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
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!
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.
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.