Athletics: Veteran coach Steven Quek raising funds for charity via book on marathon training

  For a minimum donation of $30, anyone can get a copy of the book. All proceeds from book sales will go towards HCA Hospice care.
For a minimum donation of $30, anyone can get a copy of the book. All proceeds from book sales will go towards HCA Hospice care.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - When veteran running coach Steven Quek joined the ActiveSG Athletics Club (Distance) programme in 2016, he was shocked to learn of the countless misconceptions out there about running.

He had spent most of his 30 years of experience coaching school and national runners like Olympian Neo Jie Shi, Soh Rui Yong and Jeevanesh Soundararajah, so taking charge of casual runners was a new thing for him.

There were some who would have ambitious goals to run 100 miles (161 km) without proper guidance or training.

Then there were those who followed the advice of professional athletes without taking into account that they lacked the training that these elite runners have had for years.

Many also undervalued the importance of rest and eating well, placing emphasis only on training.

The 51-year-old said: "There are a lot of misconceptions about marathon training that might come from the Internet, but sometimes these come from world-class athletes who are in different climate conditions.

"So I thought, 'Let me put all this together in a book because not everyone has access to a coach'."

Merging his experience of mentoring elite athletes like Neo, who represented Singapore at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, with what he learnt from coaching laymen, Quek penned the book Marathon: Training Smart.

But cashing in on the book is not his priority. Instead, he hopes to raise $30,000 for charity with sales from the book.

For a minimum donation of $30, anyone can get a copy of the book. All proceeds from book sales will go towards HCA Hospice care.

Explaining his decision, he said: "We are privileged. We get to pursue our interests and take on challenges.

"But some people cannot, so I wondered how I could make this project more helpful to people. I wanted to find a way to contribute to another segment of society."

• Marathon: Training Smart can be purchased at bit.ly/2luFRGZ