Visually challenged runner sets sights on better timing

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 11 Januari 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Being partially blind has not deterred Manjinder Singh Dhillon from pursuing his passion. The 39-year-old has been participating in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM) since its second edition. This year, he is looking forward to completing the full marathon in less than five hours. This would be the 10th year that he would be participating in the Mumbai Marathon, to be held on January 18.
The Navi Mumbai resident says he is well aware that completing the marathon within five hours requires vigorous practice, and hence he is working extra hard for it.

"I began practising for the coming edition of Mumbai Marathon three months ago and invest two hours daily into running. Hopefully , this marathon, I should have my best timing so far," says Dhillon who has been running from his college days. A commerce graduate from SIES College in Sion, Dhillion is blind but only partially .While he cannot see from his left eye since birth, he has partial sight in his right eye.Dhillon is currently awaiting the results of his Chartered Accountancy final exam and is busy looking for a job.

Dhillon began running at the age of 23 when he participated in a 26km run in his college. "I was one of the very few to have completed the run and that really motivated me to take up running seriously .Then Mumbai Marathon happened in 2004. The first year I was not able to participate in the run, but I have participated in almost every year since 2005. In 2013, I took seven hours to complete the full marathon but was not disappointed. But now I want to see to it that I am able to complete the run within five hours," says Dhillon, who had missed the run in 2014 as there were restrictions over the timing of runners participating in the full marathon, which he was not able to fit into.

Who is his inspiration? "Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens. He is one of the greatest athletes and has set several world records," says Dhillon. "I run so that I can keep any kind of negative feelings at bay . My family--Dhillon is the eldest of four siblings--is my support. I owe them a lot for letting me participate in something I love so much," says Dhillon, who makes it a point to travel by public transport all alone most of times as he does not want to trouble others. Chartered Mumbai Marathon,Sion,Run,Partially blind,Manjinder Singh Dhillon

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