The 300km SCSM Club is not one you simply sign up for. Runners are inducted into this group after covering a total of more than 300km in total over the years at the Singapore Marathon. One of them is Steven Ng, a Singaporean who has run the full marathon at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon an astonishing 15 times consecutively. Despite having to travel for work throughout the year, he makes it a point to be in Singapore for the SCSM annually, without exception.
Interviewed after the event, he shared with us his experience of this year’s race.
Q: How was your personal SCSM experience this year?
Steven Ng: It was awesome. The new F1 Pit Building start line was wider and longer than last year’s Orchard Road starting line. Flagging off in different waves made for shorter waiting times, and to us runners it meant that we did not have to wait for longer than required.
I noted an increase in the number of aid stations and portable lavatories along the route. In addition, distance markers were all clearly displayed. All these changes meant a whole lot to me as I use aid stations and distance markers as my motivation, pushing myself on especially when I reach the 30km mark.
Q: The route featured some new additions, like West Coast Highway and the steep climb up Benjamin Sheares Bridge near the end. What did you think about those?
Steven Ng: As a runner, I really dislike elevation! However, the new route was like a breath of fresh air after years of running the event. The sunrise was breath taking from the West Coast Highway viaduct. I saw many runners slow down to take in the beautiful moment.
As for the climb up the Benjamin Shears Bridge, I persevered and managed to reach the top of the slope in one piece by treating it as an obstacle to be conquered.
Q: What do you still enjoy about the SCSM?
Steven Ng: SCSM has established itself as a marquee running event on Singapore’s sporting calendar, attracting runners from all over the world and all walks of life. I feel honored to be part of this event as a participant running past Singapore’s most Iconic landmarks. I always look forward to run alongside people of diverse backgrounds at the marathon.
The SCSM is a ‘Must DO’ event for me!
Q: There are talks that the Singapore Marathon is lobbying to be included in the World Marathon Majors. What do you feel about this possible development?
Steven Ng: I feel that Ironman Asia have definitely stepped up efforts this year, making further improvements as compared to the 2017 edition of SCSM. With the support from the Singapore government, and getting the community to embrace this event, I think that the goal of making Singapore a possible World Marathon Major is entirely doable!