A Filipino domestic helper walked 57 km on National Day morning to celebrate Singapore’s 57th birthday.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because Stomp reported earlier this week that four other runners had accomplished the same feat the weekend before National Day.
Stomp contributor Jeanette said she had wanted to join these runners, but was donating blood on Sunday morning (August 7).
She set off on her own 57km hike on Monday at 11:15 p.m.
“I started my run at home near Somme Road to East Coast. Once around East Coast Park from Area A to H, then once around Kallang River to Marina Barrage. I finished my run near Gardens by the Bay,” she told Stomp.
It took him 8 hours and 51 minutes.
“This is for you, Singapura,” she posted on Facebook and added, “I still can’t believe I could do this.”
It was the first time she had run such a long distance. She had never even completed a 42 km marathon before.
Jeanette, 33, started running at age 21 in the Philippines.
“It was a morning jog actually,” she said. “Then my neighbor saw me and offered to train me. He was a professional marathon runner. That’s when I started to participate in races, but only a few because I had to work and support my family, instead of spending my money to join the races.”
The Stomp contributor, who is unmarried, has five sisters and a mother. Her father died in 2017.
“I have become more active in running here in Singapore. I have enough money to take on some challenges without sacrificing my family’s budget.”
Jeanette has been in Singapore for almost eight years and worked for her current employer for five years. His employer is a French chef with a wife and two children.
“They were the ones who pushed me to be more active. Since I started working for them, I learned to swim. I also tried to learn cycling,” she said .
“I have every Sunday off. No curfew. But I always come back after my church service. I arrive home after 9 p.m. If I have to attend an event, I would inform my employer earlier that i would be late.they don’t.i mind if i come back at midnight as long as i can do my work on monday morning.sometimes they also tell me to go out if they don’t need me.
“That’s why I did my run on the eve of National Day because my employer and his family were out of the country.”
Jeanette completed the 57km in the Run For Singapore 2022 online challenge, which is a virtual race.
She said it would be her last race in Singapore before returning to the Philippines when her contract expires on December 28.
“I have decided not to participate in races anymore because I need to save money. I don’t know how long I will be unemployed in the Philippines. I need to find a job while I I’m building my house. That’s why I have to go home.”
She added: “I will have plenty of time to take part in any race once I get back to Singapore once my house is finished.”