The unique, but relatively far training location at Changi Beach saw a smaller turnout. The whole place was full of activity, with difficulty in finding parking for a number of runners. For many of the NightHawk participants, this was their first at the location, and everyone was just looking forward to the long Marathon Paced run in nice, cool weather.
By now, the majority of trainees have settled comfortably into their respective pace groupings and are familiar with their own group Pacers and members. Briefings and photo taking take a lot less time, and we were heading towards Changi Beach and Coastal Road by 8:10pm.
The NightHawks looked and ran very strongly for the first half of the long run, maintaining very steady paces along the 'mentally challenging' 7km Changi Coastal stretch. With group running, the passage through this often difficult portion was made to feel shorter.
Before we even felt any fatigue creeping in, we were already on ECP and running along the stretch from NSRCC. The Half Marathoners turned back at NSRCC for their 21km and managed well back along the dreaded Changi Coastal stretch, albeit with slightly more difficulty than the first half. Still, the Marathon Pace(s) were maintained and the HMers finished in good form.
After 22km, fatigue started to creep in for some NightHawks, and when they entered back onto Changi Coastal stretch, they were stretched even more as some had to pull back on their paces, but still kept moving onwards. On that front, the NightHawks did very well to sustain a slightly slower pace but still made their mileage in reasonably good form in 3-4hrs.
As we move forward with a few more 20Ks (HM) and 30Ks (HM), we are confident of the NightHawks building a good foundation to hit their desired marathon goals at Sundown and even other races.
Here They Run, Oh NightHawks! They Will Train, For Sundown!
Photos by NightHawk CK Chin