October 08, 2017

Tata Steel Noamundi Run-a-thon 2017 Run for Biodiversity delights rural population

5,000 people participate in the first-ever run by Tata Steel in its mining location

Noamundi: Tata Steel, today, organised the Noamundi Run-a-thon at Sports Complex, Noamundi. This was the first-ever run by Tata Steel in its Noamundi iron mine, targeting the rural population.

Tata Steel-organised Run-a-thon 2017 Run for Biodiversity is a super success and delights the rural population

The first edition of Tata Steel Noamundi Run-a-thon on the theme Run for Biodiversity witnessed 5,000 registrations. The event was held for the 7 km and 10 km categories for men and women, 5 km run for boys and girls from schools and colleges and 2 km for people with disability.

The 10 km run was flagged off jointly by Chanakya Chaudhary, group director (corporate communication & regulatory affairs), Tata Steel, and Pankaj Satija, general manager (ore mines and quarries), Tata Steel. The 7 km, 5 km and 2 km runs were jointly flagged off by Arava Rajkamal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, West Singhbhum, and Anish Gupta, IPS, Superintendent of Police, West Singhbhum in the presence of Mr Satija.

Mr Chaudhary congratulated all the participants for their enthusiasm and commitment, and said, “Tata Steel is committed to maintain the ecological balance in its areas of mining operations. It is always our effort to contribute to social inclusion, preservation of environment and economic development for a sustainable future. This run signifies our commitment and I am pleased to see people from all walks of life running for the cause of biodiversity.”

Mr Satija talked about the significance of the logo created for Noamundi Run-a-thon and said, “The figure colours, namely, blue, green and rust colour used in the logo signifies water, forest and land, which are basic elements of our ecosystem. Through this logo, we are reiterating our commitment to conservation, enhancement and restoration of all three which has direct impact on biodiversity.”

Noamundi is well known for its scenic beauty and Tata Steel has done all that is required to restore the beauty of the area. The Noamundi iron mine has taken several initiatives in the past to foster biodiversity in the region. This is yet another initiative of Noamundi iron mine to link sports with biodiversity. The World Wildlife Week that was celebrated in all the mining locations of Tata Steel from October from 2 to October 8, 2017, concluded with this mega event of running at Noamundi.

Others present on the occasion were CD Singh, secretary, Jharkhand Athletic Association; Samresh Bhandari, block development officer, Noamundi; Bagicha Singh, Arjuna awardee and Hemant Gupta from Tata Steel who recently conquered Mount Everest to cheer the runners. People from the peripheral villages of Noamundi and Joda, Tata Steel employees and their families, employees of other nearby companies, vendor partners of Tata Steel, students from various institutions and schools across Jharkhand and Odisha participated in the event. Runners from West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerela, Gujarat, Chattisgarh and Delhi also participated in the event while people from different walks of life cheered for them.

The winner in the 10 km category (men) finished the race in 32.46 minutes, whereas the winner of 10 km (women) finished the race in 37.56 minutes. The winner of 7 km (men) clocked 23.25 minutes whereas the winner of 7 km (women) finished the race in 27.34 minutes. In the 5 km category, the winner (boys) finished the race in 17.38 minutes whereas the winner (girls) finished the race in 28.22 minutes. A separate award for the Persons with Disability category was also distributed to all the runners in this category.

Details of winners in different categories

10 km run (Men)

Serial No. Position Prize Money Name & Location Time (mm: sec)
1 1st Rs51,000 Subhankar Ghosh (Howrah) 32:46
2 2nd Rs41,000 Arjun Tudu (Jamshedpur) 33:04
3 3rd Rs31,000 Suraj Bodra ( Saraikela) 33:23
4 4th Rs21,000 Mukund Banra(Chaibasa) 33:37
5 5th Rs11,000 Hari Shankar Sharma (New Delhi) 34:37

10 km run (Women)

Serial No. Position Prize Money Name & Location Time ( mm: sec)
1 1st Rs51,000 Puja Mondal (Kolkata) 37:56
2 2nd Rs31,000 Dimple Singh (Lucknow) 38:54
3 3rd Rs31,000 Monika Choudhary (New Delhi) 39:53
4 4th Rs21,000 Shyamali Singh (Medinipur) 40:03
5 5th Rs11,000 Heera Majhi (Keonjhar) 43:41

7 km run (Men)

Serial No. Position Prize Money Name & Location Time ( mm: sec)
1 1st Rs25,000 Manas Das (South 24 parganas) 23:25
2 2nd Rs20,000 Rahul Kumar Rajwar 23:59
3 3rd Rs15,000 Mukund Banra (Chaibasa) 24:15
4 4th Rs10,000 Muna Buriuli (Chaibasa) 24:20
5 5th Rs7,500 Captain Purty (Chaibasa) 24:21

7 km run (Women)

Serial No. Position Prize Money Name & Location Time ( mm: sec)
1 1st Rs25,000 Vijaya Laxmi (Noamundi) 27:34
2 2nd Rs20,000 Sabina Khatton (Kolkata) 28:22
3 3rd Rs15,000 Basanti Hembram (Noamundi) 29:29
4 4th Rs10,000 Umita Kumari (Chittaranjan Locomotive Works) 30:09
5 5th Rs7,500 Sanghamitra Mahata (Kolkata) 30:13

5 km run (Boys)

Serial No. Position Prize Money Name & Location Time ( mm: sec)
1 1st Rs10,000 Chiranjabi Purty (Chaibasa) 17:38
2 2nd Rs8,000 Bablu Tudu (Jamshedpur) 17:39
3 3rd Rs7,000 Gopal Kumar Ram (Burdwan) 17:47
4 4th Rs6,000 Narayan Birua (Chaibasa) 18:06
5 5th Rs5,000 Mukund Hembram (Goilkera) 18:41

5 km run (Girls)

Serial No. Position Prize Money Name & Location Time ( mm: sec)
1 1st Rs10,000 Puja Kumari (Jamshedpur) 28:22
2 2nd Rs8,000 Shahnaz Parween (Ramgarh) 29:32
3 3rd Rs7,000 Mamta Mahata (Kolkata) 30:06
4 4th Rs6,000 Karina Bobonga 30:15
5 5th Rs5,000 Sarita Bobonga 30:26