Sikkim marathon man
Gangtok, June 20: Amar Subba, Sikkim’s Marathon Man, has added another feather to his cap by finishing 3rd in a 24-hour run in Mumbai over the weekend.
The 50-year-old covered 152.8km in 24 hours of almost non-stop running, 12km short of the winner, Narendra Ram of Delhi, who covered 164.8km in the same time. Navin Pant of Mumbai with 162km was the first runner-up.
Long-distance runs are judged on the distance covered in a given time. In all, 47 runners from across the country took part in the Mumbai event.
Subba, who took to long-distance running after he crossed 40, has taken part in a number of ultra marathons, both in the country and abroad. He had stood tenth in a 12-hour run in Hyderabad last month.
“I could have done much better but for an ankle injury in the first 5 hours of the run (in Mumbai). My target was to cover at least 160km. It was only because of my fast running in the last hour that I could pip the runner who stood fourth,” Subba told reporters in Gangtok on Tuesday.
The weather was a challenge, too. “The weather in Mumbai was very humid. The good thing, though, was that it rained intermittently throughout the run,” said Subba. (Courtesy: TT)