Cyclists, aged 7 to 70, brave tricky Mangar trail
The organisers said that the event is meant to promote fitness and good healthUpdated: Feb 04, 2018 23:48 IST
Nandini Nayar Sharma, 53, flew all the way from Singapore to get a feel of the Mangar trail, where a large-scale trail-a-thon was organised on Sunday morning.
Sharma, a professional in legal services at the Supreme Court of Singapore, ran a trail of 14 kilometres for the first time, though she has covered seven kilometre-trails in other marathons.
“It was a big event and I did not want to miss it. We have marathons in Singapore also but the Mangar trail holds a special attraction for me,” Sharma, who has ties to Gurgaon, said.
Like Sharma, there were a number of people who had come from foreign countries and other cities of India, including Mumbai and Pune, to run and cycle in Mangar Bani, a sacred grove in Aravalli hills, off the Gurgaon-Faridabad road.
People between the ages of seven and 70 participated with vigour in the trail-a-thon 2018, conducted by fitness groups in Delhi-NCR, under the banner of Aravalli Trail Blazer, to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as awareness about the Aravallis.
The organisers said that around 1,650 people participated in the event, of which 25 were cyclists.
“I started running at the age of 51 to improve my fitness. I had apprehensions about my knees getting damaged but I consulted some experts and everything was fine after I started. Now, we have a group that regularly goes on runs,” Dr Anjali Nayar, who also completed the 14km run said.
Anjali is a doctor in a city hospital and is Nandini’s sister. This was Nayar’s fifth marathon and the sisters were joined by Smita Pant, an HR professional.
One of the youngest participants, nine-year-old Tvisha Chawla, a Gurgaon resident, said she loved the jungle trail and has decided to take up running as a hobby.
Among the oldest, 72-year-old DS Negi, a retired HR professional, said he picked up the habit of going on runs over the last year. “I used to go for morning walks regularly but was inspired by some youngsters who used to run,” Negi, of South city 2, who completed the seven-kilometre run-cum-walkathon, said.
Emlyn Phillips, a 43-year-old UK national, said he loves the natural, clean and green trail of Mangar. “I have been training with a local runners’ group and love coming here,” said Phillips, who works as a financial consultant in Gurgaon. Phillips complete a run of 28 kilometres.
A data scientist from Noida, 34-year-old Mayank Jain, also started running a year ago and is now deeply involved with running events. “I am a part of a 20-member group and I have come here for the first time. Mangar is beautiful.”
“There is something for everyone in the Mangar Trail-a-thon. The finishers get medals that double up as belt buckles. The aim of the event is fitness and environment protection,” Umesh Gupta, one of the organisers, said.
“Such events are a great help in spreading the message of fitness so that more people join in,” Gagan Trikha, a 44-year-old event management professional, said. This was Trikha’s second trail-a-thon and he completed 21 kilometres.