Running Punggol Buangkok Sengkang Park connector

We love the park connectors, you can run, cycle, blade, scoot or simply walk. Day or night, the scenic waterways always attract families (including pets) and activities.

Lovely cloud reflections at Coney Island entrance

When I need to choose a spot for my long runs, the Sengkang Park connector links me to Punggol and Buangkok, and the loop will last me 20 to 25km.Β  Some convenience factors for me would be be toilets, water point and shelters (lockers would be a bonus).

1) Toilets – For obvious reason, stomachache in the middle of coney island is no fun.

2) Water point for my hydration needs. Try running in Bishan Park loops and you will realise they only have 2 or perhaps 3 water points. (Please correct me if I am wrong)

3) Shelters from the environment. You can run in the rain but not under thunderstorm.

Look at Google Map below, I have highlighted the water points (roughly every 5km) in my favourite running route. You can start from anywhere, any direction, just follow the waterways and “long kang” (drains) to form a 20km loop.Β Google Map Link

Sengkang Punggol Running route
Sengkang Punggol Running route

Expect to see Container parks, nice vantage bridges, dams, beautiful sunrise or sunset, and the spectacular Punggol landscape. I have yet to spot the otters.

I live in Sengkang, but I need to admit that Punggol is more scenic πŸ™‚

Punggol 21
Punggol 21, Jewel Bridge

When you run around your neighbourhood, you will realise how landscapes can change in months. Green area cleared, boarding come up, and the BTO flats literally grow floor by floor in weeks! And Sengkang hospital will be ready in a few months!

 

 

If you start from Compass One (Seng Kang MRT), clockwise through Buangkok you will reach Sengkang Park connector towards the swimming pool. You will run behind Kampong Lorong Buangkok (Singapore’s last Kampong on the main land, GPS 1.383346, 103.878035).

Sengkang Park connector
Sengkang Park connector

#Water point B(refer map) Anchorvale Swimming Pool

Sengkang Swimming Pool

 

Run along the river and you will reach the dormitories and Punggol Marina. Look across the straits at Johor Pasir Gudang. There will be a lot of fishing enthusiasts (anglers) too.

Punggol end Jetty

#Water point C. Punggol End

If you want to end your run, take a bus back to Punggol bus Interchange. Or if you want additional challenge, run the Punggol end slopes!

You can enjoy seafood or rent a bike to go to Coney Island (closed at 7pm).

Bus to Punggol end

But this lush greenery and laid-back corner at Punggol end will be very crowded soon, with new flats and even industries.

Future Punggol Developments
Future Punggol Developments

I hate this zig-zag route running parallel to Coney Island. Seems like never ending, and always feel lonely on this stretch. You will get occasional bikers and joggers.

Below picture of HDB, you will see remote planes flying around weekends.

You will see Lorong Halus bridge before Water Point D. This bridge looks nice day or night.

#Water point D. Punggol Promenade toilet (200m from bridge, 50m to Container Park)

This is 15km mark on my run, 5km to go but I hear Happy hours πŸ™‚

ofo bikes rental
ofo bikes Punggol

Nearing the end of my route, one more km to Water Way E.

#Water point E. Punggol Park (This is actually in Hougang)

Punggol Park
Punggol Park

 

#Water point A. This can be Buangkok or Sengkang MRT

A slow run (20km pace 7 to 8) will take you between 2 to 2.5 hours. Enjoy the scenery.

Additional tips :

1-Ladies, do not go running alone in the late evenings, run with a pal. Some areas suffer from blackouts. And there are many construction sites around.

2-Beware of the irritating bright lights from ebikes and scooters, they are fast and often blind you with their spotlights!

Do you prefer Sunrise, Sunset or even full moon? Do share your favourite park and running routes with me.

Macritchie Trail run
– Cycle to Sengkang North and Seletar airport
– Cycle to Coney Island
– Follow our running adventures here

Millennia Kids Challenge cycling

[ Media Invite ]

It all started from this photo. We wanted to equip them with cycling skills, so that they can enjoy the freedom of pedal power. Follow our cycling journey at this link.
sengkang family

We just completed our first 5km community event, “Millennia Kids Challenge” at Sengkang. To prepare for the event, we had to upgrade our bicycles and accessories. Everyone got a helmet and led lights now.

We always frequent the bicycle section at Giant until the folks there recognised us!
Giant bicycles

Now that everyone is mobile on their wheels, we can explore the Park Connectors (PCN) through NParks’ SParks app.

Singapore is spoilt for choice when it comes to Greens. East Coast Park, West Coast Park, Bishan Park, Green Corridor, Sembawang Mandai, Gardens by the Bay, Changi Coastal Road and even paths to Reservoirs.
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We even got a hand-me down bicycle rack from David. We can now mount our bikes and drive to more cycling grounds yeah! Freedom πŸ™‚
Family bike rack

Back to Sengkang Health’s “Millennia Kids Challenge”. The scouts welcomed those cyclists who pedaled 70km to promote a Tobacco-free generation. This group of riders had started at 4am, yet they were still game to be our marshals and guides. What an inspiration for the young ones!
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Families turn out to support the event. You got racers, mountain bike, auntie bikes, foldies all participating in a 5km lap around Sengkang. It was a new experience for the kids to cycle on the road (one lane reserved for us).
millenia kids challenge cycling

To quote from Sengkang Health :
“Through the Millennia Kids Programme, Sengkang Health hopes to inculcate healthy living habits in school children when they are young and that they will continue these good habits into their adulthood. The kids will in turn influence their circle of family and friends to embrace healthy living.”

Left photo credit Lynn πŸ™‚ How come our princess ride bike also look so stylo!
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Video (Link): Fun ride around Sengkang and my bike broke down after 3.5km!

Besides swimming, cycling is the kids’ next best activity.
Family who stay fit together will grow strong together β™₯

As part of their learning process.
Kids will fall down.
They will pick themselves up again.
They will learn from their own mistake (hopefully).
Kids will be reckless, careless as they grow more confident.
Parents have to keep reminding them to be careful.
Cycling is just like parenting :p

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Thank you Sengkang Health for the “Millennia Kids Challenge” invitation.
We are proud to be featured too, read our family-bonding article here.

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