Abhishek Singh Pandher, a 45-year-old banker in the city, completed 1,000 days of continuous half marathons on April 9.
According to sources Pandher claimed that on April 9 he had run half marathons of 21.09 km each for more than 1,000 days. He’s run more than 34,000 kilometres so far and is still going. On July 15, 2020, Pandher formally registered for the Limca Book of Records for his daily half-marathon runs. He set a record for the most consecutive days running a half marathon with 315 days on May 25, 2021. And the Covid left the world in a state of shock as he accomplished the feat.
The next year, Pandher broke his own record by completing 685 half marathons in 685 days, between July 15, 2020 to May 30, 2022.
Although he recently reached 1,000 days of marathon running, he has also signed up for the Guinness World Records, where the current record is 114 days of nonstop, consecutive half marathons. Pandher is remarkably attempting to complete 365 days despite having already completed 250 days.
The 45-year banker is a stickler for discipline. He sleeps at 9pm and wakes up by 2-2.15am and hits the ground running by 3.15am. As per his average time, he finishes by 5.30 to 5.40am. He explains, “Since I work in a private bank, I have to ensure that my daily running routine gets over by around 5.30am. I come back home, take a shower and sleep for an hour because I have to reach the bank by 9am.”
Lihas Trivedi, a seasoned runner who has completed more than 19 ultramarathons (marathons longer than 100 kilometres each) as well as numerous half- and full-marathons, stated that “What Abhishek has already accomplished, none has done so far in the world.” This calls for a lot of commitment, tenacity, and mental fortitude. “Abhishek has motivated many others in Ahmedabad who are running long distances like him now,” said Trivedi, the founder of the Ahmedabad Distance Runners, of which Pandher is a member. This includes businesspeople, corporate employees, and women who work at home.