Run report #9 – East Coast Park parkrun 16.08.14

After another great week of registrations, we had 35 parkrunners join us on our 9th parkrun along with a nearly full house of volunteers.  A great atmosphere created with a mixture of newbies (18 in total) and those who we would now class as 'regulars' at East Coast Park parkrun :-)

Singapore is proving a popular spot with travelling parkrun tourists with this week attracting visitors from Japan and Australia.   We welcomed Jay Johannensen from Japan, a member of Namban Rengo running group.  And great to see more visitors from Australia. This week we had Simon Johnson and Katryna Douglas from Claisebrook Cove.

As with last week we two unknown runners this week :-( Please ensure you bring along your barcode as this will mean your result that you achieved has your name against it.   Singapore is also a parkrun you will definitely sweat in so to ensure your barcode does survive it to the finish line in one piece, please laminate it :-) Note that barcodes on phones cannot be scanned, we need a paper barcode. See details below also of how you can order a personalised barcode you can attach to your laces.

Great work by the volunteers this week who ran the event very smoothly - John CHEAL,  Hugh GILLESPIE, Stuart HAYNES, Troy MYTTON, Dominic WATKINS

Well done to everyone who took part in other events this weekend. It was a busy calendar with parkrunners taking part in the Singapore triathlon, Orange Ribbon Run and Shape Run.  We hope you all enjoyed your events.


Event #9 was directed by Carol Cunningham, who was supported by Troy Mytton, John Cheal, Hugh Gillespie, Stuart Haynes and Dominic Watkins.

We still need 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. Alternatively, you can check out the on the East Coast Park parkrun website and then send an email to 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, cyclists and monkeys all share the marvelous 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 (the closest is at Big Splash approximately 700m away).  Please bring your own water to store at the meeting point or bring some change to use the vending machine by the toilet/shower area at carpark B1.

Training Tip

Pre run, incorporate some dynamic stretches such as legs swings and walking lunges to loosen your muscles and warm the body.  Adding a 5-6 100m running strides along the paths at the start will also have you in tip top shape for your 5km parkrun.

Barcode reminder

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode = No result = No exceptions. You must print out your barcode on paper.  Please try to laminate or order some of the durable plastic key tag's advertised from parkrun does not have the facilities to scan any other form of technology therefore we cannot scan mobile phones. (don't forget your barcode).

Five 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 the barcode !!



You can see photos from this event on our facebook page Thanks to Troy for this week's selection of shots.


Post-run coffee

Please consider joining us for a coffee or breakfast at Starbucks at Big Splash, East Coast Park (approx. 700m walk from the finish point). This is a great way to meet other people after the run so if you have time, please join us next week.


Men's placings:
Bradley CRONJE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:47 - first appearance.
Jay JOHANNESEN (VM50-54) of Namban Rengo, was second over the line in 18:17.
Timothy ONG (SM25-29) of Singapore Shufflers, was third over the line in 19:59.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jeremy LEWIS (Unattached) 675 pts.
Chad BISHOP (Unattached) 653 pts.
Krzysztof BANAŚ (Unattached) 644 pts.

Women's placings:
Juliette RAMSAY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (11th overall) over the line in 22:22 - first appearance.
Kathryn HAYNES (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 25:36.
Katryna DOUGLAS (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 25:45.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rebecca HOPKINSON (Unattached) 495 pts.
Polly WILLIAMS (Unattached) 399 pts.
San CHEUNG (Unattached) 374 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jay JOHANNESEN (VM50-54) was graded 81.31% for the time 18:17 (second overall).
Bradley CRONJE (VM40-44) was graded 78.54% for the time 17:47 (first overall).
Darren FOX (VM45-49) was graded 68.95% for the time 20:53 (9th overall).

This week there were 35 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.

East Coast Park parkrun started on 21st June 2014, and since then 131 different runners, including participants from 13 athletics clubs, have completed 224 runs covering a total distance of 1,120 km, and there have been 46 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Jet Jon SHEPHERD who ran in a time of 00:21:54 on 2014-07-05 (event number 3).
The men's record is held by Stuart HAYNES who ran in a time of 00:16:35 on 2014-07-12 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jet Jon SHEPHERD who recorded a 84.93% run (21:54) on 5th July 2014 (event number 3).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Coast Park parkrun Results Page.

Parking and travel to East Coast Park

Driving - Please use carpark B1 at East Coast Park which is directly in front of the meeting point.

Taxi - If you are visiting us from overseas, a taxi is about $10 from the city centre, takes about 10 minutes and ask to be dropped at carpark B1. Our meeting point is a short walk from here. We start at 7am so make sure you give yourself enough time to be there for the start.

MRT - The nearest MRT is Mountbatten MRT Station.  Refer to the timetable at .  It is approximately at 15-20 minute walk (around 2.3km) to the meeting point at carpark B1.

Twitter - We are tweeting!! East Coast Park parkrun is on Twitter. Please follow us.  #eastcoastparkparkrun  #ECPparkrun

Instagram - share your photos of East Coast Park parkrun #eastcoastparkparkrun #ECPparkrun

See you all next week for East Coast Park parkrun #10, 7am, at the path beside carpark B1. Thanks for supporting us and continue to spread the word to your friends and family.

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