#364 Event Report

23rd September 2020 - Event #364

Wow wee what a great day.  Today we had our biggest ever attendance of 236 parkrunners and parkwalkers with 36 first timers to parkrun and 24 got PB’s.

We had a group from ‘The Ireland Funds Singapore’ completing their annual Global 5k and this year they are raising funds for New Life Stories and they all wore their lovely mint green shirts.

Editors note: Did you know that The Ireland Funds Singapore has been making a difference in our community since June 2009? They're passionate about facilitating and funding impactful projects right here in Singapore. Their latest campaign is extra special because they've teamed up with the Young Leaders network for a Global 5K!.  What could be a better way to show your support than participating in a parkrun and raising awareness for this fantastic community-based charity? All the funds raised during this event will go towards supporting the Young Leaders' selected beneficiary for 2023: New Life Stories. This incredible non-profit organisation is dedicated to preventing intergenerational hardship by providing vital support to children and families in need.Curious to learn more about New Life Stories and the amazing work they do? Check them out here:  http://www.newlifestories.org.sg

Another group in their dark green shirts were from the local Gaelic dragon boat club.

Editors note: Introducing the Gaelic Dragons - where diversity meets dragon boating excellence right here in Singapore! Did you know that the Gaelic Dragons are not your typical dragon boat team? They're a dynamic blend of nationalities united by friendship and a shared sporting spirit. Hailing from the Emerald Isle and calling Singapore home, the Gaelic Dragons have become a symbol of multicultural teamwork and camaraderie.  Curious to learn more about this unique dragon boat team and their inspiring journey? Dive into their story and discover what makes them such an extraordinary crew: https://gaelicdragons.com/

Imran Zaffar took the lead and guided our ‘deaf parkrunner’ Low Kok Wah who is a local Singaporean through his first ever parkrun.

Editors note:
 We are absolutely thrilled that Low Kok Way joined us for parkrun, and even more delighted to hear that he's planning to return! Low Kok Way shared that he thoroughly enjoyed his morning at parkrun, and Imran, is an incredible cheerleader! There's nothing quite like the support and encouragement of the parkrun community, and we can't wait to see Low Kok Way and Imran back in action at our upcoming events.

Our youngest JW10 parkrunner today, Annika Joy was visiting from Melbourne and she completed her 3rd parkrun with Mum and Dad. 

We had plenty of tourists as well from Japan , USA , UK  and a big contingent from Australia. 

A Big Thank You to the run director today - Damaris and her team of volunteers for an amazing event.

As always parkrun is the best place to be on a Saturday morning to meet up with new and old parkrun friends and family.
Can’t wait to do it all again next week!

Event Report and Photos: Kristeen Griffith

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#361 Event Report

We were visiting family in Singapore following a jaunt across Vietnam, so this led us to East Coast Park parkrun. Having attempted to acclimatise for 2 weeks and failed, I had faith that the tail walkers, my husband and son had chosen correctly when planning this morning!

113 runners, joggers and walkers took part at East Coast Park this morning, I was surprised how many other people were using the park at this time including tens of people practising Tai Chi, runners, cyclists, people working out, dog walkers and families.
Tourists from Australia, NZ, UK, Tokyo and Hong Kong came for the 361st East Coast Park parkrun.

Martin gave one of the funniest first timers briefing, I've heard in a while, informing us of all of the perils of not turning at 2.7 km and ending up on the runway!

We cheered for photos of Laura Garrett on her 25th and Luke Squirrell on his 300th and Les Chapple also completed his 25th parkrun today.
There were 11 first timers today and 7 undertaking that tricky 2nd parkrun - welcome to parkrun day! There were 44 first timers to East Coast Park parkrun - potentially all tourists!!

At the turn at 2.7km, the view of the harbour and all the big boats is truly stunning, and one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen on a Saturday morning.

A truly fantastic welcome from the East Coast Park parkrun team to all the visitors - many thanks, from Phil, Matt and Robin.

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#359 Event Report

This week's event report and photography credit goes to Karianne Di Salvo, Co-ED and RD at East Coast Park parkrun. We think you will agree, its a corker!

East Coast Park, event #359,

The morning was warm and sticky,

We had lots of visitors from all over the world,

But said ‘don’t worry, the course isn’t tricky’


A simple out and back, with a view of the sea,

Give our marshals a smile at the turn,

Only another 2.3k to go,

You can do it! Feel those legs burn!


101 finishers, crossed over the line,

Cheered by the finish funnel team,

You did it, well done! You are so awesome!

We love seeing your faces beam.


5 of you ran your first ever parkrun,

Now, Saturdays won’t be the same!

Welcome to the parkrun family,

We are ever so glad that you came!


39 were first timers,

Visiting from the UK, Australia, Brunei,

Indonesia, Germany and maybe more,

Visit us again! This isn’t goodbye!


18 of you set new personal bests,

Running faster than you may have believed.

All the hard work is paying off,

Be proud of what you’ve achieved.


Thanks to everyone who made Saturday so special,

What a great morning, we had so much fun.

We hope to see you again next week,

But wait… this poem is not done!


As we have some “thank yous” say,

To people who we love a lot,

Who have given a lot to our little parkrun,

Their contributions cannot be forgot.


So, let’s say thanks to our regular, Mandy,

She is with us most weekends,

But next week, she moves to Seoul,

So her ECP parkrun journey ends.


We will miss you lots Mandy,

Thank you for all that you’ve done,

For volunteering, for running, for being our friend,

We hope that you’ve had lots of fun!


Now you and Doug must say goodbye,

Adventure awaits you in Korea,

But please come back when you visit,

You know we will always be here!


Damaris is on our core team,

A run directing hi-vis hero,

Yesterday she ran her hundredth,

Hitting the big one-zero-zero!


Damaris, you are a centurion!

A big congrats to you!

But we also want to say thank you,

For all the volunteering you do!


We couldn’t do parkrun without you,

You are an absolute superstar!

You’ve run 500km at parkrun now,

My goodness, isn’t that far?!


And to everyone else, who comes every week,

And makes Saturday such a special day.

We can't wait to see you again next week,

As it’ll be parkrun day again – HOORAY!

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National Day Event Report #357

Good morning and welcome to East Coast Park parkrun event #357

Eastcoastpark@parkrun.com to volunteer.

Achievement turning 58 today.

Singapore National Day

Timekeeper isn’t a scary volunteer role.


Cake with your coffee

is for Onward as One

Amazing Volunteers


Tourist in your own city today


Praiseworthy volunteers

Accommodating for everyone

Recreational pass time

Kid friendly & Pet friendly on a handheld lead


people, no event without you.

accessible for all

run or walk!

knock off those milestones!

reassurance you won’t be last!

undoubtedly becoming noticed worldwide.

nationwide Free Events for life!

Thanks for having me today, even though I’m joining you from afar. Broad Park parkrun is my usual Saturday morning exercise, but I really enjoy doing the occasional run report for other venues that I hope to tick off soon.

Please come join me in Christchurch New Zealand, we have four parkrun venues to choose from.

Foster Park, 30min drive south from the city to Rolleston. Beautiful sports complex with a fast under foot surface.

Pegasus, 30min drive north of the city. Two laps of the township’s own man-made lake in park like settings, simply amazing location.

Broad Park, 10min from the city centre is the parkrun by the beach. Set in coastal surroundings including the run through Bottle Lake Forest, this course is simply not to be missed if visiting New Brighton Beach.

Hagley, the park that is the middle of everything that is Christchurch. The biggest parkrun in NZ, be part of history and join the massive field of 450+ weekly.

Completely Random Facts

1st April saw the 500,000th parkrun event...

If just one parkrun event was held every day, it would take more than 1,368 years for them all to take place...

Did you know… there are 58 registered parkrunner’s named Barbie and 3,124 named Ken.

Numbers are in.

222 park people covered the 5km today, 92 being new to parkrun East Coast, new personal bests to 27 lucky people as well. Welcome to you and the journey to come.

milestones to Elena February celebrating joining the 10 club, Haythem El-Ansary the 25 club. Congratulations to you both.

Check out the results page www.parkrun.sg for the full run down, what you won’t see is the volunteer stats, I’ve included this below.

A big thankyou to the 20 volunteers today, with 1,950 credits of experience!

volunteers@EastCoast-Name-Total volunteer credits-(Home parkrun)

52 Karianne Di Salvo 106 (East Coast Park)

59 Martin Tay 60 (East Coast Park)

26 Shireen Bailey 26 (East Coast Park)

43 Punam Owens 149 (East Coast Park)

Darren de Groot 53 (Broad Park)

Pete Scolls 324 (Edinburgh)

Annicea Madine 204 (Edinburgh)

Karamjit Singh 69 (Presint 18)

20 Imran Zaffar 28 (East Coast Park)

Sarbjeet Kaur 52 (Presint 18)

36 Muhamad Rizal 120 (East Coast Park)

Hannah Sia 4 (East Coast Park)

Kelvin Lim 20 (Bishan)

Bei Preston Tyalor 1 (Castlemaine)

Michele Webb 92 (Great Salterns)

Alex Marsh 21 (Brighton & Hove)

Melanie Young 290 (Ashton Court)

Doris Dondur 115 (Ernest Ullmann)

Anwen Davies 177 (Panshanger)

39 Stuart McIntosh 39 (East Coast Park)

Volunteers usually go about their business without much publicity, without these amazing people there wouldn’t be parkrun. Thank you.

Be a volunteer first timer…  I'm sure you could find something that suits you.

Get involved: eastcoastpark@parkrun.com

That's about everything, so run well, take care, be kind to others and remember it's only 2 days till East Coast Park parkrun #358.

Darren de Groot


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#355 Event Report

East Coast Park parkrun #355, 29/07/2023

After runs at Presint 18, Putrajaya and Bishan in the last 2 weeks team Smith (Bill, Lesley and Duncan) were tackling East Coast Park. As seems to be the norm for parkruns hereabouts we arrived in the dark with temperature and humidity already pretty high. 

We were welcomed by RD Imran and his lovely team of volunteers then met up with clubmates from Blackpool who were stopping off on their way to Australia - hello to the Eaton family.



After a First Timers welcome from T Yong and RD’s briefing from Imran (we were advised of a few obstacles in the shape of metal fences on the course) we were ready for the off.

As always I told myself not to start too fast, as always I started too fast! There is plenty to keep you occupied on this cracking course, the multitude of ships in the Singapore Strait, the cyclists and joggers, exercise and Tai Chi groups all around.

I was still feeling OK at the turn where we got a good shout from Marshal Les, but the return leg felt tougher and tougher. Strangely I thought I had quite a bit to go, then looked up to see the finish only 20 metres away - hurrah! As usual Duncan had finished some time before but I was happy with my run. Lesley was Tailwalking so was still plodding on.

This week 123 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of these an amazing 63 (over half the field) were first time visitors to East Coast Park, and of these 19 were completing their first ever parkrun- welcome to all and hopefully you will be back again!
First finisher was Cees Brouwer in 18.55, first lady was Szu Yao (Kate) Liao in21.36. Pb’s were achieved by 13 participants- well done all!

A big milestone was achieved by Andy Griggs who reached 250 runs - well done Andy - he was also Parkwalker!

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Now at the other end of the scale I had a good chat with Jeroen who was new to parkrun. We had visitors from Australia, UK and Belgium among others.

Of course parkrun would not be possible without the fantastic volunteers, this week’s heroes were Les Chapple, Priscilla Chew, Roberto de Vido, Karianne di Salvo, Andy Griggs, Justinian Habner, Sam Moodie, Punam Owens, Bill Smith, Lesley Smith, Riko Watanabe, T Yong, Imran Zaffar, a huge thank you to all.

This is a lovely, interesting course with a brilliant friendly team. We had a great time here and would be delighted to come back someday!

Thank you to all at East Coast Park for a brilliant day!

Event Report: Team Smith

Photos: Imran Zaffar

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