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New look Sundown Marathon a success

03 June, 2013   Syukri Bin Anwar




The Sundown Marathon, Singapore’s biggest night race, came back bigger than ever and took place over the weekend of 1-2 June at Marina Bay. The marathon saw over 20,000 participants competing in the different race categories over two days.

For the first time in six years, the marathon was held over two nights in order to cater to the different competing categories, namely the 10km, 10km Team of Four, Half Marathon (21km) and the Full Marathon (42km).

Day one of the marathon had people running either the 10km distance or the 21km distance. The male Kenyans dominated the first day as Samson Kiplagat Tenai and David Kiptanui Chepkwony came in champions in both distances. Samson Kiplagat Tenai completed the 21km route in 1 hour and 13 minutes and David Kiptanui Chepkwony completed the 10km route in 32 minutes.

The female competitors were not far behind as our very own Singaporean, Anne Qi Hui completed the half marathon in 1 hour and 27 minutes, coming in just slightly over ten minutes behind the top Kenyan runner. Lina Nguyen from the United States of America completed the 10km race just six minutes after the category’s champion. 

“This is my second year taking part in the Sundown Marathon and there were a lot of changes from last year but the most prominent one would be the change in venue. Running around Marina Bay is definitely a refreshing change,” commented Chua Meng Lee, a 19-year-old student who took part in the race with fifteen of his friends.

Day two of the night race was where the Singaporeans shone as four out of the six podium finishes were Singaporeans. Ang Chee Yong, Alex Ong Seng Lee, Ong Kaifen and Neo Jie Shi shared the podium with champions Stuart Haynes from the United Kingdom and Francesca Sist from Italy. Stuart was the first male runner to complete the 42-kilometre race. He completed it in 2 hours and 45 minutes, beating the timing of last year’s winner by almost twenty minutes.  Almost an hour later, the first female to cross the line at a timing of 3 hours and 26 minutes was none other than Francesca.

The Singaporean racers had definitely made their mark at this year’s revamped Sundown marathon. Samantha Tan, a student who frequently does marathons, exclaimed, “The event was well-organized and it was definitely a vast improvement from the one at Changi Exhibition Centre where it felt like we were running like a pack of sardines. Dividing the race into two days was a smart move to prevent that from ever happening again.” 

When asked if he would come back for Sundown again next year, Simon Yap, a teacher at a local secondary school, said, “I try my best to run as many marathons as I can in a year but Sundown is one of those that I make sure I participate in. I’ve been taking part in Sundown since two years ago, and I’ll definitely be back next year as well. It’s something different from all the other marathons because it’s at night and Singapore really looks beautiful in the night.” 

Race category

Participant’s Name

Race Timing

10km - Male

Samson Kiplagat Tenai (KEN)

01:13:06:27

10km

Henrik Jannborg (SWE)

01:13:47:75

10km

Mark John Williams (GBR)

01:18:07:11

10km - Female

Anne Qi Hui (SIN)

01:27:35:16

10km

Jessica Gabrielli (SWI)

01:34:58:23

10km

Mok Ying Rong (SIN)

01:36:38:41

21km - Male

David Kiptanui Chepkwony (KEN)

00:32:22:78

21km

Geoffrey Birgen (KEN)

00:33:31:02

21km

Laclergue Guillaume (FRA)

00:35:15:97

21km - Female

Lina Nguyen (USA)

00:38:52:12

21km

Vivian Tang (SIN)

00:39:10:31

21km

Sue Corser (AUS)

00:42:29:77

42km - Male

Stuart Haynes (GBR)

02:45:09:22

42km

Ang Chee Yong (SIN)

02:56:23:37

42km

Alex Ong Seng Lee (SIN)

02:57:15:80

42km - Female

Francesca Sist (ITA)

03:26:43:99

42km

Ong Kaifen (SIN)

03:30:33:62

42km

Neo Jie Shi (SIN)

03:30:39:93