The Panampilly Nagar Runners

The Panampilly Nagar Runners
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“Stop telling somebody they don’t appear to be a runner. Runners don’t have one look.”

This put up on the FB web page of Soles of Cochin Kerala (SOCK) is encouraging folks to shed their inhibitions and begin running. It is considered one of their newest initiatives — amongst varied actions like blindfold running, running backwards, village runs and others — which they’d deliberate earlier than COVID-19. Founded in 2013, the membership is about to conduct the Spice Coast Marathon, Kerala’s standard running occasion, on December 4.

“In the decade after the membership was based, the variety of runners in Kochi and Kerala has elevated phenomenally and satellite tv for pc clubs with their very own character and actions have sprung up,” says Ramesh Kanjilimadhom, considered one of the founders of Soles of Cochin Kerala.

This 12 months, over 6,000 folks will take part in the occasion, which has been instrumental in making a vibrant running tradition in Kerala.

 Women onboard

Members of the Tripunithura Royal Runners

Members of the Tripunithura Royal Runners

“Soles is the mum or dad physique based mostly out of Edappally. Runners couldn’t take part in runs originating there and be again in time for the workplace; that led to localities having their very own teams,” says Meenakshi Shankar, who based the Tripunithara Royal Runners in 2013 when the metropolis hosted the first worldwide half marathon. With over 34 ladies in the group of 90, she says the problem is to get extra ladies on board. “We have two ladies of their 60s, we are actually actively encouraging ladies to shed their inhibitions about their physique and run for a wholesome life.”

Promoting Village runs

The Aluva-based Periyar Runners, , initiated a half marathon referred to as the Kadungalloor Village Run and in addition organises the solely timed 10-kilometre Periyar River Run. Abdul Manaf, considered one of the founders, says, “We have greater than 100 members, each men and women. We run thrice per week: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We start at 5.30 am from Kadungallur and take the path to Vazapuzha.” With many members from the IT trade, they’ve a median of 15-20 regulars on weekdays. Earlier the group ran at the Aluva Manappuram Shiva Kshethram grounds however modified the venue to UC College after the 2018 floods.

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The Aluva-based Periyar Runners

The office-goers’ run

The Panampilly Nagar Runners (PNR) run by way of the busiest roads in the coronary heart of the metropolis. Wearing t-shirts of the identical color, the group has nurtured an identification that has “attracted consideration and introduced the curious into the group,” says Aelred Jude who based the membership in 2018 alongside together with his colleague Baiju Lawrence; each work in a multinational firm.

“We began with 5 members and are actually over 200,” he provides. The run usually begins at 5.15 am however the group coordinates timings by way of social media. In the evenings, members additionally meet for a Yoga or martial arts session. “Everybody can run; it’s an intuition inside us,” says Aelred who, in 2019, did the 100-mile Longowal to Jaisalmer run. His recommendation for long-distance running is to “cut back velocity and take small steps.”

Running and Cycling

The Chathiath-based Queensway Riders and Runners (Team QR) was based in 2019 by Libin Sebastian and his enterprise accomplice Patrick Mathew. The membership, with over 85 members has a driving wing too. It conducts 10-kilometre runs twice per week from the Queensway waterfront to Gandhi Statue and again. Libin champions running for well being and in addition as a result of it’s cheap. “You solely want good footwear,” he says. He is trying ahead to taking part in the Goa Marathon on December 11 after the Spice Coast Marathon.

Chathiath-based Queensway Riders and Runners (Team QR) 

Chathiath-based Queensway Riders and Runners (Team QR) 

Into social actions

“Running has made a giant distinction in our lives,” says Majru T.A., who based Fort Cochin Runners in 2019. The group, which began with seven runners now has nearly 100 members on its roll, and is getting ready to conduct the Carnival Run on December 18 in Fort Kochi.

The Fort Cochin Runners

The Fort Cochin Runners

The run begins every day at 6 am from Fort Kochi: they cowl eight to 10 kilometres on weekdays and run 20-25 kilometres on weekends. Their favorite routes are Willingdon Island and the coastal path to Kanammaly. On weekends, they find yourself having tea or breakfast at a member’s house.  “Bonding over it has led to many different group actions like seaside cleansing and charity work too,” provides Majru. Anish Abdilazeez, a Master on a ship and an early member of the group, says that this group has many every day wage staff as members. He remembers a runner’s spouse telling him that the exercise had given her husband new pals and a brand new that means to life.

Spice Coast Marathon

Date: December 4, 2022

Categories: Marathon (42.2 kilometres), Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), Fun Run (5 kilometres).

Start time: 3:30 a.m. for Marathon; 4:30 a.m. for Half Marathon; and seven a.m. for Fun Run

Start and end location: Marine Drive Helipad Ground, Kochi

Flag-off: Sachin Tendulkar

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