As Babur Khan Yousufzai crossed the 1.7 kilometres (km) of the Indus River Water Cross in 2.22 minutes, everyone knew he had won. He was followed closely by Daud Shah at 3.06 minutes, and Irshad and Yasir Khan at 3.90 minutes each.
The participants had to cover a distance of 1.7km and cross the river at four points or hurdles. The event was held at Motorway 1 on Sunday near the Indus River Bridge in Swabi and was organised by the Frontier 4x4 Club in association with Classic Land Rover, Peshawar.
Aysha Zafar Sabri, the only woman who participated, said it was a challenging task. “More women should have come and taken part,” she said. “Such events are so rare in our part of the world that it was rather unexpected.” She added she had been practicing for the water cross.
According to the event sponsor, Zafaruddin Ahmad, young people were enthusiastic about it as it was a challenging task. He added the province should not just be associated with guns and bullets, but other things too. The event was sponsored by the Tourism Corporation of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2014.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated winning times in seconds instead of minutes. We have regret the error.
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