Year on year the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has grown by leaps and bounds, not only in the hearts of runners but also with the city at large. Like every year there will be esteemed runners who will lead as pacers for their pacing buses. Keeping in mind the international norms this edition we have kept a 5 min interval between the buses right from the super pacey 1 hr 45 min to 3 hr. This large spectrum is kept in order to accommodate a diverse group of runners keeping their individual goals in mind. These pacers are accomplished and well known runners in the running society who are capable of guiding fellow runners achieve their goal.
Who are Pace Setters?
A pace-setter is a runner who is a veteran of many races and knows the art of pace setting. Pacer is a committed runner who is able to set a steady pace throughout the distance and bring in the group of runners following him/her from the start to the finish at the predetermined time.
The group following a pace setter is called a ‘Bus’. The idea is that the pacer must finish just around 1 minute before the promised time. So, if you have joined the sub 1:45 hour bus, the pace setter will lead you to through the finish line somewhere between 1:44 – 1:45 hours, but not even 1 second over 1:45 hours.
You can connect with your chosen pacer here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1688982478083479/
Alfredo Miranda is an engineer working for a construction company, running is his hobby and favorite sport, he is a seasoned runner who ran his first Delhi Half Marathon back in 2005, and since then, he has been a regular participant of the event as well as many other events in NCR area, from 10K to 80K, trails and roads, summer and winter… He runs throughout the year and Half Marathon distance is part of his routine training schedule. His best for Half Marathon is 1:37 and 3:28 for Full Marathon.
Alfredo is an active member of Delhi Runners Group (DRG), combines his own regular training with helping other runners planning their running-goals, following up the progress and pacing them from time to time during the Sunday’s runs.
He has been a pacer of ADHM last 3 years: 2013, 2014 and 2015, he finds it very gratifying to help other runners to achieve their goals and this year it won’t be an exception. He is looking forward to lead the 1:45 bus.
Amit Ojha has been running for the last decade , he is an avid runner and a cyclist. He would have done more than 50 half marathons and a dozen full marathons.
His personal best in the half marathon is 1hr 39 mins which was at ADHM 2014. He was the 2 hour pacer at ADHM 2015. He ran 3:35 hr at SCMM in Jan 2016.
His philosophy is to enjoy running and have fun, timing is incidental and it will get better as long as one enjoys running and not get too stressed about finish times.
Vineet Agarwal is the founder and CEO of T10Sports. He started running in the year 2011, and have done numerous half and full marathons. As a running aficionado he rightly puts his words as “I haven’t kept a count of how many I did ” His timings have been constantly improved in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon; details are as follows: 2011- 2.12, 2012- 1.59, 2013- 1.54, 2014- 1.45, 2015- 1.40.
He is an ultra-marathoner and have to his name 2012- 160 km Bhatti ultra (26.45), 2013- 220 km Bhatti ultra 43.40 , 2015- comrades marathon ( 89 km uphill ) 10.40 hours , Ironman KALMAR, Sweden 2016 - 14.06 hours. He also has to his records for competing and successfully completing 12 hours and 24 hours distance runs.
Manik Dhodi has completed a series of half & full marathons, ultra races and obstacle courses in various parts of India in his 4 Years of Running. With a personal best of 90 minutes in a half marathon, he continues to put his best foot forward in every race and run. He ran 1300 Kms during the 100 Days of Running in 2016.
In October 2014, he ran a 5 Km Obstacle race, on the very next morning after completing an 80 Kms Ultra Trail Run the previous day. Earlier this year, he Paced a Half Marathon just a week after getting injured at the 70 Km mark during an Ultra Race in the White Desert.
It is not just completing a race that’s on his mind. Manik Dhodi is a runner with a far greater ambition than that. The beginning of it is ‘Running 365’, an initiative by him to encourage others to take up running or any form of fitness.
For him, the inspiration comes from within. He wouldn’t say he has always been motivated to run, but he has always been motivated to try. When he was obese, he had problems like high cholesterol and would tire easily.
So he knew he had to change. Mostly he wanted to change for his children. They are growing up and he wanted to set an example for them.
To keep running, he gave himself short and long term targets. That’s what he does, he keeps a list of challenges and looks forward to specifically training for each of them. He also has the Antarctica run on my list!
Once he got into running, he read a lot about training and diets. he plans his own training sessions now. If he is training for a particular race or a terrain, the schedule varies. He’d train differently for a marathon than an ultra-race.
Racing Vs Pacing is always a “friendly banter” most of my running buddies have with him. Personal best runs to Dinesh are never going to be restricted to those measured by time at race events. That he can get “even one” runner across the finish line is his personal best run!! So once again at the ADHM to score another personal best with anyone who is keen to get to the finish in 1:55 or under – please join the party
Running started for him at the finish line of the Dec 2010 Goa River Marathon where he then participated in the 5km walk. Starring the finish line then and with the intention of seeing the finish line in next year’s edition of the Goa River Marathon, he ran his First HM at the Goa River Marathon Half Marathon of Dec 2011. Since then he has run 24 Half Marathons; 13 Full Marathons, with a couple of ultra trail runs including a 24 hour run and a multi city run spanning, this sport is addictive he claims.
|Goa River Marathon Dec 2013 and 2014 – Half -||2:00 Hours Bus|
|Satara Hill Marathon – Sept 2014 and 2015 – Half -||2:00 Hours Bus|
|Standard chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015 and 2016 Full||4:30 Hours Bus|
|Pune Running Beyond Myself – Oct 2015 – Half -||2:15 Hours Bus|
|Goa River Marathon – Dec 2015 – Full||4:30 Hours Bus|
|Pune Running Beyond Myself – Oct 2016 – Full -||5:15 Hours Bus|
And running is not his profession, it’s his passion. By profession Dinesh is a Chartered Accountant. To connect with him email him on email@example.com.
His favourite line:
"Strength lies in not seeing the finish line…. It's that you have come to the start line is what is strength".
Suresh Srinivasan is a staunch marathoner, a self-driven and a self motivated runner who draws immense inspiration, love and support from his parents & spirituality. His parents have been a big support to him and are equally passionate about his passion for running. He is a nature lover who does not miss any opportunity to run in scenic locations particularly when he is travelling has been running for 16 years stepped into the world of marathon in 2009. With 10 half marathons out of which he has completed 7 ADHM and 3 full marathons 2 SCMM to his credit in the last 7 years with a personal best of 1:36:23 in ADHM 2015 and 3:47:45 in SCMM 2016 improving upon his 2015 SCMM timing of 5:00:42. His passion for running marathons took him to Slovenia, a picturesque country where he took part in his first full marathon on october 26, 2014 to mark his 40th birthday giving himself the most valuable gift of a marathon. The biggest improvement in his running career came when he turned 40. Suresh has participated in obstacle races thrice and has been inspiring & motivating lot of runners and non-runners to take up fitness and running by sharing his fitness journey. Nothing gives him more satisfaction when he sees a non-runner taking up running as a way of life. Suresh is a Pinkathon ambassador and has been volunteering for the last two years and leading a group of Visually Impaired Runners. In 2016 he was an ambassador for Millennium City Marathon. He participated in TOI health 30daystofitness challenge and was interviewed by TOI. His passion for running was covered in the corporate news letter in his company. His other interests include Trekking, photography and loves to explore the scenic parts of the world as a solo backpacker and is a complete health freak and passionate about healthy food and diet. Professionally he is a Corporate Marketing Professional with a Global Consulting Firm and is well networked in the IT Services Industry born in chennai and raised in New Delhi.
She started running in 2012 and her first event was the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. She has been running regularly since then and has participated in various events in India and abroad over the last four years including Berlin, Boston and Tokyo Marathon. Her best time for a half marathon has been 1:36 in Las Vegas, 2015 and the best full marathon is 3:26 in Tokyo Marathon, 2016.
She has been a podium finisher in various events including Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2014 and 2015, Tata Steel 25k 2015, TCS 10k 2014, Chennai Marathon 2016 and Pinkathon, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Her first experience with pacing was in 2015 with Hyderabad Marathon where she paced the 2 hour bus for the half marathon. She loved the experience and the connection she formed with the fellow runners. Her second event was Millennium City Marathon here in Gurgaon a few weeks ago, where she paced the 4 hour bus for the full marathon.
She is looking forward to pacing the 2 hour bus and plan a run so my fellow runners can finish the marathon in 1:58 or so. Will share my pacing strategy soon.
She is a mom of two kids. She does the business delevopment, marketing and modelling for www.kinche.com and www.shopkaito.com. The brands work in recycled, organic and sustainable fashion and home accessories.
Umesh Gupta has a long distance running experience of over a decade and over the years has run many Half Marathons and a few Marathons and Ultras. A Mountaineering course led him to realize his passion for endurance sports and since then there has been no looking back for him. After the initial flurry of events across the country and various distances he has largely restricted himself to Half Marathons and has focused himself to running the Airtel Half Marathon (ADHM) as his one run where he likes to dedicate his complete attention to giving his best. Over the years he has improved his timing from over 2 hours to 1 hour 35 minutes at ADHM. His passion for recreational running is so strong that he enjoys running in exotic locations like Lahaul Spiti where he along with a few friends ran over 160 kms at heights over 12000 feet on an average and in global locations like New Zealand, Thailand and Malaysia.
He has been regularly pacing the two hour bus in various events in Delhi NCR over the last couple of years since he realized that there is greater joy in making many realize their goal and personal best than to realize another personal best of his own.
He believes running is one of the best forms of exercise and over the years has started coaching/training new runners to get initiated into his unique program of 0-5 kms in 2 months with running just two days in week. His passion for events also led him to become part of the core team which organizes two of the best running events in Delhi NCR; the Trail-A-thon and Starry Night Marathon, both of which set new standards and benchmarks in running events.
Besides running, Umesh is an avid trekker and has done a number of easy to difficult treks and expeditions in the Himalayas. He is also very passionate about Animal Rights and champions them across his hometown, Gurgaon and works closely with the City Administration for the same.
Professionally Umesh is an Entrepreneur, currently in his third venture after successfully exiting his first two. His current venture is a Award winning Analytics product, Kautilya which introduces a unique concept of a Google like Search to Corporate data for easy English Natural Language Search for Business KPIs.
Avid Mountaineer, Skier, Paragliding Pilot, Ultra runner, triathlete and an entrepreneur.
Second Indian to Finish La Ultra, 111 km run in Ladakh crossing Khardungla pass (18,000 ft) in total 23 hrs (August 2015).
Attempted to climb Mt. Everest via North route. Climbed till ABC, 6400 m altitude when the earthquake hit and the expedition got cancelled (April 2015).
Ironman Triathlon Finisher, finishing (3.9 km Swim+180 km Bike+ 42.2 km Run) in Sweden in 14:37 hrs (August 2014).
Finished the Standard Chartered Mumbai Full Marathon in 4:06 hr (Jan 2015) and the Airtel Delhi Half marathon in 1:39 hr (Nov 2014).
Built a successful fitness tech company called Fitso which is a mobile application that provides Personal Fitness Coach to its users at a very affordable prices. Anyone from anywhere around the Globe can use Fitso to improve their running, fitness, weight management and general health. More than 1 lac people are using Fitso currently. Fitso is biggest platform in India delivering Online Running coaching which is very close to my heart.
Tarun Walecha is a Delhi based Architect, an amateur photographer and a fitness enthusiast. He has been running since 2011 as a part of his fitness regime. What started just a hobby has become his passion. Over these last 6 years he has participated in 19 Half Marathons, 3 Full Marathon and 5 Trail/Ultra Runs including Hell’s Race at an altitude of 3300m. In the calendar year 2014 alone he did 10 HM+ events including Bhatti Lake Ultra and Serco ATB Trail. Tarun's personal best timings is 01:52:52 for half marathon at ADHM'15.
His love for pacing started while pacing for a training run in 2014. Since then he has paced for various half Marathon events in last couple of years, some of them being 2:15 bus at Millennium City Marathon'15, 2:30 bus at Grand Prix Run'15 and 2:15 bus at Decathlon Indirapuram Monsoon Run. He is also co-founder of a running group by the name of RunXtreme.
A keen learner, Tarun has been training under the guidance of various coaches and have attended “The Indian Runnig Summit’ 2016”. He believes that proper training and meticulous planning is the key to strong and injury free running.
ADHM’14 Trial Run with Reebok Running Squad for 6:30 pace
Millennium City Marathon’2015 for 2:15 Hour bus
ADHM’15 Trial Run with Reebok Running Squad for 6:00 pace
GRAND PRIX RUN’ 2015 for 2:30 Hour bus
Women 10K Run’ 2015 for 1:10 Hour bus
Decathlon Indirapuram Monsoon Half Marathon’ 2016 for 2:15 Hour bus
|5k||Potpourri Team Challenge||April’ 2016||00:22:47|
|10k||New Delhi 10K Challnege||Nov’ 2016||00:48:12|
|HM||Airtel Delhi Half Marathon||Nov’ 2015||01:52:52|
|FM||Standard Chartered Mumbai||Jan’ 2016||04:38:08|
Phone: +91 9811198558
Cmde. Joginder Chandna is a serving officer in the Indian Navy. He ran his first Half Marathon at SCMM 2013 with a timing of 1:56, and the second HM was 11 months later at ADHM 2013. Before he ran his Full Marathon at SCMM 2015 with a timing of 4:14, he had already run a 50 kms at the Bhatti Lakes Ultra in 2014 with a timing of 5:40. He thereafter shifted focus to Ultras, by running at the SPBM Benguluru 12 Hours Stadium Run 2015 (94 kms), at the Bangalore Ultra 24 Hours Challenge 2015 (145 kms) and at the SPBM Benguluru 36 Hours Stadium Run 2016 (210 kms). His PB in Half and Full Marathon stands at 1:47 and 4:01 respectively.
He, alongwith Ms Meenal Kotak, also ran 42.2 kms for 10 consecutive days in Mar/Apr 16 as the inaugural event in their Miles into Smiles Initiative, and also ran from Delhi to Jaipur in Jul 16 as part of the Great India Run.
“ The Day I run , I run the Day ; The Day I don’t run , the Day runs me “
Naveen Kundu is the Founder and Managing Director of Leisure Corp Pvt ltd which he set up in 2001 . Naveen has been a running enthusiast since 2010 when he ran his first half marathon in 2:20 followed by his first ADHM in 2:00:40.First Full In 2012 SCMM in 4:43 and First Ultra 50km in 5:49. Naveen a born Asthmatic preferred to take active outdoor sports swimming, cycling and running to overcome asthma rather than rely on medication and inhalers.. Being in travel and hospitality business Naveen travels extensively but carries his running shoes along every where even if he is out for night travel only, to me running is a way of living life and I enjoy every bit of it. His sole objective is to enhance lifestyle of people by getting them to run with a simple technique “ Run a Mile and Walk a While “ , A concept which can Encourage running , enhance timings & energize you post runs . In fact my half marathons were finishing the range of 2 hrs , I could achive my Sub 2 runs by adopting to some regular walking breaks which enabled me to gain strength and run the next mile faster keeping Musco skeletal strength in tact . This ADHM we shall try this method with runners who want to enhance their timings and finish under 2:15 .
Gaurav Pranshu Garg is back!
An official ADHM pacer for consecutive 3rd year, Gaurav is highly experienced as to how to make you achieve your target time on the race day.
Gaurav started his running journey in 2013 and since then he has run various Half Marathons, Full Marathons, Ultra Runs, Night Runs, Obstacle Runs, Trail Runs, Duathlons etc across the globe.
Gaurav's personal best for a half marathon is 1:50:10 which was achieved by him within the period of 6 months of his running journey. He has also ran a HM on India's highest altitude i.e Leh (J & k), he also has the pride of finishing strong 50k ultra run in Bhatti Trail.
2016 has been a glorious year for Gaurav. He participated and completed one of the world's toughest obstacle races SPARTAN - Super, Sprint & Beast in the months of February & October respectively.
With that Gaurav has become the FIRST AND ONLY SPARTAN FROM INDIA.
As a Brand Ambassador he currently represents 2 big brands one for sports apparels & one for sports watches.
Gaurav mentions ADHM always was and is still very close to his heart. He will again take you to the beautiful roads of Delhi's heritage and make you enjoy your run and yet will make sure you finish on time & finish strong.
He strongly believes - "The secret of getting ahead is getting started".
Bangalore based Sunil Chainani is an experienced runner who has run 20 marathons, 6 Ultra marathons and numerous shorter runs in and outside India. Sunil took up running over 10 years ago, and among his significant runs are the Leh marathon, Berlin marathon, the original marathon from Marathon to Athens, 100 km Bangalore Ultra and Comrades. He was among the first Indians in the 'Marathon Maniacs' list, where you get accepted with a minimum criteria of 3 Full marathons in 90 days. He has a Personal HM best of 1:48:01, and has been a pacer at few events besides pacing friends on an individual basis. Prior to taking up distance running, Sunil was a National ranked squash player and has participated in several top tournaments in India and UK.
Sunil is a management consultant and Board member of several reputed companies, and is also a guest faculty member at some of the top business schools in and outside India - he is a great believer in the contribution sports makes towards building good managers and leaders, and is sponsor of the best sportsman award at his alma mater, IIM, Ahmedabad. Despite a hectic work and travel schedule, he manages to spend time running or in the gym at least 4-5 times a week - and has managed to explore the streets of many new cities in and outside India by running.
Sunil believes in the mantra - 'you need to be fit to play a sport, not play a sport to get fit' - and has advised several up coming younger runners on how to supplement running with other exercises for strength, flexibility and balance. He also believes people can take up running fairly late in life - this being inspired by his meeting the legendary Fauja Singh, who ran his first marathon at the tender age of 89!!
With sport being an integral part of his life, Sunil now wishes to spend more time in encouraging runners to help improve their running - one of his goals is to try to get more HM runners to train for a Full marathon and he dreams of the day when a marathon in India could become a major like London or New York.
NSD as he is lovingly called, is an hotelier by profession and works as a Hotel General Manager for The Lemon Tree Hotel Company in Goa. It’s the fire in his belly and the desire to achieve new milestones that gets him hooked on to running. Introduced to running by his boss in 2013, what started as his first sprint for a noble cause at Salvan Cross Country Run, has today crossed more than 15 key marathons – Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Running and Living Formula 1(Half Marathon), Airtel Hyderabad Marathon (Half Marathon), Jaipur Half Marathon, AMITY Gurgaon Half Marathon and the TCS 10K Run at Bengaluru, Rotary Rain Run at Goa, Sriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon, to name a few. Also he has been a pacer of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2015 edition, for 2hrs 40mins bus. ‘Running is like breathing’ he says, and to him life is unthinkable without a good run! Happy pacing!
Rajeev Janveja, or Chef RJ as he loves to be called, is 53 years old, and as passionate about running, as he is about the delectable food he creates. Today, a seasoned runner Rajeev ran his first Half Marathon in August 2015 because a fellow colleague challenged him to do so. Today, umpteen Half Marathons later, Rajeev has evolved as a thorough professional who equates running to therapy and leaves no opportunity to have a good run.
In the last two years of his entrée, he has made quite a mark on the circuit with Airtel Hyderabad Marathon- 2015 (Timing: 2:56:55), Airtel Delhi Marathon-2015 (Timing: 2:28:57), Au Jaipur Marathon-2016 (Timing: 2:09:55), Amity Gurgaon Marathon-2016 (Timing: 2:10:52), Airtel Hyderabad Marathon-2016(Timing: 2:09:21), and FICCI Flo Pune Marathon-2016 (Timing: 02:0023) to name a few.
Food is Rajeev’s first love, as the Corporate Chef of the Lemon Tree Hotels’ group, he is directly responsible for all their ~40 hotels pan India, besides being accountable for the group’s upcoming hotel projects. With a career spanning over 30 years, He has also launched many quality restaurants like the Machan and Ricks at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi; ARENA, an international all day dining at the Taj Deccan and the iconic restaurant Thai Pavillion at Vivanta by Taj, Begumpet. He was closely involved in the renovation, planning and opening of the Indian restaurant Masala Bay at the Taj Land’s End, Mumbai. Rajeev is widely travelled and has visited a number of countries including Switzerland, France, and Malaysia, to do many food festivals. He was also the personal Chef to Prime Minister Sh. Atal Bihari Bajpai, during his travel to Iran. At Lemon Tree, he is playing a key role in revamping the group’s culinary strategy and F&B operations, thus, actively helping the group in achieve its vision of being the dominant mid-market hotel chain in India. While delivering his ideas and mandate on food concepts, he also emphasizes a lot on healthy living and fitness. In fact his enthusiasm towards marathons is so infectious that over a dozen team members are training to be pros under him, and a large number have taken up running as a hobby to stay fit.
A family man with two very talented daughters, Rajeev has left no stone unturned at home as well. With his constant encouragement, Ishani & Supria, ran the Amity Gurgaon Marathon, shoulder to shoulder with their dad, a first of many more that are sure to follow.
To Rajeev running is become a daily affair, he craves to run each day even when travelling on his ever so hectic work trips for it’s the perfectionist Chef in him, that believes - the recipe to excellence can only be achieved if seasoned with a pinch of daily practice, a dash of skill and a spoonful of attitude. Always eager to take on a new challenge, Rajeev keenly awaits the Mumbai Full Marathon 2017, where he plans to create another new milestone, as always running like a breeze.
Tanuja Sodhi was amongst 22 women selected from all over India for the first batch of lady officers in the Indian Navy in 1992. She owes her robust physical fitness to her physically rigorous life-style in the Armed Forces.
Nutritionist & Fitness Consultant
Ever since completing her naval tenure, she has been working as a nutritionist and a fitness consultant with vast experience in handling cases such as obesity, hypo-thyroid, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases. She helps people make realistic and permanent life-style changes which they can pursue lifelong by providing customized diet plans based on their life-style issues. Driven by her practical experience of taking group classes like step aerobics, cardio kickboxing, circuit training, boot camp, body composition, power yoga, etc. in her own fitness studio for several years, she took to consulting her clients on various aspects of fitness. From the point of establishing what form of exercises are suitable for her clients based on their lifestyles and physical conditioning, up to the stage of designing fitness schedules for them, Tanuja advises them all with great commitment and panache.
Tanuja Sodhi has authored a book on child nutrition published by the reputed Rupa Publications. The book is like a ready reckoner that helps parents in dealing with children all through their growing years from ages 3 to 18 with practical diet and fitness tips. She has been a regular blogger having blogged on subjects such as child nutrition, balanced diet and fitness on her website tanujasodhi.com and as a nutrition and wellness expert at Parentune.com, a pro-parent community.
Tanuja has conducted a number of corporate workshops and motivational talks on nutrition and fitness at reputed organizations such as Nestle, Coca Cola, Airtel, Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Parentune.com, Search Quest, NTT Data, SABIC, MOVEfit Summit 2016, etc. Her talks focus on spreading the message of wellness through balanced diet and regular exercise.
Tanuja started running at the young age of 40, and ever since, has run numerous full and half marathons and one Ultra marathon (50kms). She has been a podium finisher in numerous races. She was adjudged the Runner of the Year 2012 (Winner) and the Runner of the Year 2013 (Runner up) in the women’s category across the entire Delhi-NCR region. She has also dabbled with Olympic Distance triathlons in recent years.
Sanjeev Chhabra, an avid sports enthusiast took to distance running in college. After college, he managed an on-off affair with Running till the marathon movement in India bit him too, in 2007.
A resident of Delhi, he has run several marathons, and admits to not keeping a conscious count. His best Half Marathon timing is 1:56 in ADHM 2014. His personal favourite, though, is an 8 hour full marathon, where he paced a first timer to a personal longest distance.
His own longest distance has been 80 km at the Bhatti Lakes Ultra to commemorate his 50th year with a 50 miler.
He has been running barefoot since 2012 simply because it feels better, and advises barefoot running to anyone who mentions the word ‘injury’.
A running addict, he is known to run in unconventional situations, like an all night run, or running a half marathon inside an apartment (not on a treadmill), or running to office.
He has paced the 2:45 and 2:20 buses at previous editions of the ADHM.
Professionally, an architect from IIT, he works as a management expert with the Design and Construction Industry. He blogs in his free time, using humour as a mode to share his thoughts. He is also a Walk-the-Talk environmentalist who commutes to work fuel free using a mix of the Metro and cycling.
His pacing strategy for the 2:30 bus is to run a consistent pace of 7 minutes a kilometer and keep 2 minutes in the bank.
Adil S Nargolwala is a passionate runner and cyclist. He has completed over 60 half marathons, 23 full marathons all over India and abroad since the time he started running 7 years ago. His aim is to complete the 6 majors of the world having so far done New York, London Berlin and Chicago.
Adil has also done cycling Brevet rides and is a Triple Super Randonneur. Cycling long distance without support is not an easy task and this has made him a stronger person
Apart from this motor sports is his other love. As a senior steward of the Federation of Motor sports in India he has adjudicated over many events all over India.
Community service is also an important part of his life and he has been a trustee of the Parsi community in Delhi for the past 25 years.
As a Senior General Manager HR (Head – Talent Acquisition) in WNS Global Services a BPM major and NYC listed company he also manages sports in the organization and has encouraged many to participate in running and other sporting events.
Adil has also been a pacer in many events and has confidently managed to bring his bus to the finish line on time making many runners achieve their goal time.
He can be contacted on his Facebook page to understand his pacing strategy.
Ankush Mendiratta is a Human Resources leader who took to running when he hit mid life crisis way back in 2009.
Fondly known as “Don” in the running fraternity, Ankush till date has run over 80 events(including half marathons, full marathons & Ultras). His focus has been more on endurance than on speed and that probably made him run his first ultra(50 km) before he ran his first full marathon. He has run many half marathons across Delhi, Gurgaon, Goa, Chandigarh & Mumbai. He has run full marathons in Amsterdam, Gurgaon, Bangalore & Mumbai & Ultras (upto 100 km) in Gurgaon, Delhi(Bhatti) & Bangalore(trail runs).
Ankush believes running is a cure for everything – right from de-stressing to connecting to ones inner soul to finding solutions to life’s challenges ! He says he feels on top of the world when he is part of the journey of new runners & eventually takes them across the finish line.
Vinod started long distance running as a late veteran. Within the first year he chalked up a number of half-marathons and his maiden full marathon. The second year saw his first ultra and an under two-hour half. He has never looked back since having participated in 35 major HM events, 8 FM and 4 Ultras. He is a regular fixture in the ADHM for the half and the SCMM for the full. He has paced in the ADHM earlier and in other races.
Vinod has founded a local running group in Gurgaon - the Palam Vihar Running Junkies (PJ’s). Come rain or shine, the group targets 20km every Sunday and jointly prepares for major races. Vinod is also co-founder of the registered charity, Run With Me. The charity motivates and supports promising underprivileged runners. It also organizes the annual Gurgaon Runners Awards.
Vinod is also a writer often peppering his stories with tales of running including his well appreciated fantasy - Running Through Heaven & Hell. For Vinod, running is more than a fitness regime – it is a way of life.
Professionally, Vinod is an MBA from IIMA and has worked with major industry groups in marketing, retail, and fashion in Canada and India.
They say, 'Life is 10% what happens to you & 90% how you react to it.'This quote pretty much sums up Bijender's life. From Sonipat to Sone ki Nagari Mumbai, from being rejected by NDA as student to being an IIM Kolkata alumni & pursued by top B-schools as a teacher Bijender has come a long way. He is passionate about giving back to the society the pearls of wisdom that he has garnered in his career journey. He serves as a visiting faculty at some of the top B Schools in the country & is in advisory / academic council of premier universities.
He is currently working at US pharma multinational MSD India as Director – Human Resources based out of Mumbai.
While Bijender was carving his career, he realised a couple of years back that health (read weight) was not at its best & that’s where he took up running! In last 2 years he has run 27 marathons! He has driven multiple running events even in his organization to promote the cause of running & wellness. He is an enthusiastic speaker and trainer who has galvanized and influenced lot of people into running. In this year alone he has got about 250+ people into running for the 1st time. He paces runners to finish line saying, 'when your legs get tired, run with your heart”.
From non-runner to runner to pacer his journey has been eventful. He says Pacing is his way of giving back to running community as like in HR, it helps him support several runners in achieving their goals.
So if you have never done a half marathon in less than 2:50 hrs, then join this bus because it will have lots of fun , pictures , masti & you will end up with a smile at the finish line with a sense of pride and achievement !
Engineer by profession, Mr. Amit Sinha is a seasoned runner who has been running Half marathons from last several years and has also done a sub-4 SCMM full marathon. Amit had started running in school and clocked 18 min in his first 5K race. But spirit could not continue long because of academic pressure. After joining corporate he started thinking again that what is one thing which excites him most and he came to the conclusion: 1. Running 2. Writing. He restarted the journey in 2012 and this year he clocked two sub-100 min half marathon. First in New delhi half marathon and then in Cherapunji half marathon. He enjoys trail running most and regular runner of Sunday Run Club(SRC) from east delhi/Noida.
Amit understands a runner’s goal should be beyond mere timings and instead more focused on becoming a better and more knowledgeable runner, for life. Hence he is a keen reader for books focusing on better techniques of posture and running. He has attended several running programs on how to be efficient and injury-free. He is very clear that there are no shortcuts to success and the road ahead would require discipline, perseverance and sacrifices. He believes running workouts are crucial but doesn’t complete the picture as a runner must do aerobic, strength, core and flexibility training, proper nutrition planning, be mentally strong and sufficiently rested to experience success. He says he is still learning and would continue to do so all through life.