Flexifitness – Newspaper and website clarification Posted on July 23, 2018

Flexifitness – Doing the best for one’s health, fitness and performance

By Rameshon

Our writing in the blog will follow integrity on whatever we do. Hence, we do take utmost precaution on whatever we write. We are sincere and ethical about our writing and believe in veracity. If the facts are not accurate, we will do our utmost best to clarify our facts here in the website blog post.

So far, people have asked on a newspaper writing on AUG 12, 2017 (Straits Times). It was written by Lester Tan. It was a good article and we truly appreciate it, but some clarification will make things clearer and we will put it out in our next blog post. We have another by one of the running group and we shall not name them as we are amicable in this to state the facts, so that one will know the real truth, so that they do not use us, in a negative way, for their selfish business operation and not making things transparent to the public. Also, some facts written, we find, are downright incorrect. The public will see this soon here in the blog post.

First, we will write about what Lester Tan, a triathlete, who has written an article on me and I will clarify in order to make the news genuine.

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Picture 1 – 2hr 34 min, a time which is still the fastest for any local , before doing a 2hr 24m 22sec time in Chiangmai Thailand, SEA Games 1995

The Straits Times, Sports News …By Lester Tan

Holding a longstanding record with quiet dignity

Singapore running star Murugiah Rameshon was decades ahead of his time, though not many recognised it during his brief career.

He lowered the marathon national record five times in as many years, shaving four minutes off in his final record-breaking race – the 2:24:22 set at the 1995 SEA Games, when he was 31, has stood the test of time for 22 years.

It all started in 1987, when Rameshon established himself as one of Singapore’s top marathoners by winning the Mobil Marathon.
In order to have a shot at the then-national record of 2hr 34sec held by Tan Choon Ghee, he had planned to increase his weekly mileage from 70km to 120km.

Grass was the only way to go – it was a more forgiving surface than tarmac with a lower risk of injury. In grass, Rameshon had found an unlikely ally – one who, like him, bends but never yields to pressure.

In an era without compression tights and altitude chambers, an athlete with Rameshon’s ethos would never be found wanting. Hand-written training notes, meticulously recorded with timings to the second, are among his prized possessions today.
Murugiah Rameshon’s Singapore national marathon record of 2hr 24min 22sec has stood since the 1995 SEA Games in Chiang Mai.

He epitomised the complete athlete who owned his training, mind, body and results – a point he continues to emphasise nowadays as head coach of a fitness and training outfit.

To him, professional running is a full-time commitment requiring absolute focus and discipline. He upholds that, “if you have time to be distracted, then you are not training like you should”.

His approach also embodied another timeless lesson – that performance in endurance running is simply consistent hard work. However, just as eggs are the hardest dish to master, the simplest is not always the easiest.

Rameshon had decided early in his running career that the best way to improve was to train overseas. Without any result to secure a scholarship, however, he had to balance training and undergraduate studies at Loughborough University in England.

He eventually ran up a bill of $80,000 while his family’s income then was a hard-earned $1,000. It was draining physically, mentally as well as financially.

It was only after he first broke the national record at the Hong Kong marathon in 1991 that the Singapore Sports Council offered a $1,500 annual grant and he started being outfitted by Nike.

Could he have reached greater heights with more support? “Maybe. But it doesn’t matter anymore,” Rameshon said.

When asked about not being selected for the Olympics despite qualifying for it, he replied: “Let me be my own judge. There is no need to prove oneself if one has achieved.”

Fame was never the name of the game for Rameshon. He was clear about being beholden to, but not enslaved by, his ambitions.

“Once you see running as a conquest of numbers, then this sport, any sport, will be reduced to a race for glory,” he said.

The irony of records is that once it’s set, its destiny is to be broken. Rameshon has in fact been instrumental in igniting many young marathoners, spurring them to reach their fullest potential by surpassing him. Like the proverbial lamb at the altar, what matters is the kindling process. Records are but means to an end.

It is not just his longstanding record that makes Rameshon one of Singapore’s greatest runners. More importantly is the way he does it. The honesty with which he trains, and his humility in finishing a race. He always raced as if to celebrate the greatness of endurance running, honouring it by raising it.

As the 29th SEA Games approaches, his record still resonates, leading us to wonder if our capable athletes will raise the standards even further.

In achieving so much with so little, he has kept the flame alive for others to seek what may seem to be, but many hope not, impossible.

Edited By Tan Mariviv!