VDHM 2007: Experience and Results


Net time: 2 hr 16 min
Overall rank: 719

Looks like I am turning a veteran of the Delhi half marathons, with the third straight event done and dusted. I am indeed lucky that I started running in the year of the first HDHM in 2005.

Complete results of the run available at: Sports Timing AG website

To print your timing certificate: Click here

To get your race day photos: Marathon-Photos.com (click on vodafone delhi run)

This years run was not the fastest that I have done, but given that I had not been fully fit, I am satisfied with the results. The route turned out to be as expected, lots of shaded areas. The flyover at Aurobindo came in twice, but as the running experience grows, these things seem to matter less and less. My father was there at the finishing line… I was as relieved to see him as he was to see me. My parents, probably like any other, are always very concerned by my running. A couple of my colleagues from work were there at the finishing line when I arrived. The rest (about 10 more) probably came later.

This years event was by far the biggest yet, with about 9000 half marathon registrations. It came as a surprise that the organizers recorded the timings of most of the participants, the last recorded participant came in at 4:01, rank 1292). As has always been the trend, about 15% of the runners got timing chips and finished (1292/9000).

What did not go that well was the post race management. I had to stand in line for hours to get the medal/certificate. The printer went bad and most of the people were not given the timing certificate, just a temporary copy of the timings. The entire management of the certificate distribution was poorly done, very few queues in a very small enclosed place. It never took me more than 15 minutes to get this done in the past HDHM events. Also, the organizers need to do more to provide refreshments to the runners (paid), with some proper stalls etc, I just don’t understand why they don’t do this, it can earn them some big bucks as well, and they can sub-contract this to a third party.

A look at all the Delhi Half marathons gone by:

VDHM 2007 Complete results 719/1292 (my rank / total chip finishers)
HDHM 2006 Complete results 422/730
HDHM 2005 Complete results 267/504

Whats next: Singapore marathon (Full, Dec 2)


8 thoughts on “VDHM 2007: Experience and Results

Tanvir Kazmi

Kanupriya, good to hear from a fitness enthusiasts turned runner. Remember the 3 magical words for success in running: train, train, and train. Just follow those, and you will be surprised what you can achieve.

Kanupriya

Hi Tanvir,

I know its too late to post anything under VDHM 2007, but since this is something common in both, thought of writing here. I am 26, woman, Delhi based and a fitness enthusiast. Like to workout daily and jogging is my favourite. Was searching for the Delhi Half Marathon date this year and came accross your blog and liked it instantly. Very inspring. Like your spirit a lot. Planning to run Half Marathon for a third time this year but nowhere close to your finish time (My best is 2 hrs 50 mins). I know, not good at all for a young girl like me – but have to blame my being overweight by 8 kgs and flat feet. Not putting this as an excuse though. Trying hard to be as fit as should be. Lovely seeing your blog. Hope to touch base with you for your guidence on improving. I can be contacted on Orkut as ‘NEW RESOLUTION – 10KMS IN 60MIN’. Looking forward to your scrap.

Keep up the spirit.

Wishes,
Kanupriya

rakesh

Hi Tanvir,
This time I could make it! I had missed the 06 hdhm last year.
The route was definitely better, the weather perfect and getting the certificate was a breeze initially.Thanks for posting the link to the results. The timing certificate has errors. Some of the folks have the net finish time same as the last split time at 19.3Km mark.
keep running (if you are a biker, do visit us at bikeindia at yahoo groups).
-Rakesh Mawa

Tanvir Kazmi

Thanks guys!

Vikram, you seem to be attending a lot of weddings nowdays :), if I remember correctly, you skipped Noida half marathon for another wedding, right?

Sathish

thnx da & gud that u also completed.. the route was not a bad 1…
yeah waiting for the certificate sucked big time.. they should have put in more computers to minimise the waiting time…
they never understand runners plight..

Mahesh Narkar

Hi Tanvir,
Congratulations on your great run. I was in Delhi too and wished we could have met.
I agree the certificate thing could have been done a hell of a lot better, but this is the Achilles heel of the Procam organization. This year in Mumbai, they had the same problem and it appears they didn’t learn.

After running three hours (in my case), the last thing you want to do is wait another hour and half only to be told you cannot have an official certificate.

Congratulations once again on your terrific run and good luck for December.

Cheers

vikrams

hi Tanvir,
Congrats for finishing VDHM with improved timing,
I missed Vodafone delhi as i was out of town for mine friend’s wedding.

Ravi

Hi Tanvir,
I really missed being part of this and would have loved running along with other friends. By your account it surely looks you had a great time, despite poor management. I remeber standing for hours (atleast 2) when I ran Bombay Marathon in Jan this year and it indeed is very painful to stand in the line for hours after you’ve just completed a gruellng exercise.


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