Second edition of Oxfam India Trailwalker conducted successfully
The second edition of the Oxfam India Trailwalker was completed successfully from Jan 25 to 27, 2013 with 115 teams completing the 100 km long walk from Pearl Valley to Bidadi with all four team members reaching the finish point. While a total of 174 teams registered for the event, 164 teams undertook the walk. A total of 24 teams completed with 3 members reaching the finish point, 10 teams with two members reaching the finish point and two teams with only one member reaching the finish point.
Team Office of Global Security (OGS) of Goldman Sachs finished first in Oxfam India Trailwalker 2013 walking the entire stretch of 100 km from Pearl Valley to Eagleton in a little over 13 hours. The walk was flagged off from Pearl Valley at 6 a.m on Jan 25 with over 164 teams endeavouring to walk the 100 km stretch in 48 hours.
Team OGS comprising Manoj Verma, Sultan Singh, Bashir M and Kushaippa CR walked way head of the rest of the walkers crossing check-point 5 in the noon itself. They crossed check-point 8 at 4.37 p.,m and completed the walk in 13 hours, 21 minutes, 30 seconds.
Team OGS is one of the 39 teams fielded by Goldman Sachs and has been supported ably by their Sports Commitee. Some of the GS teams are way-head of the other teams in terms of fundrasing as well. "We are participating in the trailwalker with a purpose to contribute towards eradicating poverty and making a difference in the lives of most marginalised communities. Oxfam India works in partnership with several NGOs to address poverty and injustice and we are doing our bit to be a part of this," said their team leader, Manoj Verma.
Close on the heels of team OGS is Confident Flying Feet which finished second. They took about 16 hours to finish the complete stretch of 100 km of trailwalker from Pearl Valley to Eagleton. Himalayan Wanderers, a team which participated in Oxfam India Trailwalker in 2012 finished third.
Walk the walk - Fastest all women's team
The fastest all women team ‘Walk the walk’ made it in 26 hours 09 minutes and 42 seconds! It’s a group of young women from UK, New York and Sweden working in Bangalore.
The team members came to know about Oxfam India Trailwalker through their friends working in Goldman Sachs. “It was an amazing experience! Oxfam Trailwalker is not just a test of physical endurance but psychological as well”, says Louise Macgregor.
But the journey of 100 km was not easy. Fay had to walk with blisters from Check Point 1 itself and Louise had to endure severe pain in her right knee from Check Point 3. “ It is the sense of accomplishment that kept our spirits high”, Fay Westen.
Early Birds -- Fastest veteran team
‘Early Birds’ is the first veteran team to reach the Finish Point in 26 hours 37 minutes. It is a team of doctors from Apollo, Hyderabad with average age of more than 52 years.
Dr. Nagaraj Mandula, who also participated in last Trailwalker, influenced the other members to take part this year. “Dr. Nagaraj is the captain of our team, the best captain we could have had. He motivated and led us throughout the trail. It is because of him, we are able to complete the challenge”, says Srikanth, a team member.
The veteran team knows how to care of their health and trained themselves well for the challenge. They walked as much as 65 kms during nights over weekends. “We have walked more than 1000 km in the past 6-7 months to prepare ourselves for OTW”, says Dr. Suma.
The team plans to come back for Oxfam India Trailwalker next year. “We aim to complete the next Trailwalker in less than 24 hours. We will be back again!”, says Dr. Nagaraj confidently.