The Great Run of Punjab Runners Meet
Our Panel Experts
A colonel in Indian Army, an ultra runner having run the World’s highest ultra marathon…The Khardungla Challenge, many full and half marathons, fondly called Coolest Jeet in the running community, calls running a meditation.
Running was never his cup of tea even being in the uniform for a long time. Even at the peak of his fitness level he used to find excuses to avoid running. But finally got bitten by the running bug in June 2015 influenced by his partner in crime Sandeep Chikara. And now he has passed on this running virus to his entire family. In his words, The best running Gift by God to me is that my whole family runs”
With a PB for half marathon is 1:34 , 3:45 for full and 43 minutes for 10k, his advice to all budding runners is they must run daily, like we eat daily, drink water daily and DO Not over do and with running also do your crossfit and yoga to add Tadka to your running skills.
In 4 years of running life, Sandeep has ran 28 half marathons, 6 full marathons and 2 Ultra Marathons including Khardungla Challenge 72 km and Mashobra 80 km Tuffman
Ran first half marathon in Oct 2013 Delhi Heritage run by coach Ravinder, he did it in 1 hour 57 minutes. His best timing for half marathon is 1 hour 38 minutes, best timing for full marathon is 3 hours and 45 minutes.
He runs 10km on an average daily! Has consistently finished 21 Half Marathons (21.1km) in 21 days..! Yes that is Raminder Bhatia for us. His mantra is to start the day with at least one hour of running. He is accomplished 8 full marathons and a dozen half marathons with personal best timing for a marathon is 3:23hrs and for a half marathon is 1:29hrs. He believes that start is always difficult, but finishing a run gives you ultimate contentment.
Mrs.India International 2017
She is a Winner of prestigious title Mrs. India International 2017 after winning Mrs. Chandigarh .Holding two titles in a row she made India proud while she represented India at International Platform at West Virginia ,US in August 2017. She has won “Woman Icon of the year” awarded by Hon’ble Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and “Woman Achiever of the year award Ramdas Athwale & Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.She willingly serves and extend a hand to many NGO’s and primarily taken up a cause of Education for under-privileged children and led Initiative called “Book the Train” across Country which helped collect 23,840 books for 846 children across 107 schools in 16 cities covering major states of India and continue to work to serve be a torch bearer. Being a super-mom to her 5 year old boy she embraces her all success to her parents humble up-bringing.
A podium finisher at Sahyadri 100 miler in Mumbai, Smriti is a 23rd old LLB student who has a passion for long distance running. She has 6 full marathons, many half marathons and has accomplished 90kms at 12hr stadium run.
Alex Paul Thomas
The only competition you have is ‘you’ – Is the story of 38 year old Lt. Col. Alex Paul Thomas, currently posted in Chandigarh.
Since childhood Alex has been very much involved in running and other physical activities. Being an army man running has been a part of regular routine for Alex also. 3 years ago while he was in Chennai, he felt the fascination for running marathons. Since then he has run over 30 marathon including 7 Full Marathons and 20+ Half Marathons. Alex says running brought discipline, commitment and a focus which is useful in every aspect of his life. He further adds that due to the nature of the service he is in, he don’t have much contact with civilians but running helped him to be a part a wonderful community of runners. In which they share common feeling of brotherhood and oneness. He motivates other by saying running is all about your capabilities and your capacity, you should never compete with others in running and that’s the beauty of running. In every next run your competition is you only not the others, who are running with you.
Stephan Van Der Merve
Writer of the blogging site Running With A Friend, an ultra runner who has lost the count of number of ultra marathons he has accomplished and for whom running remains as simple as being in the moment of run itself, a state of joy where one wishes the run never ends, Stephan Van Der Merve has become a name to reckon with. In his words “Running is not for me about winning races or setting records, but a challenge to be the best I can be”.