Cross-Country with Other Statutory Boards

NLB athletes (Front, left to right): Kingsley the dog, Lim Shang Nee, Serena Tan Swee Yin, Jadely Seetoh Shu Cheng, Jessica Goh Bee Fong (sitting) and Tony Leow. Rear, left to right: Tan Pei Jiun, Ian Sim Mong Seng, Sandamurthi Rethinam, Gabriel Tan Soon Chye, Eugene Anthony, Ravi Seethepalli and Leong Sek Choon.

From the Stadium, to the Reservoir and Back
NLB athletes turned up early on 29 July to complete a 5.8km course along the Bedok Reservoir route. Both the starting and finishing points of the race were at Temasek Polytechnic’s Sports Stadium. NLB supporters had a good view of the race from their vantage point in the stadium spectator stand, where they cheered and rallied for the NLB athletes. The collective warm-up exercise session took place just before the event, when participants gathered at the starting point, ready to commence the run.

Bang! … and they’re off.

The 5.8km route from Temasek Polytechnic, to the Bedok
Reservoir and back.

Just 9am but Already Melting
The Women’s Veteran and Women’s Open flagged off at 9.15am in the sweltering heat. Ten minutes later, the Men’s Veteran and Men’s Open flagged off and all competitors pushed beyond the boundaries of their stamina and perseverance. Enduring the Humidity
Even Mr Ian Sim Mong Seng, Assistant Manager, National and Digital Libraries Group Services (NDL Group Services), who runs regularly, seemed to have had his endurance level tested. “I run regularly but there’s always the humidity that I have to endure,” he said.

I don’t know about running styles, but Ms Tan Pei Jiun, Librarian, Digital Library Services, sure has lots of style!

Front, left to right: Pei Jiun, Kingsley, Shang Nee, Gabriel, Ravi, Leong, Ian, Tony
Rear, left to right: Eugene, Jadely, Serena.

Style Makes Up for Everything
Cross-country running requires the athlete to adopt a different running style from that suitable for hard, level ground. Cross-country races cannot be run at the same speed as track races. Thus, the runner who is lacking in pace may be able to compensate for this by adapting his or her style to the terrain and thus achieve optimum results .

Left to right: Mr Leong Sek Choon,Specialist,
Library and Professional Services (LPS), and
Mr Ian Sim Mong Seng, Assistant Manager,
NDL Group Services, proudly don the NLB flag.

Ms Lim Shang Nee,
Librarian, CLL, finishes the run with a huge smile
on her face.

Left to right:
Mr Leong Sek Choon, Specialist, LPS and
Mr Tan Say Hong,
Executive, Client Library Services, take the competition seriously.