Ok I said I not going to write anything about the race. And to play it safe, I covered the 10 km race instead of the full or half where there may be more controversy.
So what do I see that has earned my ire this round? I was at around the 6.5 km distance just at the secondary entrance of Nicholl Highway MRT station. That is slightly just after the half way mark and should be manageable for most of the participants right? Well, unfortunately no.
Almost 1 out of 3 of the back of the pack decided to give themselves an unofficial detour/short cut or in SCMS official speak – a “diversion” through the MRT station thus saving about 200 metres. 200 metres isn’t much but that is still ………..’
Seriously why bother to sign up for the race and do this sort of thing?
The other thing is – where are the marshals? The lack of marshals along this particular section of the route was particularly appalling since there were various turns. In fact, the lead 10 km runner from Kenya did not run down that stretch of road and went straight to Republic Boulevard. We shouted at her but I guess she was too far to hear us. The 2nd runner behind her heard us though and went the right way. But I wondered whether that cost her the winner placing? Perhaps she could have caught up with the front runner but that mistaken turn surely mean she cannot be caught? Not too sure whether the first runner was disqualified in the end though since no marshal or lead cyclists was there. Unfortunately she was too far off and her back was facing us and so we couldn’t get a clear photo of her.
That all for my observation from the 10 km perspective. Anybody got any things to add for the other 2 categories?