Saturday Night Skate 26 February 2011 - Endurance Night Skate, Expo MRT Station to War Memorial

Posted on February 25, 2011 by Edmund Vong

 

Lady Luck was on our side on the Saturday evening on February 26, when our Night skate went underway. Rain was falling on the Northern and Western area of Singapore, but fortunately the skies were clear at the Eastern area and at EXPO MRT Station, the starting point of this Endurance Night Skate.

More than 50 skaters turned up to join this relatively easy but long journey towards the Civilian War Memorial at City Hall. After a short travel along Upper Changi Road East, we soon entered Bedok Park Connector. It didn't take us long to reach Bedok Food Court for our short break for sugar cane water.

Kids get a quick drink
 
We continued and cruised along the connector while enjoying the sea breeze blowing from East Coast Park as we head towards the underpass at East Coast Park Expressway. The underpass now is much user friendly after renovations, with a ramp included for bicycles.
 
Emerging from the underpass
 
The route at East Coast Park was no stranger to everyone, and we continued our skate to reach the Food Centre located next to East Coast Lagoon for a longer break. As usual, the place was bustling with patrons.
 
That was the last pit stop for us, as we head towards Fort Road and then to Tanjong Rhu, aiming to complete the rest of the journey without stopping.

At Ford Road
 
However, we had to make a big detour after crossing the bridge at the Singapore Indoor Stadium area due to the construction works of the new National Stadium, and many of the roads were closed. The only available alternative was to travel to Mountbatten Road and proceed onto Nicoll Highway.
 Crossing the bridge
 
As always, skating on the footpath of Nicoll Highway proved to be a challenge for our legs, due to the uneven concrete slabs which makes up the entire stretch of pathway.
 
Finally, we reached Suntec Conventional Centre, and the Memorial was within out sights. Due to the huge detour, we took about 3 hours to complete the journey, and we travelled an extra 3km in the process, clocking a distance of 22km on the GPS.
 
But it was a memorable event, especially for the many new faces that graced the event this year. Amongst them were skaters from India, Indonesia and Germany who learned about the event from the internet. For the faithful Night Skaters, it was a great skate after missing out on the January Night Skate due to rain.

Exhausted but satisfied
 
Credits
Safety Van
Albert 
 
Photo
David
 
SAVs
Ruth
Merv
Chong Boon
Simon

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