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Ilford man who trained world’s oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh passing on wisdom to first-time runners

PUBLISHED: 13:59 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:59 04 February 2013

Eve Conway-Ghazi, District Governor of Rotary in London, with trainer Harmander Singh from Sikhs in the City.

Eve Conway-Ghazi, District Governor of Rotary in London, with trainer Harmander Singh from Sikhs in the City.

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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.”

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.

“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.


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