An Interview with Saranniya – 55min (Season Best) in Great Eastern Run 2019

An Interview with Saranniya – 55min (Season Best) in Great Eastern Run 2019


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By Editors of Flexifitness

From a weight of 55kg, Saranniya, 21, Flexifitness female runner, ran and trained hard to weigh 52kg and do a time of 58min for POSB Run, 2019. As for last Sunday’s race, she did a time of 55min, with a weight of 49kg. Just yesterday, she weighed 48kg. ” I am very thankful to Flexifitness and Coach Rameshon for the effort in training me to do this time, as our fastest runner, for now, and doing a sub-1 hour run.” “On top of that, the fact that I look leaner makes me very happy, as many have told me that I look slim.” “I am hoping to go to 42kg over time.”

To know the full story, of Great Eastern Run, Saranniya has decided to do a write up through an interview given by Flexifitness.

So far, for the time posted, Saranniya has posted the fastest time, for this year, by any female Flexifitness runner. When Saranniya was 17 years of age, she did Guang Yang proud by coming in first runners up in National Schools Cross Country Championships 2015.


An Interview With Saranniya

What were your thoughts a night before the race?

I was actually quite nervous and did not have good sleep. As I have not raced in a while and was thinking whether I should even run the race the next morning. When I woke up in the morning, my T-shirt was wet.


What made you to finally run the race?

Just before the race, in the wee hours of the morning, Coach Rameshon told me to just do my best and complete the run. He mentioned that he had no expectations on me. This really helped me to calm down and I told myself to just do my best and not to put any pressure on myself. Completion was my main goal.


How do you feel when people realized that you have posted the fastest time out of all the Flexifitness girls?

I’m glad, that I can encourage the younger kids (Young Champions’ Programme) and fellow athletes to work hard to achieve their goals. With dedication from the athlete, guidance from the Coach and encouragement/support from family and friends, one would be able to do it.


Can you share with us the breakdown of your run in the GE Run 2019.

As Coach Rameshon told me, I started off the 1st km with a 6min per km pace. As during workouts, I tend to go off too fast and struggle in the end. From the 2nd km onwards, I just listened to my body and ran. I did not look at my watch. However, I only looked at my splits upon completion, I realised that I ran the 4th km a little too fast with a 5min per km pace. If I had held back a bit more, I could have gone faster at the end.


How was the weather?

The weather was good, it was windy and cool. In fact, it looked like it was going to rain, but it didn’t!


How was the running route?

The route was ok in general. Mostly, the route was flat with few slopes. Only at certain points of the run, especially at the last four kilometers, the route had quite a bit of turns.


During the last few kilometers can you share with us what you were thinking?

I told myself to complete the race strong. I have come this far in the race and not to give up at this point.


How do you feel accomplishing the 55min plus timing?

I am feeling very happy and grateful. I am happy that I have finally managed to overcome my fears and start racing again. I am also grateful to Coach Rameshon who helped me to improve my running and also for being very patient with me. He took about two years to slowly get my interest in running again. His advice on food, rest, hydration and other vital aspects to do well in running helped me. I would like to thank my fellow Flexifitness athletes, family and friends who always encourage and support me while training for this race.

I am appreciative of my Friend, Angeline Tan, who encouraged me not to give up running when I stopped running for a while. She was the prime reason to motivate me to start back my running and get back to form slowly. She was there as a pillar of support.


What is your suggestion to ladies who wants to take up running or to lose weight?

For weight loss, it is good to start with a brisk walk/slow jog and train consistently. Once your weight has decreased, it is good to slowly and gradually increase the mileage in running to ensure that you do not get injured.

To take up running, having a coach to guide you through the training process with proper guidance will be good, as they will use their experience to help you achieve your result.


What is your next plan?

My next plan is to bring my weight down to 42kg and complete a 10km race faster than my personal best of 48mins. Also, I want learn to pace myself better, in future, using my coach as a guide.



By Narayanan
Rameshon has taught in Hwa Chong Institution, plus several schools, and Republic Polytechnic as well. He has won many accolades and he was awarded Merit Award for 1991 marathon performance in breaking the national record of Singapore, at that time. He has made 22 male athletes to do marathon in sub-3hrs. He has made 7 female runners to do sub-4 hours for marathon, as well. He was inducted to the ‘Roll of Honour’  by the then College of Physical Education, organised by Singapore Olympic Academy, in 1998, for breaking the National record repeatedly 4 times, till he did 2hr 24min 22sec).

He also has a Coaching group and he trains them on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm at Botanic Gardens. Those interested can call him at 91004369 for coaching assistance, to improve performance. There is also personal training that he does for many in a week. You can e-mail him at

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