Singapore ended the year on a runners’ high with the first weekend in December once again hosting the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.

 

The event, which is capped at 60,000 entrants, saw participants compete over five race categories – full marathon, half marathon, 10km, Ekiden, and Kids’ Dash.

The central city succeeded in enchanting runners by giving them the opportunity to run through iconic locations including starting under the Christmas lights on Orchard road, running along the Esplanade, Gardens by the Bay and even the half marathon taking a loop through Universal Studios on Sentosa Island.

 

Kenya had a clean sweep with the first 11 places in the men’s marathon and the first 6 places in the women’s marathon being taken by the Kenyan team.

Julius Kiplimo Maisei finished in a time of 2:17:26 and in the women’s event Doris Chepkwemoi Changeywo won in a time of 2:44:26. It was her first ever marathon.

 

Other than the east African nation dominating the results table, the IAAF Gold Label Road Race brought other local highlights.

 

Singapore's oldest marathon runner Chan Meng Hui, 85, affectionately known as "Uncle Chan" completed his 101st marathon. On completion, he promised officials "I will do my best to come back again next year".

6 December, 2015
Singapore


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Another local to become a hero was Ranjith Vijayan who successfully completed a Guinness World Record attempt for solving the most number of Rubik Cubes during a full marathon. The 39 year old computer programmer completed 200 Rubik Cubes over the 42km and finished in a time of 4:55:55.

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