Sporting enthusiasts from across the globe rose as one to make Hyderabad Heritage Marathon memorable; by participating in large numbers, Hyderabadis added to the flavour.
“The weather is warmer here than in Ethiopia and so I’ve taken longer to complete the run than I do in my country,” said Danel Aschenik after winning the full marathon of the Hyderabad Heritage Marathon. He was way off his personal best of 2hr 11min clocked in Ethiopia as he stopped the clock at 2hr 20min. “But I enjoyed the run,” he added.
Bereket Alem, a plumber from Ethiopia and winner of the half marathon elite men’s international and Hadush Haftu, an electrician, who came to the city to participate in the event, voiced the same observation after completing the half marathon.
The run that was flagged off by the commissioner of police Anurag Sharma under perfect conditions – cool breeze, cloudy sky, enthusiastic participants, willing organisers and protective police – from Chowmahallah Palace culminated at the Qutub Shahi Tombs. Water, rehydrates and refreshment were made handy for the runners along the route by helpful volunteers.
The route itself was made very safe for the runners by the traffic department separating, as they did the path meant for the runners from the regular traffic with bright-coloured reflecting cones. Policemen were stationed every few metres to ensure no untoward incident occurred.
To add fun to the event, there was a band playing tunes and photographers clicking pictures of participants with heritage structures forming the backdrop. While the band played the National Anthem at the start, they greeted the winners and those that completed the race with popular numbers.
Uma Chirugupati, founder president of Hyderabad 10k Run and the inspiration of the event said that the response has been good. “I expected about 1,000 people to come and run, but we’ve had 1,200 registrations,” she said. While some Hyderabadis woke up early to either participate or encourage family and friends at the event, there were others who were oblivious to the action. “Oh, it is military men going through their exercises,” said a flower seller of the sight of the runners going past him under the Langar House flyover.
The speaker, N Manohar, gave away the prizes to the winners.
Full marathon elite (men and women) international
Derese Danel Aschenik – Ethopia
Kimitei David Kipkurui – Kenya
Woldegeiorgis Eyob Alemu – Ethopia
Marathon Elite(men and women) national
Marathon open men and women
Half Marathon Elite (men) International
Kidanu Bereket Alem – Ethopia
Wendmu Melese Abera – Ethopia
Mehari Hadush Haftu – Ethopia
Half Marathon Elite (men) National
Neeraj Pal Singh
Half Marathon Elite (Women) International
Amena Aberash Mutala – Ethopia
Amena Worke Degu – Ethopia
Ariya Winta Alem – Ethopia
Half Marathon Elite (Women) National
Nilam Sachin Rajput
Manjula Shantappa Patil
Pinky Maneck Debara
Half Marathon Elite (men) Open
Steven Kaplan – USA
Richard McDowell – UK
G.Prabhakar – India
Half Marathon Elite (women) Open
Jessica Pearl Frank – USA
Whitney Danielle Osborn – USA
Radhika Agarwal – India
Half Marathon (men) veteran
Hariharan R B
Col ASP Vinod
Half Marathon (women) veteran
Ch Ganeswar Rao
P Lakshman Rao