16,100 full marathon runners
Kenyans sweep top spots
The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The inaugural race was held in 1982. This marathon has grown from strength to strength. This year alone 54,000 participants braved the slight drizzle to take part in Singapore's most popular race. Yet again the Kenyans dominated in almost every category. With each passing year more and more of them come to our shores. Yours truly won't be surprised if a couple of Kenyans will venture to Kuching come 17th August 2014 for our very own marathon . As it stands many of my friends went to Singapore to run SCMS. For some it was a double of sorts, as they had previously done the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon. Having achieved my FM target for 2013 I am hanging up my running shoes till next year. Oh yes, there's the much anticipated Momentum Run Series starting on 22nd December, but that can be considered as a training run. Lessons learned from this year will be brought forward to next year, especially on how to keep my legs fresh.
On the race day itself I was at home tracking all my friends online. There was Reuben Su running his first SCKLM, and his third FM of the year. Frances Ngu was running her second FM, having had a disastrous outing last year at SCKLM, and was hoping to crush the demons of that race. Then there was Shirleen Ong who was out to break her full marathon virginity (FMV). Philip Chua, our Kuching Marathon Race Director was going for his sixth FM. He had achieved his PB at PBIM two weeks ago, but was nursing an ankle injury. His son Marcus, who had run an awesome race at SCKLM, was sick, but decided to soldier on for his second FM. Shannon Lee had also been at PBIM, and he was going for his third FM. Tony Liew was up for his second FM. George Chapman was running his second FM after BIM. Alex Liew and Desmond Sahathevan had also run at BIM. All told everyone ran a good race, with all of them recording sub-6 times. Frances I am happy to say vanquished her demons this time around.
(Many thanks to my friends for providing the pictures you see here)