Posted on March 27, 2010 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
We were blessed with fine weather on the 27th, when we had our nightskate from East Coast Park to Downtown East in Pasir Ris along the Eastern Park Connectors (PCN). A whopping number of more than 70 skaters joined us on a route which spans across a map distance of more than 15km.
Many new faces joined our Nightskate for the first time, including 8 year old Erika, a student of our Learn-To-Skate programme. She was encouraged by her parents to participate.
Shortly after, we arrived on the connector behind Kembangan MRT Station and soon we reached the 2nd bridge over the Pan Island Express, with slopes similar to that of the former bridge.
That landed us in a neighbourhood park in Bedok, and a mixture of uphill and downhill slopes and winding paths greeted us. Impressively, all the children was able to keep up with our pace, showing no signs of fatigue.
Midway through the park, we reached the 3rd bridge of the night, made up of steps. It brought us into Bedok Town Park. After a hundred metres, we transited to Bedok Reservoir Park PCN which connects to Tampines PCN directly. The paths there were smooth which was a real pleasure to skate on.
After crossing a few hunctions along the Tampines PCN and we reached a MRT track between Tampines and Pasir Ris. We passes by Tampines MRT Station and Tampines Mall. and by then the clock showed 10.30pm. Signs of fatigue were starting to show, but we were determined to complete remainder of the journey.
After skating through Pasir Ris Town Park, Downtown East was within our sight. Everyone were relieved to reach the destination, we worked hard to get there. We took a total time of 2hours and 50 minutes to complete the journey. And it was a proud moment for the first timers to complete such a long journey and with a big group of fellow skaters.
We were also glad to report that there were no serious casualties. The children who completed the journey deserved much praise and credit for complete the entire journey, and their skills competency is a great testimonial for our Learn-To-Skate Programme.
Much tribute must be given to the SAVs on a night of sweat and toil, to ensure the safety of the skaters:
Jack, Timothy, Lay Suan, Chun Yang, Nicholas, Chong Boon, Leonard, Steven, Jason, Jing Yi, Hui Yi, Shun Git and Wai Him.
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Posted on February 27, 2010 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
Skateline Instructor/SNS Leader
About 50 skaters showed up for the Prosperity Nightskate in February, just one day prior to the Chinese traditional day, 'Ren-Ri', which signifies the end of the Chinese Lunar New Year. This route saw us travelling from The Cenotaph Memorial located in Esplanade Park, to MacDonalds' Restaurant in West Coast Park.
The entire journey spans across a distance of approximately 12 km, and mainly on paved surfaces. Our entourage took about 3 hours to complete the journey, promptly setting off at around 8pm and ended at 11pm.
The first phase of the journey was to travel from Esplanade Park to Vivocity at The HarbourFront. The journey was relatively easy, with only the narrow pavements along Keppel Road to deal with. There was this low ceiling which was part of the AYE entry bridge, which was the main obstacle for this phase.
Soon after we were on the pavement against traffic as the stretch along traffic beneath West Coast Highway was under major construction works, and it boasts the danger of crossing the exit road from the AYE.
The surface wasn't always nice and smooth, and after passing by the housing estates and some temples, the rough surfaces set in. The main obstacle of this route sits right before the former Haw Par Villa, which has since ceased to operate as a tourist attraction.
It was a great night skate, coupled with excellent weather. And its a milestone for us to try this new route.
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