Posted on July 27, 2013 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
Night Skate Captain
Our latest Night Skate from Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park went on despite earlier showers which happened during the day. Though the grounds were slightly damp, but it did not stop 20 skating enthusiasts from joining me, some of which are die-hard Night Skate fans.
As always, we welcome new participants to this event, and this month we had the pleasure of welcoming Georgia from London, England who was skating with her boyfriend and his colleagues. Her boyfriend, Louis, was well remembered for joining our Avengers Night Skate last year, dressing up as the character 'Thor'.
We started off from the skating rink located at park 2, heading towards the MRT train track situated at Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 at about 8pm, and by then most part of the track in the park was relatively dry.
Upon reaching the track, we continued under it, skating on the nicely paved concrete surfaces and heading towards Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. The area has since been converted into a recreational place with jogging tracks and exercise amenities. We continued along Ave 8, bypassing Nanyang Polytechnic Campus and Grassroots' Club till Yio Chu Kang MRT Station, where we had a quick break at the convenient store to prepare us for the long journey ahead.
After a short skate on Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, we transited onto Lentor Ave. This long stretch of route is challenging, with narrow pavements and some poorly lit areas. The surface is generally smooth, with occasional obstacles and protrusions that we had to deal with. We had to skate with caution especially after the showers from the day.
Completing the trip past Lower Seletar Reservoir marks the end of Lentor Ave and the start of Yishun Ave 2, and we transited onto Khatib Bongsu Park Connector. This marks the start of a smooth trip as the remaining part of the route is on the park connectors which has a great surface.
With the better surface, our pace increased and it did not take us long to reach Khatib and Yishun MRT Stations respectively. We paused for a short break at Yishun, as the distance from Yishun to Sembawang is relatively longer.
At Woodlands Ave 10 we continued along Woodlands Ave 7 Park Connector to reach Admiralty MRT Station. The fatigue was starting to show as we have travelled for more than 10km but we were near to the destination too.
Upon reaching Woodlands Ave 2 junction, Woodlands MRT was within our sights. We turned towards Republic Polytechnic. We continued onto Riverside Road beside the Polytechnic and that brought us to Admiralty Road. After a short skate along this road, we finally reached our destination and turned into the WaterFront.
The magnificent night scenery of Johor Bahru is still a sight to behold for the skaters, and more so for those on their maiden visit. Some simply skated out to the jetty and stood mesmorised while enjoying the sea breeze.
For Georgia, it was a memorable accomplishment for her. She mentioned that there was not many opportunities to skate in London, and more so for a Night Skating event like this, so she enjoyed it very much.
And for some of kids that completed their longest journey on kids ever, they had the support from their parents who started from Bishan with them and jogged along the way till Yishun.
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