This 10 km race was marred by poor weather and poor decision making by the race organizers. It had three waves starting 45 minutes apart, and the first wave was cancelled about 35 minutes after flagoff when lightning struck in the reservoir region. The funny thing is that the organizers only cancelled the wave only lightning activity has died down. Complaints in the Facebook page mentioned that the first wave flagged off despite the obvious lightning risk, further highlighting poor decision making by the race organizers.
I was in the second wave, and it got delayed 45 minutes to 8 am when the race organizers decided to start the second and third waves together. I don't complain about this decision from the race organizers, but at a personal level this wait seemed exceedingly long when I woke up at 4:45 am to catch the first bus to the race venue, when I could have gotten another hour's sleep. Additionally, I was very fatigued the week prior, which made me feel out of energy even as I started the run. As a result, I had no feelings after the run, without the post-run satisfaction.
For this race, I am positioned almost right at the front. Once the fast runners have disappeared, I pretty much run this race on my own, except on occasion where people overtook me. The route was two rounds the Bedok Reservoir, with a narrow branch where we are supposed to run to and back. The route is pretty flat for about 8.5 km, and then one huge upslope in the final 1.5 km. Weather is cool with a nice view of the reservoir under an overcast sky.
According to my own measurements, this race is almost exactly 10 km in length, not like some races where the actual distance is several hundred meters short of the advertised length. If my own unofficial timing is 53:36 is officially verified, then this timing will be a personal best in the category "10 km race in which the actual distance is not significantly less than 10 km".
Update. Official net time is 53:27, ranked 113 of 1603. The splits are 1.4 km - 06:50, 4.0 km - 20:25, and 6.5 km - 34:38.