With The New Paper Big Walk returning to the National Stadium on Nov 26 after more than a decade, Miss Quek Ai Ling decided she would put on her walking shoes.
The 48-year-old said she took part in the Big Walk in 2001 and 2002, but stopped after the competitive categories were dropped.
Miss Quek, who was a member of the Red Hawk Sports Club, said she had switched from competing in running races to walking competitions on her coaches’ advice.
“They felt that I would do better, and they registered me in races locally and overseas.”
The Big Walk was among them.
“I enjoyed competing against the other Big Walkers. Members of the Gurkha contingent were strong opponents. There were also other race walkers from Malaysia and other countries,” recalled Miss Quek, who retired young and now does freelance work.