It was quite a while since our last FatBird Holiday Weekender, the Sentosa National Day Run. True to the festive mood, the turnout was good with a number of runners decked in Santa/Reindeer/Elves hats with red/white/green themes all set for a nice tour of the Western Hills & Plains region.
After the welcome briefing and group photo, we started off the Christmas run to the chorus of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas…”. Spirits rang high as we traverse the Henderson slopes and ascended Mt. Faber hill to get to Henderson Waves. The sporting flock sang along as we ran as a group, warming up the atmosphere, getting smiles from onlookers and park users.
The first sing-along-stop at Telok Blangah Hill had us singing to ‘Joy To The World…” and having much fun with lots of chuckles whenever we lost step to the tempo from the mini-radio. With just 2-3 runners completing the tour early, the main bulk of the revelers proceeded towards HortPark for the Gangnam-style ensemble.
One of the highlights of the run was The Canterbury estate of black-white bungalows with large swimming pools and lawns, with large trees providing good shade for the happy flock of FatBirds running along the tranquil estate. The photographers were having a field day capturing interesting sights of the scenery and people; even animals and insects received their fair share of attention 😀
After the Canterbury tour, about 20 runners went back on their own while the continuing group went on for their final highlight of the morning’s tour – Kent Ridge Park via the mini-Lombard Climb. There we had a nice rest stop, before continuing on via the Canopy Walk before descending Pepys Road and back to the start point at SAFRA MF.
There were lots of caroling and sing-along as the Merry FatBirds’ morale ran high, enjoying ourselves so much that we did not really feel the effects of the 18km of rolling hills. With the Christmas Weekender a success, we now look forward to our next Holiday Weekender, likely to be the Lunar New Year Weekender Run – to the tunes of Gong Xi Gong Xi!