Distance Running in Singapore

by Jacter Singh (Jack)

Training for Distance running and clocking good times in Singapore is possible but if you know how!

One don’t need to train for 3 hours a day nor are required to cover 100km mileage a week or train in the dark like some coaches, thinking they have the secret training programme but until now I don’t see athletes achieving or clocking good time in races.

As a teenager, before my first official senior race when I qualified for the 1979 SEA Games and before hitting the limelight, my humble training ground was MacRitchie Reservoir and Queenstown Stadium.

In 1979, two weeks after a formal training of only 2 weeks under a coach (Mr. Maurice Nicholas, current AAA Secretary), I did 32.50.2 in the 10000m race, which I run barefooted on the bitumen track at the old Farrer Park Stadium. Being the first race for me, the race plan was given by our coach to my team mates and myself. My team were basically made of senior runners and national runners and one of them was M. Kumaravelu (1977 SEA Games bronze medalist in the marathon).

As the race progress and just into 8 laps, I felt the pace was too slow even being just a novice runner and as a 17 years old lad who have never run a 10000m track race before. On 2 occasions in the race, I tried over taking my team mates, but was angrily told to stay at the back and follow but by the tenth lap and still in the chasing pack, I just overtook my group and started chasing the 2nd runner and into the next 2 laps, I started closing the gap on the leader.

I remember with 4 laps to go, I was running against the time and with no one to chase but along the way I had overtaken majority of the field by a lap or two, our supporters and team mates was rooting for me and rival club leader supporters and their teammates were constantly reminding the leader that I was closing in fast from the back.

Crossing the finish line was really a relief for me, since running barefooted on the bitumen track and under the blistering sun, both of my feet was full of unsighted blisters yet I managed to clock 32.50.2 in my very first senior race and I have battered the SEA Games qualifying time by 9s to spare.

History was made, I was label the “Flying Sikh” amongst some of the names given by the media and I seriously wanted to garner for more glory.

After this historic run, SAAA (now known as SA – Singapore Athletics), did not recognised my time as it was too early of the season and not one of the SEA Games official qualifying meet.

Sadden with the news but it did not deter me from qualifying again as I was positive of lowering the time.

Determination and training smart, couple of months later, and running barefooted again in the old Singapore National Stadium, I was able to clock 32.37.9 and qualify for my very first SEA Games with a handsome 21s to spare.

Even though, I didn’t win in the SEA Games with my very first appearance, I was contended with my sixth placed but I knew, what was my shortcoming and started training smarter and harder. Eventually it took me to participate in 3 SEA Games before I garner a medal. Secondly if my pet event (5000m) was to run before the 10000m in the 1983 SEA Games (Singapore), many believe like me that I could have easily clocked a stunning good time which hardly could have been broken by now. But locally, I was already on everyone’s lip as I kept winning local races after races, be it track races (800m to 10000m), cross country or road relay and I kept going on for 7 years without a single defeat but along the way, I knew that I wasn’t training hard enough because we wasn’t getting any support and training after work was pain seeking routine when certain mileage was to be covered.

My only regret, that I hang up my spikes at a very young age of 24 years old but on the other hand, I think I did reasonably well because I set national records on our home soil in a humid climate while our other Singapore athletes who have done better times than me but were done in foreign countries which is much easier to run mid/long distance in thin air and cooler weather.

One needs a proper training programme, knows what they are doing, how to do it, when to do, is it feasible to do it and if 2 sessions a day doable. Our era was different from now, with so much support these days but yet the athletes are not able to achieve any reasonable good time. To me, I blame some coaches, who are merely relying on internet and books for the training programme for their athletes, some coaches even giving colourful training programme meant for Olympic runners when they themselves have never command a good time in their hey days. Some even make the athletes train in the dark, afraid that others will follow their secret training plan.

So look for a coach who can motivate you, give you a proper training programme but firstly ensure the coach themselves have ran a official races from 400m to 10000m, in order to understand the athletes better rather than giving colourful training programme which the coach himself/herself have never done before. Training must be enjoyed at times by the athletes rather than stereo type or Olympic training programmes given to athletes when they haven’t even achieved anything in regional meets.

As I grew older with unfinished goals on track, I jokingly use to tell close friends that in my next life I still want to be an athlete again as I really miss all the training sessions.

My achievements

  • Former Men’s National 5000m Record Holder for 12 years (1983-1995)
  • Current 10,000m (32.37.9) National Under 20 Record Holder since 1979, 17 years old
  • Current 5000m (15.06.5) National Under 23 Record Holder since 1983
  • 1983 SEA Games medalist in 10,000m
  • Won numerous International meets
  • Unbeaten in Singapore in Road Races, Cross Country, Track Races from 800m to 10,000m for 7 years

If you would like to know more about my achievements, glory days, go to PRESS to read the clippings……for your leisure.

Latest Update – 23rd Jan 2017

1. THIS WEEK TRAINING SCHEDULE (23rd – 28th Jan’17);
    CCAB (PESEB) Stadium – Mon & Thu
    Bishan Stadium – Tue, Wed & Fri
    Bedok Stadium – Tue, Wed & Fri
    Queenstown Stadium – Tue, Wed & Fri

    CCAB (PESEB) Stadium – Mon & Thu

NO session on 28/1/17 (Saturday) due to Public Holiday.

3. Next JS Monthly Long Run at CCAB (PESEB) Stadium will be conducted on 4/2/17 (Sat) and at Bedok Stadium on 10/2/17 (Fri) @6pm.

4. ADULT RUNNING / FITNESS PROGRAMME for more information about the Programme, contact Jack @ 9671 1470.

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Deserving Local Athletes

FREE Coaching for Singaporean athletes (15 years & above) who have achieved reasonable good time in Sprints & Distance events during National Schools Championship, SAA Meets or any official runs and want to excel further, come join us.

We are simply the BEST team (with 3 former SEA Games medallist and Experienced Coaches) and we emphasise on the “Athletes first, Winning second” philosophy and work gradually towards individual athlete goals.


To be the BEST, train with the BEST…

2016 Time Trial – Online Registration

JS Athletics conducts annually 2 Time Trial (mini-competition), in the month of March & September for all athletes under our tutelage from CCAB (PESEB) STADIUM, Bishan Stadium, Bedok Stadium & Queenstown Stadium.

Since there are limited meets available for certain age groups, our objective of having these time-trials is to allow all our athletes to have a friendly competition rather than to train throughout the year. We end off the sessions with a Halal buffet for all athletes & parents.

Events offered for Time Trial 1 & 2 :

7 & Under Boys & Girls 50m, 80m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U8 – 9 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 600m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U10 – 11 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 300m, 600m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U12 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 300m, 600, 1500m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U13 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U14 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U17 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump & Shot Put
U20 Boys & Girls 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump & Shot Put
Open Category 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump & Shot Put

Athletes are allowed to compete in more than 1 event and some events are run as combined but results will be based on individual participant age group.

Programme – 4th March 2017 (Saturday)                                                    

01. 1400hrs LONG  JUMP U7 – U10 Boys
02. 1400hrs 1500m U12 – Open (Combined)
03. 1410hrs 100m U8 – U10 Girls
04. 1420hrs 100m U11 – U13 Girls
05. 1430hrs LONG JUMP U11 Boys – Men Open
06. 1430hrs 100m U14 Girls – Women Open
07. 1440hrs SHOT PUT All Age Groups (Combined)
08. 1440hrs 100m U8 – 10 Boys
09. 1450hrs 100m U11 – U13 Boys
10. 1500hrs 100m U14 Boys – Men Open
11. 1510hrs 50m 7 & Under (Combined)
12. 1510hrs LONG JUMP Girls (All Age Group)
13. 1520hrs 600m U8 – U12 (Combined)
14. 1530hrs 800m U13 – Open (Combined)
15. 1540hrs 200m U8 – U10 Girls
16. 1550hrs 200m U11 – U13 Girls
17. 1600hrs 200m U14 Girls – Women Open
18. 1610hrs 200m U8 – U10 Boys
19. 1620hrs 200m U11 – U13 Boys
 20. 1630hrs 200m U14 Boys – Men Open
 21. 1640hrs 80m 7 & Under (Combined)
 22. 1650hrs 300m U10 – U12 (Combined)
 23. 1700hrs 400m U13 – Open (Combined)

Venue: CCAB Track

Gentle Reminder:
The meet will start at 1400hrs sharp, please report 1 hour before your event for your warm up and Halal Buffet starts at 1600hrs onwards to 1900hrs.

Online Registration OPEN on 13th Feb’17 @11pm


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If you would like to know more, contact Jack @ 9671 1470

2017 JSA Time Trial Dates:
1. JSA Time-Trial 1 – 4th Mar’17 (Saturday)
2. JSA Time-Trial 2 – 2nd Sep’17 (Saturday)

2016 JSA Time Trial Dates:
1. JSA Time-Trial 1 – 19th Mar’16 (Saturday) – Completed
2. JSA Time-Trial 2 – 24th Sep’16 (Saturday) – Completed

2015 JSA Time Trial Dates:
1. JSA Time-Trial 1 – 21st Mar’15 (Saturday) – Completed
2. JSA Time-Trial 2 – 5th Sep’15 (Saturday) – Completed

2014 JSA Time Trial Dates:
1. JSA Time-Trial 1 – 7th Jun’14 (Saturday) – Completed
2. JSA Time-Trial 2 – 6th Sep’14 (Saturday) – Completed

Kids School Holiday Camps – Online Registration

JS Athletics conducts two school holiday camps, the 3 days programme that introduces kids to the basic fundamental components of athletics (Long Jump, Shot Put, Hurdles, Sprints, Distance, Co-ordination & Agility).

The camp is cater for kids aged between 6 – 12 years (Boys and Girls). Developing future sporting champion in a fun approach including short games.

Jacter Singh – Singapore Flying Sikh


  • Former Men’s National 5000m Record Holder for 12 years (1983-1995)
  • Current 10,000m (32.37.9) National Under 20 Record Holder since 1979, 17 years old
  • Current 5000m (15.06.5) National Under 23 Record Holder since 1983 
  • 1983 SEA Games medalist in 10,000m
  • Won numerous International meets
  • Unbeaten in Singapore in Road Races, Cross Country, Track Races from 800m to 10,000m

If you would like to know more about the legend, his achievements, glory days, go to PRESS to read his clippings……for your leisure.


Deserving Local Athletes

FREE Coaching for Singaporean athletes (16 years & above) who have achieved reasonable good time in Sprints & Distance events during National Schools Championship, SAA Meets or any official runs and want to excel further, come join us.

To be the BEST, train with the BEST…


Lydia De Vega – Track Queen from the Philippines


  • 1984 & 1988 Olympic Games (Both 2nd round)
  • Current 100m (11.28) SEA Games Record Holder since 1987
  • Former 200m (23.35) SEA Games Record Holder
  • 2 Gold, 1 Silver in 2 Asian Games
  • 4 Gold, 1 Silver & 4 Bronze in 5 Asian T & F meets
  • 9 Gold, 9 Silver & 2 Bronze in 5 SEA Games

Lydia was a popular figure in Philippines that in 1983, a movie (Medalyang Ginto – Gold Medal) was shown across Philippines Theaters, base on her true-life story and her achievements and in year 2004, another 2-part series (Magpakailanman – Forever) was shown in Philippines (Channel 7) on her lifetime achievements.

If you would like to know how the Sprint Queen of Asia was born, go to PRESS to read her clippings…… for your leisure.

Deserving Local Athletes

FREE Coaching for Singaporean athletes (16 years & above) who have achieved reasonable good time in Sprints & Distance events during National Schools Championship, SAA Meets or any official runs and want to excel further, come join us.

To be the BEST, train with the BEST…

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Please take note that the following Filipino coaches;

  • Benber D. Yu (Coach Ben)
  • Rustan Tancinco (Coach Tan)
  • Maria Tolentino (Coach Lalie) 

were terminated from the company for being incompetence, ungrateful, untrustworthy and unethical coaches.

c-benBenber D. Yu (Coach Ben) c-tanRustan Tancinco (Coach Tan) c-lalie Maria Tolentino (Coach Lalie)

Therefore, they are not authorised to transact any business on behalf of the company or use any of the company’s materials, training plans and methods for their future dealings.

Time to time we still do receive calls from schools, parents & students telling us that these coaches are falsely claiming to be Philippines National Coach, Philippines National Hurdler, Philippines National Long Distance Runner when they have never even once represent their country (Philippines) in the capacity as a coach or as an athlete. For further clarification about these coaches false claims, please contact the following:

Philippine Amateur Track & Field Association (PATAFA) Tel: +63 2526 7092

For documentation proof from PATAFA about the said coaches or about Benber D. Yu molest case article published in The New Paper dated 27th April 2011, click here.

For the court documents about Benber D. Yu molesting of his own female athlete or contact number of the victim’s teacher or reports about these 3 incompetence, ungrateful, untrustworthy and unethical coaches, contact us.


WHAT, you need to know more about this Coaches…

These unethical coaches still plying their trade in Singapore Schools & conducting private coaching but having wrong concept of “Winning at all Costs” as displayed by them and training especially primary schools pupil with rigorous workouts meant for adults.

PLEASE don’t let these coaches abuse (instead of coaching) your child with old school training method as they are desperate for results as shown during Primary Schools National Track & Field Championship. Nothing is good about their training methods, as any Tom, Dick & Harry can achieved that kind of results by whacking the kids and coaching the kids 5-6 sessions in a week. Sad to say that their services are still engaged by parents too without checking their background and these coaches can be found conducting their private coaching at Bedok Stadium, Bishan Stadium and at Toa Payoh Stadium.

In an article published about me in THE NEW PAPER on 22nd May 2013, I mentioned, “When you do that, you will kill the spirit of sports in a child. Instead, we should have the “Athletes first, winning second” philosophy, which are lacking in them by miles.

In another article published in the THE NEW PAPER ON SUNDAY on 16th March 2014, about personal trainer Hisham Musa on FITNESS TRAINERS.

He claim that the fitness training industry here is not well-regulated. “Virtually anyone with a good body can be a personal trainer. Beware of trainers who do not have proper qualifications or accreditation,” he warns.

“There are many issues that could arise, including over-training the client, which could result in injuries.”

To pick a trainer, he advises consumers to look for those with certification and experience, who are open to upgrading themselves professionally.

The trainer should also have the ability to impart knowledge effectively, and not just be extremely fit, he adds.

Hats-off to Hisham for being a true Fitness Trainer and I believe him like many others who are also talking about this Filipino “so called Athletics coaches” and moonlighting as Fitness Trainers.

WHY…am I still lamenting them, since I have already terminated their contracts due to incompetence, ungrateful, untrustworthy and unethical when they were my employees. Even now, when we cross path at the stadiums, I am not in talking terms nor I wish to talk to them at all but I would like to highlight some of the latest issues regarding these unprofessional coaches…

Firstly, they are still moving around and proudly lying to innocent public that they were former national athletes & national coaches of Philippines when they have never been one at all.

Secondly, these so called unethical coaches approached my current Filipino coaches on 2 separate occasions. First incident on 11th March 2014 @Toa Payoh Stadium by Rustan (Coach Tan) & the other on 14th March 2014 @Bishan Stadium by Benber (Coach Ben). Both were instigating my current coaches how to moonlight and 1 even used the Tagalog word “Diskarte” means “find a way to moonlight without the knowledge of your boss.” One of the reason I terminated them was because they were moonlighting while under my employment.

They failed to realised that by moonlighting is against the law of Ministry of Manpower (Singapore) when you are employed by one main employer. You are not allowed to work as a part-time, on your free-time with any other employer or even volunteer for someone and to receive with or without any form of payment.

One of the them (Coach Ben), still conducting his coaching at Bishan Stadium, SSC Bishan Gym and at Toa Payoh Stadium, he can be found massaging and stretching his female & male athletes by holding them even when he has a molest case reported against him by his own female athlete back in Philippines and there were numerous other occasions went unreported. In people’s point of view, that he’s helping his athletes stretch but what they don’t know is that actually he’s taking advantage of the situation. I know public is not aware of his past, because he’s such a smooth talker as people describe him as “a wolf in a sheep’s skin” and acts like he knows so much about coaching but not realising that a lot of coaches & parents are talking about him. As the saying goes “a molester is always a molester and, “old habit dies hard.”

Lastly, they failed to realised, if not for me, 1 will still be working in a pub and cheating his customers and the other 2 won’t be in Singapore at all. My only regret is that I sympathised and brought them here to earn a decent living but not knowing, that they will turn out to be back stabbers and teaching us how to coach athletes when they have never been a elite athlete themselves.


SO…, please be aware of these unprofessional coaches, if they can advise my coaches wrongly and me knowing them personally on their work ethnic and about their knowledge in track & field. I am very positive that they will advice your child or even you wrongly. Please engage coaches with ethical, who have background as an elite athlete and who are willing to understand your child or your needs rather than for their own monetary gain or lust.

TODAY Newspaper on 14th May 2014 (Wednesday)

The athlete who broke her collarbone, the athlete who hurt his knees, the athlete who pull his hamstring and many athletes getting injured as seen or heard by other coaches and parents, all the fingers are pointed at the same Filipino coach, Benber Yu.

In fact the main culprit is this coach, who give elite training in order to garner personal glory. He’s really killing the interest of the kids. He don’t deserved to be a coach in the first place, who has a molest case back in the Philippines and many cases went unreported. He’s no longer allowed to coach in any Singapore Schools due to his molest case and parents should avoid his services for private coaching too.

In this article http://www.todayonline.com/sports/sports-tuition-growth-field, he’s just putting up an act and pointing his finger at other coaches but failing to realise that his three other fingers are still pointed at him.

Put a STOP in engaging these kind of coaches before it’s to late to regret!!!

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Latest Development:

Order of Court from the State Courts of the Republic of Singapore 

(Posted on 3rd April 2016)

Initially all the 3 ex-coaches took the case against me but only 1 was brave enough to proceed with the case where his mouth was….because they’ll know, that all along they have been lying and they have no respect for the court by lying further in their Sworn Statements and Affidavits including the teacher.

The case was tried at State Court on 16th to 17th November 2015, where the other 2 ex-coaches, the same teacher from Nanyang Primary School and a parent of his student were his witnesses, who gave their evidences too.

On the 29th February 2016, the verdict was out in my favour and I was awarded with cost.

Click for Court Document

Truth always Prevail !!



(Posted on 11th May 2016)

Benber filed an appeal against the decision, the Appeal was heard on 4th May 2016 and the Court has reserved judgement. The Court of Appeal is expected to hear Benber’s case in October 2016.