An Interview on Marina Run 2015
|Picture 1 - Dr Ansgar Cheng|
What is the name of the race that you ran yesterday?Brooks Marina run is a new race to me even I ran two half marathon before; 2013 Standard Chartered and 2014 Straits Times.
|Picture 2 - Wang Yan, Dr Ansgar and Lee Nguan|
Have you taken part in this race in the past?
My time in the last run in end of September 2014 was about 1hour and 33min 30sec.
|Picture 3 - Dr Ansgar's wife Moonlake ran in the 10km run|
If yes, what was your time then?
This time I managed to complete the 21km in just under 1hr 33minutes. It was a 1/2 minute improvement but I felt absolutely great after the run.
Are you happy with this race?
I am happy with the event. It was a windy hot night to me and certain area was very dark. So I wish there were better distribution of water points, marshals and lighting.
The route was perfectly flat with only a few up and down steps. Interestingly, in the absolute last moment, may be less than 3 minutes before the start, it was announced that the route was changed. Instead of one long 21km run, it was changed into 2 laps of about 10.5km. As long as all runners are in the same route, it is fair. I am not familiar with the route anyways and I was relying on the km markers so that did not bother me at all at the start. However, with the development of the run, I realised that the last minute route change also messed up the distance markers.
I believe the organiser did their best. As we understand there are things that were beyond their control: eg route change due to a nearby Chinese New Year parade rehearsal. Interestingly, at the end all finishers found their own time on their watch was about 5 minutes slower than the display at the finish line. I can't comment on that because I am no good with technology. I actually pressed a wrong button about 11km and my watch stopped counting. That was my most familiar favorite watch for 10+ years!! Well, may be this is one of the runs that a good GPS watch would help a lot
|Picture 5 - Mr Chin Peng did 1hr 57min new personal best time in the half-marathon|