#346 Event Report

This weeks event report is written by regular parkrunner Imran.
It's a trip down memory lane in honour of one of our regulars who is sadly leaving Singapore, a hooray for all our hi-vis heroes and special mention to our new RD's joining our core team.
This one is a heart warming read and you won't want to miss it!
Today was both a momentous occasion and a sad one at ECP parkrun.
Before I start the report I want to give a huge thank you to the amazing Doug Irvine. He saw me struggling last week given I always start off like a bat out of hell and then slow down to a slug like walk. I have always had trouble pacing myself and Doug decided to forget his parkrun and help me by pacing me at 05:30/Km! We started off at 05:30 and then finished the final 2km even quicker resulting in my 3rd fastest time at parkrun of 26:26 which is amazing in this heat and humidity…
Thank you once again Doug.
Now back to the parkrun. We were celebrating event 346 at ECP today. It was happy occasion as Roberto run directed his inaugural parkrun and it was a fantastic event!
But let’s get the bad news out of the way first…
It was also a sorrowful event as regular ECP veteran Kai was completing his last (192nd) parkrun at ECP before leaving Singapore and heading back to the U.K.
Here are just some of the highlights of Kai’s ECP adventure!
Kai started his ECP adventure in his late 30s at Event 14 at East Coast Park on 20 September 2014 when he finished 27th with a time of 27:55!
He then smashed this time regularly achieving a PB of 26:43 in November of that year.
A couple of years later on 14 September 2019 Kai beat his PB again at ECPp with a cracking 26:38!!
Over the years Kai has also contributed back to the parkrun community and volunteered 25 times at parkrun in nearly all the parkrun roles:
Photographer (7)
Marshall (11)
Barcode Scanning (2)
Finish Tokens (3)
First Timer Welcome (1)
Tail Walker (1)
Kai is also an active member of the community almost always joining for a drink at Starbucks and connecting with the rest of us!!
Many don’t know this - but Kai was the first person I ever met at parkrun. On the way to my first run, I stumbled over a concrete path and hilariously fell flat on my face, gashing both my knees and smashing my phone… He looked at me questioning “Is this guy sober??? But he was far too polite to say anything and just recommended I get the RD to help patch up my knees.
Kai you will be missed at ECP and we all hope you will be back!!
Now on to the event and Robertos first as Run Director! It all went off without a hitch mostly thanks to Roberto under the careful guidance and stewardship by our amazing C0-ED Karianne!!
Our parkrun day started off at 06:45 with Shireen, Karianne, Roberto and I getting to know the ropes and setting up the finish funnel.
At 07:15 we were wondering where everybody was, but by the end we had an amazing 112 parkrunners and walkers today at ECP!
Well done to Ido Rozenman who was our fist finisher only his 8th parkrun with a time of 18:15. [Hate is a strong word, so I dislike you for being so fast - it’s all envy]
We had 13 people achieve their PB today which is amazing in this heat and humidity:
Paul HABERER - 20:36
Martin OCONNELL - 21:57
Andy KEK - 22:58
Shinichi SATAKE - 24:52
Laura OMERO - 25:55
Chris HORAN - 26:13
Spencer BALL - 27:08
Megan COLLINS - 27:28
Ian DOBSON - 28:15
Thomas HENNESSEY - 28:17
Sing Yan LIM - 31:13
Rosemary PALMER - 31:39
Shriyans MADDIKUNTA - 34:41
We also invited a number of tourists from Australia, New Zealand, U.K. and further afield to our parkrun including 39 first timers at ECP, we hope you all return soon!
Finally we had a 50th milestone for Isabella Rudd Rossler who finished with an unbelievable 20:18!!
We couldn’t have done this parkrun without the amazing volunteers who were:
Shireen BAILEY, Simon BAILEY, Justine CAMPBELL, Damaris CARLISLE, Priscilla CHEW, Roberto DE VIDO, Karianne DI SALVO, Andrea RAYMOND, Pranav VENKAT, Riko WATANABE, Imran ZAFFAR
The future volunteer roster is available at:
Please do sign up if you can. Especially over the next couple of weeks when we have several volunteer roles available.
Next week will be Run Directed by the amazing Shireen Bailey in her first role as RD! So please can everyone support her by volunteering - especially the regulars!
Thank you again Imran for another terrific recap of parkrun day and Kai, from all of us at ECPp, we wish you safe travels and hope to see you at a parkrun again soon!
That's all from us for now and please do get in touch if you can take up a hi-vis hero role for next week. Our volunteer roster has lots of gaps and we would love to hear from you!
Report and Photos: Imran Zaffar
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#342 Event Report

parkrun Event report
Singapore East Coast Park parkrun 342
29 April 2023
The first people are gathering at the beautiful park around 7am. The friendly and energetic run director sorted out the various volunteers, including tourists like myself. The parkrun is very easy to find and a short taxi ride from the city centre. There were 91 participants, runners, joggers and walkers. Some real first timers (always nice to see more people joining), quite a few tourists from UK, Australia and Ireland and someone with a 25 volunteer milestone (congratulations).
After a clear briefing, a few hundred meters to the start line. The course was easy to follow, but the humidity levels were high. Even as a parkwalker, I was dripping! A few very fast runners and a dozen (fast) walkers and anything in between. Quite a few participants and volunteers join at the Starbucks afterwards, which is approximately 1.5k walk. Unfortunately we had to shoot off early after a quick coffee, but it is a nice atmosphere.
We scheduled our flight back home in such a way that we could participate in today’s parkrun: it was definitely worth it.
A great team of volunteers, very warm & welcoming, lovely park and easy to get to (and away).
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Event Report: Philip De Klerk
Photo's: Philip De Klerk

#340 Event Report

parkrun #340 @ ECP

My 20th parkrun! There was a lot going on at todays parkrun. Today was a day of 2's. We had a visiting world record holder in not 1 but 2 running events! We also had 2 “features” (aka diversions).

Singapore had been hit with torrential rain all week, but for some reason it eased up just before our parkrun making it the perfect weather for some quick PBs - however that proved tricky.

Unfortunately our intrepid ED Damaris had to deal two major roadblocks running right through our path due to engineering works!

A special round of applause must go to the volunteer marshall’s for acting quickly to divert the course and get it ready in time!

I strolled up at 07:15 far too late for a volunteer and started my first timer briefing at 07:25. (Terrible I know).

We then had the run briefing before we all made our way to the far left of the path to start!

We had 100 parkrunners and walkers today! A cracking turn out given the weather…

Now on to the big event! We welcomed Steven and Joasia on their way to Australia. Joasia “Jo” Zakrzewski (don’t ask me to pronounce it) is a double world record holder. Joasia is a professional runner (just like me ) and represented Scotland in her home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.


Last year she broke the British 24hr road record completing 247.985km in the European Championships.

She bettered that accomplishment 3 weeks ago when she broke three records completing an amazing 411.5km in the 48hr race in Taiwan (I don’t think I could do that distance in a car in 48hours).

She broke the British women’s record of 366km which had been held since 1988. Not only that she beat the British men’s record of 401km which had been held since 1991 and even more impressively she beat the World record of 403km which had been held since last year.

Unfortunately Joasia cannot even attend parkruns in her current home Australia as she works on Saturdays as a GP. Talk about overachiever!!

Joasia and Steven if you are ever back on our little island we would love to welcome you again to ECP!

We welcomed 35 first timers to ECP for 8 of whom it was their very first ever parkrun! Thank you to all of you for choosing our parkrun - hopefully you catch the parkrun bug like the rest of us weirdos…

We welcomed tourists from the U.K. and Australia and also from Ireland and the US.

Congratulations to Katie Boorer who decided to visit us for the first time in order to celebrate her 50th Parkrun today! Amazing achievement!!

One of our recent volunteers Syed Wazir looked far too relaxed and casual as he lapped me and put in a ridiculous time of 23:00 - a personal PB for him.

A huge big wave and well done from all of us at ECP our regular ECP parkrunner Pris who is in Japan and recently achieved a PB at the Osaka Marathon!


Finally thanks once again to our Hi-Vis heroes without whom the event wouldn’t happen! If you wish to volunteer please don’t hesitate to contact us on Social Media or via email.

See you Next Week!!




#339 Event report

We had a tinge of sadness as this parkrun day arrived, but only as it was on the last day of a fabulous four week holiday to South East Asia.  The holiday was meticulously planned so that we would be in Malaysia on a Saturday and also in Singapore on a Saturday – you can work out why!  Unfortunately on our Saturday in Malaysia both the parkruns there were cancelled – but East Coast Park this week more than made up for that!

 It was a parkrun with several firsts for me (not my finish position though!!).  I have never arrived at a parkrun in a taxi before, I have never arrived at a parkrun in the dark before, and I have never done a parkrun in 85% humidity before!  All of which made it exciting and memorable.

 We arrived in plenty of time and sat and watched as it got light and the parkrunners started arriving.  The first timer’s welcome was informative and well attended by lots of tourists and new parkrunners.  After which we had the main briefing from our fantastic and very friendly Run Director, Karianne.  Tourists from all over the world were welcomed – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and probably more…….

 Several people were achieving milestones which were congratulated. Rachel Hillier and Neil Stanbury were running their 50th parkrun and Andra Durbin was running her 100th parkrun.  Congratulations to you all and also to the 13 people who were running their first ever parkrun, and who were told that they will soon realise that the days of the week become Friday, parkrunday, Sunday.

 After the briefing there was a short walk to the start and then we were off on the out and back course along the wonderful sea front scenery of East Coast Park.  As well as the beautiful park and sea front itself, we also passed a Tai Chi class taking place.  I was curious about all the ships that seemed to be parked in the bay and had been told that many of them belonged to companies that had ceased trading during the pandemic and had just been abandoned there, some still full of cargo.  I have no idea whether this is true of not, but I’m not one to let the truth get in the way of a good story.

 Not everyone likes an out and back course, but personally I do.  This was my 218th parkrun and you’d think I’d have got quite good at judging how far a 5K run is…….but I haven’t.  On a one lap course I can be convinced I must be near the finish, only to look at my watch and realise I’ve barely done 2K.   At least on an out and back course I know when I’m halfway!

 So, on to a few parkrun stats. 104 parkrunners and parkwalkers as well as 15 volunteers took part.  In addition to the 13 people running their first ever parkrun a further 25 did their first East Coast Park parkrun.   Despite the heat and humidity 15 people achieved a PB – bravo!  Congratulations to them and also to anyone who got a result for their parkrun stopwatch bingo, position bingo, or whatever other challenges you are doing.

 I like to find out a bit about where I am visiting.  Singapore is one of only a few City-States in the world…..the exact number is debated but Singapore, Monaco and Vatican City are the generally accepted ones.  East Coast Park itself is 185 hectares and built entirely on reclaimed land.  In fact, I think quite a bit of Singapore is on reclaimed land.  The famous Raffles Hotel is now several blocks inland but is on Beach Road, presumably because it was at some point near the beach……..

 Everyone who volunteers at parkrun is great, but at East Coast Park they were truly exceptional – so friendly and good humoured.  A special mention and massive thank you to Karianne and Punam who were so helpful with advice on how to get to and from ECP, and for being so friendly and welcoming.

 We are back home in the UK now, still slightly jet-lagged, and my next task is to start on my TripAdvisor ratings.  Without a doubt, East Coast Park parkrun would get a five star rating from us.

 Thank you for a fabulous parkrun, we hope we will see you again sometime!

Sue Martin


#338 – Event Report

This week’s event report has been written by a regular at ECPp, Imran.

Another super write up of yesterday’s event .

parkrun 338 @ East Coast Park!!

Today 118 park runners and walkers were guided by Damaris our amazing Run Director on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning!

Of the 47 runners who were new to East Coast Park. We were honoured to host 20 who chose todays event for their first ever parkrun, I am sure many of them will have caught the parkrun bug like the rest of us!

We had a wonderful cast of volunteers today with a few new faces (some teenagers from Eton College school who were volunteering as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award).

Today's first finisher was Sabri Hammami with a great time of 16:21 on only his 2nd parkrun. With such a quick time he probably entered the finish funnel before I had even passed it on the way out.

An even bigger achievement was by the running machine known as Yen Ling Lim who was the first of 37 female runners placing 39th with an amazing 22:54 and a ridiculous age grading of 87.19%!!! To get sub 23mins in her 60s is not just impressive it’s world class!!

Emmanuel Vergara and his family were visiting us for the first time from Queensland and even at Katja’s first timer briefing I could tell they looked quick, and he proved me right with an amazing 17:25 and 3rd place. His lovely wife and baby also had a lovely parkwalk exploring our beautiful East Coast Park.

Talking of tourists, we welcomed not only our friends from down under but also tourists from the U.K., South Africa, Japan, India, and the US.

Congratulations to the 15 runners who achieved PBs today and well done to Becky Smart for achieving her milestone 50th parkrun!

A huge, good luck to our regular park runner Pris who will be away for a couple of weeks as she runs the Osaka Marathon!

I also watched in amazement as the amazing WS Yong and his family completed todays 5K at the tender young age of 82!

Tech tip: There are a couple of apps that help you track all your parkruns and any parkrun challenges you may be aiming for.

(Editors note: there are volunteer challenges too!)

5k parkrunner results app by Michael Clayton. (Only on the U.K. appstore)

Running Achievements app by Ford Hollet (on the international appstores)

Another great website to know is dfyb.run which allows you to add your parkrun barcode to your Apple iPhone and Watch.

Imran Zaffar

Thank you Imran

We can't wait to see you all again next week!


#337 Event Report part II

parkrun #337 @ East Coast Park

 What a beautiful start to the morning, which as usual resulted in a hot parkrun.

As per usual the worst part of parkrun is getting up at such an ungodly hour!

The glorious sunshine was out early and was a great wake up for those of us out last night!

We had an amazing 129 parkrunners and walkers, just 21 off our record!

Today was not a day for PBs, unlike last week where we had a break in the rain perfectly timed for parkrun and leading to many PBs. So it’s even more impressive that 18 parkrunners got their PB today.

We welcomed some lovely tourists from South Africa, Australia, the U.K. and Thailand to our wonderful parkrun, including Judy who was running her 444th parkrun with us today and Annie from Sheffield who ran her 409th parkrun.

Annie showed extra commitment to join us this morning having spent the whole evening playing Rummikub until 06am this morning and then running to join us from car park E.

A huge congratulations and welcome to the parkrun newcomers - who I hope will become as addicted to parkrun as the rest of us:

Jesse WOLTER-SMITH (19:24)

Reuben Ming Gui ONG (20:08)

Andre DIBIAGIO (21:23)

Damian QUEK (21:50)

Andreas DANNERT (22:17)

Khor YI SHENG (22:29)

Ang TZE SEE (22:36)

Callum OBRIEN (24:08)

Johan Van Stiphout BLOM (24:40)

Kevan NG (27:01)

Susanne DIBIAGIO (27:22)

Alan CHEUNG (30:35)

Pepijn KETS (30:44)

Lucas KEE (35:01)

Eva CHONG (36:01)

Pitchaya PERGCHOEI (42:50)

Finally a huge thank you to the parkrun volunteers without whom we couldn’t host the event.

Imran Zaffar


#336 Event Report

What a beautiful day for parkrun! When I checked the weather yesterday I knew it would be perfect for this mornings parkrun!!

It had been raining non-stop on Friday, however the rain was predicted to finish in the early hours Saturday and stay dry until midday, which meant we had a great cooler more temperate climate without the rain and puddles!
Todays parkrun was superbly directed by our regular RD, the amazing Karianne!
When I arrived just after 07:00 Karianne already had things set up and running like a well oiled machine!! Our Hi Vis heroes were all set and the amazing Les was on his way up the course to act as Marshall turning everyone round at the half way mark.
So let’s kick off with a thank you to our hi-vis heroes without whom todays event couldn’t have happened!

Damaris CARLISLE, Les CHAPPLE, Priscilla CHEW, Karianne DI SALVO, Mark FINLAY, Mandy IRVINE, Claire JP, Niall MCDERMOTT, Punam OWENS, Supattra SUKAROM, Chris SYKES, Riko WATANABE, Syed WAZIR, Imran ZAFFAR





Today we had an amazing 123 runners grace us at East Coast Park parkrun!Of whom I’m delighted to say 9 chose ours as their first ever parkrun! We also had 18 experienced parkrunners who joined us for the first time! I hope many of you can join us again, we would love to have you!!

Regular speed machine Pris Chew gave a hilarious first timers briefing which I am sure everyone will remember!! Not only did she do a fantastic time of 24:47 at todays parkrun was the final stage of a 32km run she started at 5am this morning getting ready for the Osaka marathon! Good luck!
Darren Southcott came first with a quite frankly disgusting time of 16:28!
Having thought about it, I think every parkrunner who gets a time below 22:00 should be forced to do the next run hopping on one leg (it is the year of the rabbit after all). It might give the less able such as myself a chance!
Huge round of applause to the 4 parkrunners who chose our parkrun to complete their parkrun milestones:
50th Milestone:
Regular East Coasters James Morley and Katja Baxter who were both celebrating their 50th parkrun! James also finished 17th with a new PB of 20:15!!
25th Milestone:
A huge thank you to Helen Burton who chose to visit us for the first time to celebrate her 25th parkrun! Congratulations also to Concetta Arcella celebrating her 25th parkrun.

Although not an official milestone I think it’s amazing that Martin Tay ran his 200th parkrun at our event today!! Well done!!

Well done to the 25 of us (myself included) who got a parkrun PB today! That’s 20% of the total field who ran PBs today! Well done all!

I have to say I probably wouldn’t have got my PB today without the motivation from fellow ECP runner Jasmine Sim! I am just getting my fitness back and so this week I didn’t care about the time - all I cared about was ensuring I finish ahead of her! Thanks Jasmine I smashed my previous parkrun PB by over a minute - couldn’t have done it without you!!

Finally, both parkrun events in Malaysia are currently paused. If you are intending to travel to MY for a parkrun please check both events Facebook pages the Thursday before the run. I was going to travel to MY this weekend to do parkrun - fortunately I checked before booking!

Event Report: Imran Zaffar
Photo Credit: Imran Zaffar

#335 Event Report

This weeks event report is written by tourist parkrunners Steve and Linda.
They share their experience of parkruns around the world and our terrific parkrun family. You can read it in full here:
Running is such a simple thing to do. You just put one foot in front of the other and off you go. Thing is, when you have only been in a country for two days, and a country that has an 8 hour time difference to what you have been used to, that simple thing of running becomes a whole lot harder. This is when you have to be quite strong mentally as my body is set at 11.30pm and about to go to sleep. But in Singapore it’s 7.30am, we’ve not slept much in the last 48 hours and I desperately want to do a Singapore parkrun.
I think I’m dedicated, my wife, Linda thinks I’m stupid. Thing is this is Linda’s 98th parkrun and she has run with me whenever we have been on holiday and there has been a parkrun. Last year we were lucky enough to run in Italy, Germany and The Netherlands.
We met some great people who volunteer each week so that thousands of others can run, and that was the same here in Singapore. Great people who volunteer, so a huge thank you to them. Especially to the race director Karianne, who was so positive in the race briefing. Good luck in your teaching career.
Last Saturday, only 7 days ago, I ran one in Bradford, England, called Roberts Park. The temperature was -3 degrees. I had 3 top layers on, long lycra leggings, a hat and ski gloves that kept my fingers warm. This week, it’s 25 degrees and very humid, something again, us English are not used to.
So well done on you all here at East Coast and elsewhere in Singapore for just getting here. Apparently we were lucky today, as the temperature was down from the usual 30 degrees.
We enjoy visiting Singapore, usually as a stopover before Australia or New Zealand.
This time we are here before going on to Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. What a fabulous country Singapore is. Clean, safe warm, with super happy people. Yesterday we visited the Botanical gardens and the National Orchid Garden. The Gardens by the Bay are magnificent.
The run itself went well, but even better for Alexandria Anthony who came in first with a new female record time of 17.28.
As 2 very socially and chatty people, we finished with a coffee with our new friends we met at the finish line. I managed to ask for a lift back into the city and Stef and Bell Rossler were the unlucky victims of my request. A lovely couple from South Africa that now call Singapore home. We went with their friend Chris, who develops apps and we were joined by Grace and Jack from Australia on holiday like ourselves.
This is the special thing about parkrun. Meeting people from different countries, chatting over coffee and hopefully seeing them again one day.
When I thanked Bell for offering us a lift, she said “no worries, that’s what parkrun is about”.
And she is absolutely right.
Steve Dickinson.
Linda Keelan.
Thanks so much Steve and Linda, a wonderful event report. Safe onward travels!

#334 Event Report

East Coast park #334
We’re on event 334, It’s good to be back!
My first parkrun since returning from my holidays, what a delight it was to have some lovely warm weather as the sun was coming up!
The parkrun was so well organised and managed by our amazing RD Damaris who is run directing her 3rd parkrun!
Today we had 103 park runner/walkers today.

At 07:25 Pris gave everyone a very friendly and warm welcome to ECP parkrun!

We had a whopping great 43 newcomers to ECP of which 14 were doing their first ever parkrun!

The weather quickly heated up as we started our parkrun around 07:30. Todays run was quite warm.

Having completed 4 parkruns in the U.K., it was greatly appreciated to be able to run in a T Shirt without cold weather gear in such a picturesque environment on a flat out and back course adjacent to the beach!

We had a number of tourists from Australia, Poland and the U.K. who joined us today, with a huge congratulations to Maciek Michalowski who was visiting from Poland and finished in first place with a time of 18:26 in his very first parkrun at ECP.

A very special mention must go to the 2 people celebrating their parkrun milestone:

⁃ Zen Koh celebrating his 100th parkrun
⁃ Marcus Bracken celebrating his 50th parkrun

We’re honoured you shared your milestone with us at ECP!

One of our regular volunteers very kindly made our very own mini selfie frame, with which we have some cracking shots!! And last but not least a huge thank you to our hi viz (and pale blue) volunteer heroes who without we couldn’t run such a wonderful event!

PS. Quick tip for Apple Fans. If you go to the website dfyb.run you can type in your barcode details and get your parkrun barcode added to your Apple Watch or iPhone Wallet so you don’t need to remember lots of paper!!
I’ve attached some great pics from today, below.


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#333 Event Report

It was hot and humid at East Coast Park parkrun this morning - but that didn’t stop 126 of you joining us to run your Saturday morning 5k. It was our second biggest turn-out since our post-Covid return – we are always happy to see so many smiling faces and are excited that our East Coast Park parkrun family is continuing to grow. Thank you for coming to run, walk, volunteer or cheer with us – every single person that takes part in parkrun makes it what it is, and we appreciate you all!

Today, we had 45 first timers at East Coast Park – and of these, 21 were running their first ever parkrun.  Well done – and welcome to the parkrun family!  We hope you had an amazing time and will be coming back soon.

We also had visitors from the UK and Australia, including our tailwalkers (thank you!) Samantha and Wayne, and uber-tourist Richard, whose home parkrun is Bushy Park (the home of parkrun) and who has visited 183 different parkrun events in 8 different countries - amazing! We hope your first event in Singapore was one to remember – and good luck on working towards your Freyne Club (for anyone who is not a big parkrun nerd and needs some context…the Cowell Club is for anyone who has run 100 different events and the Freyne Club is for anyone who has run 250 different events).

It was also great to see lots of new younger runners today – we had 3 runners under 10 years, 4 runners in the 11-14 years age category and 2 in the 15-17 years age category.  parkrun really is an event for the whole family, young, old and in between!

As always, a huge shout out to our hi-vis heroes – without them, we couldn’t run parkrun every week. We are always looking for people to help out – there is no weekly commitment, just let us know when and how you would like to help. Every role is fun and easy – and you get to wear a snazzy vest and spend the rest of Saturday feeling awesome that you have helped at an event that brings joy to so many people.  If you can help us out in the future, please just drop us an email at eastcoastpark@parkrun.com.

See you back next week, same place, same time – and for those that are away next week for Chinese New Year, we hope to see you back soon! Xīnnián hǎo! / 新年好!

Karianne Di Salvo


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