Ilford man who trained world’s oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh passing on wisdom to first-time runners
- Credit: Archant
The Ilford runner who trained the world’s oldest marathon runner, 101-year-old Fauja Singh, is passing on his wisdom to new recruits for this year’s London marathon.
Harmander Singh, who is part of running group Sikhs in the City, is training the Rotary district governor of London, Eve Conway-Ghazi.
She is raising money for the Rotary Wheel Appeal to buy specialist wheelchairs for disabled young people to play sport.
Eve said: “The training is going alright but I’ve got three months to go and I’m pacing myself. I’m not a runner, so it’s a little bit daunting but I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s worth doing to raise the profile of the appeal, it’s our legacy after the Paralympics.”
You may also want to watch:
Eve is getting some expert training from Gants Hill Rotarian Harmander, who has run 28 marathons himself.
He said: “This is Eve’s first marathon so she has nothing to prove. Her main target is to finish, maybe under eight hours for a medal or better.
- 1 Girl, 16, allegedly raped in Ilford park
- 2 Woodford Green bomb scare declared false alarm
- 3 Travelling in and out of Redbridge? Your guide to road and rail works
- 4 Upcycle and recycle market coming to former Goodmayes Homebase site
- 5 Ambulance stations to close and be replaced by single centre, LAS reveals
- 6 Lorry driver cleared over elderly couple's crash deaths, inquest hears
- 7 Clouds, rain and sunny intervals: East London weather forecast this week
- 8 Arrests in Ilford and East Ham as police target suspected county lines gang
- 9 Newbury Park supermarket security staff step in to help man in crisis
- 10 Doctor struck off after working underqualified for locum shifts
“She needs to build up her stamina and confidence but I think she will make it. She’s a very determined lady.”
Eve is running with another Rotary district governor on the day and they are considering costumes.
She said: “We don’t know what we will do yet, but we want to feature the Rotary wheel.”
The 26.2mile race is on Sunday, April 21.
There are several Rotary clubs in Redbridge. To find your nearest, visit www.ribi.org.