Nalinakshan with ‘Panampilly Nagar Runners’ | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Nalinakshan dropped the news of his shifting to Kozhikode on his running buddies out of the blue one day. However, his friends were not willing to let him go with a wave of their hands and a mere ‘Arrivederci’. They decided to see him off till Kozhikode by running. Yes, you heard that right. Kochi’s ‘Panampilly Nagar Runners’ have decided to run to Kozhikode in the early morning on July 2 along with Nalinakshan. Nalinakshan’s wife Ajaya will run along with him from the border of Kozhikode to their house.
60-year-old K Nalinakshan worked as an Assistant Engineer at the Ship Building Department in Cochin Shipyard. He lives in Kadavanthra and has been settled in Kochi for 38 years now. He had booked tickets for a pilgrimage to Kedarnath in Uttarakhand in May 2020. He started walking through the walkway installed at Panampilly Nagar as a part of training for trekking in which he would have to take part during the trip. His plans were ruined by the pandemic, but his determination never flinched. Walking soon gave way to running. His colleague at the shipyard, Ashok Kumar coined the name ‘Panampilly Nagar Runners’ which soon turned into a collective of marathon runners.
‘Panampilly Nagar Runners’ have more than 200 members. Among this, 20 will accompany Nalinakshan to Kozhikode. The running gang includes people who have run more than 160 kilometres before.
Nalinakshan and his wife Ajaya won big at the Marathon held in Munnar last month. They have also taken part twice in the long-distance run from Kadavanthra to Malayattoor. This is the first time they are preparing to run for 100 miles. The distance from their home in Kadavanthra to Kozhikode is approximately 165 kilometres.
The marathon run that will start on July 2 will be completed by 10 am on July 3. A tempo traveller will follow the runners.
The runners range across various age groups starting from 35-year-old Pradeep Krishnan and 66-year-old Sasidharan Keshavan.