More than 3,500 conquer Men's Health Urbanathlon; Nepalese dominate 14km race

Third placing Hangpal Angbuhang (left), Champion Umesh Rai (centre left), Second placing Suresh Gurung (centre), all Nepalese, Ms Pang Lee Cheng (centre right), General Manager of SPH Magazines, Mr Raymond Goh (right), Group Editor of SPH Magazines a
Third placing Hangpal Angbuhang (left), Champion Umesh Rai (centre left), Second placing Suresh Gurung (centre), all Nepalese, Ms Pang Lee Cheng (centre right), General Manager of SPH Magazines, Mr Raymond Goh (right), Group Editor of SPH Magazines at the prize presentation of The Men's Health Urbanathlon on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants at the last mystery obstacle of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at The Float @ Marina Bay on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants at the last mystery obstacle of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at The Float @ Marina Bay on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants carrying a wet 20kg sandbag and running 100m at obstacle 5, Workload, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Lawn @ Foothills on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants carrying a wet 20kg sandbag and running 100m at obstacle 5, Workload, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Lawn @ Foothills on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants untangling themselves in 4m long web of bungee cords at obstacle 2, Wire House, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Cavenagh Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants untangling themselves in 4m long web of bungee cords at obstacle 2, Wire House, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Cavenagh Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants balancing themselves across 2-inch wide beams at obstacle 1, Balance Sheet, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at MBS Event Square on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants balancing themselves across 2-inch wide beams at obstacle 1, Balance Sheet, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at MBS Event Square on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants moving across 2 sets of parallel bars at obstacle 3, Lateral Move, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at North Boat Quay on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants moving across 2 sets of parallel bars at obstacle 3, Lateral Move, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at North Boat Quay on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants taking a 2m leap of faith at obstacle 7, Leap of Faith, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Read Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants taking a 2m leap of faith at obstacle 7, Leap of Faith, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Read Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants scaling up and descending 3m high sloping structures at obstacle 4, Peaks and Troughs, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Fort Canning Green on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants scaling up and descending 3m high sloping structures at obstacle 4, Peaks and Troughs, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Fort Canning Green on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Singapore's "Blade Runner" Mohd Shariff Abdullah taking a 2m leap of faith at obstacle 7, Leap of Faith, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Read Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Singapore's "Blade Runner" Mohd Shariff Abdullah taking a 2m leap of faith at obstacle 7, Leap of Faith, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Read Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants, including Singapore's "Blade Runner" Mohd Shariff Abdullah (tag 1064), climbing up and down a 3.2m high 3-ton truck using rope web at obstacle 8, The Network, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at F1 Turn 16/17 on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO:
Participants, including Singapore's "Blade Runner" Mohd Shariff Abdullah (tag 1064), climbing up and down a 3.2m high 3-ton truck using rope web at obstacle 8, The Network, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at F1 Turn 16/17 on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants untangling themselves in 4m long web of bungee cords at obstacle 2, Wire House, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Cavenagh Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants untangling themselves in 4m long web of bungee cords at obstacle 2, Wire House, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at Cavenagh Bridge on Mar 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Participants balancing themselves across 2-inch wide beams at obstacle 1, Balance Sheet, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at MBS Event Square on Mar 02 2014. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Participants balancing themselves across 2-inch wide beams at obstacle 1, Balance Sheet, of The Men's Health Urbanathlon at MBS Event Square on Mar 02 2014. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

The Men's Health Urbanathlon on Sunday was dominated by the Nepalese, who occupied the three podium positions of the 14km obstacle race.

Umesh Rai, 26, won the race in 55min 17sec, just ahead of Suresh Gurung, also 26, who came in almost half a minute later (55:46). Hangpal Angbuhang, 27, was in third place with 56min 5sec.

About 3,500 participants were tested to their limits in the race, which introduced five new obstacles and a mystery challenge this year. Runners were faced with obstacles such as the "Curve Analysis", which required participants to pull themselves up over 1.5m high cement pipes.

In the "Mystery Obstacle", runners had to run up a 3m curved ramp before sliding into a pool of water to enjoy a refreshing end to the race.

The race is jointly organised by SPH Magazines and HiVelocity.

Said Pang Lee Cheng, general manager of SPH Magazines: "We are very pleased with the showing of Men's Health Urbanathlon 2014 - its continued success is certainly due to our loyal readers and participants who keep coming back year after year, as well as our focus to ensure the obstacles continue to pique the interest of Singapore's running community."