The Great Himalayan Running Festival was truly a journey of a lifetime – running 14 km every day for 5 days, through some of the highest mountain passes in the world along the Manali – Leh highway.
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.
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.
I’m a 50-year old (only just) ultra runner from England. I live in a small town called Broughton, with my wife of 15 years and two lovely children. I heard about the Great Himalayan Running Festival from a Facebook advert in March, when the word ‘hell’ in the title immediately caught my attention. I’ve been training for the event since, with at least 6 days of running, strength training, treadmill speed work and yoga at least 6 days a week, as part of a healthy lifestyle that I try to keep. My goal is to explore the 4 key elements of the earth at the GHRF 2017. So far I’ve completed Marathon Des Sables and the BTU Amazon Jungle Ultra