The 5-day tyranny had 4 runners this year on a mission to tackle the 480km Manali-Leh footrace. The 480km distance with about 10,000m of elevation gain and 5 high altitude Himalayan passes.
Szőnyi Ferenc finished The Hell Ultra and set a new course record of 108h 52m 29secs from Mall Road, Manali to Shanti Stupa, Leh. He finished the race for the 2nd time in a row and bettered his last year’s time by 4h 20m 46secs.
Guillaume Arthus was at the Hell Ultra for the third time this year. After not being able to pass Jispa, Manali-Leh highway for the last two years, he broke the “Jispa Curse” this year and crossed all the 5 passes on the highway but unfortunately, he couldn’t finish the race and had to drop out of the race at Karu after completing 430kms in 113hrs.
Vikram did take everyone by surprise. He belted it out for 260kms before he had to pull out of the race. How did he do it? He just dug really deep and kept pushing!
During the second edition, runners ran through extreme weather conditions, temperatures dipping to -10 degrees, oxygen levels going down to 50%, in terrains that are as beautiful as they are difficult – and all this in a mere 120 hours. For every crazy idea, there is, there are equally crazy (and amazing) people out there who will jump on board. In 2017, we had 3 superhuman rockstar’s who competed Szőnyi Ferenc, Guillaume Arthus and Bhupendra Singh Rajput.