In this edition, we review two popular marathons held recently in India – Airtel Hyderabad Marathon and Guwahati Half Marathon, and share with you the results of women’s marathon in IAAF World Championships held in Beijing.
Airtel Hyderabad Marathon sees record participation of 14,000 runners
Airtel Hyderabad Marathon (AHM) took a big leap into the league of popular marathons in the country. Around 14,000 runners participated in this annual running event held during the weekend on 29th and 30th August 2015.
On 29th August, the event had 3K and 5K runs which were flagged off from Hitex Exhibition Centre by Cyberabad Commissioner C.V.Anand and Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, IT, Electronics & Communications Department, Government of Telangana.
On 30th August, a 10K run, Half Marathon and Full Marathon were held. While the 10K run was flagged off from Hitex Exhibition Centre by Jayesh Ranjan, the Half & Full Marathons were flagged off from People’s Plaza, Necklace Road by Hyderabad Traffic DCP Jithender. All the three races ended at Gachibowli stadium.
Overwhelming response from runners
Along with a strong contingent of local runners, there were runners who came from all across the country. People from Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore and Delhi came down to Hyderabad to participate in the marathon.
Strong support from the local residents and volunteers
Unlike most marathons and typical to a few of the most popular marathons in the country, the runners were fortunate to have strong crowd support . Local residents of Hyderabad gathered at various points of the marathon routes, cheering and motivating the runners along with placards and banners. The volunteers were seen at all important points helping the runners with water, energy drinks and medical assistance. The presence of multiple bhangra groups, rock bands and musicians all along the running routes turned this event into a festival for running enthusiasts.
While Titus Kariuki won the men’s Full Marathon with a time of 02:32:18, Jyoti Gawate won the women’s Full Marathon in 03:05:54. The men’s Half Marathon was won by Bsrini Bsrini in 01:10:21 and Jyotijagbahadur Chouhan won the women’s Half Marathon in 01:26:04.The 10K men’s category was won by Rakesh Kumar in 00:32:55 and the women’s category of the same race was won by Gurnulerashmi Kashiramji in 00:44:21.
IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 : Women’s Marathon
Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, who created history two years ago by winning back-to-back world titles in marathon, could not create another by winning it for the third time in Beijing, finishing fifth. Instead, it was Mare Dibaba who created history, by winning the first women’s marathon title for Ethiopia at the IAAF World Championship 2015 in 2:27:35. Dibaba picked up her pace after entering the stadium in a sprint to the finish, to beat Kenyan Helah Kiprop by a second. Eunice Kirwa from Bahrain won the third position in 2:27:39.
Indian O P Jaisha broke her own national record of 2:37:29 set in January in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon with a time of 2:34:43 and finished 18th. Another Indian, Sudha Singh, also broke the national record with a time of 2:35:35 and finished 19th. With this finish, Sudha became the second athlete to qualify for participation in next year’s Rio Olympics after Jaisha, who had already qualified for Rio Olympics.
With a time difference of few seconds between the podium finishers, this was one of the closest finishing marathons in the history of World Championships.
Guwahati Half Marathon a grand success
The students of IIT Guwahati organized the Half Marathon as an annual tradition of Techniche – the Annual techno-management fest of IIT Guwahati on 30th August 2015. The theme for this year’s event was Unity Run for Peace. Around 4,000 runners took part in this event, making it one of the largest running events in north east India.
The event started off with Glory Run – 21K run for professionals, followed by Spirit Run – 6K run and other categories. All the races started from Bharalumukh ground, Sonaram school and ended at Nehru stadium. Amit Kumar Saroha, an Arjuna Award recipient in 2013 and also a para-athletics coach for the Haryana sports department was the chief guest and brand ambassador for the event. A painting competition was also held as a part of this event.