New Year’s Honours List: 103-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh among those recognised
PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2014
A 103-year-old marathon runner from Goodmayes is among those recognised in the new year’s honours list.
Fauja Singh has been appointed a medallist of the order of the British Empire for services to sport and charity.
The incredible athlete, who was the world’s oldest competitive marathon runner before his retirement in 2013, was born in India in 1911.
He took up running in his eighties to distract himself from the trauma of losing his son, daughter and wife in quick succession.
Now he is an inspirational figure and continues to be an active member of Redbridge-based running club Sikhs in the City.
Harmander Singh, secretary of the club, said Fauja was delighted with the honour.
He said: “He’s so chuffed, he feels his life has been extended by another couple of years.
“He really wants to thank Her Majesty for even thinking of him.
“He’s really grateful, he feels so blessed.”
Teresa Harper, who is head of teacher development at the education standards directorate and also chairman of governors at St Antony’s Catholic Primary School in Woodford Green, was appointed MBE for services to education and the community in Redbridge.
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