Barat (water)

5.0-Jln Hang Jebat (sports drink mix).. this station better have drink bottle to top up..remember..if those got own bottles..

7.5-Nth Buona Vista Rd/Commonwealth Ave (water)

10.5 End point - Both Water and Sports drink will be available at the finish line reception area...and fruit!..got lychee/durian or not?

ah..donation:

when register..will ask how much for one-time donation..and issue receipt for tax-exemption..

and hot ah.. uncle "tested" the green corridor run..in reverse order of route..

Start: Bukit Timah Rd/Rifle Range Rd

01-N/A

02-Holland Road (close to cold storage jelita)

03-Tan Boon Chong Ave (close to Ghim Moh ex-RJC)

04-Tanglin Halt Rd

05-Commonwealth Dr

06-Jln Hang Jebat

07-Bukit Merah Lane 3

08-Jln Kilang Timor

09-Henderson Rd overpass

10-Kampong Bahru Rd overpass

10.5-Tanjong Pagar Railway Stn

got rain..got meet..lovely angmo girl running..fit angmo woman pilate on ground..owners with dogs meeting/chatting..bare body runner preparing for StandChart marathon..film making of halloween special - "love and death at KTM railway" ..and at alexandra hospital nearby met uncle runner..warned, "watch out for cobra..hide inside grass..black shiny ones..come out suddenly"..

overall..if first-timer..trail is narrow and terrain flat..scenary is refreshing, both sides of trail got natural vegetation, morning glory flowers got many..but, after a while..same same scene, but with buildings, bus terminals, and yawn..sian, boring..and how if got rain with thunder and lightning..no way out..this is SLA (Singapore Land Authority) area..mostly fenced up in the past..if got overpass (means bridge with road on top)..can take shelter..otherwise..continue..and trail shall be muddy very fast.. waterlogging in mud at henderson to kampong bahru is expected to be more serious..and seriously..washing point at end point..must have..got or not?..safe to DIY?.. must be fit to do the distance..and remember..how to enter..must know how to get out..knowledge of exit/entrance points are important..like..in bukit merah exit ghim moh..or in alexandra exit biopolis (bouna vista)..or in portsdown exit henderson..or exit commonweath mrt.. wah..uncle has no problem..

if not for the rain.. uncle should have made DIY round-trip 10.5 x 2 = 21km.. ready for Green Corridor Half Marathon Run in 2014?

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Wanna consult the veteran runners here who has taken part in more races than me

The surface of the course is described as ' a combination of trail, grass, gravel, clay.' I do not run extensively on trial and wondered if this will be too tough for a newbie trail runner like myself. But I did do 4K round Bedok reservoir during the North East Tampines run. That one is grave track and it was ok. I thought running on grass and gravel is less siong on the legs?? Or is gradient the bigger issue here??

Any advise pls?? Maybe I should just start hitting MR if I'm thinking of signing up. Apart from the novelty factor, I agree with the general sentiment that this is not a cheap race.

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start end point not accessible leh , start end different meaning cannot drive there , and not near mrt station , so have to take taxi through n fro ?

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So it is safe to DIY if the various entries/exit are known other than the presence of snake/cobra or waterlogged at certain stretches ( referring to Dec~Jan periods only or thru'out the year) or are there stretches of soft/muddy ground.

Is the passage of the entire route clear to run with no overgrowth branches, grass etc. as of now ? Any wild dogs along the way? Is it really the same scenery after a while? I thought it should be quite refreshing.

Thinking of DIY 1 day before the race if the weather 2~3 days before is dry.

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wah.. all suddenly want to DIY..come on..this event is supposed to support Green Corridor is mean for running, not road or condo development..must be part of that 10,000..like that uncle kena blamed..why sgRunners all so DIY type..or "cheapskate"..

so many questions.. take one by one..

"The surface of the course is described as ' a combination of trail, grass, gravel, clay.'".. depends on the location of the Green Corridor.. geographically..bukit timah side is on higher ground..and so trail is grass, gravel, harder clay..where else near to the lower delta like bukit merah, hendersen, down to kampond bahru..lower ground..more clay..softer and grass brown brown due to too much flooding..so compare Green Corridor to MacRitchie.. is like SLA vs NParks.. SLA is state land manager..grass never cut..so if cut..never need to collect..and if trees fall..no one report..not important..and no toilet..unlike NParks..MacRitchie and Bedok Reservior..some more got water fountains.. here at Green Corridor..thirsty..if morning..drink dew on grass..or longkang water..natural color..light brown..want to pang sai..thick vegetation along the trail..

Cobras..and wild dogs..all depends on food..if uncle says.. got see chickens running with uncle also..so, explains why some got encounter cobra..under grass..and perhaps..from uncle's experience on real encounter with cobra at sungie buloh..normally if grass and leaves are brownish and dark colored and left there thick thick..match cobra color some more..black and shiny..how to see?..unless when it moves.. the sound always is like wind blowing..and since, SLA never maintains, grass or trees fall not interested..never remove type..why, preserve natural environment..and if wild dogs come how..read on..learn how to "siam"..

uncle's entry and exit.. actually the Green Corridor is a short-cut to many places..like bukit timah to holland village..every driver will say..so easy..sixth ave..then holland road..wha..one big round.. to uncle that's is 10-min run.. so fast.. yap..didn't you see uncle's 2nd km CP..Holland Road (close to cold storage jelita)..and so imagine if the Green Corridor is converted to a road..drivers will be so happy..like uncle.. go to PortsDown to see that angmo houses..so peaceful..5th km CP-Commonwealth Dr.. if for drivers..wha..borna vista..exit..CTE..exit..PortsDown.. uphill.. so, just this 10.5 km Green Corridor.. uncle can go to NUS also can..goes tanjong pagar..goes cold storage jelita..goes alexandra drop by ikea..so how come nobody can access to Green Corridor.. because, this is fenced up area by SLA after the KTM handoever..and thick undergrowth prevented public from accessing..so need to know uncle's lobang entries and exits..otherwise, if wild dogs see far far.. better know how to "exit".. example.. Alexandra Hospital area trail..facing wild dogs from bukit timah side.. how to run.. oh..bukit merah lane 3..there is a unfenced area.. 600m.. away.. run ah.. meanwhile the dogs are only 100m away..understand that danger.. so for sis runners.. rain and thunderstorm.. at Bukit Merah Bus Terminal area trail..take cover..exit..don't know..see underpass..Bridge of Henderson Road on top..800m away..head towards tanjong pagar side..chong ah.. underpass got dark shadows of people..so dark how to see friendly or unfriendly..sure or not..but don't worry..see Bridge..just climb up slope like babycrawl..wah, got people..got vehicles..civilisation at last..safe and sound.

so, DIY Green Corridor..even bikers don't know how to enter..see tracks..skinny tire types..mean recreational..not mountain bikers like those at kent ridge..BTimah..Gangsa..Chestnut..so trail is still "undiscovered"..not many people know.. and likely when 10,000 people start to know.. SLA must "service" trail to upgrade gravel type "serviced path"..since the muddy grass one sure cannot take that pounding of the expected 10,000 runners.. surely..after the race.. grass become brown..mud become muddier..and during the wet monsoon months, which started already till feb/mar 2012.. oh.. talking about "testing" tiong bahru salomon urban trail run earlier this year..uncle's encounter on the henderson part of Green Corridor.. got to run through ponds of tadpoles..so shoik..like baby pool..

bro joosiang, "Thinking of DIY 1 day before the race if the weather 2~3 days before is dry".. good idea.. safer and drier.. from bukit timah side.. not from the tanjong pagar side.. besides the tanjong pagar stn got SLA security.. so no need to start from there.. and after Green Corridor experience.. later the "entry"/"exit"..you discover.. can always continue another day.. or bring gf along..surely..good place for 2-person world.. but, remember..cobra story and uncle's wild tales..make the journey more spicy and interesting..otherwise.. like what uncle said to newbie..when refreshing trip turning out to be very sian..better do something interesting..why not catch spiders along the way..instead of just running..have a great weekend..uncle is on Let's take a walk 2012-100km route recee..bye bye

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I m in for this. The novelty is running on what used to be a part of our heritage. Now wondering how to get to the start if I were to park at the end pt which is rifle range rd

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I wont be driving for this one. The start time is OK for me to take the 1st train to the start pt, which is a reasonable walk from Tangjong Pagar MRT.

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bro teckhooi, @@ thanks for clarification.. got finisher medal.. http://www.greencorr...run.com.sg/faq/

runner's entitlement:

*A chest bib and timing tag

*A Green Corridor Run Visor (perfect to use for sun protection when running in Singapore).

*Green Corridor Run finishers medal.

*Sports drink and water during the race and fruit after the race.

*Assorted goodies, free passes and discounts from sponsors

*Baggage Valet Pass

ah.. got transport arrangement...trucks allocated..cool..uncle's up/down lorry..by 9:00am..wah..sharp

"Colour coded clothing bags will be available at the bag concierge desk at the start area. Record your chest bib number on the bag using the marker provided and then leave the bag with the truck for transport to Bukit Timah. The last baggage trucks will leave at 9:00am sharp. No more bags will be taken after this time as they cannot be transported to the finish for your arrival.".."Clothing bags left anywhere but with the trucks at the allocated locations will NOT be transported to Bukit Timah Rail Station."..meaning..better check..at the allocated locations..

ah.. drinks:

"If you are worried about finding a drink, bring your own water bottle (no glass please). We recommend that people starting in the back-of-the-pack group carry their own drink bottle which can be filled at each drink station along the course.".."There will be three drink stations along the course dispensing water. Sports Drink Mix will be available at the second drink station.".."Both Water and Sports drink will be available at the finish line reception area.".. ah so..entry fee is for sports drink..fruit after the race..

3.5-Jln Kilang Barat (water)

5.0-Jln Hang Jebat (sports drink mix).. this station better have drink bottle to top up..remember..if those got own bottles..

7.5-Nth Buona Vista Rd/Commonwealth Ave (water)

10.5 End point - Both Water and Sports drink will be available at the finish line reception area...and fruit!..got lychee/durian or not?

ah..donation:

when register..will ask how much for one-time donation..and issue receipt for tax-exemption..

and hot ah.. uncle "tested" the green corridor run..in reverse order of route..

Start: Bukit Timah Rd/Rifle Range Rd

01-N/A

02-Holland Road (close to cold storage jelita)

03-Tan Boon Chong Ave (close to Ghim Moh ex-RJC)

04-Tanglin Halt Rd

05-Commonwealth Dr

06-Jln Hang Jebat

07-Bukit Merah Lane 3

08-Jln Kilang Timor

09-Henderson Rd overpass

10-Kampong Bahru Rd overpass

10.5-Tanjong Pagar Railway Stn

got rain..got meet..lovely angmo girl running..fit angmo woman pilate on ground..owners with dogs meeting/chatting..bare body runner preparing for StandChart marathon..film making of halloween special - "love and death at KTM railway" ..and at alexandra hospital nearby met uncle runner..warned, "watch out for cobra..hide inside grass..black shiny ones..come out suddenly"..

overall..if first-timer..trail is narrow and terrain flat..scenary is refreshing, both sides of trail got natural vegetation, morning glory flowers got many..but, after a while..same same scene, but with buildings, bus terminals, and yawn..sian, boring..and how if got rain with thunder and lightning..no way out..this is SLA (Singapore Land Authority) area..mostly fenced up in the past..if got overpass (means bridge with road on top)..can take shelter..otherwise..continue..and trail shall be muddy very fast.. waterlogging in mud at henderson to kampong bahru is expected to be more serious..and seriously..washing point at end point..must have..got or not?..safe to DIY?.. must be fit to do the distance..and remember..how to enter..must know how to get out..knowledge of exit/entrance points are important..like..in bukit merah exit ghim moh..or in alexandra exit biopolis (bouna vista)..or in portsdown exit henderson..or exit commonweath mrt.. wah..uncle has no problem..

if not for the rain.. uncle should have made DIY round-trip 10.5 x 2 = 21km.. ready for Green Corridor Half Marathon Run in 2014?

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Suddenly this site has lots of action.

New run, new place.

yeah! i'm thinking of using the group discount... not sure still valid or not... if yes, need to find another 7 pax...

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Suddenly this site has lots of action.

New run, new place.

yeah! i'm thinking of using the group discount... not sure still valid or not... if yes, need to find another 7 pax...

Would like to try but can't confirm yet as i have some other issuses pending.

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This looks interesting- may sign up for this.

All those places & checkpoints --they bring back memories.

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aiyo.. uncle was in this forum the day it announced.. and uncle already receed and ran this route..and now everybody started to be "hot"..because of group discounts..meaning..if individual should run..most probably..no takers.. so simple..

why..start and end different location.. what "color plastic thingy" for personal items.. sounded like another SM Marathon baggage deposit..dump here..collection there.. where..that bukit timah stn..that place so small, fenced by SLA..must be opened up for event..must have tentage setup..in case of rain..yes..monsoon season already started..unpredictable..and for those for transport.. park where better..one must pay and limited space (tanjong pagar)..the other at bukit timah stn.. where got..sure "out of bounds"..specially for VIP..sure half road closure..and all know mrt construction at bukit timah..so much "inconvenience"..and with more congestion..at bukit timah at district 11..F1 vehicle types many there are not going to be happy..

event organiser.. uncle said set up this year just for the race..unknown..and the sponsor..what running group and nature society..yes, last year they got organise just before the closing down of KTM sites..SLA permitted public to access.. and as uncle has shared..public curious is because..fenced up..or..separated by big drains..and some more..trees unmaned..lallang so tall..got snakes..who dare to explore..all except uncle..find the best virgin trail run route..for newbies..this will be the perfect..right?..wrong..

this green corridor trail is entered by only few points (meaning also exit points)..like Commonwealth Crescent..those who stayed there for ages..everyday..train honk honk..so..some cross over to depot road bungalows..a totally different world..for runners..superb hilly terrain..for uncle..hill runs very good there..nobody disturb except birds..and..squirrels..like running in the garden of eden..can ask driver..when last time being to depot road..they will say..where and how to go there ah?

for those who once stayed at ghim moh..wha..if known this trail exist..everyday go holland village..and can imagine..can go to bukit timah hill and run..mere 15-min..if by traffic..wah at least 30-min drive..don't know so many roads..sixth ave..bukit timah road..enter got temple by the house some more..to reach bukit timah hill CP..

ok..come back on the green corridor track..the run..as uncle has shared..if start from the tanjong pagar railway side..low land..because as you proceed on..the lower delta zone..geographically.."land most prone to flood"..so if rain..muddy grass with puddles..shall have.. and as you jouney to Alexandra..higher ground..not so bad.. but, uncle already hinted..if grass are not trimmed and some more..this is SLA land, not NParks.. got people sweep everyday?..and got snakes..or what a seasoned runner uncle met, "watch out for cobras"..of course, NParks got toilets..this one..open area DIY ones..so this event sure must bring portable ones (via limited entry points as uncle has explained)..but, make sure when enter portable toilet..better check hole got cobra eyes staying at your backside..and for guys..personal family jewels better "on guard" at all times..skali kena bite..dearest mums, gfs, wives, mistresses..all cry loud loud..

maybe..event organiser..10,000 must come..sure some BG-level minister will be there..with several BG or Rear Admirals..aiya..all running ministers..junior also there..but uncle said..if 10,000++ run hard on this fragile green corridor.. grass will become brown, and new mud (which covered over the railway tracks being removed)..will become softer..and all wish no rain before event..sure make mud turned soft..and 10,000 step mud..especially that lower delta area..better put sandbags..otherwise..become mini baby swimming pool..and at end point..got washing bay like macRitchie or bedok reservoir? remember this is not NParks..this is SLA..custodian of land to be developed..what..if nobody runs this one..this one will become highway? land development for housing and entertainment?

ok..charity run..$$$ goes where..got find out or not?..so meeting 10,000 must be the reason..to tell SLA..don't anyhow develop for other commercial profit-based types.. but for run..that's why.."hot"..lah.."show up" in numbers..show support..ya..this green corridor is so fragile..should see the day after the run...sure got so much damage..maybe time to put concrete..handover to NParks..another PCN (park connector)..yes..green corridor becomes another "cement" corridor..yap..that's the objective..got the message..

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