Jammu Runners Group blossoms
*Brave Saini, Rajeshwar, Sharat show grit
Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 11: Winning 7 medals in prestigious Tuffman Stadium Run at Tao Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula in Chandigarh yesterday, Jammu Runners Group (JRG) has taken its medal tally to 700 medals in just over two years, since the inception of JRG in Jammu.
Around 200 athletes young and old, participated in the 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours and 24 hours run to vie for the top honours.
It was a fantastic effort from Parwinder running a distance of 100. 210 kilometers in 12 hours, while Mukesh ran a distance of 89.290 kilometers in 12 hours and Sunil Dogra covered a distance of 86.583 kilometers in the stipulated time of 12 hours. Veteran of many battles, Rajesh Padha became the first Master Runner of Jammu and Kashmir State to run a distance of 83.731 kilometers in 12 hours run. Padha has already ran three ultra marathons of 50 kms, 60 kms and 80 kms. This is the maximum distance he covered.
Old Padha says that age is just a number and mental toughness can make one to achieve any challenging task.
The most proud moment of the event was that Sanjay Saini from Jammu Runners Group completed 37.168 kilometers in 6 hours, despite having two heart stents earlier.
Rajeshwer and Sharat also completed 3 hours run by covering a distance of 19.78 and 19.35 kilometers respectively.
“The conditions were very tough to run in blazing sun from 6 am to 6 pm. However, all the members of JRG are accustomed to perform in toughest conditions. Nothing is an uphill task for the group members,” said one of the members of JRG while talking to EXCELSIOR.
Meanwhile, the runners have appealed Governor J&K, Satya Pal Malik to take initiatives with regard to providing more infrastructural facilities to them, which they said will help them to do better in future.