Marathoner's 'training' yields double happiness

When senior accountant Tan Geok Pheng decided to enter The Straits Times' Run in the Park, it was only because her friend had signed her up.

The 40-year-old marathoner was simply aiming to train for her next run, the Blackmores Sydney Marathon next month in Australia, and hoping to improve her 15km time.

So she was pleasantly surprised to bag two prizes at the end of the morning - one for being the fourth-fastest woman to complete the race and the other for winning the top lucky draw prize of $16,800 worth of home renovation from Chew Interior Design.

Ms Tan said she was very happy, as her four-room flat in Choa Chu Kang is in need of some improvements.

"I've lived there for eight years without doing any touch-ups, so the timing is just nice," she said.

The single mother of three hopes to be able to make the kitchen more simple and spacious, and to replace some of the wardrobes and bookshelves that are falling apart with new built-in pieces. Miss Anne Tan, 24, picked up the biggest lucky draw prize from Resorts World Sentosa - a two-day, one-night stay at Ocean Suites worth more than $2,774.

"I've half a year to spend it, so I'll wait for a special occasion to come along to take my boyfriend," said the civil servant.

Other lucky draw prizes were a Universal Studios Singapore VIP tour for four worth $1,193, which went to sales executive Neo Aik Khim, 31, and a complimentary membership to Resorts World Sentosa's VIP programme RWS Invites worth $700, which was won by engineering manager Tan Seng Hock, 48.

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