Pradeep, is a dedicated runner, keen martial artist, loves to play badminton and does Yoga too. He likes to stay fit and healthy and believes in spreading the culture of fitness to one and all. He loves to do research on new techniques of injury-free running and staying fit.
Pradeep, being an Army officer has been generally staying fit, however, he got into the passion of long distance running after his posting to Delhi in 2014. He did his first ADHM in 2015 with a timing of 1.45:12 and his PB is 1:36:00 in ADHM (2017).
He regularly logs all his runs using his Fitbit. He is a member of the running group “West Delhi Runners” and firmly believes that the challenge of long-distance running is easier to achieve by running in a group, as one can feed off each other's energy to achieve their targets.
This is the first time that he will be pacing for TSK 25K. Other than running, he is into regular gym and sports.
Being in the Armed Forces, he encourages his colleagues, superiors, and subordinates to run/walk as a regime. He is a strong enthusiast for good healthy living and enjoys giving runners the thrill of successfully completing their desired targets.
Sandeep Madan, fondly known as Sandy amongst his friends, is a devoted runner. His day is incomplete if he doesn’t move out of the house early morning for a run or even for a walk. Why? Because it undoubtedly helps him to keep fit, agile and active in his fiftieth year of existence on the planet earth. In addition to all its health and fitness advantages, running to him is like a meditation. It clears the mind and reduces anxiety and help him focus, escape negative thinking, or overcome personal demons if any.
Running has always been part of his life since his boarding school days, thereafter during training in NDA and IMA he had not ventured beyond 10K. It was during his tenure in Kolkata in 2013 that he started his morning runs regularly with his course mate Manoj. It was only in Dec 2014 when for the first time he participated in an organized event which incidentally happened to be the first edition of TSK25. He was quite impressed with the enormity of the event and probably got bitten by the running bug. Consequently, he started participating in various local as well as outstation running events. He ran his first HM in Nov 2015 (ADHM) and FM in Jan 2017 (SCMM). His passion for running took him to the cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Shillong, Leh, Nainital etc. Successful attempt of an FM in high altitude region of Ladakh in Sep 2017 encouraged him to venture into the uncharted territory of Ultra Running. He ran 74 K Garhwal Runs in Feb 2018 from Dehradun to Dhanaulti (net elevation gains of 2500 m) and in bargain qualified for 111 K category of La Ultra. The High. Participation in La Ultra has been the high point of running for him. La Ultra (111 K) entails ascent from 10000 feet to 17500 feet and thereafter descent to 11000 feet, to be covered in 20 hours. He has never chased PBs but has always tried to enjoy his runs for a super strong finish with a smile.
Sandy no longer stays in Kolkata, but he remains connected with his running buddies of the city and the joy of running with them keeps bringing him back to the city. He has participated in all previous four editions of TSK25, so he decided to be a pacer in its fifth edition. Moreover, the event this time coincides with Vijay Diwas, so more reason for the army man to help fellow runners achieve their target timing. He has been pacer before also in a couple of events and has experienced the joy and happiness of runners who in his Pacer’s Bus could achieve their target. Sandy wishes to experience it once again.
Sandy has been serving the nation in Olive Greens proudly for last 27 years.
Yogesh Gera is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast from Chandigarh. Yogesh’s devoted relationship with running began around ten years ago as a mode to stay fit & avoid medicines in daily life. Apart from running, cycling and CrossFit are his others fitness pursuits. He has been the founder member of two large running groups - Chandigarh Runners & Daudta Punjab.
Yogesh ran his first half marathon in Shimla in 2009 and running soon became a passion. He has run more than 70 ultras, full & half marathons across India, Asia, Europe & USA. He’s been regularly participating in major running events and has run 8 editions of ADHM & 7 of Mumbai Marathon.
He’s run Kolkata 25K twice, his PB is 02:02:15 in the 2015 edition. His PB for a Half Marathon is 1:34:29 clocked in Patiala in 2012.
He feels Kolkata is truly the city of joy and finds Kolkata 25K as one of the most beautiful & lively city runs in India. He wants to run the 2018 edition at a steady but relaxed pace to enjoy the run and pull along other runners to have a strong finish in the 2:20 bus.
Yogesh is a part of the Territorial Army of India since 2015, where he serves for two months every year. He is a practising Chartered Accountant since 1998. In his running career, he’s been running for charities and has been a regular fundraiser at Mumbai Marathon. Running for charities & doing the fundraising is what he enjoys most, where he can combine his passion with social responsibility & attain optimum satisfaction.
Munish Bhagi is a multifaceted outdoors person, a nature lover, with interests ranging from running to cycling, hockey to golf, strength workouts to meditation. While he took to endurance running for fitness, it soon became a passion.
While he was initiated into running in 2015 when he commenced training with the ‘West Delhi Runners’ (WDR) of New Delhi, a group of running enthusiasts of diverse skill sets, later he became a part of Elite Runners Academy (ERA) of New Delhi, as well. At ERA he trains under the tutelage of Shri Dinesh Kumar Meena, a remarkable master athlete of international standing, and arguably one of the best running coaches in India. The structured training at ERA inculcated discipline and moderation, and a realization that distance running was as much a mental game as it is a physical challenge, and the results show, for he has been achieving a PB in every successive major event, and all along, has remained injury free. Munish did his first Half Marathon in 2015 @ 1:58:20 and his PB in HM is 1:44:13. Inspired by the biopic on the iconic Indian athlete, his friends often cheer him with ‘Bhag Bhagi Bhag’.
Having achieved a modicum of success in his tryst with running, and moved on from being a rookie to a veteran runner, courtesy the selfless guidance from his running buddies in general and the world class coaching by the running coach turned friend, in particular, Munish feels it is high time that he repaid the debt of gratitude, in part, by motivating and guiding others in attaining their running goals. Hence, these baby steps as a pacer. While he has paced friends in various events, this is his maiden assignment as a pacer in a major event.
An Engineer and MBA, he is an Officer of the Armed Force, and is tough to the core, having served in challenging locations and circumstances, ranging from snow-clad high-altitude terrain to hot stormy deserts to insurgency prone areas and is presently deployed in North East India.
He keenly looks forward to being able to gift to the passengers of his bus, the runner’s high, thrill, joy and contentment of successfully completing 25 km in 2:30 hours. He intends making the journey as delightful as the destination.
In TSK25 of 2018, for him, 'ekla chalo re' has yielded to 'eksanghe chalo re'. Come on board his bus, fasten your seatbelts, get set for the ride of the year, and together, make it the BOTY, the bus of the year.
Chao Lengdon is an ex-Army personnel and running has been part and parcel of his life since the day he joined the training academy in 2003. Presently, he works with an IT firm in Kolkata and manages to clock between 150-200 Km a month. Chao is associated with the Newtown Runners group which he and his run partner Lal Bahadur formed in Jan 2016. The group is seen on the roads of Newtown every morning between 0500 – 0700h.
He started participating in running events with Puma Urban Stampede Kolkata in Dec 2015. Since then he has participated in 4 Full Marathons, 06 Half Marathons and several 10kms. His PBs in each of these categories are as below –
Full Marathon – 04:00:34
Half Marathon – 01:39:00
10 Km – 00:45:34
He paced the 02:30h bus in TCS 25K 2017 and paced in the below 2 events for 21kms @ 01:50h -
BSF Kolkata Half Marathon 2017
Airtel Run for Education 2017
Besides running he is actively involved in Badminton and Swimming.
Mohit Mamgain lovingly called ‘Mohit has been running for the last almost 20 years. He took to running half marathons almost with the advent of organised city events and ran his first in 2013 in under two hours at ADHM.
A strong proponent of scientific training he always advises friends to read up on running and watching YouTube videos in addition to discussions. Mohit believes that running like any other sport must be learnt and not assumed as routine. He has himself immensely benefited from this.
He firmly believes in the dictate, “if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you”. So, one must train insane and enjoy the process, PBs will automatically follow. Mohit got a PB of 01:45:30 at ADHM this year. He also has to his credit an under 49 min 10k during practice with the fastest KM at 4 min 34 sec.
Mohit is preparing for his first full marathon at TMM next year and is eyeing a sub 4 hr finish. He is part of one of the first and elite running groups of Kolkata, the KRR (Kolkata Road Runners). He trains with the members and feels the best thing for a runner to do is join a running group.
Mohit is proud to be associated with pacing the 2h 40 min bus for 25 km in TSK. He is planning and training hard to help aspiring fellow runners achieve their goal!
Pankaj Vatsyayan popularly known as ‘VATSY’ in running circuit, is a 42-year-old runner, who has started as a Half Marathon Runner in 2014 ADHM and graduated towards Ultra Marathon (more than 50 Km) within a year. He has participated in numerous Full Marathons and Ultra Marathons like Mumbai Marathon, Khardungla Challenge (72 Km), Run of Kutch (160 Km) till now. This is his maiden official pacer experience.
Vatsy started his running journey simply to increase his physical activity and slowly he was caught by the essence of running graduated rapidly to Ultramarathons. He believes in Dr Maffetone philosophy for endurance running and lives by it. He has always been a strong advocate of “Injury-Free Running” and believes that all distances are possible by anyone if started gradually. Vatsy feels elated after the run and compares it to meditation. He has achieved Injury-Free Running since 2014, even after countless hours and distances of running.
Vatsy’s Personal Best for the Full Marathon is 4 hours, 16 mins - in Mumbai 2018. Vatsy thoroughly enjoys conversing about running in any forum and any time. He also pens down his running memoirs in his personal FaceBook page.
Professionally, Vatsy is working in Indian Air Force and guarding the sky of the nation. Academically he is an MBA in HR who is nurturing many runners whom he infects with this running bug.
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Devander Bhatia is an Engineer by profession and a Government Official. He loves running, cycling, trekking, travelling and other adventure activities besides reading. He is currently training to be a Yoga instructor. He has several half marathons and full marathons to his credit and has recently joined the triathlete bandwagon. He ran his first 50K run at the Malnad Ultra. Running for him is Zen and the deepest form of meditation where he feels he is one with nature and himself.
Besides health and fitness reasons, he feels running provides him with a platform to be able to meet people from different walks of life. Devander strongly believes that he will be able to transform lives by encouraging people in his immediate circle of influence to run. He runs to enjoy his slice of pizza after a long day at work! He believes in healthy living. Keeping himself abreast with the latest information on running and fitness related issues through blogs and social media is the latest hobby.
He has been a part of the core group of Bangalore TomTom Running team for the year 2016. He also has the privilege of being a pacer at the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon 2016, the TCS 10K 2017 and the SBI Green Marathon 2018, Bengaluru.
Devander welcomes all the runners to join his 02:50:00 min pacer bus for a fun-filled and successful Tata Steel Kolkata 25K.
Name:Santosh Kumar Padhy
Santosh Kumar Padhy is a fitness guy who is always an ardent sports enthusiast. From childhood, he took interest in playing outdoor games like Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball etc. to name a few. Santosh has taken up marathon running from Jan 18 onwards when he did the first timed event of 10Km. Since then he has taken up running more like a passion rather than a competition.
For Santosh, running help in mental stability generates abundant confidence &s; of course helps in shaping your physique which in turn makes your life disease free. For him, running every day with a disciplined approach is a key to success for improved timings & building stamina/endurance.
So far within a span of 10 months, Santosh has completed 3 HMs (IDBI Kolkata 2018, Independence Day Run & Ladakh Marathon) Ladakh HM being the first outstation & latest one with 2hrs 20 mins. He has finished IDBI HM & Independence Day Run HM with a timing of 2hrs 17 mins & 1hr 46 mins (PB). Apart from this, he has participated in many 10Km & 15Km races. Santosh was also a part of 100 days of running challenge wherein he ran for continuous 100 days & clocked 500 Km in total. He is also a paced for ARFE 2018 (2hrs 20 mins for 21kms).
Santosh always wants to encourage people around him to participate in running events & wants to spread the message of fitness mantra & healthy life. He feels with the Global warming & pollution taking the front stage, remaining physically fit is utmost important for a healthy life.
Professionally Santosh is an HR person currently associated with one of the biggest Global IT giant. He has spent few of his initial years in Indian Navy & was posted in various warships.
Santosh is associated with a prominent running group named UNIRUNNERS based out of Kolkata.
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Rajendra got into running and other fitness related activities after a reality check post detection of Primary Hypertension in September 14.
After a year of brisk walking and healthy diet and lifestyle changes he started running with the Kolkata Runners Community in 2015. Since then he has run several 10Km (PB of 55:45) ,7 half marathons (PB of 2:02:12) and a Full Marathon (4:46:08) and is currently training for TMM 19 FM at Mumbai. He lost 18 kg of weight and is off medication of hypertension.
For him, age is just a number (he touches fifty on 26 Dec). He hopes to keep running (at least till his 70s) and inspiring people to get fit and keep fit.
He is amongst the initial members of Happy Feet Runners(HFR) running group based at Howrah and is motivating people from all walks of life to join the bandwagon of fitness for life.
Pacing at TSK 25 is another way for him to give back to the running community.
Name:Swaroop Singh Kuntal
Swaroop Singh Kuntal is a dedicated triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, loves to play badminton, hockey, football and Yoga. His favourite discussions are on benefits of staying healthy and motivat-ed. He strongly believes that age is just a number. Swaroop Singh Kuntal encourages everyone to take the First Step towards fitness, as ‘Every Journey Begins with the first Step’.
Swaroop Singh Kuntal joined Army through National Defence Academy, Pune in 1998 and was commissioned into armed forces as an officer from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 2001.
Swaroop Singh Kuntal successfully participated in number of half marathons. He has been associat-ed with soldieration and its founder being his colleague and served together. Swaroop Singh Kuntal completed 21 Km soldierathon in 95 mins in mar 2018. Swaroop Singh Kuntal is fond of cycling and swimming. He goes for long distance speed cycling.
Swaroop Singh Kuntal is a renowned triathlete and the winner of Ironman title in Jaipur Interna-tional Triathlon held in Sep 2018. He Completed 3.8 Km swimming in 1 hrs 55 mins, 182 Km cycling in 6 hrs 5mins and 42 Km running in 3 hrs 52 mins. He was declared winner of Ironman by completing in 12 hrs 23 mins.
He has formed running and cycling group in Jhansi and encourages his colleagues to run/walk/ cycle along. He has taken the first step towards fitness and that keeps him happy and motivated. He or-ganised Jhansi Marathon in Jan 2018 to spread message of healthy living in the city. He is a strong enthusiast for healthy living and enjoys giving runners the thrill of successfully completing their Marathons in stipulated time.
Sandeep Kumar, an ultramarathon runner, Ironman Triathlon finisher is on his quest to spread the culture of running to all ages. He believes that runners are the happiest people as running makes one calmer and relaxed. He likes to set new challenges for himself and then strive to achieve those to add some life to his life.
Sandeep is an Asian Book of Record and India Book of Record holder for running 50 Days 50 Half marathon without a break and recently completed his 100km Ultra at Bhati Ultra, Delhi. He is also an Ironman Triathlon finisher and winner of Running and Living 63km Ultra, Gurgaon 2017. He has PB of 1:27 hrs for half marathon.
He did pacer in the first edition of Soldierathon half marathon last year in Delhi. It brings a lot of satisfaction to him by taking people along during the run and educating them about the benefits and hence creating it a fun activity for all.
He is presently serving in Armed Forces as an Officer and will be pacing bus of 3:10 hr at 25km event. He will be looking forward to all enthusiasts to come together and make the event successful.
Karanpreet Singh, who hails from the State of five rivers, is an enthusiastic
sportsman who had represented his State and City in Water polo, Cricket,
Basketball, Badminton, Shooting and various other sports. He loves to dedicate his
time towards achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Karanpreet started his long-distance running in 2017 at Visakhapatnam by
participating in Eastern Naval Command - Half Marathon. With the ambition of
staying fit, he has participated in various half and full marathons. He also participated
in 50 km Ultra and various Trail runs. He has been a Pacer at Western Naval
Command – Half Marathon 2018 for 10 km.
Karanpreet Singh is presently serving in Indian Armed Forces. He has recently been
posted in Kolkata would be participating in his second running event and first as
Pacer in the city. He is looking forward towards achieving many miles in and around
He is going to be your navigator for ensuring your successful finish of 25 km in 03:10
Anantharam Jairam, a Nephrologist by profession, is known simply as ‘Jai” amongst his friends. Being a doctor himself, he realizes the importance of exercise to stay healthy and fit. At 50, he is an inspiration to his friends and clientele alike.
In his younger days, an enthusiastic Tennis player, he took to endurance running in his thirties as an alternative. He has run many half marathons and full marathons, both national and international. He has done ADHM in 2014 at 1hr56min, the TMM HM in 1:59min in 2017 and SPBM in 1:59min in 2018. He has done the AFMC full marathon in 4Hr 36 min and the scenic Great Ocean Road Run 2018 in Australia, a 44km run over rolling hills by the seaside, in 4hr 59 min.
He believes that in endurance running, one must train well for the event and each runner should have his personal target very clear in his mind. He advises his friends that working on the core muscles and strength training in a gym for 2 days in a week is as important as building on the endurance and stamina. The three days of run per week should include one long run, one day of tempo run and one day of track repeats. He believes that it adds variety to training as well as builds both strength and stamina. He also advises two days rest per week for healing of the wear and tear that is natural with intensive training. As a physician, he advocates at least 7-8 hours of sleep per day, balanced diet and avoidance of late night parties and alcohol, at least a few weeks before an event.
As a Nephrologist running a kidney transplant program and dialysis center is demanding in terms of time spent in the hospital and he has struck a perfect balance between professional commitment and personal fitness. He believes that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body and practices what he preaches to his patients. He trains with his Army colleagues in units and discipline in profession and running is his hallmark.
As a pacer for the 25km run in 3 hr. 20min, he plans to help runners successfully do it by building a steady base in the first half and finish strong in the second half.
Anjan Sengupta is an officer in Armed Forces. He took up running at a late stage in life at the age of 43. However, within a short span of one and half years, he successfully completed the Comrades Ultra Marathon “The Ultimate Human Race”.
Starting from a fun run of 5K to an Ultra Marathon of 90K has been a dream come true for him. The desire to run injury free and strive for higher goals has made him turn to a healthier lifestyle combined with Yoga. As part of the famous Mumbai Road Runners Club, he completed 19 Half Marathons before attempting his first Full Marathon in TMM in Jan 2018. His PB in HM is 1:47:00 and that for FM is 4:15:00. He completed TATA Ultra of 50k and another 65k in the hills of Lonavala in Mar and Apr 2018 respectively.
The high point of his running career came in June 2018, when he completed the coveted Comrades Ultra Marathon. It started from St Pietermaritzburg and ended at Durban in South Africa, covering 90Ks in under 12hours. The Comrades is a hill run on a highly undulating terrain comprising of 5 major hills and 12 minor hills. In the last three months of training prior to the Comrades, he covered a total distance of 900KMs clocking an average of 10kms per day.
His daily schedule starts off early in the morning with minimum half an hour of yoga and stretching exercises. He runs about 50K per week spacing out the runs into 3 x 10Ks and one 21K with adequate recovery period in-between. He strongly believes that it is not only important to run far and fast but also to remain injury free. To increase overall stamina and endurance, he does cross training in the form of cycling and swimming. He does 100km of cycling twice a week along with a km of swimming each day.
He is planning for a Back to Back Comrades Medal in June 2019 which is a coveted milestone amongst the long-distance runners.
Hari bath is a 48-year old runner, who has been running from 2013. He started his tryst with
half marathons with the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2013. He has run several half marathons
since then, his personal best being the ADHM 2016, where he clocked 1 hour and 37 minutes
Hari’s running journey began in the National Defence Academy where he, as a cadet was
introduced to the military regimen and style of running. He gradually started running to a plan
and in time, running became more about perspective. Over years of running and training, Hari
is most grateful for friends, special memories, and the new horizons that running constantly
opens to him.