Posted on April 30, 2011 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
Night Skate Captain
More than 60 skaters gathered at Boon Lay MRT Station on 30 April, for the 'Fast and Furious' night skate, amidst foreign workers in the area. Flashes of lightning were sighted in the skies not far away from us, but fortunately there was no rainfall.
We were happy to welcome more new faces again, this time it was some skaters who came from France. They got to know about the activity from their friend who participated in our previous night skate back in March.
We set off at about 8pm, heading along Boon Lay Way, bypassing MRT Stations of the Western Line. It didn't take us long before we reached the first check point - MacDonald's Restaurant at Tradehub 21, an Industrial Park.
We continued along Commonwealth Ave West, famous more its series of uphill climbs and downhill rides. The biggest hinderances were perhaps the multiple traffic junctions we had to cross.
After a long skate, we eventually reached our next checkpoint - a Shell petrol kiosk which houses a 7-11 convenient store, located after Redhill MRT Station. That was to be our last checkpoint as we looked to finish the journey at VivoCity without stoppages.
Soon after we arrived at Alexandra Road, and headed up its uphill slope. Upon reaching Alexandra Hospital, we started to charge down the downhill slope of the route. This is a long downhill ride which allowed us zipped effortlessly down until we reach West Coast Highway, where VivoCity was within our reach.
There were misses too, as some skaters fell. But fortunately the SAVs were around to offer their assistance when required.
It posed a challenge to some skaters, as the downhill speed is too fast to be reckoned with for skaters who are not confident of handling it. However, the marshals made sure everyone was taken care of, as our rear scout, Merv, escorts them throughout the journey.
Our whopping 19km journey came to an end at VivoCity, which took us about 3 hours to complete. Luckily for us, the drizzle came shortly after we dispersed from the area.
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