A 100-year-old man has recently finished a four and a half kilometre run, having completed his first marathon at the late age of 89!
Fauja Singh, an Indian born Sikh from London completed the event in around 40 minutes, having just last month finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in just over eight hours alongside a host of professional runners.
His attention to detail involved a series of warm up routines which fellow runners quickly copied so they were not out done by their more experienced competitor.
His fitness was clear to see, and the veteran showed no signs of fatigue or exhaustion until he crossed the line, although he was still able to deliver an interview where he announced he wanted to continue his hobby for as long as possible:
“I want to be able to run like this until my last breath,” Mr Singh said in Punjabi after completing his run, which began and ended opposite the World Trade Centre. “I hope to die while doing what I love, which is running.”
“I give away the money I earn to charities and hospitals in the UK, and I will continue running as long as I can,” he added.”
Mr Singh is a strong promoter of a healthy lifestyle, and this has no doubt helped him to achieve his goals even at such a late age. This just goes to show that it is never too late to improve your health, and he will undoubtedly provide inspiration to a younger generation of athletes.
The only drawback is that he cannot be classed as the world’s oldest ever marathon runner as he is unable to provide a birth certificate, the document which is required to prove his exact age!
Nevertheless his determination to keep running and raise money for charity is nothing short of amazing.
*quotes courtesy of the National