A Running Farmer Breaking Records and His Road to Trail World Championships 2019

Four hours from Shillong, Meghalaya is a farming village, sitting atop a hill in Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi Hills District, by the name Shngimawlein. A name in this village is bringing accolades to the region and breaking records. Tlading Wahlang, a 40-yr-old father of 04, has lived in the village his whole life and grows paddy. He started running five years ago and little did he know about his innate talent or the endurance he has built since childhood over such a terrain that when he started running, people took notice.

The Hell Race Experiences – Deccan Ultra 2019 – Kieren D’souza

The downhill was really fun. The soil was so dry and full of tiny marble sort of stones, really slippery. I had to run carefully. I did scare some of the hikers who thought I would slip and fall and probably take them along rolling down the mountain. A couple of sections were so exposed and steep, it was beautiful and thrilling at the same time. I am sure it demanded courage and skills to navigate that section and have some decent speed as well.

The Hell Race Experiences – Deccan Ultra 2019 – Shashwat Rao

At the final aid station, I noticed that the runner before me had crossed it about 40 minutes ago. Closing that gap over 6km was a far cry out so my motivation waned a bit. Regardless, I pushed. As I approached the dam, I spotted two kind souls braving the heat at the finish line. Kieren’s mom was manually noting the timings while Kiran clicked pics. Hobbled over ignoring the pain and exhaustion. Done. No hollering about. Was simply spent. In utter disbelief, I shed a few tears. I managed to do something I never thought of possible 7hrs ago. 4th place. Nothing fancy numbers-wise, but internally a sense of satisfaction engulfed me. Phew!

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The Hell Race Experiences – Sangeeta Saikia

I simply loved every moment on that trail. Some 9.5 km from the start, by some stroke of luck I found myself all alone on a small hillock after having carefully crossed a slippery stretch of the trail. Here, it was like the clouds had come down to embrace me. It felt like I had reached heaven. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the place that I cried copiously- tears of joy and thanked my good fortune for being healthy and hearty to be there at that moment of time. It was pure bliss!

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The Hell Race Experiences – Tarun Walecha

The terrain was unexpected, the route was unimaginable. But the experience was marvellous. Each turn, each climb, each stretch of the route was an experience by itself which will remain etched forever. This run not only defined what trail running is all about but widened the perspective of runner inside me.

The Hell Race Experiences – Nishant Sharma

I still remember those words which were used again and again “It’s a technical course” and I kept on wondering why the hell they are using this again and again or is there some catch and then in between comes the master stroke watch out for snakes, stinging nettle, even wild bears. Whenever we Hell Race buddies Tarun Walecha, Karan, Nischint catch-up we still laugh remembering those movements, what were the looks on our faces when the briefing was happening.

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Great Himalayan Running Festival 2017 | Bhupendra Rajput

I was born into a farming family in the Dhule district of Maharashtra and through my childhood and youth, I wasn’t involved with any major sport, except for the only consistent outdoor activity in life which was walking barefoot for long distances. My tryst with running started more than ten years ago in 2006 when I was in Mumbai for work and noticed an advertisement for a half marathon, that I then completed in under 3 hours. I did the same race twice the following years and managed good time in it as well, till I graduated to the full marathon in 2009 apart from participating in various other races in the country.

Great Himalayan Running Festival 2017 | David Cole

My name is David Cole, I’m 49 years of age, from Australia and working and living in Thailand with my wife and son. I started running just 10 years ago – the catalyst was living in Shanghai where I had little opportunity to exercise having a door to door subway commute between home and my office, so I joined an 8km fun run and it started from there. I found myself quickly running marathons, and then getting in on the trail running boom throughout Asia. I need to be always doing something active; being in the outdoors.

Great Himalayan Running Festival 2017 | Guillaume Arthus

My name is Guillaume Arthus, I’m 26 years old and I live and work in Paris. For me, running has become a form of discovery and exploration. I have been training very hard for the 480 km ultra, as this is the highlight of this season for me. I primarily run very long distances, on trails and mountain ranges, and I’ve been training throughout on reduced oxygen capacity, as I hope this will help me better at the altitude on the Manali-Leh highway.

Great Himalayan Running Festival 2017 | Ferenc Szonyi

I believe running has become a very important part of my life. It keeps me focused by becoming the sole purpose in my life, just as much as it keeps me disciplined and working hard towards upcoming events. The goal is different each time I run. Sometime I run just to get to the finish line, sometimes the victory becomes very important to me, and it’s also a great feeling to run with other people and share the camaraderie. I am more than 50 years of age, so my expectation is usually just to finish the hard races. At this stage for me, finishing is the same as winning.