Tejvan organises short-distance running and cycling races for the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in his home city of Oxford. He is also a very good cyclist, having won the National hill climb championships in 2013 and finished 3rd in the National 100 Mile Time Trials in 2014.
Impossibility Challenger was an event founded in 1982 by Sri Chinmoy with the idea to give people the chance to transcend their limitations and make an effort to set a new world record or personal best. The event is organised by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre and, in the past few decades, has been held in several cities around the world The unique event attracts a diverse range of participants who are keen to test themselves in the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of 'Impossibility Challenger'.
This years edition was held in Den Haag, Netherlands, and attracted a range of record breakers from quickest time to solve a Rubik's cube and tests of memory - to physical challenges such as the fastest running whilst skipping.
Video of the event
Sri Chinmoy encouraged this event because he felt that the personal effort and discipline of trying to better oneself could give a more meaningful understanding of our latent capacities and this effort to reach new achievements would give a genuine sense of happiness. Sri Chinmoy often described this effort of challenging ourself as a philosophy of 'self-transcendence'.
Either forget impossibility’s challenge
Or challenge impossibility’s pride
To become truly happy.
- Sri Chinmoy
At this year's event, one of the participants was Ashrita Furman, who holds the Guinness World Record for having the most world records. In a record-breaking career, since 1979, he has set over 700 Guinness Records and currently holds more than 200. At this event, he set a new record for cutting 59 kiwis in a minute and also - completing 66 rounds of juggling a burning torch, within one minute.
The event attracted a range of self-transcendence feats - including push-ups, paper folding, skipping, sack racing and fastest one-handed hand-clap. It also included an epic feat of poetry recital. American Mahiruha Klein recited, over a period of several hours, 1,000 poems of Sri Chinmoy from the poetry series "The Golden Boat" He later commented that he recited from memory 965 absolutely correct, with just a few slips in the other 35 poems. For Mahiruha, the long period of the recital was not about the outer display of memory, but a very rewarding inner experience to become immersed in a world of spiritual poetry.
The event attracted substantial media coverage from the local Dutch press who covered the unique challenges of the event.
Running friendship and personal bests at the Rotterdam Marathon
Door Abhinabha Tangerman
16. April 2019
On April 7th, the three fastest male runners of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team came together the Rotterdam marathon, which is well known for producing fast times. Samalya Schäfer (Germany), Vajin Armstrong (New Zealand) and Abhinabha Tangerman (The Netherlands) have all broken the elusive barrier of two hours and thirty minutes for the marathon distance. The three runners are good friends and regularly head off together for runs and training camps, but this was the first time they had toed the line together in the same marathon.
Of the three, Abhinabha finished first in 2:31:17, followed by Samalya in 2:31:48. Vajin, who has represented New Zealand and won some of trail running's most prestigious races in the past few years, experienced some hamstring problems this time around and finished in 2:34:21. Also running in Rotterdam were two other members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team who both set personal bests - Sadanand Magee from Ireland in 2:50:34 and Himadri Kavai from Hungary with 3:36:35.
Since the late 1970s, members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team have completed numerous marathons following in the footsteps of founder Sri Chinmoy, who ran 22 marathons and encouraged others to test themselves physically, mentally and spiritually at this iconic distance.
“Self-transcendence gives us joy in boundless measure. When we transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We do not compete with the rest of the world, but at every moment we compete with ourselves. We compete only with our previous achievements. And each time we surpass our previous achievements, we get joy.”
– Sri Chinmoy
Aside from the success of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team members, this edition of the Rotterdam marathon also saw a new course record in 2:04:1, set by Marius Kipserem from Kenya, as well as a new Dutch national record in 2:06:17 set by Abdi Nageeye.
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A Guinness World Record - for most one-handed claps in a minute!
Door Nirbhasa Mageeauthor bio »
26. Juli 2017
About the author:
Nirbhasa is originally from Ireland but currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is an enthusiastic multi-day runner, having completed four times the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - the longest race in the world.
Abhinabha Tangerman from just recieved confirmation from Guinness World Records for the most one-handed claps in a minute - an astonishingly fast 427! Abhinabha, a member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Holland, set the record at the Impossibility-Challenger record breaking festival in Germany.
Abhinabha is also a very fast marathon runner, with a current best of 2:27, and holds the current record for our 12 hour invitational walking race in April at 65 miles. The record has gotten quite a lot of attention recently, which Abhinabha admits to being a little surprised by. He was introduced to the world of record breaking by his friend Ashrita Furman, also a Sri Chinmoy Marathon team member, who currently holds more Guinness World Records than any other person.
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Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team Nederland
Door Abhinabha Tangerman
2. Juni 2014
Via zijn eigen prestaties en door het oprichten van het Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team heeft Sri Chinmoy bij leven op heldere wijze gedemonstreerd dat sport een krachtig middel kan zijn om het innerlijk potentieel van de mens dat diep in ons verborgen ligt naar voren te brengen. Lees meer over Sri Chinmoy...
LEONIE VAN DEN HAAK LOOPT NEDERLANDSE RECORD 100KM
Amsterdam, 31 mei 2014 - Ultraloopster Leonie van den Haak heeft vandaag tijdens de Self-Transcendence 50&100km een (officieus) Nederlands record op de 100km gelopen. De Amsterdamse klokte 8:28:05, een verbetering ten opzichte van het oude record dat Mildred Haans onlangs liep in het Franse Belfes.
Bij de mannen was Peter Janssen het snelst op de 100 kilometer, hij liep een tijd van 9:14:55.
Op de 50 kilometer was Gert Mertens weer in goede doen. Hij won in een mooie tijd van 3:25:51 en klopte zijn Belgische landgenoot Frankie Leus, die 3:43:39 liet noteren. Bij de dames was Mieke Hekkers de snelste op de 50km met een tijd van 4:25:12.
Het was weer een prachtige dag in het Amsterdamse Bos, waar de lichte bewolking zorgde voor ideaal loopweer. Met 13 lopers op de 100km en zo'n veertig starters bij de 50km was de sfeer opperbest. En met het record van Léonie deed deze Self-Transcendence ultraloop zijn naam eer aan!
Download de Loopkalender 2014 van het Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.
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