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Gurkha Khud Race 2019

25th July 2019

This year Mandalay Company, based in Brecon, decided to resurrect the Gurkha Khud Race . It was run over the Pen-y-fan area in Brecon Beacons on 20th July 2019.

Photographer: Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer, Infantry Battle School

The history of Gurkha Khud Race dates from 1800 AD. You can read the full history at www.gurkhakhudracebrecon.com The event was organised in Pen-y-fan Brecon Beacons.

To reinstate the old traditional Gurkha Khud Race dated back to 1890s with the aims to make it an Inter-unit competition including other arms and services as well civilians. The Race was extremely popular in Hong Kong within Gurkha Brigade, wider Army units and as well as in the local population.

The race was held on 20th July 2019 in Brecon Beacons National Park. Starting from Story Arms going all the way up to the Pen y Fan and descending to the other side of the Story arms. The total distance of the route was 6km

Race categories and prizes:

  1. Open (individual) category

Route: Starting from Storey Arms to Pen y Fan via Corn Du and back to Pont ar Daf car park. 

Winner:  Sapper Himal Limbu (Gurkha Wing Mandalay) 37 minutes and 56 seconds.

First Runner up:  Private Prem Thapa (Gurkha Wing Mandalay) 38 minutes and 53 seconds.

Second Runner up:  Sapper Bijendra Gurung (Queen’s Gurkha Engineers) 40 minutes and one second.

 

  1. Female (individual)

Route: Starting from Storey Arms to Pen y Fan via Corn Du and back to Pont ar Daf car park. 

Winner: Miss Claire 44 minutes and 15 seconds.

Runner up: Ms Anne Marie Harris 56 minutes and 55 seconds.

 

  1. Military Team (Four persons)

Route: Starting from Storey Arms to Pen y Fan via Corn Du and back to Pont ar Daf car park. 

Winners:  Infantry Brecon School B Team with score of (Gurkha Wing Mandalay)

Lance Corporal Ritesh            42 minutes and 50 seconds

Private Prem Thapa                38 minutes and 53 seconds

Sapper Himal Limbu               37 minutes and 56 seconds

Rifleman Sagar Rai                40 minutes and 17 seconds

Runners up:  Infantry Training Centre Gurkha Company Catterick

Corporal Bel Gurung               45 minutes exactly

Corporal Dhan Tamang          44 minutes and 36 seconds

Corporal Netra Rana              44 minutes and 16 seconds

Rifleman Pradip Gurung         41 minutes and 33 seconds

 

  1. Youth One (under 12)

Route: a short version of Khud Race. 

Winner: Saket Limbu

First Runner up: Sakhcham Limbu

Second Runner up: Bijes Gurung

 

  1. Youth Two (under 18)

Route: slightly longer than Youth One. 

Prizes: First, Second and Third

Winner:  Aagman Limbu

 

There is an aspiration for an open category at future events.

The nature of race was challenging but short so we were able to include families race categories which generated a more family friendly event and attract more interest. The day offered an excellent opportunity for community engagement as we implemented cultural displays and stands, to highlight to the local  community some of the Gurkha and Nepalese traditions including Gurkha curry.

By Captain Padam Gurung, Support Platoon Commander, Gurkha Wing Mandalay

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