First set back by Airbus Shuttle bus service from KL Sentral where it had an air cond failure at Sg Besi.
2nd set back by Tiger Airways when it failed to inform the passengers that they had changed the flight schedule to an earlier flight or later. Luckily, mine which was supposed to depart at 11.55am, had been rescheduled to 2.40pm!! (hooray for Tigers - it's cheap though, RM2-00). At LCCT, I met with Ms Hui Ying (nice smile), another marathon runner who caught by surprise of the flight rescheduled.
Re-scheduling flight resulted to a delay for race pack collection at Marina Bay (I want to go there!). But to avoid a panic rush, I've called Kak June for assistance. She managed to secure my race pack after showing her compassion with the organizer. (Thanks Kak June - I owe you one!!).
* Kak June and Chap Ayam Gang (including Ms Ruby - ehem) arrived that morning by choo choo train.
Race Day - 5th December 2010
After a brisk walked with thousand of other runners towards Orchard road, we arrived there at 4.00am. Met with other malaysian runners, RBUs and the Kenyans. Cik Suhaily (chap ayam) and azza were doing their 2nd marathon, Luckily I met with Ray and Zaki at the starting point.
wajah ceria di belakang pokok krismas
me, azza, zaki and joyful ray
Reaching 25km, piece of cake
I noticed that Singaporean is heavily possessed with wearing Asic's shoes and compression tights. I just can't keep my eyes on the amois...huhu...
This Singapore Marathon will be Rayzeef's first after a 'racun' session by fellow bloggers few weeks back. He took the bait!.
Mr Lawrence just completed Bangkok Marathon a week earlier with 4:36!
The race starts at exactly 5.00am - and the journey begins!!. Started to jog slowly with Ray and Zaki but a moment later I break away from them to chase for 4:30 pacer. But, I never managed to see their balloons through out the entire marathon. I just managed to tag along with the 5:45 pacer.
Signboard Model - relax, long way to go...
Considering that I'm gonna take longer break at water stations and at the 'loo', and at the same time I don't want to be 'ditched' by the pacer - they don't wait for you, you know, so, I pick up my pace a little bit for a 6:00 to 6:15 minute per KM.
one of the volunteer - Yes, I can, amoi
(sad i cant take more photos around the Taman area, there lots of them!)
I must say this marathon was well organized with adequate water stations, heating rub creams, bananas (but not Shanaz - where was her?) and distance markers. I'm truly glad. Approaching the 'Taman' near the coast line (I don't know this place), its already 14km. At the same time, the kenyans were making their U-turn. I glanced at the opposite site's distance marker, it's 27th KM!!! My god! The whole 'Taman' stretch was 13KM! For those who don't know, it will be one hell of a journey, ha, ha...
Finally, its 30th KM, all cramp should emerge after this.
A word of encouragement at every distance marker
Here I met with Irwan (gigi besi) wearing a white shirt. A word 'Malaysia' printed at it's back. He's aiming for sub 5 (power!). Also met with Zaki Ultraman (chap ayam) here, he was 'lengit' at this juncture with lack of training, he claimed.
Singapore Flyer from afar
Marina Bay Sand Hotel
I continued chasing for the elusive U-turn, I noticed our Mr Yim the powerman running with his vibrams (vibrams mahal la kat singapore - according to Zaki) on the opposite side. He's fast!!! (finished below 4:30 - power gila!).
From that 27th KM, I made my way slowly following the route, not forgetting to rehydrate regularly. I was carrying a 500ml bottle of mineral water mixed with camelbak salt tablets. It prevent me to stop at every water stations and drinks at uneven quantities (I think).
What do you know, Marina Barrage already - very nice scenery
At 37th KM onwards (i think), the road merged with thousands of half marathon runners who most of them were walking 'berpimpin tangan'. I'm having difficulties zig zagging which disturb my running gait and running pace. Well, better run than walk.
At 36th KM, it took me 4 hours 3 minutes
wish I could go faster for a 4:30 finish
Finally, reached the finishing arch with dignity with the time of 4:50, still sub 5....he, he...
photo taken few days after marathon...lupa nak ambik
Ni le dia restoran Zam Zam tu..
Murtabak dgn nasi briyani dia class gitu..