SAFRA AVventura

Singapore’s largest cross-terrain adventure race, the SAFRA AVventura, saw a record of 448 participants and a three-fold increase in the number of father-and-child teams at its sixth edition this morning.

Teams in the Ultra category had to run, bike and kayak along a gruelling 44km race route across the western and northern parts of Singapore. Besides having to clear various mystery challenges that tested their teamwork and problem-solving skills, they also had the opportunity to scale and abseil off an 18m natural rock face at Diary Farm Quarry for the very first time. Enduring extreme fatigue, most of the participants completed the race within seven hours, finishing with a torturous 25m jumar up the sport climbing wall at SAFRA Yishun followed by a 50m rope traverse across the swimming pool.

Joseph Foo Chien Boon, 42, and Fabian William Raj, 34, of team Adventure Madness Enduro, took home the top prize for the Men’s Ultra category with a timing of 4 hours 42 minutes. Joseph Foo commented: “I’m ecstatic to win, it has been a long-awaited win for me, having participated in the past four editions of SAFRA AVventura. This year, the running leg of the race was very tough, but the toughest had to be the 25m jumar and 50m rope traverse. We were exhausted already, but we had to dig deep and finish the race.”

It wasn’t a walk in the park for the participants of the Sprint and Youth categories either. Along a 26km race route, teams were surprised with an 8m rope ladder which they had to climb up onto Zhenghua Flyover. Their sport climbing skills were also tested at the 15m wall at SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre (SASC).

The Men’s Sprint category was won by Chen Wee Meng, 24, and Ng Wei Ming, 23, of team D2B, with a timing of 2 hours 45 minutes. Wee Meng, who is a second sergeant in the SAF Commando, shared that army training was more than sufficient to prepare him for the race. He looks forward to SAFRA AVventura 2013, which he intends to participate in the much tougher Ultra category.

The event was not all torturous. A total of 43 fathers also took the opportunity to bond with their kids as they paired up for the event’s Dads For Life Challenge. Held for the second year as part of SAFRA’s partnership with the Dads For Life movement to promote active fatherhood among NSmen, teams participated in a series of fun-filled challenges such as sport climbing, shooting, chatek and Long Kang fishing, as they ran and cycled along a short 10km race route. They were also among the first to tryout the newly opened segment of the Canopy Challenge Walk at SASC, where they navigated a series of cargo nets, swinging bridges and a zip line at a height of 18m which fully tested their agility and balance.

Father and son pair Faisal Meskam, 44, and Arfan Faisal, 12, emerged as the winners. Faisal commented: “SAFRA AVventura is a good opportunity to spend time with my son, and I’m happy to have competed in this race with him. I’m grateful that SAFRA organised such an event, because it’s been my dream to compete in a race together with my son.”

Mr Bobby Lim, Chairman of the Organising Committee for SAFRA AVventura 2012, commented: “We are glad that the SAFRA AVventura continues to draw such a wide variety of participants each year. Adventure racing is a great vehicle to encourage teamwork and strengthen bonds through unique and memorable experiences forged together.”

Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister of State for Defence and Education, and President of SAFRA, was Guest-of-Honour for the event and he presented the prizes to the race winners.


ULTRA CATEGORY (18 years old and above, with prior experience in adventure racing)
Men’s Ultra
1st Foo Chien Boon Joseph, Fabian William Raj
Aventure Madness Enduro 1 – 4:24:00

2nd Yeo Kim Hong, Yap Boon Kheng
MR 615 – 4:50:00

3rd Teck Wee Tan, Luke Su
Just Tripping – 4:53:20

Women’s Ultra
1st Lynda Scott, Trudy Fawcett
Hammer – 6:13:40

2nd Lee Chuen Ling, Rebecca Lee Yoke Meng
Angels – 6:36:44

3rd Neo Lay Peng, Zou Yu Yun
Crossfit Hub – 6:45:25 

Mixed Ultra
1st Alvin Lim Adventure, Chang Ee Pin
In Motion – 5:08:04

2nd Chan Tse Chi Grace, Hadi Masron
Aventure Madness Enduro 1 – 5:36:55

3rd Muhammad Hairul Nazwa, Tan Cheng Yin
Newmoon Khcycle – 5:40:06

SPRINT CATEGORY (18 years old and above)
Men’s Sprint
1st Chen Wee Meng, Ng Wei Ming
D2B – 2:45:00

2nd Neo Sze Kai, Tan Yi Yang Kenneth

3rd Mohamad Amin Bin Md Nor, Eugene Wong
LAGAU 2:49:11

Women’s Sprint

1st Sua Jo Nie, Hwa Yi Min
Pure Bikes Racing Cha Bor – 3:40:40 

2nd Nur Nadiah Binte, Nur Yusrina Bte Yaakob
Norman N.U.R.S – 3:43:10

3rd Siti Erma Ellyana Binte Mawi, Mimi Ahmad
Rainbow Nation – 4:53:31 

Mixed Sprint
1st Tan Hong Taa, Eva Maria Brandtner
PURE-FWCC Racing – 3:32:45

2nd Kate Buckman, Rob Reynolds
Los Jefes – 3:41:20

3rd Chew Pinn Han Desmond, Cheong Tsui Ying
Toons’ Adventure – 3:48:00


YOUTH CATEGORY (15 – 20 years old)
Men’s Youth

1st Muhammad Syafiq, Kwok Kin Kit
Long Legged Boys – 2:31:08

2nd Ko Ming Jun, Aziel Yeo Jie Kai
Modakoambalagan – 2:41:28

3rd Kenny Kwek Fu Sheng, Yang Jun Han
Roar Republic – 3:11:36

Women’s Youth
1st Caitlyn Joy Loo, Maya Bhat
E=(MC)2 – 3:18:01

2nd Lim Ying Yan Jolene, Ong Min Qun
Awesome Republic 3 – 3:32:40

3rd Mar Mei Qi, Sanjiv Vijayakumar
Double Ass – 3:42:44

Mixed Youth
Alson Qua Lui Kwong, Tang Li Yan Joey
Awesome Republic 1 – 3:29:05

2nd Nadiana Mustafa, Alvin Chua
Anything – 3:43:54

3rd Haslam Siregar, Lee Jia Yan
Lok Lok Dip – 3:44:44

DADS FOR LIFE CATEGORY (Father to be 21 years old and above and child between 7 – 12 years old)
1st Faisal B Meskam, Arfan Faisal
Mess Cams – 1:58:00

2nd Ong Chin Hui, Ong Jun Bao
Wild Ones – 2:00:30

3rd Ho Quang Chien, Ho Quang Minh
Hope – 2:17:45