Course Record Holder L Suriya, Srinu Bugatha eye bonus prizes at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

The top Indian Elite athletes practicing at the JLN stadium, New Delhi on Saturday (L to R), Shankar Man Thapa, Pradeep Chaudhary, Srinu Bugatha, Parul Chaudhary, L Suriya, Meenu, Anil Kumar Yadav and Man Singh.

The top Indian elite athletes Suresh Kumar Patel, Srinu Bugatha, Pradeep Chaudhary in men's category and Course Record Holder L Suriya, Parul Chaudhary and Priti Lamba in women's category are all set to better their respective timings in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi on Sunday.

Suriya, who created the course record in 2017, expressed that she enjoys running on the route of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

"The route at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is very nice. In 2017, I really enjoyed the run as the weather was also good. Therefore, I put up a good performance that year. I am looking forward to another great experience in ADHM. Hopefully, I will break the course record again," said Suriya.

The runners of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will be awarded Rs 1 lakh as a bonus cash prize if they break the course record this year. Parul Chaudhary, who is keen to make an impression this year, is delighted about the bonus cash prize on offer.

"It's great that the runners will be rewarded with a bonus cash prize for breaking the course record. We are very happy and I will definitely give it my all to achieve a bonus prize this year," said Parul.

Speaking about the conditions, Pradeep Chaudhary expressed that the weather has changed for the better since Friday and hopefully the conditions will suit the runners on Sunday.

"The weather suddenly changed on Friday. It was very windy making the conditions very cool and suitable for runners. I am looking forward to a great run and good weather on a beautiful track will be an added bonus," said Pradeep Chaudhary.

Srinu Bugatha, who has won over 100 medals in national and international running events since he took up the sport in 2010, is also eyeing the course record at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon this year.

"Everyone is a tough competitor in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. Especially, Suresh Kumar Patel and Pradeep Chaudhary will put up a tough challenge. I have come with the target of setting my best time and will try to break the course record," says Srinu Bugatha.