The Manchester Marathon held on Sunday witnessed inspiring displays of diversity as two runners, Madhusmita Jena Das and Emon Choudhury, made headlines for their unique achievements. Madhusmita Jena Das, an Indian-origin woman, completed the 26.2-mile race while wearing a traditional saree. The 34-year-old runner from Odisha, India, had been preparing for the marathon for months and decided to run in a saree to showcase her culture and heritage. Despite the challenges of running in a six-yard-long fabric, Madhusmita completed the race in an impressive time of 5 hours and 27 minutes.
Speaking after the race, Madhusmita said, “I wanted to challenge the stereotypes and show that you can be a proud Indian and a strong runner at the same time. It was tough running in a saree, but the cheers and support from the crowd kept me going.”
Another runner who caught the attention of the media was Emon Choudhury, a British Bangladeshi who completed the marathon while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Emon, who is a keen runner and has completed several marathons in the past, had to make adjustments to his training and nutrition to prepare for the race while fasting.
The 36-year-old runner from Manchester said, “Ramadan is a time of sacrifice and self-discipline, and I wanted to challenge myself by completing the marathon while fasting. It was a tough challenge, but I’m grateful for the support of my family and friends, who encouraged me throughout the race.”
Emon completed the marathon in a time of 4 hours and 56 minutes, an impressive feat considering the added challenge of fasting.
The Manchester Marathon, which saw over 10,000 runners participate, was hailed as a celebration of diversity and inclusion, with runners from all backgrounds coming together to test their limits and achieve their goals. Madhusmita Jena Das and Emon Choudhury’s achievements are a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and the human spirit.
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