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Feb 27, 2009
SPORT IN SCHOOLS
Cross-country in Bedok
Bedok Reservoir venue meets safety concerns and gets thumbs-up
By Daniel Wong
THE Schools National Cross-Country Championships venue has moved to Bedok Reservoir for the first
time, and those involved have welcomed the change.
Since leaving its MacRitchie Reservoir 'home' six years ago, the Ministry of Education's Co-Curricular
Activities Branch (CCAB) has been looking for a satisfactory venue for the annual event.
'Suitable routes have to be challenging, yet safe, for competitors, and big enough to accommodate the
supporters comfortably and safely,' said a ministry spokesman. 'It was decided that the Bedok Reservoir
Park area would be suitable for this year's competition.'
The March 25 event will see close to 1,200 students taking part in the A, B and C divisions.
Alan Koh, the teacher-in-charge of the Catholic High School cross-country team, gave the thumbs-up to
'All the main safety concerns have been taken care of,' said the 44-year-old. 'The gravel track is a lot
more forgiving on the athletes, the path is wider, and there are not so many sharp corners along the
Several other teachers whom The Straits Times contacted requested anonymity but also mentioned the
increase in safety, as runners would be confined to the park.
At the previous route at the Botanic Gardens, athletes had to run along Evans Road to get back to the
end point at the (CCAB) stadium.
The only bump in the road this time is that the course is relatively flat, with only one slope which the
boys will face.
The boys will start off near Temasek Polytechnic and run 4.8km in a counter-clockwise loop around the
reservoir, ending at the polytechnic's stadium.
The girls will start off in the same way, but will make a U-turn at the pumping station and head back to
the Temasek Polytechnic stadium, covering 4.1km.
Ivan Tan, who re