06 Dec Tips I learn in winning three Singapore Marathon Races
Altogether, I won three races from Singapore Marathon. The races were called differently and the races were won with different strategies. As Singapore Stanchart 2018 is fast approaching, I have decided, for the benefit of the runners running in the race, to share some of the tips that made me to do well in the race.
Mobil Marathon 1987
It was in year 1987, that I ran Mobil Marathon. My contender was Tan Choon Ghee and Ricky Khoo. My former Lecturer of the then College Physical Education came to me and discuss with me on my marathon race, which was few days away, at that time. Her name was Ms Helen Gilby. She was also a runner herself and she used to come in first in a number of races.
She told me to drink for every station and not to avoid water from any station. I asked her on when onwards in a marathon to start drinking. She told me to drink for each 5km till 35km. Eventually, I came in first. I did 2hr 40min. I was selected to represent Singapore for Biwako Marathon 1988.
Singapore International Marathon 1994
I came in first again. In the race, my time was 2hr 34min 02sec. I was overall 12th in the International Category for Men Open. In this race, I realised that if one wants to get a good time, it is advisable not to stop while you are running. In the past, I used to stop while running.
Stanchart Marathon 2008
While enabling Daniel Ling and Dr Ben Tan to come in 2nd and 3rd for Men Open for Singapore Stanchart Marathon, I came in first. The two runners also trained with me. I was heading for a 2hr 45min, but I was going through 5 cramps during the run. For the last cramp, I had to walk for a while, and then run. I finally came in first with a time of 2hr 49min. My age was 43 years old at that time.
The thing I learnt here was to know the route very well before the race itself.
Stanchart Marathon 2013
In this race, I did not come in first but I was International Veteran Open, overall 10th, and Veteran first for local. My time was 3hr 10min. I was 50 years of age. I was actually coaching and did not really train much. In this race, I was being daring to do a 4min per kilometre for the first 10km of the race. In this race, I realised that it was good to drink isotonic water, diluted all the 4-5km splits of the race.
I wish all the best to the runners running in Singapore Stanchart Marathon 2018. If possible, I shall write more tips tomorrow to do well in your race, if you are running.
Edited by Tan Mariviv!