17-Year-Old Sports School Student Ran Along Classroom Corridor To Train
Singapore Sports School student Nicholas Rachmadi had joined the school to be part of their swimming team. But some way through, he decided that he wanted to try running as well.
Unfortunately, the running team wouldn’t let him in. So Nicholas did the only thing he could — started training on his on.
A few years later, he earns a SEA Games nomination for duathlon — a combination of long-distance running and cycling.
Dubbed ‘Corridor Runner’
As the school tracks were often occupied, Nicholas had to find alternative training locations.
So the corridor it was. Every day, he would run up and down the 250-metre corridor, clocking a distance of about 10km.
The school teachers started noticing him and eventually gave him the nickname ‘Corridor Runner’.
The training paid off in 3 months
After 3 months of ‘corridor training’, Nicholas snagged 1st place at the 2016 Ultra Aquathlon U-15 dash category, which consists of a 300m swim and 2km run.
And one year later, he pulled ahead of majority of the school’s runners in the U-18 national cross-country championships.
This year, 3 years since he started training, he’s not only received a scholarship sponsored by billionaire and sports enthusiast Mr Peter Lim, but also a nomination for the upcoming SEA Games in duathlon.
Hard work is all it takes
The young athlete currently swims about 25km, cycles 200km and runs about 40km weekly.
More than that, he reminds us that whatever the odds, we just have to persist and work hard towards our goals. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Featured image from Space Factor.