HIMALAYAN 100 MILE STAGE RACE: DARJEELING, INDIA
October 29 – November 02, 2017
The 27th Himalayan Run & Trek International Annual Events (Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race) went off successfully during October 29 – November 02, 2017 in Darjeeling area, the North-East Himalayan ranges. Adventurers from 11 countries including Germany, UK, Austria, USA, Argentina, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, Scotland, Spain, Canada, etc. took part in this novel event. The Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race has been distinguished as one of the world’s most challenging and toughest endurance events with ‘AAA’ rating.
Mr. Rex William Whittle (77 Years) from UK who participated in the event for 9th time flagged off the race while admiring the efforts made by Mr. C S Pandey, Race Director in encouraging the runners from all over the world to see the unparalleled beauty of the Himalaya and promoting such an event which is very unique.
Mr. Paul Freary from UK won the 27th International Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race with an overall time of 17 Hrs. 35 Min. got the privilege to receive the Sant Nagpal Baba Memorial Gold Award with the first prize. Among males, the second and third position won by Mr. Mariano Ontanon (Argentina) with a time of 18 Hrs. 01 Min. and Mr. Jeremy Scriven (Australia) with a time of 21 Hrs. 31 Min. respectively. Among the females, the first position won by Ms. Catherine Blaine (USA) with a time of 20 Hrs. 15 Min., the second position won by Ms. Nina Razavi (USA) with a time of 22 Hrs. 36 Min. and Ms. Maike von Heymann (Germany) with a time of 23 Hrs. 01 Min. declared the third winner.
The youngest participant is Mr. Brett Baker from UK (15 Years). The oldest participant is Mr. Rex Whittle from UK (77 Years) while award for environmental mission was presented to Ms. Maria Llavador from Spain. In this race, female participants gave tough competition to male participants. This event is also described as most beautiful race in the world and most challenging, endurance race in the world.
Mr. S Bandhopadhyay, IG SSB was the chief guest and Mr. A K Nath, DIG, SSB was honorable guest. On behalf of SSB, IG SSB conveyed his special thanks to Shri C S Pandey for promoting eco-friendly adventure sports in Darjeeling region worldwide and if such events take place in the country and world, there will be no need of soldiers with arms. He highly appreciated the efforts, enthusiasm and energy of Mr. C.S.Pandey in the field of adventure tourism mentioning that the team who has organized this beautiful race for 27 years, for all that credit goes to Mr. C S Pandey who is organizing this race with only single team and it is only possible by the sincere, dedicated and specialized efforts of Mr. C S Pandey. He also appreciated the efforts of Mr. Rex Whittle who was the oldest participant and cherished his passion of running in the Indian Himalaya at the age of 77 years and he did the flag-off ceremony too.
This year, while running, runners enjoyed rains, hails, clouds, fog and beautiful snowfall and then majestic view of shining sun. Such spectacular views are visible in the mountains very rarely.
The course traversed vast tea gardens, isolated jungles and small villages. Participants also got opportunity to have the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (four out of five highest peaks in the world). According to the runners, the race trail is most beautiful and exciting. It also offers a rare and once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the cold breezes that hover around the rhododendron forests which holds more than four thousand types of flowering plants and three hundred varieties of rare ferns.
Simultaneously the 23rd Everest Challenge Marathon also took place on the third day of the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race.
Mr. C. S. Pandey & Ms. Mansi Pandey were the Race Director and Asst. Race Director of the events. According to C S Pandey, “eco-friendly adventure sport is the best way to enhance ones’ spirits and brighten life. Becoming one with nature is the most satiating experience one can have, as it helps to keep the body and mind in perfect condition.” The central ambition behind this eco adventure sport mission is to preserve the environment and thousands year old local heritage of Indian Himalaya for future generation.
MT. EVEREST CHALLENGE MARATHON
OCTOBER 31, 2017, DARJEELING, INDIA
The 23rd International Annual Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon was successfully held on October 31, 2017 at Darjeeling. It started at Sandakphu National Park with the participants from 11 countries (Germany, UK, Austria, USA, Argentina, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, Scotland, Spain, Canada) negotiated the trails from Sandakphu to Rimbik via Phalut. The trail course varies from 12,000 ft to 6,350 ft.
Mr. Mariano Ontanon from Argentina won the first position with a time of 5 Hrs. 14 Min. The second position went to Mr. Paul Freary from UK with 5 Hrs. 32 Min. and the third position went to Mr. Jeremy Scriven from Australia with 6 Hrs. 46 Min. Among females, Ms. Catherine Blaine from USA was the first woman to finish the marathon with an overall time of 6 Hrs. 19 Min. Second position went to Ms. Nina Razavi (USA) & Ms. Maike von Heymann (Germany) with 7 Hrs. 33 Min. and third women to finish was Ms. Rosemary Baker from UK with a time of 8 Hrs. 13 Min. Walkers got a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the serene and magnificent beauty of trail at own pace.
Participants seemed to agree with Runners World magazine in describing the Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon as the “World’s Most Beautiful Marathon”. Mr.C.S.Pandey was the Race Director.
The course traversed isolated jungles and small villages and participants got an opportunity to have the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (four out of five highest peaks in the world). The event was held simultaneously with the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race.
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