Exactly a year ago, I was a cheering my friends on at events, and could hardly complete a 5km. A year on, I completed my third half marathon at SCSM 2017.
2016 was a year of turbulence for me – my close ones fell ill and I parted ways with my partner. I started running to cope with my emotions, and that activity lead me to joining a running group. I trained hard to better my run and refused to give up even when others said I can’t.
I chose to believe in myself and was inspired to be a better person. I stayed strong, I rise above all and I live on to inspire others.
– Connie Ng
I started running since 2010 and have completed 11 full marathons, six ultras and many half marathons! I enjoyed the Paris Marathon and Gold Coast Airport Marathon the most, but running in a costume recently raised my race experience to a whole new level.
I enjoyed the interaction with fellow runners; their encouragement, their smiles and their wefies taken together! I hope to inspire fellow runners to enjoy the race just like I did and focus on the race experience rather than timing. And I want to continue running as long as I can, and dress in different characters as much as my imagination allows it!
– Tan Ching Tien
I remembered I had mixed feelings while waiting in the start pen at SCSM 2017. I experienced a bad week because the hurtful words (from someone) kept ringing in my ears, and it caused me to doubt myself again.
But I am so proud of myself now.
I decided to clear the nasty thoughts and run happy. I ended the run strong and well, with the support from my friends at ROCKrunners cheering for me. I am and #IWILL be stronger! Say no to self-doubt and always believe in yourself.
– Iryani Mohamed Ali
SCSM 2017 was my first marathon. I want to inspire my three young teens that despite the leg cramps, fatigue and numbness, their mom finished what she started!
I want to teach them to keep going even when they encounter difficulties in life. Deal with it step by step until they succeed, just like running a marathon.
– Pamela Wong (right)
I was never a runner. But achieving my goal of running my first half-marathon at the SCSM 2017 has since changed that.
My weekend routines saw a change from finding hip cafes to exploring running routes around town that stretched beyond 8km.
There were moments I wanted to give up. But running to raise funds for charity helped me to stay on track. I raised a total of $1,423 and completed my half-marathon dripping with sweat and worn feet. That feeling was both rewarding and deeply satisfying.
– Stephanie Chan (left)