Everest Marathon: Nepal Army runners win Full Open and Extreme Ultra categories

The race started from the Everest Base Camp on Sunday morning. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

The race started from the Everest Base Camp on Sunday morning. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

KATHMANDU: With Nepali runners dominating the open categories of full and ultra marathons, the 14th edition of Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon concluded on the lap of Mt Everest in Solukhumbu district on Sunday.

Nepal  Army’s Bed Bahadur Sunuwar won the Full Marathon Open and the same team’s Tirtha Bahadur Tamang notched first place in the Ultra Marathon Open category. The race started from the Everest Base Camp near the Khumbu Glacier at an altitude of 5,364 metres this morning, and concluded at Namche Bazaar (3,446 metres).

Sunuwar completed the distance of 42.195 km in four hours and 10 second to be victorious in the full marathon open category.

He was followed by Bhim Bahadur Gurung (four hours, three minutes and 14 seconds) of Nepal Army, and Suman Kulung  (four hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds) finishing second and third respectively.

“Coming from Terai, running in the world’s Highest Marathon for the first time and wining it is a great experience,” Sunuwar said, “I was happy with just participating with so many nationals and international runners but after winning I am very grateful.”

Tirtha Bahadur Tamang took six hours, 36 minutes and 13 seconds to complete the 60 km distance of the extreme ultra marathon.

Purna Tamang of the Nepal Army (six hours, 45 mins and five seconds) finished second, and DB Kulung third with the timing of six hours, 55 mins and 28 seconds.

Tirtha Bahadur Tamang of Nepal Army wins the 60 km Extreme Ultra Marathon. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

Tirtha Bahadur Tamang of Nepal Army wins the 60 km Extreme Ultra Marathon. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

“I have run Ultra Marathons in many countries and have won gold too. But, the feeling of running in the world’s highest marathon and finishing first on the Ultra Category tops any other medals I’ve ever achieved,” Tirtha Bahadur Tamang has been quoted as saying in a statement issued by the organisers.

The winners of Full Marathon Open and Extreme Ultra Marathon categories have bagged a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 each, while those who finished second and third received Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

Robert Celinski from Poland (four hours, 24 minutes and eight seconds) notched the first place in the Full Marathon Open Foreigners category.

Fabrice Kah from France  (five hours, 15 mins and four seconds) was second and Joseph Wynes from the United States of America third with the timing of five hours, 41 mins and 12 seconds.

 

Robert Celinski from Poland crosses the finishing point at Namche Bazaar. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

Robert Celinski from Poland crosses the finishing point at Namche Bazaar. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

“I am very pleased with my time this year but I hoped to do better. Hence, I might be back again to compete in the most amazing marathon in the world,” Celiniski said.

“The trail was hard but it was equally beautiful at the same time. I am very proud to have run this event again and became first in the International Runners open category once again,” he has been quoted in the statement.

Nepal’s runners dominated the Full Marathon Open Female category also.

Purnimaya Rai finished the distance in five hours and 24 seconds to be victorious, while Nirkala Kulung took five hours, 38 minutes and one second to cross the finish line as she stood second.

 

Nepal's Purnimaya Rai arrives at the finishing point at Namche Bazaar. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

Nepal’s Purnimaya Rai arrives at the finishing point at Namche Bazaar. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

Pasang Dolma Sherpa finished third with the timing of six hours 31 minutes and 39 minutes.

Meanwhile, Tenzing Dolmans from the Netherlands won the Half Marathon Open with the timing of three hours, 30 minutes and 13 seconds to complete the 21 km distance.

He was followed by Dominique Hopkins from Australia, who took three hours, 32 mins and 11 seconds to complete the race.

Roshani Rai from India finished third in the category. Her timing was four hours, two minutes and eight seconds.

Those who stood first, second and third in the Full Marathon Open Foreigner, Full Marathon Open Female, and Half Marathon Open categories have bagged Rs 50,000, Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000 each respectively.

As many as 171 runners, including 37 from Nepal, had taken part in the 14th edition of Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

This year’s event was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Nepal and Britain.

The British Ambassador to Nepal, Richard Morris, also took part in the function organised after the conclusion of Everest Marathon at Namche Bazaar.

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British Ambassador Richard Morris at Namche Bazaar. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

British Ambassador Richard Morris at Namche Bazaar. Photo: Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. thehimalayantimes

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