Ilford runner makes 100th marathon milestone in Toronto
PUBLISHED: 15:01 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 29 October 2015
A running fanatic is celebrating a special milestone after he completed his 100th marathon in Canada.
Harmander Singh, 56, from Ilford, who has taken on events around the world, was joined by around 20 others from his running club Sikhs in the City (SITC) as he crossed the finish line at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
The SITC coach said he believes he is the first man in Redbridge to become part of the 100 marathon club after completing the race this month with a time of 4:44.30.
Redbridge’s oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh, 104, also made the trip and presented Harmander with a medal.
“I’ve taken the longest time to get here,” said Harmander. “I’ve been running marathons for 31 years – I started in 1984.
“But it was really special, it was poignant and I dedicated it to Fauja – we have inspired each other and he’s so positive.”
Harmander, who works for Healthwatch Redbridge and is also a magistrate, has run marathons and half-marathons across the globe, from Pakistan and Kenya to Malaysia and Germany.
He cites his run in Singapore as one of the toughest events he has taken part in.
“Singapore was challenging because of the humidity, despite me being from there,” he said.
Harmander, who has many more marathons in him yet, is relishing the chance to build on his achievement.
“Three things keep me going – the fact that I train people and I don’t want to let them down, it’s my way of doing my bit to fight obesity in the borough, and the fact it’s free to run,” he said.
“It’s about being healthy and helping others. It keeps me going and for me, running is a kind of therapy.”
He said taking on the 100 marathon challenge was “definitely worth it”.
“It feels fantastic to have done it before I’m 60,” said Harmander.
“I’m at the bottom of an elite group – there’s one guy whose done more than a thousand.”
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