Written by: Png Ning
Road relay (and male basketball) kicked start this year’s Inter-Block Games (IBG) on Monday evening. As usual, the route was to run to and fro the junction turning into KEVII foyer to the end of the Kent Ridge Road. Although there was a heavy downpour that morning, which stretched into the afternoon, it did not dampen the runners’ spirits to deliver their best. The eagerness to win was clearly written on their faces. Many blockers were sitting beside the road to cheer on their fellow friends. It was also very motivating to see a large number of freshmen who signed up for road relay. This year, road relay witnessed a close fight between all the five blocks.
The highlight of the event was none other than watching the phenomenal runner, Emelyne, finishing her stint within six minutes and thirty nine seconds. She was CD’s first runner and that gave CD huge advantage by widening the gap between CD and other blocks. Besides Emelyne, CD had Cheng Liang who finished the route within the shortest time, which was an amazing 6 minutes 34 seconds. CD planned their strategy well by putting their star player as the first to kick off the race and had a mixture of competent runners. They emerged victorious when their last runner, Meng Hwee clocked in at the 47th minute and 50 seconds.
It was a very close fight between AB, E and GH when their last runners, Jonathan, Yun Jin and Koon Tong sprinted off with only a couple of seconds apart. Their teams were waiting anxiously, straining their neck in hopes of seeing their runners returning ahead of the other teams. AB erupted into a thunderous cheer when Jonathan ran back just in time to finish second at the 49th minute and 39 second. Koon Tong from GH appeared precisely 12 seconds later, putting GH third on the scoreboard. Yun Jin from E block was seen 8 seconds later running towards the finishing line, leaving E block in the fourth place.
Although F block only sent in their last runner when most blocks have completed their race, they exhibited great sportsmanship for finishing the run. George faithfully conquered the route that is notorious for the winding curves and steep slopes on his own. Nevertheless, every single KEVIIan who was present cheered him on, supporting him morally and waiting patiently for him to return. That was the KEVII hall spirit meant for the newly initiated freshmen to experience for themselves.
Note: There are no photos available as of presstime. KE Press apologises sincerely.