After close to 11 years, the weekly Thursday Night Run at Running Lab Funan finally came to an end. This has gonna be the longest running store based group run in the history of Singapore. Many have started and spluttered but the Funan TNR has went on and on and on and I am proud to have been a big part of it since its inception.
I was one of the original Run Leaders from its inception and continued with that role even after all the original super duper Run Leaders left. Now the run are in new hands and growing strongly with a core group of regular runners.
I will miss the big open space between High Street Centre and the Singapore River where we do our warm up and cool down.
Over the years there has been many changes. When we first started. to run to to Marina South we have to run on the road side via Marina South Garden. There was no Marina Barrage then but now there is a traffic free route to Marina South and Marina Barrage. To run to Tanglin Road or Jervois previously, we had to cross 3 major roads, namely Kim Seng, Zion and River Valley Road. Now there are 2 nice underpass connecting the Havelock area to Kim Seng and Zion Roads.
I will miss the familiar and convenient access of the shop at Funan Centre where we had lot of fun posing for photos after our runs. But one thing that won’t be missed is the small little toilets there and the miserable food court on the 4th floor.
But fortunately, the Running Lab Weekly Night Run is not going to end any time. There is still the weekly Tuesday Night Run at Novena Velocity and the Thursday Night Run will start afresh at the Running Lab’s new outlet at Marina Square from 2nd June onward.
For the inaugural session on 2nd June, Running Lab has lined up a great program for runners. International ultramarathoner Vlad Ixell will be leading a 5km run followed by a training and Yoga session. A goodie bag worth $25.00 will be given to each registered participants. To join in the fun, register here.