Suniel Shetty and Venkatesh Prasad make Lucknowites run
Suniel Shetty and Venkatesh Prasad with officials (BCCL/ Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui) Suniel Shetty and Venkatesh Prasad make Lucknowites runIndian film actor, producer and entrepreneur Suniel Shetty and veteran cricketer and now the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team Venkatesh Prasad were in the city for the Green Marathon held early on Sunday morning. More than 3500 enthusiastic runners were there to participate in the activity.
The 5, 10 and 21 kilometre marathon kick started from the 1090 Chauraha, Gomti Nagar and was flagged off by Saloni Narayan, Chief General Manager, Lucknow Circle, State Bank of India, along with Suniel Shetty, Venkatesh Prasad, Maj Gen Pravesh Puri, GOC, MUPSA. Suniel Shetty upped the excitemenst as he asked Luckowites, “How’s the josh? Are you guys ready for the marathon?” In response Lucknowites shouted out a thundering ‘yes’ to him.
Participants get, set, go for the marathon (BCCL/ Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui)
Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayo,r Lucknow, and Suniel Shetty at the marathon (BCCL/ Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui)
The prize distribution to the winners was done by Venkatesh Prasad and Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor, Lucknow. While among men, Anil Kumar Yadav was the winner of the 21 km run, Ravi Kumar Pal and Pankaj Singh were the second and third runner-up, respectively. Among the women, Babli Verma completed the 21 km run in less than two hours while Rachna Joshi and Noopur Nangia followed close behind with a difference of a few minutes. — Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui