Posted on September 24, 2011 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
Fine weather greeted us for September's Night Skate, as we embarked on the journey from Bishan MRT Station to Woodlands WaterFront - one of the newest recreational landmarks in Singapore. This route, which was brought forward from August due to inclement weather, spans across a distance of 19km, passing by 7 MRT stations and a couple of Park Connectors.
We gathered at the area outside Toastbox at Bishan MRT Station, and were privileged to have some Korean press with us. They were taking pictures and intending to feature the Night Skate in one of their publications.
More than 60 skaters showed up to support the event, with some trying urban skating for the first time. Our entourage grew larger as more skaters poured in along the way, from various MRT stations down the route, amounting to a total of more than 80 participants.
Though the route was generally flat, the multiple traffic crossings and long distance proved to take a toll on the participants, as it took more than 3 hours for us to reach the destination. The Canberra Park Connector was more of a challenge with steep ascending and descending slopes, and some skaters need assistance from the marshals.
For some, it was their first visit to the WaterFront. They did not know of this place prior to the Night Skate, and hence was an eye-opener for them.
With the cool evening breeze greeting us right from the dock that spans out to sea, and the beautiful night scenery of Johor Bahru right before us, all the hard work from reaching there paid off.
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