Eighteen thousand people got up at the crack of dawn yesterday to take a walk along the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, and they were happy to do it.
The reward they got for being part of The New Paper Big Walk 2014 was a stunning view that not everyone gets to see.
Accountant Lina Yap, 41, attended the walk with her husband and her seven-year-old daughter, and praised the sights from the bridge.
"I think that the scenery was the best part of the walk. My daughter was not very excited about the walk before, but her spirits rose when we started taking pictures," she said.
The view from the Benjamin Sheares bridge probably became the most photographed spot in Singapore yesterday, as thousands made full use of the soft, early-morning sunlight to show off their Sunday best.
The opening leg of the walk was pretty much a selfie-fest. Many walkers making their way up the bridge whipped out their smartphones, cameras and selfie-sticks in a quest to snap the perfect picture.
One group of walkers who made full use of the great view was Madam Wati, 36, and her family of nine.
It was the first time the whole family was taking part in the Big Walk, although Madam Wati had joined a Big Walk about a decade ago.
"It was a fun experience. We really enjoyed the scenery, and took countless pictures and selfies on the Benjamin Sheares Bridge of everything from the Singapore Flyer to the Gardens by the Bay."
Marketing director Nazlim Imram, 40, also said that it was a novel experience being on roads that are usually closed to pedestrians.
She said: "It gives people the opportunity to take photographs from exciting new angles."
Civil servant Mr Toh, 42, agreed: "The route takes us over the bridge that is normally closed and it is a nice place to take photos."
Mr Simon Leong, the vice-president of Singapore Turf Club's corporate services was equally impressed.
He said: "You cannot ask for a better route. To be given the chance to close the road and let 18,000 people walk this route is a wonderful thing.
"We are looking forward to an even bigger event next year."
A great turnout, great weather and all five lanes of the Benjamin Sheares Bridge to yourself - who could ask for more? All of us at The New Paper would like to thank our walkers and sponsors for making the Big Walk 2014 a great success.
This article was first published on December 1, 2014.
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