Written by Hariharasudhan Ayyappan
Edited by Ong Hui Shan
The car park outside the Sports and Recreation Centre (SRC) was the place to be on Thursday evening – the highly-anticipated Road Relay race was unfolding amidst great fanfare and gusto. As the sun set, a sizeable crowd made its way steadily to the slope near the SRC carpark to witness what was going to be a good show of athleticism by the runners from the six halls.
The route for the relay, spanning a distance of 2.26km, stretched from the slope at the SRC car park past the University Cultural Centre (UCC), exiting through Entrance A to Clementi Road, then turning left into campus past the School of Design And Environment and the Central Library, finally coming back down the slope along Raffles Hall to the starting point. With each team fielding six runners and a reserve runner, the competition was sure to be an interesting one.
The KEVII team lineup was as follows: Alex Mah, Cheng Liong, Feng Fei, Reggie John, Wang Cong and the Captain Terence Keok, with Jack Neo as the reserve. The Temasek Team was strong and consisted of several cross country runners, giving them the edge.
The relay kicked off at 7.30 pm, right after the KEVII captain Terence, who also doubled up as the convening captain and organiser, gave a briefing to all the participating athletes regarding the relay route and safety precautions. Safety personnel and road marshalls were also strategically located at checkpoints along the route.
The first lap pretty much set the tone for the rest of the race as Justin from Temasek hall quickly established a lead, with Kent Ridge, Raffles, Eusoff, Alex from KEVII, and finally Sheares trailing behind. From then on, it got increasingly difficult to catch up as the TH runners put more and more distance in between themselves and the runners from the other 5 halls. Temasek was secure in its lead, save for a close call in the 4th lap when Kent Ridge managed to bridge the distance gap. Nevertheless, their lead on everyone else still ensured their eventual victory. The 2nd lap saw KEVII drop to the last position and despite a spirited effort from our runners, we ended the race last. Nevertheless, the spirit of the competition was not lost, and the supporters gave loud cheers and applause for all the 6 halls.
Losing the event certainly isn’t the end. Our athletes gave it their all and we are proud of the team. KEVIIians had turned up in large numbers, all decked out in flaming red Tees and ‘powered up’, to cheer on our athletes led by our Sports Secretary, Muhammad Jamil. KEVII is certainly proud of its athletes for putting on a commendable show after weeks of grueling training and practice. A special commendation should be given to the captain Terence Keok, who performed spectacularly both on and off the field despite his heavy workload as the convening captain, organiser, and IHG participant.
GO KEVII !
If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race it’s up to you. – Dave Scott, Triathlete