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Mon 18 Jun 2007

Wet MR-BT Briskwalkers at the summit (Sun 17 Jun 2007)

Category : events

Sun 17 Jun 2007 - A bunch of participants turned up by 6.45am at MacRitchie Carpark despite the threatening lightning and the heavy rains in the west. So the guides, who had been contemplating an early breakfast in shelter amidst the heavy rain shelved those thoughts!

The weather stayed helpfuly clear for our initial briefing and while we hoped the rain would stay away, it finally caught up with us at the western end of MacRitchie. The absence of lightning or eye-blinding rain allowed us to persist with the walk although I abandoned the five messages from forect ecology and settled for the most important critical issue at the final stop before the summit climb.

We reached the summit in unusual conditions - until it finally dawned on us: the rain had chased the Sunday visitors away! So we got to experience the early 90's quiet ambience at the summit. As you can see, we had it all to ourselves when we took this photo. In fact the trails has been relatively empty and the call to make way for joggers was not heard that morning. The few old regulars whom I know were there and we hailed them in glee at the unusual treat we had ben offered by the rain.

The participants who woke up and came early, persisted in the rain and reached the summit are congratulated! And thanks to the guides and support crew for their critical help over the two Saturdays of the 8th Public MacRitchie - Bukit Timah Briskwalk: Ng Kai Scene, Kok Oi Yee, Tan So Wah, Lee Boon Ann, Kok Min Yee, Anand Balan, Low Wai Leng, Chew Keng Kiat, Jaswant Singh, Tham Yen-Lynn, Lim Puay Ann, Laurence Gwee, Airani, Lim Chen Kee, Muratti Poon, Ng Hua Qin & Benjamin Lee (NParks).

There are three albums from last Sunday's wet walk; see the galleries at: briskwalkers.rafflesmuseum.net/

Photo by Ng Hua Qin.

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