Indian Runners at 2012 Comrades Marathon – Live Blog

This is the live blog to track the progress of Indian Runners at the 2012 Comrades Marathon, an 89.17KM ‘down run’ from Pietermaritzburg to Durban taking place on June 3rd. 2012 sees a very large Indian contingent comprising of 31 registered runners at the Comrades, the highest ever since 2010, the year I took part as well, and which had 8 participants and 7 finishers from India.

The race starts at 5:30am (India time 9:00 am), and runners can only be tracked after they pass the first timing point, between 1.5 and 3.5 hours into the race. The event starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30, is run over 89km (56 miles) to end at the Sahara Kingsmead Stadium in Durban and most participants will take the larger part of the day to complete the distance, with an official cutoff of 12 hours (i.e. IST 9:00 pm).

Note: You can update this sheet! Please check instructions at the bottom of the page.

Instructions for updating this sheet

If you are following the race of your friends online as well, and see that they have crossed certain checkpoints and their results for those checkpoints are now available, you are free to update the results in the above sheet very easily. First, to see the live results of any person listed above on the Comrades website, simply click on the “Link” after their name in the sheet above. Then, just click on this link, and update the results.

Feel free to add your comments below, your thoughts on how folks above are doing, any interesting anecdotes about these runners, etc. It will be good fun for all of us here.

Comments from Comrades India Facebook Group

Danny Carroll
Many congrats to everyone who entered comrades this year, getting to the start is a great achievement, anf getting to the finish line is no joke!

Tanvir Kazmi
Results summary for all Indian starters at Comrades 2012.

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YouToo CanRun Great data. Thanks
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Sunil Chainani

balaji makes it with 2 minutes to spare…2 minutes he will never forget!!
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Tanvir Kazmi Go Balaji Subramanian, great job done!
Sunday at 9:03pm · Like · 1

Randeep Singh Arora Awesome all u guys.are heroes
Sunday at 10:31pm via mobile · Like

Tanvir Kazmi
Finally, a truly momentous day for India. Flag flying high all over. These runners really did us proud, even the ones who could not make it to the finish line in time, I wish them more Comrades in the future!
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Priya Vaidyanathan Thanks Tanvir Kazmi and everyone who posted about our bravehearts….second year I am watching this live….congrats and cheers to all…Chak De India at Comrades!!!
Sunday at 9:26pm · Like

Randeep Singh Arora Super proud. jai hind
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Varun S Joshi
Thank u to everyone for tuning in. Esp Tanvir n VP. congrats to all the finishers n bravo to all those attempted but couldn’t finish this year. My best for next year.
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YouToo CanRun
Dr Oak is a DNF…so sad..he trained so well with Roshni Rai
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Sunil Chainani
Salute the 18 finishers; and spare a thought for the 5 who fought bravely….all you guys are heroes
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Tanvir Kazmi
Vivek Prasad 11:58:28, 1.5 mins to spare. The closest ever Indian to the cutoff!
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Sunil Chainani
Amit and neepa make it in 11.57.40/41 and Vivek with 91 seconds to spare – brave guys!!
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Tanvir Kazmi
The Sheths are in at 11:57:40
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Tanvir Kazmi
Vineeta Singh in 11:56:36
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Varun S Joshi
Roshni makes it in 11:50… Way to go !!
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Tanvir Kazmi
‎Ramani Easwaran comes in at 11:57:03. 3 minutes!
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Tanvir Kazmi
Alok Shukla makes it in with barely 5 mins to go in 11:54:40
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Priya Vaidyanathan
I saw Roshni Cross with tri colour!!!!!
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Tanvir Kazmi Wow, big congrats to her!
Sunday at 8:53pm · Like
Tanvir Kazmi There we have it, officially in 11:50:26
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Tanvir Kazmi
Lihas Trivedi meanwhile finishes in 11:49:00 . Roshni is in as the news are coming in. Time awaited.
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Tanvir Kazmi
Ramdas Pulapaka finishes in 11:48:0, Roshni Rai must be coming in any second.
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YouToo CanRun
Vaiju has come in next at 11:39:47…and is an amazing story.
Vaiju is one of the main reasons why I started the Sweat Rate study.

He had prepared well for the Comrades of last year but had to drop out since his wife was hospitalised. Then in the SCMM of 2012 he was a DNF due to cramping…which is when I felt that most Indian runners do not know their sweat rates and this problem must be solved.


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Tanvir Kazmi
Vaijanath Kamthewad gets his first Comrades medal with a 11:39:47 finish!
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Tanvir Kazmi
‎Vishal Dua makes it in 11:36:45!
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Tanvir Kazmi He gets his second medal. Last year he ran 11:27.
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Tanvir Kazmi
Kaustubh Kesarkar finishes in 11:34:20, the first of the Vic Claphams!
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Tanvir Kazmi
Live results coming in think and fast. We already have 5 bronze medals. Now it is Vic Clapham time. Check these out http://bit.ly/LZNp9K
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YouToo CanRun
‎Amit B Sheth and Neepa cross the last cut off with 58 minutes to spare..another strong finish on its way
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YouToo CanRun
Vaiju, Roshini and Ramdas have crossed the last cut off with 7 kms to go and 1:10 to spare..headed for a strong finish
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YouToo CanRun
YAY..Pradeep Kadu does a 10:55:15 for another bronze
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Tanvir Kazmi Well deserved, and quite an achievement beating his 11:23 from last year!
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Tanvir Kazmi
‎Sushant Karkera finishes in 10:52:59 to bag a well deserved bronze! Thats two bronze medals in two years, fantastic! Its almost 11 hours now for the last of the bronze medals.
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Varun S Joshi Awesome buddy. Congrats!!
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Varun S Joshi
Roshni has crossed 7th n last cut-off of mayville 82.17km in 10:50. Just 7k left in 70mins. Go go go. Yahoo!
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YouToo CanRun
Samson clocks in at 10:47:47..3rd Indian..and his maiden attempt..with an injury that was almost threatening. Fantastic…a good birthday gift
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Priya Vaidyanathan
Gosh they should have these interviews as backdrop without disturbing the race viewing!!!!
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YouToo CanRun
Anand Patil comes in at 10:28:50..second Indian..cheers
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YouToo CanRun
Anand Patil, Samson sequera, Sushant Karkera, Pradeep Kadu all have a sub 11 finish in hand..in the same order….way to go..for Samson it is a first maiden run. Pradeep and Sushant were sub 12 last time…this time they too will be bronze

GO GO GO
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Tanvir Kazmi
Breaking News! Satish Gujaran is just 7KM from the finish line. This will be his 3rd Comrades finish. His time at 82K is 8:53:26, so he is definitely going sub 10 this year for his fastest Comrades. Bronze medal is given to runners finishing beyond 9 hours and within 11 hours, which is surely his now! Go Satish!
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Priya Vaidyanathan AWESOME!!! rock on Satish Gujaran.
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Tanvir Kazmi We have 3 more at 7K to go! Sushant, Anand and Samson!
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YouToo CanRun
BREAKING NEWS
Satish Gujaran has done a 9:45:04 finish…fastest Indian
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Tanvir Kazmi Congrats Satish Gujaran! You have done it, an awesome sub 10!
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YouToo CanRun At an average pace of 6:56 this is indeed remarkable.
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YouToo CanRun
Wonder which is more tougher…Tanvir Kazmi..running the Comrades or tracking the team? At least when you are running..you are focused only on running…but when you are tracking, you have the added guilt of having ignored the better half the whole day 🙂
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Sanjay Limaye Has Satish reached the finish line….?
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YouToo CanRun Best would be to ring him up and ask him..the website is rather slow in its updates
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Tanvir Kazmi
Looks like the result updates are being rolled out very slowly online. I am sure some of our runners are already through the Cowies Hills at 71KM, but no updates yet.
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YouToo CanRun Yes..the data base is not getting updated on a concurrent basis…their runners are faster than their computers 🙂
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YouToo CanRun
Samson and Pradeep were running together at half way mark..Samson has speeded up and put in a 9 min gap between him and Pradeep Kadu at the 58 kms mark.

Roshini and Dr Oak were running together at half way mark and Roshini has picked up the pace and put in a 20 minute gap..wow the Pedong express is really picking it up.

Amit B Sheth and Neepa are still honeymooning, running hand in hand 🙂
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Tanvir Kazmi
Most of the runners seem to be through the 3rd cutoff point. Just about 30 kms from here on, which should mean around 3:45 hours for most runners (few like Satish would obviously be much faster).
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Tanvir Kazmi Live results http://bit.ly/LZNp9K
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Tanvir Kazmi
Good news, we have a couple of more runners reaching Winston Park. Anand Patil and Sushant Karkera. Kaustubh Kesarkar expected anytime now as well.
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Tanvir Kazmi Samson Sequeira is in at 6:49:59.
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YouToo CanRun While Pradeep Kadu and Samson were running together at the half way mark, Samson has put in a 9 minute lead at the 58K mark…9+ minutes in 13 kms. Samson is picking up the pace…way to go…and inspite of his injury
Sunday at 4:30pm · Like

Tanvir Kazmi
How did the Indian runners do last year? Check it out! No prizes for guessing who was the first one at the finish line 🙂 http://bit.ly/jiLxk7
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YouToo CanRun
Here are some stats on the Comrades contingent from India.
– Out of the 32 who show up..one of them Nagesh Rao is actually an Indian from Canada who registers under the Indian quota 🙂
– And again Danny Caroll is an Australian who lives and works in India. He naturally runs and registers under the Indian quota too.
– Out of the 32, 8 are DNS..did not start
– In the 24 who are running today 3 are women…oops girls…way to go feminine power. They are Roshini, Neepa and Vineeta. Don’t know who Vineeta is.
– In the 24, 8 have run the race before and 16 are attempting it for the first time…to the best of my knowledge.
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YouToo CanRun All this without any Governament support 🙂 No politicians involved
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YouToo CanRun Private initiative of runners in India rulzz….:-)
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Priya Vaidyanathan
Thanks Tanvir Kazmi for accepting my request to join this group.
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Tanvir Kazmi
An interesting statistic – besides the top 4 runners (Satish, Anand, Kaustubh, Sushant), at the 2nd cutoff (halfway) rest of the Indian runners are separated by just 6 minutes)! That’s 17 runners very much bunched together!
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Tanvir Kazmi
‎Satish is through the 3rd cutoff point, Winston Park (58KM) in 6:03. That’s a solid 6:15 min/km pace with a predicted finish of around 9:30. His last years finish was 10:15.
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Tanvir Kazmi
Top 5 Mens finishers: 1. Mamabolo – 2. Mthembu – 3. Noto – 4. Mambo and 5. Shvetsov. First two from SA. Legend Shvetsov is fifth. Winner of last 3 Comrades ,Muzhingi 6th.
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YouToo CanRun
The first 5 at the half way mark are
Satish Gujaran from Mulund but who also lives and trains in SA
Kaustubh Kesarkar from Pune
Sushant Karkera from Andheri
and Pradeep Kadu and Samson Sequera who are both running together and trained together as part of TopGearMIG group from Mumbai.

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Tanvir Kazmi
Still 30 mins to second cutoff at halfway point at Drummond (45km). All Indians have crossed it well in time, 2 are still awaited. Satish Gujaran the first one there in 4:26:09. Live results http://bit.ly/LZNp9K
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Tanvir Kazmi
The first cutoff at 26.77km saw Satish crossing first amongst the Indian runners in 2:34, with runners coming in bulk in 2:50’s and then 3:20’s. Last one to cross this mark was Swapnil Shendre in 3:40. All the best to all runners! Follow live at http://bit.ly/LZNp9K
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Tanvir Kazmi
Who is watching Comrades live video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjWYRcC1OzY
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Tanvir Kazmi
We should see Satish Gujaran hitting Camperdown (27KM) in another hour or so. He finished in 10:15 last year, so 27K should be hit in around 3 hours from start. He has been the fastest Indian at Comrades.
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Tanvir Kazmi
The Live Blog for runners from India at 2012 Comrades Marathon (June 3) is up now! We go live in about 7.5 hours from now (race starts 9:00 am India time).

Indian Runners at 2012 Comrades Marathon – Live Blog
tanvirkazmi.com
Tracking the Indian Runners at the 2012 Comrades Marathon, an 89.17KM ‘down run’ from Pietermaritzburg to Durban taking place on June 3rd.
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Did you know? 2012 Comrades has a 31 member contingent from India. Only very few countries had more representatives… USA, UK, Zimbabwe, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Japan and Canada!
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4 thoughts on “Indian Runners at 2012 Comrades Marathon – Live Blog”

  1. I’m feel really very proud to learn that in at the Comrades Marathon 2012 out of 8 participants 7 finishers were from India. And participation of 31 registered Indian runners at the Comrades is a sign that long distance run is moving ahead in a big pace in India.. Tanveer keep this enthusiasm alive.. good job indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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