Hyderabad Marathon 2009 Results

This was the 2nd edition of the Hyderabad Marathon and Half Marathon. And from whatever reviews I found about this event, a very well organized one too. The organizers are themselves very passionate runners, and this comes out in every aspect on how the run is organized, every small detail taken care of, the route, the traffic, water, finish line, medal and certificate distribution.

The complete results of the event are available at (though I see very few names, and some of the names of people I know seem to be missing):

Some reviews of the event from the BlogWorld:

Joshua – (half marathon)
Ram Medury – 2:27 (half marathon)
Malli – 2:41 (half marathon)
Daniel Vaz – 4:23 (marathon)
Lonesailer – 2:35 (half marathon)


Announcement of Hyderabad Marathon for 30th August, 2009

Just got a mail from the organizers of the Hyderabad marathon. The event, as planned previously, is on August 30th. Below are details of the event, including registration information. I will keep this post updated as more updates trickle in (including route map).

The start point is KBR Park and the end point is Gachibowli Stadium. The full marathon starts at 5.30 AM and half marathon starts at 5.45 AM.

You can register online at the link below.

A detailed email on the route map, logistics and other details will
follow in the next few days time. Meanwhile, all the runners can go
ahead and make reservations for your travel for the event.

The registration fees for the event is Rs 200/-. It was interesting to see the organizers leverage the online infrastructure of the other Hyderabad event, the Hyderabad 10K and Half marathon, for their registrations. It would be great if all of this came together under one banner in the long run (or has it already?).

Update: more details on the event from organizers below:

We are pleased to inform you that the 2nd Edition of Hyderabad Marathon is being organised on 30th August, 2009. This edition has both the Half and the full Marathon.

This run is being organised by the 10 K Foundation and the Hyderabad Runners which are promoting running in the city of Hyderabad.

This is a run organised for the runners…by the runners.

We are happy to inform that we have the necessary clearances in place for the run and the link for the run route is as below,

Half Marathon:

Full Marathon:

The route takes you the through the new Hyderabad or popularly known as Cyberabad. It starts at the KBR Park, one of the largest green lungspace in the city and takes you through the IT district before we hit the Gachibowli where the runners will get to run through two of the scenic, sprawling and prestigious educational institutes – Indian School of Business and University of Hyderabad.

All the runners will finish at the famous Gachibowli Stadium which is one of the country’s best sports infrastructure. The route has a fair bit of ascent and descent but it is a rolling route. The gradient details are there in the gmap link. The route might undergo minor changes if there are any issues with the local authorities.


There will be aid-stations for every 2 kms providing water, electrolytes, fruits and first aid.

Traffic Regulation:

The Hyderabad Police have agreed to support the run but have not been able to get complete traffic stoppage due to the numbers we have which is currently around 500. However since it is the weekend and in the early hours, we really don’t see much of a problem on the traffic front. Most of the organisers who have run on the route can vouch that the traffic will not be a big problem.

To register online, please go to,

There have been a few problems with the registration. This has been mainly account of the new security guidelines brought in by Reserve Bank of India. Those who have registered, kindly bring the proof of payment for easily reconciliation. If you have any problems, please contact Mr.Bosco who is in charge of the registrations. He can be contacted at bosco@wellinformed.in

Out of Town Runners:
For those coming from other places, dormitory style is being provided at the Gachibowli Sports Stadium. We have provision for 50 outstation runners and request you to confirm your participation at the earliest. The cost for accomodation is around Rs.250/- per person and the check is in from 7 AM on 29th to check out on 30th evening. For those requiring accomodation, please contact Mr.Ganesh at ganesh.sr@gmail.com

We request you to reach Hyderabad latest by 7.00 PM on 29th August, 2009.

Collection of Bibs:
The collection of bibs will be from 3.00 PM on 29th August, 2009 at the entrance of KBR Park (Near TDP Office), Road No:2, Banjara Hills.

Pre-Race Dinner:
We are having a pre-race dinner on 29th evening and there will be a charge for the dinner. The details of the venue and amount will be announced closer to the date of the run.

Post-Race Brunch:
After the race, brunch will be given to all the runners.

We have a requirement for volunteers and those interested in volunteering, you can email to rvetcha@gmail.com giving your contact details.

Event Details:
Date: 30th August, 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 5.15 AM. But be at the starting point at least by 5.00 AM.
Starting Point: KBR Park Entrance on Road No:2, (Near TDP Office) Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Medals and Certificates:
All finishers will receive a medal and certificate on completion of the run.

If you have any further queries, you can contact umachig@yahoo.com or rvetcha@gmail.com


BWF World Badminton Championships (Hyderabad, Aug 2009)

Badminton Central World Championships Forum

Live Scorecard | Seedings | Schedule | Draws

Television Broadcast:
India: DD Sports
Malaysia: Astro SuperSport+, TV1
Indonesia: Vision 1 Sports, Global TV, SF, F
Singapore: StarrHub, Supersports
China: CCTV5 Sports
Hong Kong: i-Cable TV Channel 62

Day 5/6/7 updates:
Just back from Hyderabad after witnessing a great tournament. The finals day was a small letdown, with only the mens doubles providing the real thrill. Super Dan, Lu Lan and the other Chinese pairs kept their flag flying high, and Denmark was the only other team to snatch a title from the Chinese grasp, winning the mixed doubles finals easily. Semi finals were much more exciting, and Taufik, Sony Kuncoro, Jin Chen and Lin Dan providing plenty of excitement with some great action. Lee Chong Wei was a big letdown, just like in Indian Open Grand Prix Gold earlier this year, where I think he lost in the first round.

Day 4 updates:

  • Peter Gade, Lin Dan, Taufik, Wei, all march through to quarters, just in time for me to watch some great matches in Hyderabad
  • Team India: Chetan loses battle against Sony Kuncoro (6), and Saina wins a tough match in 3 sets. Diju/Jwala keep Indian flag flying high

Day 3 updates:

  • All top seeded players sail through, no upsets
  • Team India: Chetan and Saina have it easy!

Day 2 updates:

  • Big winners: Taufik Hidayat (4), Chen Jin (2)
  • Big losers: None
  • Team India: P Kashyap wins an easy game, Arvind Bhat goes down fighting hard

Day 1 updates:

  • Big winners: Lin Dan (5), Peter Gade (3), Lee Chong Wei (1)
  • Big losers: Bao Chunlai (11)
  • Indians crumble on day 1, Chetan Anand the sole survivor

My last trip to Hyderabad was in 2008 for the Indian Open Badminton, a Grand Prix Gold event, and which saw Chetan Anand reach the finals. Well, the next trip to Hyderabad in August this year is going to be really, really big. I guess this is as big as it gets in international badminton. I will be there on 14/15/16th August to see the matches quarter finals onwards.

The BWF World Championships are being held in Hyderabad from August 10-16th. The games from quarter-finals onwards will be played on 14-15-16 and that’s what I will be watching. With the recent victory of Saina Nehwal in the Indonesian Open Super Series, the expectations are high from her to do well. Besides the Indian contingent, it would be a delight to see the world’s best, the creme-de-la-creme. Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat, and well, the entire top ranked list should be present. I still cannot forget the way Lin Dan thrashed Lee Chong Wei in the Olympics finals, though Wei has had his revenge in a few tournaments since.

The tickets for the tournament are already available online at:


though the seats being sold right now are only the premium category, and quite costly too, INR 6K for the last 3 days. I will wait some more to see the pricing for the other tickets.

Update: Following categories of tickets are now available online (earlier, they were selling Gold/Silver/Bronze, but Silver and Bronze seem to have gone now).

Grand Stand Gold Class Entire Season – Aug 10-16 Rs. 9,500

Deluxe Class
Entire Season – Aug 10-16 Rs. 3,500

Standard Class
Entire Season – Aug 10-16 Rs. 2,500

Also daily tickets are available under Deluxe and Standard class at Rs. 1000/- and Rs. 500/- quarter finals onwards (cheaper earlier). I wonder if Silver and Bronze became Deluxe and Standard, or whether these are two new categories of tickets.


Indian Open Badminton (Hyderabad, 2009)

Event dates: Mar 24th – Mar 29th, 2009
Venue: Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad


Mar 29: Taufik wins in straight sets. Indians Jwala/Diju lose in the finals.
Mar 28: Jwala/Diju move into mixed finals! Hafiz Hashim and Taufik Hidayat set up an exciting mens final!

Mar 27: Saina loses to 6th ranked Julia Pei Xian WONG 🙁 Just doubles left for Indians!

Mar 26: Another day of bad results for India. All, except Saina, lost in singles. Jwala/Diju and Jwala/Shruti keep the colors flying in doubles. Taufik and Hafiz Hashim progress.

Mar 25: World #1 Lee Chong Wei loses in 1st round. Sad 🙁 I had great expectations from him after his Swiss Open super series win over Lin Dan. Chetan Anand, India’s #1, also loses in straight sets in the 2nd round. Saina Nehwal sails, and so do most of the other Indian mens seeds.

Besides running, I am a great fan of Badminton, and though I wanted to be in Hyderabad to see this event, I had to leave that for the even more exciting World Badminton Championships which will be held in August 2009, in Hyderabad, and which is simply not to be missed.

Live scores from the Indian Open Badminton below:

I had enjoyed watching the 1st edition of this event last year in Hyderabad, in which Chetan Anand went all the way upto the finals and lost to Boonsak Ponsana from Thailand.


Hyderabad Half Marathon results (Nov 30)

Results of the Hyderabad Half Marathon and 10K on Nov 30, 2008.

Online timing results for the event here

Participants (Half Marathon) : 500 (timing chip usage: 197, 39%)
Participants (10KM) : 2000 (timing chip usage: 764, 38%)

Half-Marathon (Men)
1. Surender Raut (ONGC) 1:03:45
2. Sandeep Kumar (UP)
3. Bining Lyng Khoi (ASI, Pune)

Half-Marathon (Women)
1. Kavitha Prasad (ONGC)
2. Preethi L. Rao (Jharkhand)
3. Vaishali Chatare (Central Railway, Nagpur)

Veterans (50+)
1. Gret Bolt (Holland)
2. Kushal Chand (Hyd)
3. Tripura Sundar Rao (Vsp)

Source: The Hindu