Virendra Ojha among award winners during South African ultra marathon

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Virendra Ojha, on Sunday, became a initial Indian to finish a Comrades Marathon in South Africa, winning a bronze during a world’s oldest ultra marathon race. Ojha, a 1993-batch IRS officer currently posted as Commissioner of Income Tax in Mumbai, lonesome a 89.5km and a ‘Big Five’ hills between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in 10 hours and 38 minutes.

Comrades, initial hold in 1921, is among South Africa’s biggest sporting events and has a fearsome repute interjection to over 1,000 metres of ascent. To turn authorised for a race, a curtain is compulsory to finish a recognized marathon of 42.2 km within 5 hours. Ojha learnt about a competition dual years ago and began preparation.

“I got competent to run final year though could not attend due to a final notation injury,” Ojha told The Indian Express over a phone from South Africa.

South Africa’s Bongmusa Mthembu won a race, completing it in 5:35:34. Ojha bagged a bronze, given to runners who finish a competition between 9-11 hours. Of a scarcely 17,000 participants, 13,485 finished a competition and Ojha finished with a ranking of 5,667.

A maestro of many marathons, Ojha took adult using boots in 2005, and given afterwards has finished 21 half marathons, 3 full marathons and a 54-km Endurathon. He has also taken partial in several city-marathons including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Vadodara and Delhi.

However, as a Comrades drew near, Ojha constantly wrote about a struggles on his blog. “The comrade training is really grueling. It changes your whole lifestyle. You don’t need (an) alarm time to get adult in a morning, we don’t need any device to magnitude your speed and distance. It trains your mind in a approach that though any technological support we started meaningful these units,” he wrote on May 19.

A month out, he was gripped by “injury anxiety”.

“There is no comparison between a normal 42-km marathon and a 87-km ultramarathon. You need a whole new set of earthy training and mental preparation. The extrapolation of my existent timings was not easy as so distant we had run on a prosaic or semi-elevated track so far, though this track had 5 grievous hills,” combined Ojha, whose mother Ity Pandey, also a runner, is an IRTS officer of 1995 batch.

So what propelled him opposite a 5 hills?

“It is usually a hunt of complacency that is deriving so many, opposite a globe, to declare and experience…(the) ultimate tellurian race,” reads a blog.

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