Search

Goodmayes runner Fauja Singh, 101, gearing up for last ever marathon

15:30 01 January 2013

Fauja Singh after completing the Newham 10km run

Fauja Singh after completing the Newham 10km run

Archant

The man believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner has announced that he is to run his last marathon in February.

Fauja Singh, 101 of Goodmayes will run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

Last year he became the country’s oldest Olympic torchbearer during the relay.

He also took the flame when it was in London for the 2004 Athens Games.

Fauja started his career as a marathon runner at the age of 89 and ran last year’s London Marathon in a time of seven hours, 49 minutes.

Speaking of the secret to a long life, he said: “I am told vegetarians tend to live an average of six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.

“Age may bring wisdom, but if you want stamina, endurance and a lifetime of good health, turn to nutritious vegetarian foods.

“I attribute my longevity to simple Punjabi vegetarian foods, such as chapati, dal, sabji and saag.”

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

36 minutes ago
The Recorder is running a competition where readers can win five family tickets to the London Aquarium

Up for grabs this week are five family tickets for one of the capital’s most popular attractions – the London Aquarium.

02:11
Thomas Berry, 81, has been missing since yesterday. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for help in finding an elderly man with Alzheimer’s who has gone missing.

Yesterday, 14:45
Chigwell Road, South Woodford. Picture: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following a car crash this morning.

Yesterday, 12:00
Hugh Noble, left, plants tree at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue

A synagogue has been celebrating its 60th anniversary with one of its founders planting a tree at its grounds.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe