#347 Event Report

***Event Report Delivery***

This week’s event report is another corker written by regular parkrunner Imran.

It's a cheer for our new RD Shireen and all our hi-vis heroes. An ode to our Singapore Shufflers and celebrations for all our milestones and achievements!

Everyone is a winner at parkrun!

Read it in full here:

ECP parkrun 347

The amazing Shireen Bailey took the mantle for her first parkrun as Run Director! To be honest - she was AMAZING and she has set quite the standard for the rest of us to live up to.

Not to take away from her amazing performance but the other story of today was: The day of the Daniels.

All 3 first finishers today were Singapore Shufflers - well done to all of you!!

We had 2 Daniels finish 1st and 2nd with quite frankly diabolical times in this heat and humidity.

Daniel Allender took gold with a personal PB with 16:40. I think I was still chatting away at the start line whilst he crossed the finish line.

Daniel Leow took silver with 16:42. He was 1 second off matching his ECP PB of 16:41 - which would have still not quite taken gold today!

Noboru Matsumoto an ECP regular took the bronze with 17:11.

ECP welcomed 34 Singapore Shufflers today for their monthly 5k time trial.

The visit from the Shufflers resulted in a super 129 parkrunners today.

I ended up taking the group photo of the Shufflers and I think we should introduce a parkrun dress code which stops all these ridiculous Shufflers going topless and putting the rest of us with Dad bods to shame!!

Now back to the event…

Along with Daniel Allender we had 19 personal PBs today - which is phenomenal on this weather!!

We celebrated a wonderful 25 volunteer milestone by the ever-charming Pris Chew who gave everyone a very entertaining first timers welcome!

We welcomed visitors from UK, South Africa and New Zealand and Australia today. Including a lovely family from Australia “The Lees” who brought their three girls with them with the youngest Isabelle finishing with a great 54:14! Well done also to Caitlin and Ruby - great job girls!

Also, a great well done to young Gemma Soh for finishing her 3rd parkrun even whilst being held back by her mum Li Ying. Well done young lady!!

Finally, a thank you to all the Hi-Viz heroes:

Shireen BAILEY, Simon BAILEY, Priscilla CHEW, Roberto DE VIDO, Karianne DI SALVO, Norman LOCKHART, Valerie LOCKHART, Punam OWENS, Martin OXLEY, Pranav VENKAT, Riko WATANABE, Imran ZAFFAR

We are always looking for volunteers so please do get in touch!! Ta

Report: Imran Zaffar

Photography: Shireen, Karianne, Pris and Karianne

Thank you, Imran! You always leave us with a smile on our face!

Well, that's a wrap from us. Please do get in touch if a hi-vis bib has you name on it for next week and we'll see you all then!

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#345 Event Report

This weeks event report is written by regular parkrunner Imran.
Imran starts out with a very important plea, and then the reports takes on a decidedly futuristic theme, you will want to read to the end:
Plea! Before we start todays event report! We had a wonderful turnout of volunteers today as we usually do on the weekend of a big race (OSIM Sundown - good luck everybody) - however next weekend and for June the volunteer roster is looking empty and we need the help of our amazing community to host these events!!


Now on to the main report - I forgot to do a Star Wars style parkrun event report on 4th May - so I am doing a belated one today!


A long time ago in a park not too far way…

The East Coast Park parkrun was in session with event 345! 

Today Emporer Renee VAN DE BULT was in charge of proceedings at todays podrace (aka parkrun). She was ably assisted by her legion of stormtroopers:


88 Runners of all abilities gathered to participate in the free, weekly, timed 5k event.

The course was flat and fast, and was perfect for parkrunners and walkers of all levels. The event was timed, so runners could see their official time for the run with a barcode scanning system, so runners could collect points towards their parkrun milestone scores.

The East Coast Park parkrun is a great way to get fit, meet new people, and enjoy the outdoors. On this particular day - it felt like we were running in the desserts of Tatooine - it felt HOT!

The parkrunners lined up at the start line, eager to get started. The starter gave the signal, and the runners were off. They quickly spread out across the course, each runner running at their own pace. Imran as usual started out like a Pod speedster and ended up limping home like a Bantha!

The park was especially beautiful today with a stunning sunrise! And some of the trees looked like they were from the Jungles of Naboo.

Todays podrace winner was parkrun debutant Ezra Ganske running his first ever parkrun with a hyperdrive time of 19:25 that puts the Millenium Falcon to shame!

Joining him on the Kessel Run podium were Viraaj Mehta and Stephen Ramwell who came 2nd and 3rd.

We had 13 parkrunners who completed their first ever parkrun today! 5 of whom came in the Top 30! The Empire is still deciding whether to punish these individuals with double the entry fee for next weeks run for being far too fast for us mere mortals!

A huge galactic commendation must go to Zoe B (in the 11-14 age group) who was running her 2nd ever parkrun and finished as the fastest female finisher with a time of 24:12!!

A special mention to young Alex Ko who joined us for parkrun today after hearing about it on veteran parkrace speedster Pris Chews running blog (prischew.com).

The runners ran and ran, until they reached the finish line. They crossed the line, cheered by the volunteers who were there to greet them. They collected their finish tokens and their barcodes, and they headed off to the Starbucks to enjoy a well-deserved drink and a chat with their fellow runners.

It had been a great day at the East Coast Park parkrun. The runners had enjoyed the run, the company, and the weather. They had all made new friends, and they had all gotten a little bit fitter.

And as the runners headed home, they all knew that they would be back next week for another parkrun.

May the force be with you…

Report and Photography: Imran Zaffar
Thank you your highness, Imran. Truly wonderful the event report is.
And that is indeed a wrap and we look forward to seeing you all again same time, same place next week!
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#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


#337 Event report

This week we have not just one, but two event reports to share with you.
We'll start with Russell, Australian parkrun adventurer who was touristing with us for the second time. It was great to have you back Rusty!
Here is what Russell had to say:
East Coast Parkrun - # 337
Todays event No.337 was another Prime Number to acquire , for those many of us acquiring gains in Challenges on the purple 5K parkrunner results App.
Wonderfully the substantial overnight rain didn’t affect this beautiful and very flat parkrun course with any pathway puddles.
Large groups of parkrunners from England, South Africa and myself from Australia were fortunate to experience perfect overcast running conditions with a nice very slight coastal cross breeze to lessen the normal high Singapore humidity.
1st finisher was of the 129 participants, was very speedy Darren Southcott in 16:05 just 13 seconds away from his PB .
2nd position was Singapore Shuffler Noboru Matsumoto in 17:44.
3rd finisher was Mr Consistency, Kei Suzuki with 18:08 , a PB by 4 secs.
Lei’s 5 parkrun times have been 18:12, 18:17,18:08, 18:07 and 18:02 over at West Coast.
Power on Kei , a sub 18:00 time is within reach.
1st lady was Isabell Rudd Rossler in a quick 19:38 just 12 seconds away from her PB.
Another speedy Singapore Shuffler member was a new friend I met on my previous tourist visit to East Coast park , exactly 6 months ago to the day, in Gil Madrid with a fine time of 20:04 for the M55 age category runner and just 36 seconds slower than Gil’s PB from 6 years ago !
A extraordinary high number of 46 people experienced East Coast Parkrun for the first time and a good number of 18 PB’s were recorded by regular or returning participants.
Personally after 13 consecutive weeks of tiring international travel, I had a fine run of 23:48 just 35 seconds away from my M70 age group time of 23:13.
Thanks to all 14 enthusiastic volunteers that made another successful parkrun happen at this fabulous Singapore location.
Next parkrun for me is Copenhagen, Denmark next Saturday. Farewell for now.
Russell Johnson,
Australian Parkrun Adventurer
Safe travels Russell and we look forward to you visiting us again soon.
We'll share our second event report with you a little later in the week so we can enjoy reminiscing about last weekend while looking forward to our next parkrun day!



#323 Event Report

Remember it’s 7.30am, remember it’s 7.30am… parkruns at home (Perth, Western Australia) start at 8.00am, and I had nightmares about trying to chase down the Tailwalker after rocking up late! It may have been at a different time, and in a different country, but beautifully parkrun is parkrun wherever you go, with the same wonderfully warm welcome and familiarity irrespective of country, and East Coast parkrun did not disappoint!

When my sister-in-law, Jo, asked what I thought of a short 5 day stay in Singapore, my answer was “as long as one of those days is a Saturday so I can get in a parkrun”! I can’t be the only one, right?!

Judging by the ‘first timer’ flags on the results and the enthusiastic welcome of tourists, East Coast is a lover of visitors! Then came the careful selection of location, which involved a bit of cyber-stalking of Singapore’s parkrun Facebook pages, results and course pages and the all-important assessment of parkrun Challenges. I’m very glad I need an extra E for Namely and an East for Compass Club, which brought me to your wonderful event (and if you have no idea what challenges I’m talking about, do yourself a favour and download the 5K parkrunner app and head down a magical rabbit hole of primes, Fibonacci numbers and the alphabet!)

It wasn’t all smooth sailing… A close call with possible cancellations, firstly due to a lack of volunteers and secondly, when we woke early this morning there was thunder, lightning and hammering rain – with a 30-minutes of no lightning required to start the event. The weather also caused taxi issues, and after a nervous wait and our driver overshooting to Carpark 3, we got there in the end (phew!)

Event 323 had a fantastic feel from the minute we arrived, with friendly regulars and a merry band of volunteers making us feel right at home. A huge shout-out to RD Karianne who made it all look effortless, while ‘working the room’ chatting and welcoming the newbies. First Timers Welcomer Pris had her work cut out for her, with tourists almost outnumbering regulars (22 First Timers today out of a field of 56)!  She did a fantastic job with a humorous and thorough briefing (hopefully nobody got as far as Changi Airport!!)

Who doesn’t love a fast, flat out and back – even if it’s raining with a few flooded sections! It clearly didn’t bother some, with 5 new Personal Bests (woohoo, congratulations guys!!)

parkrun cannot happen without fantastic volunteers, and while everyone wants the participation tick, volunteering gives a unique perspective to parkrun and a chance to make new friends and deeper connections than you would if only running. Please take a look at the Future Roster page and put yourself forward – you’ll never look back (remember the 5K app? There are volunteer challenges too!).

Thanks to Damaris for checking the course and making sure everything was safe (albeit wet), to Stuart and Yeng Ling for helping ensure we turned around at the appropriate spot, to Jackie and Shireen as the parkwalk cheer squad, Damaris gets another high five for tailwalking, while Anna, Li Ying and Alexandra cheered everyone across the line while timing and tokening and Punam snapped everyone for posterity. Hopefully our final high-viz hero, Pranav, got everyone’s token back and they haven’t been souvenired. (Editor's comment: we can confirm, all back, safe and sound :))

Thank you to all of you (and Pris and Karianne) for putting on a fantastic event… If ever you’re in Perth, come visit Lake Joondalup parkrun, which is a very similar flat and fast out and back – we’d love to see you!

Event Report written by Michaela Miller


#318 Event Report

Editors Comments:
A huge thank you to Chris and Garry who joined us from Preston Park parkrun this week.
Chris has kindly written a super event report for us. Read on below...what a treat!

As a visitor to Singapore I really wanted to experience parkrun here, as I'm a regular at my local Preston park parkrun near Brighton, in the UK. (Editors comment: Chris is a member of the 100 volunteer club and has completed 228 parkruns. Awesome!)

On arrival at East Coast Park, Run Director Karianne and the team of volunteers were very welcoming and friendly. Attendance numbers were up this week, probably due to it being Grand Prix weekend (of the 114 runners today 44 were doing this parkrun for the first time and many of these were visitors).


Before the start, volunteer Martin gathered us round for the first timers welcome talk, which was followed by the safety briefing from RD Karianne before we made our way to the start point for the out and back, flat, 5k run/walk.


Inclusivity and participation, rather than speed, has been a key principle of parkrun since day one. For the month of October, parkrun has introduced a new volunteer role of parkwalker, with the aim of supporting and encouraging more walkers to join parkrun and for walkers to feel part of the parkrun community. My husband Garry, who is definitely not a runner, was able to join in as the volunteer parkwalker today and he really enjoyed it. (Editors comment: Garry was our first official volunteer parkwalker at East Coast Park. Thank you Garry!).


As parkrun depends on volunteers we are always looking for new ones. It's not difficult, is good fun, and gives you a whole new perspective on the wonders of parkrun. There are some roles that you can do as well as run or walk. We'd love other people to volunteer, so please contact us via Email or Facebook to help. (Editors comment: We love our hi-viz heroes! Email us here: eastcoastpark@parkrun.com or leave a comment on our social media page.)


It was great to see 13 people doing their very first parkrun today and 19 people who got PB's....well done to you all.


Once again thanks to East Coast Park parkrun volunteers today who did a great job of welcoming and supporting participants. Special thanks to to this weeks volunteer photographer, who also helped us get to the event! (Editors comments: Photo's will be up soon. A slight interruption due to the Grand Prix!)


Lastly if anyone reading this is doing a parkrun in Sydney next Saturday (Sandon Point) look out for me, as I'll be running with my granddaughters!

Event Report: Chris Archer
Photos: Punam Owens

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