There is no lack of runs here in Singapore, there has to be at least one organised event most weekends but the best running event has to be the weekly East Coast Parkrun. This 5km timed run every Saturday morning starts at 7am from Car Park B on the East Coast Park and isstaffed entirely by volunteers.
The beauty of the event it is simplicity. Around 40-50 runners take part each week on an out and back course and results are usually posted within hour of completing the event. The run is not completed until you sit down for a chat with your fellow runners over a Starbuck’s coffee (there is not a lot of choice for coffee here in Singapore).
Nice, simple and free.
Parkrun started in the UK back in 2004 and has grown to over 500 events held every weekend around the globe. Just recently the first runner completed his 500th Parkrun, which is over 9.6 years of running every weekend. I currently stand at a total of 3 runs, so just 497 to go.
I have some friends that are very fast runners, they like the event as it gives them an opportunity to test how they’re progressing and it’s an opportunity to run against other runners. People at the other end of the spectrum only have to run 5km so is less challenging than many of the paid 10km events.
The best way to support Parkrun is to:
- Take part in a Parkrun in your local town or visit a Parkrun when travelling overseas
- Volunteer at your local event;
- Spread the word about Parkrun to other runners.
I hope to see you at a Parkrun soon.