Watch this space as we share with you the highlights of our training grounds for our regular weekly sessions!
The Towerrunning Association of Singapore holds regular training sessions for members every Tuesday at 7:30pm. For more information on our training sessions click here.
Our training calendar for the beginning of 2022 is packed with interesting venues, which we will showcase on this page. To keep things interesting, we will move to a new training venue each month, and sometimes two places in one month. Our training schedule for the first half of the year looks like this:
- January: “Pinnacle”
- February: “CityVue@Henderson”
- March: “Kallang@Trivista”
- April: “Toa Payoh Central Block 79A”
- May: “Skyville@Dawson”
Let’s start by introducing Toa Payoh Crest.
Toa Payoh Crest
Located along the perimeter of its satellite town, Toa Payoh Crest is a HDB precinct with 4 blocks of 40-floors towers. It is bounded by the streets of Toa Payoh Lorong 1 and Toa Payoh Rise.
Where is it?
Lorong 1 Toa Payoh. Blocks 130A, 130B, 131A and 131B.
Toa Payoh Crest is about a 10-minute walk from 2 nearby MRT stations, Caldecott (CCL) and Bradell (NSL).
What to expect
4 blocks, 2 staircases per block with a top floor on the 40th fl.
Most of the stairs in this precinct are left turning. If you are looking to train on a right turning, there are 3 stairs you can use. Head straight to Block 131B where both stairs A and B turn clockwise.
The other right turning staircase could be found at Block 131A Stairs B.
Views from the top
Depending on which block you are at, you can get a bird’s eye view of the Toa Payoh estate or almost picturesque view of the MacRitchie Reservoir.
You can catch a glimpse of the city skyline from afar as well.
Both Block 130A and 131A each has a mezzanine floor 1M.
Typically, in a HDB block, there are 16 steps between each floor. With a higher ceiling on the 1st floor, it is usually 20 to 22 steps up to the 2nd floor. The mezzanine floor here between 1st floor and 2nd floor would add 20 more steps more to your mileage – a delight for those who crave bonus steps.
Other amenities nearby
There is a vending machine at Block 130 in case you need to replenish your hydration supplies.
Just across the main road, there are 3 coffeeshops and the Toa Payoh Lorong 1 market / food centre to reward yourself a hearty meal after conquering the 40-floors blocks. Without a doubt, this is where we headed for an early lunch after our training climbs these past Saturdays!
Post climb smiles
Post climb stretching at the precinct pavilion- the masks could hardly hide our smiles of satisfaction. 🙂
We will be hopping over to St George’s Tower next in February. Stay tuned for our updates here!
St. George’s Tower
The phrase ‘good things come in small packages’ certainly rings true with this estate. St Georges Towers is the shortest group of towers on our 2021 training calendar, but its incredible views and charming location along Whampoa River make it a highlight none the less. One of our members found this hidden gem while exploring the area and we’re delighted she did.
One of the great things about St George Towers is its convenient location on the Park Connector Network, a series of pedestrian and cycling trails developed by the National Parks Board. The estate is located directly on the Whampoa Park Connector which makes it easy to access on foot or by bicycle. Onsite parking, bus stops, and the Boon Keng MRT station are also nearby. The towers are near the confluence of the Whampoa and Kallang Rivers, and at this location, there is also a pedestrian bridge linking to the Kallang Park connector.
St Georges Towers consists of three towers. Block 25A has two left-turning staircases, both 34 floors in height. Block 26A has two right-turning staircases that are 32 floors in height, and block 26B has both a left and a right-turning staircase that ascend 32 floors. A unique feature of this HDB BTO are its sky gardens tucked away two-thirds of the way up the building. If you’re feeling hungry after the climb, there’s a renowned coffee shop just across St George’s Road that serves up a delicious handmade fishball noodle and mee pok. If you’re looking for other dishes, fear not, Bendemeer and Whampoa Markets are a short walk away.
At the top there are great views of the National Stadium and southern Islands, as well as one of the longest continuous HDB blocks. All these things add up to make St. George’s Towers a must climb on the Singapore towerrunning map. We’ll be training here every Saturday during February before visiting two towerrunning icons in March.
St George’s Tower
26A St. George’s Lane, Kallang, District 12, Central, 322026