Record-breaking participants for rain-hit Sundown Marathon

A record-breaking 28,000 runners pounded the streets of Singapore at the Sundown Marathon. (Photo courtesy of HiVelocity Events)A record-breaking 28,000 runners pounded the streets of Singapore at the Sundown Marathon. (Photo courtesy of HiVelocity …

The rain did not stop 28,000 runners from pounding the streets of Singapore's biggest night race. The Sundown Marathon saw record-breaking participants in its fifth edition.

Runners were brought through a scenic route from Nicoll Highway to Marina Bay Sands, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay and the eastern tracks of Singapore.

"Coming into our fifth year of the Sundown Marathon, we wanted a change and allow the runners to experience and enjoy our unique city skyline at night," said Benjamin Wee, general manager of HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd, which organised the event.

Local favourite, Anne Qihui, 31, who won the Women's 10km race in 38m8.89s, said, "I am extremely happy to win the race. I really like running in the city, so I want to thank the organisers for that, as I get to enjoy the spectacular city lights."

Mary Joy Tabal and John Philip - winners of the Sundown Marathon 21km Category. (Photo courtesy of HiVelocity Events)Mary Joy Tabal and John Philip - winners of the Sundown Marathon 21km Category. (Photo courtesy of HiVelocity  …

21km Female category winner, Mary Joy Tabal, 22, from the Philippines, was ecstatic when she crossed the finish line at the 1h25m28s mark.

"I'm very happy to come in first especially since it is my first night race. The best part about the race was running around Singapore, I ran past a shopping mall and then an underpass and also the beach, unlike in the Philippines," she said.

Mary's coach, John Philip Dueñas, 25, also won the 21km Male category at 1hr14m28s. "Although it was my first time running at the Sundown Marathon, I felt it was well organised and well lit," the Filipino said.

"The route was great with wider roads and good race segments. I think it is a good idea to have a night race as it is cooler and less tiring," he added.

Alex Ong Seng Lee emerging victorious for the 42km Men's Open. (Photo courtesy of HiVelocity Events)Alex Ong Seng Lee emerging victorious for the 42km Men's Open. (Photo courtesy of HiVelocity Events)

Singapore's Alex Ong, 25, won the Men's 42km category in 3hr03m28s in his second Sundown Marathon. "This is the first time I have ever won a marathon and I am really happy as I did not expect it," he said.

Susan Arbuthnott, 38, from the United Kingdom, won her first ever title in her virgin marathon. "I was motivated to complete the marathon as there were a lot of people cheering me on along the way. I'm very pleased with the my win."

Results:

10km Men's Open
1.    Kien Mau Lim (SIN) 00:34:51:38
2.    Gen Lin Foo 00:35:05:38
3.    Philip Ramachandran 00:36:24:38

10km Women's
1.    Anne Qihui (SIN) 00:38:08:89
2.    Vivian Tang (SIN) 00:38:24:39
3.    Ying Rong Mok (SIN) 00:40:39:14

21km Men's Open
1.    John Philip Dueñas, 25 (PHI) 01:14:28:92
2.    Stuart Mclay 01:17:32:93
3.    Ivan Low, 28 (SIN) 01:18:43:95

21km Women's Open
1.    Mary Joy Tabal, 22 (PHI) 01:25:28:69
2.    Lim Baoying, 30 (SIN) 01:33:59:23
3.    Rachel See, 30 (SIN) 01:34:41:69

42km Men's Open
1.    Alex Ong Seng Lee, 25 (SIN) 03:03:33:60
2.    Kwong Man Lau 03:05:17:81
3.    Russell Ericksen 03:05:45:30

42km Women's Open
1.    Susan Arbuthnott, 38 (UK) 03:23:02:08
2.    Pui Yan Chow (CHN) 03:31:14:58
3.    Stella Lee, 37 (SIN)03:37:23:36