Running the distance for charity

05 January, 2015   Kenneth Ho

MR25 Ultramarathon 2014

Running club MacRitchie Runners (MR) 25 teamed up with participants from Sembcorp to raise approximately $35,000 for Assisi Hospice at the MR25 Ultra Marathon 2015. (Photo by VoxSports)

Including MR 25 president Mr Steven Lee, 23 runners ran five laps each around MacRitchie Reservoir (each lap is approximately 10.35km) in the name of charity.

Mr Lee was not only pleased that the amount raised exceeded his target of $10,000, but also how the event has grown from strength to strength since it started in 1976 to see almost 300 participants this year. 

MR25 Ultramarathon 2014

The event has grown from strength to strength since it started in 1976. (Photo by VoxSports)

“In the beginning actually it is about less than 100 runners, now we go until 300. Because there is a cap from the authorities so we can’t go further so in future i will just cap the runners and make sure that it is quality runners participating in the Ultra,” he added. 

MR25 Ultramarathon 2014

Participants of the MR25 Ultramarathon in action. (Photo by VoxSports)

“I’m a fanatic promoter of long distance so I’m very happy so many people turned up.”

The 2015 event also saw first-time winner Alex Koh clinching the top prize in the males category, after he ran nine rounds in 10 hours 42 minutes 23 seconds.

The result was far short of the 12-lap record set in the 1980s, but the win meant a lot to the runner who had only begun long-distance running in 2012.

“The race is 12 hours long, so it is important to pace yourself, it is very mental starting from the fifth laps onwards. Thankfully i had friends who came down to pace me, during the difficult period they were there to encourage me and I really appreciate it,” Koh shared.

“Previous races did not really turn out well, somehow either I was sick or I messed up my nutrition,

“I think it is important not to give up and fine tune your race strategy along the way. As long as you persist and keep on trying, one of these days you can do it.”

Meanwhile, Jasmine Goh (below) devastated the field once again as she earned her second consecutive MR 25 Ultramarathon female title with eight laps in 9:41:23.

Jasmine Goh MR25 ultramarathon

Jasmine Goh won her second consecutive MR 25 Ultramarathon female title. (Photo by VoxSports)