Champions are always ready for a challenge. For them age is just a number. Young or old, they have wanted to challenge human endurance. When a 58-year-old woman completes an ultramarathon or a 20-something climbs the highest peak in Europe, determination is the common force.
From the archives of Limca Book of Records, this is the collection of amazing feats of champions who did not let anything come in between their dreams and their record-breaking achievements.
Woman who completed 126-km ultramarathon at 58
At 58, Chandra Gopalan of Bengaluru, a fitness enthusiast and marathoner, ran 126 km in 24 hr, becoming the oldest woman to successfully complete a 24-hour ultramarathon. She won the 24-hour Challenge (Senior Women) at the Bangalore Ultra 2014, held on Nov 8-9, 2014. She is also the fastest senior woman marathoner to have completed 100 km as she covered the distance in 18 hr 26 min during the 2013 edition of the event. Sunil Shetty and wife Sangeeta Shetty of Mumbai took part in the Performax Bangalore Ultra 2014 as well. They covered 138 km and 120 km respectively.
First rafting expedition at Siachen
The Indian Army Rafting Teams successfully conducted Siachen Rafting Expedition 2013, which included white water rafting on the freezing waters of Nubra and Shyok rivers in July 2013. The two teams braved violent rapids, high waves, steep drops, eddies and strong currents for four days on River Nubra (Siachen Base Camp to Tyakshi) from July 18-21, 2013 and on River Shyok (Shyok Village to Tyakshi) from July 19-22, 2013 respectively.
Largest group skydiving overseas in one day
As part of the Spain Skydiving Expedition 2014, organised exclusively for members of Dr Manish Gupta’s Chrysalis Entrepreneurs Forum, a group of 89 civilian skydivers performed tandem jumps from altitudes of 9,000 - 12,000 ft at Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain on August 25, 2014. The event was organised by Padma Shri Shital Mahajan of Phoenix Skydiving Academy, Pune, Maharashtra.
Longest run on hill roads
Shanti Ram Nepal of Samdong, East Sikkim completed a 500 km footrace in 74 hr. Starting from Gangtok at 11.00 am on August 25, 2014, he proceeded via Mangan-Ravangla-Geyzing-Melli route to finish the race at Gangtok at 1.00 pm on August 28, 2014.
Youngest Indian atop Europe’s highest peak
Akriti Heer of Suliali, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh climbed Mount Elbrus (5,642 m/ 18,510 ft), the highest peak of Europe, on July 24, 2014 becoming the youngest Indian woman to do it.