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Goodmayes marathon man running in footsteps of inspirational father Fauja Singh

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2016

Sukhjinder Singh, Fauja Singh's son, is running the London marathon for St Francis' Hospice.

Sukhjinder Singh, Fauja Singh's son, is running the London marathon for St Francis' Hospice.

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If marathons run in the family then Sukhjinder Singh certainly has good genes – his father is Fauja Singh the world’s oldest marathon runner.

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If Sukhjinder crosses the line on the Mall tomorrow it will be his sixth successful London run and his 12th marathon altogether.

But he still has a while to go to catch up with his dad, 105, the world’s oldest marathon runner.

Fauja, a local celebrity, started running when he was 89, completing in the London, New York and Hong Kong marathons before retiring aged 101.

Sukhjinder, 56, of Levett Gardens, Goodmayes, will literally be running in his father’s footsteps, when he races along the 26 miles.

He said his father is his “inspiration”.

Sukhjinder, who runs his a plumbing and bathroom business, is running to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, in Havering-atte-Bower.

It gives care to people with serious, long term and life limiting illnesses.

Sukhjinder explained: “I like to help people and this charity is excellent at helping people.”


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