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One of Shngimawlein’s own, Tlanding will be representing India at the Trail World Championships to be held in Miranda Do Corvo in Portugal on June 8th, 2019.
Tlanding who is 40 years old is a father of four. He grows paddy and has lived in Shngimawlein his whole life. He is one of seven siblings. He started running about five years ago and attempted the 42km Sohra Cherrapunjee Marathon in 2015 coming 4th. RUNMeghalaya, the organizers, took all the local podium finishers to participate in the Bengaluru Marathon that year and Tlanding came in 3rd in his age category. He continued to participate in national events like Tata Mumbai Marathon, IDBI Kolkata and New Delhi Marathons, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and others. Every year he has improved his full marathon timing. His best time is 02:34:57 last month at the IDBI New Delhi Marathon.
Tlanding started running ultra marathons in 2017. RUNMeghalaya organized the first Mawkyrwat Ultra Marathon in October 2017 in Shngimawlein and Tlanding blazed through winning the 72Km event. He ran faster in 2018 finishing in 05:38:24. Seeing his ultra marathon potential, RUNMeghalaya took Tlanding along with some other runners to Solang in Himachal Pradesh to run the Hell Race Manali. The course was brutally battered due to the rains and even though the organizers changed the route the trail was very technical including steep slippery slopes, huge rocks and river crossings. Tlanding came through it all and shattered the course record by 2 hours finishing the 60Km route in 07:11:23.
This event result along with Mawkyrwat Ultra earned him enough points to get an ITRA(International Trail Running Association) cotation of 690 which was enough for him to make the India World Trail Championships team.
Tlanding is a vision of hope for so many people. He runs free and runs hard. Like his name means in the Khasi language – he breeds “fire”. He has no fear of competition ever endearing to chase down those in front of him and always looking to win. His indomitable spirit and unfaltering determination is an inspiration to everyone. What is even more inspiring is his humility. Even after so many victories and accolades he remains the same humble farmer.
SwondBiningstar Lyngkhoi is from Sakwang village in Mawkyrwat. He is Mawkyrwat’s most successful long distance runner. He has represented India at the Commonwealth Games and at numerous International marathons. He won the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon three times. With his best time clocking 2:17 in the full marathon he serves as a role model to many aspiring youth. Bining trained at the Army Sports Institute for many years. He has retired from running and now is looking to coach young talent in Mawkyrwat and all of Meghalaya.
Kong Kmoinlang is 70 years old and lives in Shngimawlein village. Her last race was the Tata Mumbai Marathon in January 2019.She was the only one in her age category of 70 to 75 years and finished the full marathon in a timing of 4:33 more than half an hour faster than her male counterpart and much faster than most women half her age. Kong Kmoin is an inspiration to all because of her zest for life and strength to keep running.