Singapore Men’s Marathon Record

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by Coach Jack

As according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) website, that the Chang Mai (Thailand) marathon race route was short. They (ARRS) has literally stated “short” and it also state at their website “Marks officially recognised by NGBs that differ from those recognised by the ARRS” and thus this statement speaks a thousand words which they too are trying to say the distance of the race route is questionable.

So are we to recognise the record when it’s questionable. The Singapore national record was previously held by S. Balasubramaniam, set in Macau on 1st Dec 1991 with a time of 2:33:04 until M. Rameshon set the new record (2:24:22s) during the SEA Games in Thailand on 13th Dec 1995.

A simple breakdown calculation on the marathon record. A person running at 2:24:22s, have to run the following times base at (3:25/km) or faster –

  • 5km at 15:03:00
  • 10km at 31:23:00
  • 1/2 marathon at 1:09:00
  • 30km at 1:40:00

I don’t think that’s possible when a person’s personal best in the 10,000m track race is only at 33:03:95 (as stated at SA website – Singapore All Time Best). A person with only 33:03:95 to show for in 10,000m is only able to record approximately about 2:32:00 in a marathon if he’s able to sustain the same pace throughout the marathon race which is impossible.

As the saying goes and being aware of it too, that records are mend to be broken but in this case, one should rectify it and hand over to the rightful owner and as base on the above simple calculation the Chang Mai Marathon race route might be short by approximately 2km.

For me, the rightful owner of Singapore Marathon record should be Soh Rui Yong who had clocked 2:24:55 at the Chicago Marathon last year and his previous times achieved in races speaks volume and the previous rightful owner should be S. Balasubramaniam and the current record should be omitted out completely since it’s a short course.

The current rightful owner definitely will also have the right to be labelled “Singapore Fastest Marathoner” and not “Singapore Fastest Marathoner over short course.”

Akira Swift Track & Field C’ship (11th & 12th Mar’17)

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By Coach Jat

On fine early saturday morning at quiet Gombak Stadium, JS Athletics kids were getting ready for the Akira Swift meet. As usual, we were the largest contingent to support and grace the meet as we encourage our athletes in these friendly atmosphere of rivalry. We like to inculcate into the athletes “athletes first and winning second” motto. First were all the 60m Dash for kids Under 8 and as for many of JS athletes, this was their first competition outside JS Trials. Shivakumar Rithvik came in 5th in a time of 10.65s, followed by Pranav Lokesh in 8th place (11.04s) and our tough looking Agasthya Mukilan who arrived just in the nick of time to participate, finished in 9th place with the time of 11.28 without even warming up. Narun Aravind and Aritra Moza gave a commendable performance in their very first race.

In the Under 8 girls section, spiritedly and charming Deianira Jeffrey came in 10th place with a time of 11.32s. In the under 9 girls, the industrious Nurizzaty coming in fast in the last 5 metres of her Heat and manage the silver in 9.84s as all the Heats are time-finals. As for the boys in the Under 9 section, the boys were jittery and had butterflies in their stomach but prevail by giving their best and claim that they will work harder for next year.

Athletes in the afternoon session were made up mostly of athletes gearing up for the Primary Schools Nationals. In the 100m races, first up was Dylan Hughes, in his Heat he came in 8th in 15.02s, Caleb D’Souza was 4th (14.63s) in his Heat followed by Sousuke Parker who is a quiet worker and ended strongly to clinch the bronze in 14.56s and was within a whisker from the silver medallist (14.50s) and Jonathan Chua was timed at 14.4s and was the eventual winner. Noah Hopkins clocked 15.34s in Heat 1 followed by John Tan (15.80s), Roshan Manimaran (16.56s), Akashraj in Heat 3 at 16.08s with Shehan Thomas George at 16.56s. Mohd Dani in 15.89 (Heat 5) while Kieran Ho and Aryan Jhamb came in a time of 15.47 and 17.54 consecutively. Nurizzaty and Emma Mouchel came in a time of 16.16s and 17.15s in Heat 4, followed by Heat 7 Deetya G in a time of 17.07 and ending in Heat 8 with a time of 18.24s was Naya Aravind.

Moving on with the under 11 category, hurdle specialist Anagha V finished 8th overall with a time of 15.36s, Emma Pasupathy who just started running seriously came in 16.69s in Heat 6. Next up was, Kieran Tan who was in Heat 4 and ended in a time of 15.9s. Under 11 boys, Iain Wong was 5th overall who had not been training regularly cause of a knee injury bothering him lately came in with a time of 14.73s. Other results Joshua Tan (13.99s) in heat 2 followed by Aryan Jhamb (16.85s). In Heat 3, Alexis Avinesh and Kannan Ravi came in a time of 15.39s and 17.01s, Kushal Gupta was timed at 16.91s in Heat 4. Janna Chew time of 16.02s in girls under 12 and in the boys under 12 boys, Ishaan Arora and timed at 15.84s and Jaydon Yam was timed with a credible time of 15.63s.

Maha Khan threw with a distance of 4.80m in the shot put event and not long after, heavy downpour and lightning alert whitewash the whole afternoon Programme which our 600m runners were eagerly waiting for. Overall in day One, JS Athletes had a very good promising showing.

Day Two, started off in remarkable mood as Luca Wigley in his first race, ran the 400m in 1.03.28s and bagged the bronze. The ever improving Mia Hopkins finished the 400m in 1.07.67s and romped home with gold medal. Leah D’souza, the long jump specialist bagged the gold medal with a distance of 4.34m.

In the afternoon schedule, Nurfarishma finish in 6th overall with a time of 13.87s, Leah D’souza was 7th with a time of 13.91s in the under 17 category. The ever-improving Shiv Ahuja was 5th with a time of 11.73s followed by the tired Nathaneal Kusunda who ran the 100m twice, as he did not hear the recall by the starter and ran the entire race before running again and was timed at 12.37s. Yeo Jun Peng with only few weeks of training and running his first race in years was timed at 12.20s in the under 20 boys category.

Mia Hopkins bagged her second gold medal in the 800m with a time of 2.49.91s in the under 14 girls. Luca Wigley ran a great race in the 800m and coming home with a time of 2.27.29s for a silver medal. Jezer Han who always lets his feet do the talking ran a credible 2.19.31s in the under 17 category 800m race and was duly rewarded with a bronze medal.

To end the day in the open category 1500m, Jayson Chua a fitness student cum assistant coach who train diligently on other days came in first with a time of 4.45.24s and in the same race, our superboy Ori Sade (age 14) ran a superb race, coming from behind strongly to a silver medal finish (4.51.99s) and James O’Reilly (age 13) came in 15th place out of 20 participants.

The 2 days were fruitful for young and budding athletes and the coaches that spent their weekend guiding our young stalwarts.

Fake Facebook Account

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by Coach Jack

With all the trouble brewing at PSOEB Track off Evans Road by a troublemaker coach. A fake Facebook account appears as one “James Tan” and started circulating and trying to be friends with other running groups and their members.

This so called “James Tan” is not trying to befriend but trying to create conflict and smear false information about all running groups who are managed by ethical and known coaches. After a day of opening the fake account, the troublemaker coach who don’t teach values to his students started whining about other group members, about people taking photos of his group (hahaha, James Tan, but how you knows about it if you are an individual and don’t belongs to any group) but failed to realised that this trouble maker coach and his athletes are taking photos of other groups, complaining to MOE and SportsSG about all other groups but I am puzzled is his group of athletes are made of Olympians and thats the reason they are training for 3 hours.

A few days ago, he or his students (either the account is manage by him or his students) commented about coaches who are overweight and shouldn’t be coaching. This so called unethical “James Tan” failed to realised that one of the fat coach hey days, he set records, won a SEA Games medal, have never lose a single race to any Singaporean from the distance of 800m to 10000m and cross country/road races including the so called James Tan group coach.

We all coaches even from other groups, knows the truth about the real person behind the fake Facebook account and his nuisance will not deter us from using the track in harmony and we all will and always stay united. We have been using the track longer than him, have been coaches longer than him, have won SEA Games medals for our respective nations, who teaches good values to all our athletes unlike him who don’t teach values to his athletes for calling other coaches “names” who are older than the coach himself and might be as old as his students parents.

This coach and his students have lose respect from other group coaches, athletes, athletes parents and soon they will lose their own self esteem.

Shame on them!!!

JS Time-Trial on 4/3/17 @CCAB Track

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by Coach Jit

The weather created havoc as the day started sunny and then the downpour started. Parents from other centres Bedok, Bishan and Queenstown kept calling in regards to the trial, whether it will commence or be postponed. As true to JS Athletics motto, come what may but the show must go on.

The coaches assembled at 12.30pm to be briefed and set-up the throwing pit area and the long jump pits, parents and athletes started pouring in slowly. Then the rain got lighter and the older boys and girls were first out to do their warmup. By 1.30pm the rain subsided completely and all the kids were in the throng for their warmup led by the coaches and then for their stretching and striding.

As schedule, we started sharp at 2pm with the 1500m event and then followed by the 100m, 200m, 50m, 80,m kids dash, long jump, shot put and then closely by 300m, 600m, 800m events and finally ending at 4.45pm with the last event of the day which was the 400m with the only participant Dinie Zikry who come in late.

The meet is held twice yearly as to give competition and awareness to athletes who normally do not participate in any meet. We are keen to encourage competition in a healthy way as also to bring the athletes from all the centres close. Parents and supporters were rooting vigorously for one and all, the rivalry was friendly but on the track as the athletes started the competition was fierce. The trials were a success and parents were a good sport throughout the meet.

After the meet the buffet was catered to one and all with the friendly banters among parents and kids all mingled, some to get acquainted from other centres and others to offer congratulatory messages to the winners and motivation to those who perhaps had a off-day.

After wrapping up the time-trial, everyone seems to be already looking forward to the next time-trial with eagerness. In JS Athletics, the founder has inculcated in the coaches and athletes that we are more concerned with athlete-centric than results as we strive to pique their interest from young than burn them out at an early age.

**Our time-trial results are posted at our Facebook.

Akira Swift Road Relay 2017

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by Coach Jack

Another bright sunny Saturday afternoon and slowly walks in our JS Athletes with their family members in tow for the Akira Swift Road Relay Championship. We only had 1 team participating as others took a well deserving break as most felt the toil for the last few weeks of competitions. As we were entered for Under 17 Girls category with a underage team but we knew that we were a strong competitors for other teams. Our JS Team were made of our Princess of Distance (Isabella Ghersi, turning 16 in September), poster girl (Indira Patel, turned 15 in March), cute workhorse (Katia M. Littau, turning 14 in September) and lastly our darling of the team (Mia Hopkins, just turned 13 in March).

With a team of young and promising individuals, first to run the first leg was Katia, she was placed in the 6th position when she cross the line and pass the baton to Mia, the youngest member of the team, who did remarkably well by coming in 3rd position but with the leader still with 300m lead, the baton was pass smoothly to our poster girl Indira, who started chasing the 2 other leaders from the very start and before the halfway mark, Indira has taken the lead and as usual she kept pushing and pushing for a bigger lead as to our plan so our last runner will be able to maintain the 1st position.

When from a distance Indira was seen by our members, it bring all smiles to our faces and we were very confident that we will win the race with our Princess, Isabella, yet to run. When the baton was passed to Isabella by Indira, Bella as she is known to us, took it easy in her strides by pacing herself well in her run as being her first race of the season after her hectic schedules and lengthy holidays break. As we all know Bella for the last 6 years, she is the strong fighter when it comes to running and she did that exactly by maintaining the distance and crossing the finishing line in style and with her usual self without gasping for air after the hard run but was still in smile and in talkative mood with her wonderful knitted teammates.

A well deserve run by the youngest team in the Under 17 Girls category and we will look forward to another great showing by our athletes in the track races as the cross country season came to end with a high note by our hardworking athletes.

Wings Cross Country 2017

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by Manjit Singh (Coach Jit)

A bright outing at the Wings Cross Country turn into a disappointing day for one of our poster girls of JS Athletics. Indira Patel was undoubtedly in assailable lead in the under 17 category when she was disqualified for having a wrong turn. Well as the say, we in JS fashion will move on. The irony was that the stewards claim Indira made a wrong turn, the fact should be the leading steward on the bicycle should have follow the leader of the pack rather then the pack and after which they claim they will try to improve the marshalling process “Next Year.”

Disappoint aside, we had a very reasonable outing and in the Under 14 category, the runner up position when to Mia Hopkins in a time of 16.12 (4.6km). She seems to surprise us who’s just turning 13 but her industrious nature shows her character just in a 2nd race. Our another cute 13 years old workhorse Katia was never placed even though she was in the leading pack in the first 3km, she suffered a recurring calf injury and still manage to walk back to the finish line. Knowing her never to give an excuse she told Coach Jack, don’t worry it is a hiccup and will bounce back stronger.

In the Under 14 Boys section, the ever improving Ori Sade come in 10th position in a time of 14.25. He never fail to impress his detractors, he keeps working at his fitness unrelentingly. Even his basketball coach gives kudos to his resilient character and says “Everyday is an improvement with Ori.”

Next coming to our big boys, Valentin came in 29th position, the multi-talented sportsman who is aspiring to be a triathlete is also a mean hockey player. His punishing regime in sports is an example to many youngsters who are keen to embark in the field of sports. Last but not least, our own Jason who’s maturing and is helping as an assistant coach did remarkably well in the under 20 section by coming in 12th with a time of 17.14. He’s a quiet worker who’s juggling with school, training and working.

Mishaps do happen and only the people with strong mental attitude come out strong. All in all it was a decent showing filled with excitement and despair which is inevitable.

2017 Competition / Races Dates

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by JS Admin

  • 4th Feb’17 – SA Cross Country, Bedok Reservoir @7.30am
  • 11th Feb’17 – Swift Cross Country, Bedok Reservoir @2pm
  • 11th & 12th Feb’17 – SA Series 2, Home of Athletics
  • 18th Feb’17 – Wings Cross Country, Bedok Reservoir @9am
  • 25th Feb’17 – SA Series 3, Home of Athletics
  • 4th Mar’17 – JS Athletics Time-Trial, CCAB @2pm
  • 4th & 5th Mar’17 – Singapore Youth & Junior Athletics C’ship
  • 11th Mar’17 – Venus Run, Bedok Reservoir
  • 11th & 12th Mar’17 – Swift Track & Field C’ship (Bt Gombak)
  • 22nd Mar’17 – National Inter School Cross Country C’ship
  • 25th & 26th Mar’17 – SPH Relays
  • 29th Mar – 10th Apr’17 – National Primary Inter School C’ship
  • 12th – 28th Apr’17 – National Inter School C’ship
  • 27th & 28th Apr’17 – Singapore Open T & F C’ship
  • 6th May’17 – SA Series 4
  • 2nd Sep’17 – JS Athletics Time-Trial, CCAB @2pm
  • 28th & 29th Oct’17 – SA Inter Club C’ship
  • 3rd Dec’17 – Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Akira Swift Cross Country 2017

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by Jonathan G. L. Santos (Coach Jat)

At the windy and bustling Bedok Reservoir, all gathered for the Akira Swift Cross Country were in anticipation and with a enthusiastic buzz.

After much preparation, the 1st race flag-off was the U13 Boys, Filip Janousek outdid himself by clinching 3rd position but could have done better if not for his courteous nature of letting the whole field go and playing catch-up. It was followed immediately by the U11 & U12 which started at the same time and it was interesting to note that as our athletes were box-in and struggling to punch out of the pack. Nevertheless as the true sportsmanship cultivated in “JS Athletics” stop whining and keep going, Chua Shao Wen came in 7th followed by Joshua Tan in 10th place in the U11 Boys category. In the girls section, Ramaa Rangnekar, the lanky and budding hockey player came in 5th place and cementing her bright future in both sports while K.S. Lakshayaa came in 12th position after a hectic dance performance and rushing from the eastern part of Singapore.

As the action was coming thick and fast, came the U12 Boys whereby the ever impressive Niraj Singh came in 6th and followed soon by our suave and budding multi-talented sportsman James Chin who came in 8th position. Both were new to Cross Country but showed excellence resilience as they started at the back of the pack and were always doing catch-up.

In the Kids Dash 500m event, the towering Dylan Hughes romped home with gold and followed by his buddy Justin Seyffert in 2nd, as they say “they might be the best mates but in competition rivalry prevails.” To complete the event ever improving Tristan Ng came in 7th position. In the girls category muscle girl, Lucie Janouskova came in 1st followed by her best friend, Mia Heerdt in 2nd position. In both races the result were altered after protest as the organisers got mix-up the athletes positioning, eventually it came good.

Kudos to our young lions, John Tan and Meera Rangnekar who both emerged champion in the U9 Boys & Girls Dash, both ran their hearts out in dramatic fashions.

Ori Sade, improves as the race comes and came home with another PB by slashing almost a minute and finishing 2nd position and followed by Arav Cabral who had a bad day at the office as he was vomiting but still managed to complete the race.

In the U17 Girls, as usual Indira Patel did not surprised anyone by clinching 1st place. She dominated the race from the start to the end, follow by Mia Hopkins who at 13 is showing loads of promises came in 4th position and Caylee Chua in 5th position. The “icing of the cake” was the U17 Girls team, were crown Champion and the team members are as follows Indira Patel (age 15), Mia Hopkins (age 13), Caylee Chua (age 16), Katia M. Littau (age 13) and Ullekha Murali (age 17). Aspiring coach wannabe, Jayson Chua came in 4th in the U17 Boys category.

It was happy and memorable outing for JS Athletics, who are still in the midst of season training. It augurs well for all those involved from parents, coaches, athletes and stakeholders.

Keep yourself rooted to the ground and work hard and impossible missions become possible.

2017 SA Series 2 Performance by our athletes

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by Chew Jee Keng (Coach JK)

Series 2, conducted on 11th and 12th Feb’17 at Home of Athletics, Kallang Practice Track.
Another fine showing by our Sprinters with their first track performance.

Shiv Ahuja
100m U15 boys 12.02 Position 1
200m U15 boys 25:54 position 2
Excellence performance by Shiv Ahuja! He clocked the fastest time in U15 boys 100m. In the U15 boys 200m race, he ran the fastest in his heats group, with a large gap between the other athletes. He could have clocked a faster time if he was placed in the faster heats group. Shiv is excited about the series 3 as he will be attempting to break the 12s barrier for 100m.

Leah D’souza
100m u18 14:40 Pos 28
200m U18 women Pos 19 29:65
Long jump u18 women Pos 8 4.55m
Racing in series 2 was a good experience for Leah. In the Long Jump event, Leah jumped well to cross the qualification mark and came in 8th position. The sprints events allowed her to understand her current fitness. She acknowledged that she needs to improve on her endurance. She is determined to work harder to see an improvement in her run time for 100m and 200m for series 3.

Louisa Chew
100m u18 14:31 Position 29
200m U18 29:91s Position 24
Despite not training for a long period due to her commitment in dance practice, Louisa ran a decent 100m timing. She started the 200m race with some abdominal discomfort, she only managed to cruise through the entire race. Louisa displayed her natural talent in sprinting, with adequate training she is capable to achieve better results.

Nathanael Kusanda
200m U18 Boys 25:39 position 17
Nathanael started out strong and maintained his composure well during the entire race. Nathanael was first in his heats group. He could have clocked a faster time if he was placed in the faster heats group.

66th SA X-Country C’ship 2017

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by Manjit Singh (Coach Jit)

As we ascended at Bedok Reservoir on a sleepy saturday morning at 6.30am to prepare for the Singapore Athletics (SA) Cross Country run, the least we expected was a good showing from JS Athletics runners as many were coming back from holidays and there were some who was recuperating from injuries suffered while participating in other sports. But as the adage goes “The show must go on” and true to the “Fine Blue colours of JS Athletics” we did remarkably well with still couple of absentees due to holidays.

The first race to be flag off was the Under 15 and Under 18 Girls, as the race started, the effervescent Indira Patel flew off as there was no turning back. From start to finish, she was the lone runner who was fighting the clock and came home romping in a remarkable time of 18.38.3s (she recorded the fastest time across all women and girls age group categories) even though she started training seriously a week ago after recovering from hip injury. It is frightening to know as well encouraging cause, what’s next in stored for the “gazelle” if she keeps her health in prim condition. Soon to follow in the race was Ullekha Murali, who had to train intermittently due to studies constraints and still completed the race in 26.23s.

In the Under 15 Girls Category, Katia M. Littau, who came in 7th in her very first race with a time of 23.49. The never say die attitude of this petite girl is simply remarkable considering the amount of niggling injuries she is carrying.

In the boys section, the hardworking Ori Sade romp home in a new PB of 19.39s and was delighted to slash more than a minute off his previous time and was rewarded with 7th placing in the Under 15 Category. He was followed by Arav Cabral who ran an amazing race with only attending a couple of training sessions and further followed by K. S. Gautam to complete our Under 15 contingent. Valentin Wersch ran the Under 18 Boys in 19.03s to complete the boys division.

So early in the season and as usual JS Athletics athletes are showing promises and are gearing in good condition for the upcoming races.

Good Luck to our athletes in the coming races!