Cougar Cross Country Championships 2018 – Excellent Performance By Flexifitness Posted on July 18, 2018

By Pramod Kukanur

On 14th July, 2018, a number of long distance runners, young and old, gathered at Bedok Reservoir to race objectively. The timings and record are valid and consistent and the route was accurately measured.

The president of the Cougar Athletics Club, Dr Bala, is also the current Vice President of Singapore Athletics. We hope that all races will follow this kind of format to organise running races.

Dr Bala, before the race, told people about his personal best of 31min 26sec to those who were gathered. He also told that Rameshon’s 10km best was 31min 46sec done in Loughborough Echo 10km race, in Loughborough University, England.

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Picture 1 – Tan Mariviv broke the record of U20 Girls for 4.3km

Flexifitness, led by Head Coach Rameshon, got 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 4 bronze for overall medal tally. Two records were broken by Flexifitness athletes. In under 20 girls, Tan Mariviv, after her current performance in Gold Coast 10km with a time of 42min 55sec, did 17min 55sec for the 4.3km in Cougar Cross Country race, and became champion and also broke the record by more than two and a half minutes for the race. Laavinia, for under 12 girls did 6min 17sec and she broke the record for 1.6km for the category, for her age group. Hence, there were two people who broke the record from our Flexifitness group.

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Picture 2 –  Laavinia also broke the U12 Girls record for 1.6km

Finally, Head Coach Rameshon, 53, Singapore’s Current National Record Holder for Marathon, done in 1995 Chiangmai SEA Games, in Thailand, with a time of 2hr 24min 22sec, ran the Men Open 8.6km in Cougar Cross Country race. He shocked everyone by coming in overall third, just 13 seconds away from the second position winner. Rameshon,  said,” I ran with my iPhone for the 4.3km, and I realised that I was fifth position. Carrying hand phone, I feel that it had tired me a lot. So, I decided to pass the phone to someone, at 4.3km mark, and over time overtook the two teenage runners, who, I think ran in Men’s Open.” “I realised that my average pace for this race was 4m 05sec”. “I feel excited as I believe that I am about to do a sub- 4min kind for each kilometres for my trial coming up for 10km. “

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Picture 3 – Rameshon receiving third position medal from Dr Bala, for the Men Open race

Nearly, all runners from Flexifitness were seen having a medal. It was a joyful day for Flexifitness. What a great day!