Are you a Redbridge runner? Try marathon training with Sikhs in the City
PUBLISHED: 17:23 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 14 November 2018
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means that Redbridge residents brave enough to run the London Marathon will be throwing themselves into training.
And that means that one of the most active, and surely the fittest, charities in the borough is once again stepping up to help them cross the finish line.
Sikhs in the City, based in Wellesley Road, was awarded charity status on August 21 and is currently running a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise £400,000 to make a new clubhouse a reality.
The charity’s president Harmander Singh, who has completed more than 100 marathons and run the London Marathon 34 times, is an official pace maker for the Virgin London Marathon for a fourth consecutive year, and is offering to help Redbridge residents prepare for the race with a series of shorter runs before the big event on April 28, 2019.
And the price of such expert training? Why, just a small donation to the charity’s clubhouse appeal or a Big Mac meal for Harmander himself.
He told the Recorder: “What we really want to do is make sure the people we’re helping get in shape are local - that they’re from Redbridge, because although we run marathons internationally and have members all over the world we are still very much a local charity based in Ilford.”
But he is right to say the charity has a sterling global reputation.
In fact, the club’s sixth annual Dawn to Dusk race on Sunday, December 16 - which sees runners complete as many laps of a running course between sunrise and sunset as they can manage - has grown from 82 runners in 2012 to a full complement of 250 runners this year, some coming from as far as Spain and Belgium.
And this Sunday (November 18), the charity will also hold its Peace Marathon, the cheapest marathon to sign up to in the UK, to raise funds for its clubhouse, which will be named after the world’s oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh – a Redbridge resident.
There are still 10 places left for the event, which will start at 10am at the centre.
For more information and to sign up to any events mentioned in this article, visit sikhsinthecity.org