What a fantastic morning we had at Event #137 of East Coast Park parkrun.
It was David Pilgrim's debut as a run director and he did a fabulous job of keeping the event running smoothly. Thanks to David and the rest of the volunteer team of Daryl Thomas, Dominic Watkins, Gil Madrid, Isabelle Faber, James Yewdall, Jill Madrid, John Costello and Matt Simon for their time. It was a particularly memorable volunteer stint for Gil and Isabelle, the turnaround marshals, who had the honour of chatting with ESM Goh, down at East Coast Park to greet park users. We'll let Gil take up the story:
"It's certainly not every day that one gets the honor and opportunity to meet and speak with the esteemed former Prime Minister of Singapore...
But that's exactly what happened this morning while volunteering at the 137th East Coast parkun.
Shortly after the last of the parkrunners completed the turnaround point, ESM Goh Chok Tong (Prime Minister of Singapore 1990-2004) approached me and Coach Jack and asked whether he could take a photo together along with us. At first, I did not recognize this elder statesman but soon realized given his security detail and photographers accompanying him, he is who he is!
The short of the long is ESM Goh asked what we were volunteering for and I informed ESM Goh that it was for parkrun, and gave him a passionate summary about parkrun being a free weekly timed 5km run open to the public to promote community-building and a healthier lifestyle. ESM Goh appreciated the information and even allowed me to ask his photographer to also use my smartphone to take this nice group photo.
What a memory to cherish! Coach Jack is even amused by all the excitement this morning!"
With the Late Northeast Monsoon and the associated dry and windy weather finally appearing to kick-in, conditions were favourable for the runners too. The result was eleven new Personal Bests which included some amazing performances. Simon Cariss after twenty-three times of trying finally broke under twenty minutes and over 70% age-grading with a time of 19:49 and score of 70.98%. The continually improving duo of Ro and Collin knocked fifteen and eleven seconds off their previous times respectively, both now dangerously close to breaking nineteen minutes. Further down the field Santosh Nair dropped a whopping two minutes from 29:50 to 27:50 and Mpho Mphuthi managed the biggest PB of the day beating his previous best by three minutes to come home in 32:46! Congratulations to all:
19:10 Ro SAKIYAMA
19:15 Collin Xiaojun WANG
19:30 Emile DUNAND
19:49 Simon CARISS
21:00 Jonathan WOOLHAM
23:17 Chiharu ASANO
23:32 Iain FELSTEAD
24:30 Nadia MACKENZIE
27:50 Santosh NAIR
28:55 John WINDERAM
32:46 Mpho MPHUTHI
On that happy note, see you next week for Event #138!
Volunteering is part of parkrun. We would love to see new faces helping out. We still need more volunteers to step forward for our next events so please consider helping us out in order to make East Coast Park parkrun a success. Everyone who volunteers gets a terrific buzz from being part of an instant team working like clockwork to bring a parkrun to life. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow parkrunners. There are two ways to indicate your intention to volunteer in coming weeks. First, you can approach any of our volunteers with orange bibs at the start/finish area and we will write down your details in our register. Alternatively, you can check out the http://www.parkrun.sg/Eastcoastpark/futureroster/ on the East Coast Park parkrun website and then send an email to Eastcoastparkoffice@parkrun.com with the dates you can help out and any preference you have for a volunteering role.
Sharing East Coast Park with Friends
Runners, walkers, dogs, and cyclists all share the marvellous paths at East Coast Park and surrounds. Ensure you stay to the left and be courteous to other users of this beautiful park.
A reminder that there are no water fountains at East Coast Park in close vicinity to the start. Please bring your own water bottle to store at the meeting point which can be refilled at the toilet block or bring some change to use the vending machine there.
Pre run, incorporate some dynamic stretches such as legs swings and walking lunges to loosen your muscles and warm the body. Adding 5-6 100m running strides along the paths at the start will also have you in tip top shape for your 5km parkrun.
PLEASE Bring Your PRINTED Barcode: NO barcode = NO result = NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please bring PRINTED barcodes only as unfortunately barcodes on mobile phones cannot be scanned so will not be accepted. Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result.
Five IMPORTANT things to tell potential first timers among your friends:
1. Register and print off a barcode a day or two before your first event. No barcode unfortunately means no time will be recorded.
2. Stick to the left of the path during the event and be mindful of other path users.
3. All parkrunners volunteer. Parkrun relies on volunteers to stage each event.
4. Have fun. You are only competing against yourself. Everyone's a winner at parkrun.
5. ... and don't forget to bring your PRINTED barcode !!
You can view a selection of photos from this event on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Eastcoastparkrun. Thanks to Matt and Gil for this week's selection.
Darrion MOHAN (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:55 - first appearance.
Ro SAKIYAMA (VM50-54) of Singapore Shufflers, was second over the line in 19:10.
Victor GLEIZES (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:12.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian JEFFCOCK (Singapore Shufflers) 2479 pts.
Collin Xiaojun WANG (Singapore Shufflers) 2213 pts.
Gil MADRID (Singapore Shufflers) 2088 pts.
Claire PARKER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (9th overall) over the line in 20:58 - 4th time in 8 appearances.
Chiharu ASANO (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (15th overall) over the line in 23:17.
Petro VAN DER WESTHUIZEN (VW35-39) of Arcelor Mittal AC AVT, was third (17th overall) over the line in 24:14.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen MAGILL (Unattached) 1516 pts.
Manami NISHIKIORI (Unattached) 1430 pts.
Julie WATKINSON (Singapore Shufflers) 1410 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ro SAKIYAMA (VM50-54) was graded 76.96% for the time 19:10 (second overall).
Simon CARISS (VM40-44) was graded 70.98% for the time 19:49 (6th overall).
Claire PARKER (SW25-29) was graded 70.59% for the time 20:58 (9th overall).
This week there were 56 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.
East Coast Park parkrun started on 21st June 2014, and since then 2,237 different runners, including participants from 300 athletics clubs, have completed 7,296 runs covering a total distance of 36,480 km, and there have been 1,374 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jenna HILL who ran in a time of 00:17:47 on 17th September 2016 (event number 116).
The male record is held by Aki NUMMELA who ran in a time of 00:15:16 on 28th February 2015 (event number 37).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rowan WALKER who recorded a 87.36% run (16:21) on 22nd October 2016 (event number 121).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
East Coast Park parkrun Results Page.