ST Run 2019: Haze, rain stay away as more than 13k take part in seventh edition of run

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Paralympian Dr William Tan, ST Run's first official wheelchair racer, starting off the 18.45km race.
Paralympian Dr William Tan, ST Run's first official wheelchair racer, starting off the 18.45km race.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Participants at the start of the 18.45km race (first wave) of The Straits Times Run along Nicoll Highway before the break of dawn, on Sept 29, 2019.
Participants at the start of the 18.45km race (first wave) of The Straits Times Run along Nicoll Highway before the break of dawn, on Sept 29, 2019.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Participants running along Esplanade Drive during the 18.45km run.
Participants running along Esplanade Drive during the 18.45km run.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez (on stage, second from right) flagging off the 18.45km race, on Sept 29, 2019.
The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez (on stage, second from right) flagging off the 18.45km race, on Sept 29, 2019.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
SPH deputy CEO Anthony Tan, and Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu taking part in the 3.5km Fun Run.
SPH deputy CEO Anthony Tan, and Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu taking part in the 3.5km Fun Run. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
Host Kelly Latimer at the start of the 18.45km race, on Sept 29, 2019.
Host Kelly Latimer at the start of the 18.45km race, on Sept 29, 2019.ST PHOTO: CASSANDRA KOH
Soh Rui Yong leading participants at the start of the 18.45km race along Nicoll Highway.
Soh Rui Yong leading participants at the start of the 18.45km race along Nicoll Highway. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Participants of the 18.45km race making their way over Merdeka Bridge.
Participants of the 18.45km race making their way over Merdeka Bridge. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - With clear skies above, over 13,000 participants took part in the seventh edition of The Straits Times Run on Sunday (Sept 29) morning.

Just over 4,000 runners, participating  in the longest distance - 18.45km, created as a nod to the year the national daily was founded - were the first to be flagged off from 5.30am at the start point on Nicoll Highway.

Among them was Paralympian Dr William Tan, who became the ST Run's first official wheelchair racer.

Conditions were cool, and the haze, which had threatened to disrupt several sports events in the weeks prior, was not an issue, with the one-hour PM2.5 concentration at 24-33 micrograms per cubic metre at 5am, in the Normal range.

Briton Nick Impey won the men's 18.45km race in 1hr 2min 22sec, just 21 seconds ahead of reigning back-to-back SEA Games marathon champion Soh Rui Yong, who had set his sights on becoming the category's first local winner.

The Smart Local employee is also the ST Run's ambassador. 


The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez (on stage, second from right) flagging off the 18.45km race, on Sept 29, 2019. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

 

The top spot in the longest distance at the ST Run - 21km in 2013 and 2014 and 18.45km thereafter - was won by Kenyans in the first five editions.

Impey's win follows fellow Briton Ben Moreau's victory in 2018. 

The women's race, meanwhile, was won by Japan's Maki Inami, who successfully defended her title from a year earlier, with a 1:11:55 run.


Soh Rui Yong leading participants at the start of the 18.45km race along Nicoll Highway. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Impey and Inami both won a Panasonic 65-inch Ultra-HD 4K Pro HDR TV, courtesy of ST Run presenting sponsors Panasonic.

They were later followed by over 8,000 others, who took part in the 10km and 3.5km events that flagged off at 7am and 7.45am, respectively. The 3.5km race replaces the previous 5km event, and marks the 35th anniversary of ST publisher Singapore Press Holdings.

This year also saw the introduction of the SPH35-Panasonic Schools Challenge - a 3.5km race - that aims to give all participants the chance to represent their schools in a competition outside the National School Games.

 

There are two divisions: one catering to those in tertiary institutions and the other for secondary students aged 17 and under.

Hwa Chong Institution swept both boys' titles, with Ethan Yan winning the tertiary title and Aeron Young winning the U-17.

Koh Jia Xuan of Singapore Poly won the female tertiary title, with Methodist Girls' School's Hannah Tong winning the U-17.

All race categories in the ST Run ended inside the National Stadium. It is one of only two mass runs to do so.