Mok Ying Ren: Looking Good for the World Half Marathon Championships

Singapore’s fastest marathon runner, Mok Ying Ren, 25, took part in the 2XU Compression Run (21km Category) this morning. He used the race as a form of practice for the upcoming IAAF World Half Marathon Championships – to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of this month.

With Mok Ying Ren.

With Mok Ying Ren

And it turns out that Mok’s tempo run drill was good enough to give him second position at the 2XU Compression Run in the Half Marathon Men’s category.

I caught up with the Captain (Doctor) to talk about his podium finish, preparations for the World championships and army life. To find out what Mok said, do read on. 

So how do you feel about being on the podium again?

I got second lah!

Well, I feel that I came here mainly to do a hard effort. It was like a tempo run for me. So I think that I achieved my objective and I am quite pleased.

What was your timing today?

I completed the race in 1 hour 10 minutes 45 seconds. But I thought that the course was slightly short though. Nevertheless I am quite happy with my run today as it was basically just a training run.

So what did you win for coming second?

Actually I’m not really sure what I won! I think it’s some 2XU vouchers! So I guess that I should be visiting the 2XU store quite often, then.

When is your next race?

My next main race is at the World Half Marathon Championships at the end of March (on 29 March).

How do you feel about your chances in Denmark?

I am feeling quite positive about it. When my training builds up, I will definitely feel much better about my chances, though.

I have just finished my Officer Cadet course and I will see then, how it goes over the next four weeks.

Things are definitely looking up in terms of my running career, so I am quite excited!

Now that you have completed your Officer Cadet course, will you have more time to train for your races?

Yes, definitely so. I will be posted to be a staff officer at Nee Soon Headquarters. So we will see how it goes when I start work tomorrow.

I should be working between office hours – that is, from 8am in the morning to 5.30pm in the evening. That means I can train in the morning and evenings.

But once a week, I still need to do a call at one of the 24-hour medical centres in Singapore, though.


Click here to read about my experience at the 2XU Compression Run!

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