Gash dashes across In­dia

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The run was bru­tal,” says Aus­tralia’s Sa­man­tha Gash of her 3253km, 76-day, fundrais­ing race across In­dia. “The con­di­tions were very tough; the road was filled with con­gested traf­fic, heavy fumes and smog, tem­per­a­tures ex­ceeded 40C, and hu­mid­ity could be 80-90 per cent.”

By the end of the sec­ond week, Sa­man­tha was un­well. “My tummy swelled up, I had a fever and run­ning was brought down to a painful walk. Once over that, my mus­cles were shot from the body try­ing to re­pair other is­sues. But some­how I got through that and into a solid rhythm about a month in.”

There were plenty of cul­tural dif­fer­ences and changes as she crossed In­dia, too. “Lan­guage and di­alect could change ev­ery 50km. The role of women var­ied wildly too, from the cen­tral north­ern belt of In­dia and the Hi­malayas, to the ma­tri­lin­eal com­mu­nity I fin­ished in. From the sides of the road where I ran, women worked tire­lessly in the fields and I never saw a woman driv­ing or even walk on the roads dur­ing the day.”

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