Delhi Half-Marathon: Well Done Delhi
The organisers of the Delhi half-marathon could not have picked a better time for the run.
The runners represented a cross section of society in the Indian capital, which also has a vibrant expat population. And yes, this is Delhi so the “pushers” (the same kind who never let people alight from a Metro train before they get in) were also present. But once the runners were spread out, there was some camaraderie on the roads.
One question on people’s minds was — “Where are the Africans?” For kilometres, there was no trace of the elite runners. That was until we saw them running past the 14 km mark while most others were nearing 7. That’s when Delhi’s runners turned into cheerleaders, clapping for their elite counterparts.
I never ever thought I’d associate the word “class” with “Delhi” but I have been surprised before.
Maybe, Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram’s request to the people of New Delhi to be better behaved is actually working.
Very few cities in the world can match the scenery of central Delhi. Among the highlights were crossing India Gate and running near the President’s House and what is called the North and South blocks (housing India’s home and foreign ministries respectively).
I don’t want to heap too much praise on the organising of the event but it seemed almost flawless.
Delhi might just be able to do a good job of hosting the Commonwealth Games next October, although I know of two 15-year-olds who ran the wrong race for eight kilometres before they realised they were running the half-marathon and not the 7-kilometre Delhi Dream Run.
And yes, I enjoyed the 21 km run clocking a little more than two hours.