HISTORY OF sorts was made when more than 1,200 people participated in the Bayonet Bahadur Infantry Day mini marathon held in Mhow on Sunday morning. Colonel’s Academy and Infantry School, the organisers, didn’t expect such a huge turnout of people from all walks of life.
This year the marathon has been organised in memory of Col Fateh Jang Bahadur, who was an infantry officer and a renowned mountaineer and founder of the Colonel’s Academy School.
The marathon that was held in eight categories started from the Garrison ground. The first race for women started at 6.15 am while the other categories (junior girls, junior boys, senior girls, senior boys, veterans, civilians open and army) started in intervals of 10 minutes. However, the enthusiasm of the participants could be judged from the fact that they started arriving at the ground at 5.30 am.
Officers, JCOs and jawans of the 26th Battalion of Maratha Light Infantry under the leadership of its Commanding Officer Col V N Sawant were deployed to look after the race and the participants.
The race that started from the Garrison ground culminated at the same place where the judges Lt Col Samir Kishore, Arjun Bahadur and Major V P Singh recorded the timings and positions of the arriving participants.
Cash prizes of about Rs 50,000 were given to the winners of the race in which the lowest prize was of Rs 800 while the first prize was Rs 10,000. The marathon was organised as a part of the Infantry celebrations going on in Mhow. Infantry Day is celebrated on October 27 every year.
Infantry School Commandant Lt Gen Satyevir Yadav and Colonel’s Academy principal Kiran Bahadur distributed the prizes to the winners. The winners of all the categories were awarded the Infantry Colonel Fateh Bahadur trophy along with cash prizes.
Havaldar S S Amir won the race in the veterans’ category, while Col Jagdish Singh and Ramesh Babulal finished second and third respectively. Rifleman Rambir Singh won the race in the 15 km army category, whereas Sepoy Anthony Kikon and Rifleman Anil Singh followed him.
Jitendra Singh was the winner in the 15-km open civilians category, while Tarachand and Kamal Chohan finished second and third. Indu Pravin was the winner in the women’s category followed by Poonam Bisht and Mamta Negi. Prakash Mishra won the race in the senior boys’ category, while Ajay Kumar and Ravindra Singh finished second and third.
Poonam Purohit was the winner in the senior girls’ category, while Deeksha Chouhan and Suman Kumari took the second and third spots. In the junior boys’ category, Pankaj Pardeshi was the winner followed by Neeraj Pardeshi. In the junior girls’ category, Neha Mukherjee was the winner while Sanku Kumari and Priya Yadav came second and third.
After distributing the prizes, Lt Gen Yadav in his address said that the huge turnout of civilians in the race showed that the people of Mhow were devoted to sports.
He further said that the Army stands with the public in times of not only war but also for strengthening civilian-army relations, peace and harmony in the nation. Adjutant of 26 Maratha Light Infantry Major Joydeep Mukherjee conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Hindustan Times was the media sponsor of the event.