There was definite chill in the air. The temperature was 12 degrees, forecasting the colder times ahead in our journey. The jackets came out.
“There you all are. I have finally found you”, beamed the ever energetic Asima and all the thoughts of the 75 minutes late train vanished from our minds. She performed the role of a perfect traffic cop at 6-45 in the morning to help us wade thru the bumper to bumper traffic in Secunderabad station’s parking area.
We reached the army cantonment area at 7-30. am. Needless to mention we had to get ready in the train itself to make up for inefficiency of Indian railways. The big group of Hyderabad Runners was already in the last leg of their long run. Udit and Samuel had long been waiting for us. After brief warmup, the Yatris started running once Sunita, an ultra marathoner from the city, and Asima flagged off the run.
The 7k loop took us inside the cantonment area – the wide and clean roads, sports complex, Railway crossing, the Gurudwara, the temple. Shiv and Rajesh from the Hyderabad Runners joined us on the way. At the end of the loop, we were overwhelmed to see more than 50 runners waiting for us. It was heartening to see couple of amputee runners in the lot. We talked about MeraTerahRRRun. They were all excited to hear about it. We clicked some group pictures and then continued for our second loop. A few runners joined us while others volunteered to provide us support.
Two female runners need special mention. Devyani was training for Comrades Marathon 2015. She was running her second long run in two days and was all cheerful. Madhavi was training for her first full marathon and was doing her longest training run. They gave us good company in second loop.
The last loop saw five of the Yatris – Jagdish, Vinit, Ajay, Siddharth and Brijesh – running together. The support was available all the while we were running. The 4th of the MeraTerahRRRun finished well with all the Yatris in good spirits and well supported by Hyderabad Runners.
Rajesh took us for a nice breakfast. Dr Satyamurty, RIM board member, also joined us for breakfast and had some nice words to say about the campaign. We exchanged t-shirts with Hyderabad Runners football style. We felt like one big family together.
We were tight on schedule due to the late arrival in the morning. We quickly took showers in our Hotel rooms while Asima and her nephew got us the famous Paradise Biryani, Khubani ka Meetha and Paan. On that delicious note, we started on our way to the next destination knowing fully well that we would be in caring hands of our friends wherever we go.
– Brijesh (from the 12645- Nizammudin Express)