UK – 4 July 2013, Singh Sabha, Havelock Road, Southall, Fauja Singh, Sikhs in the City

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Divan Hall, Palki Sahib, Sikh Channel
We were expecting both Fauja Singh and Milkha Singh

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Fauja Singh

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Sikhs in the City

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Sikhs in the City

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Sikhs in the City
I do not know if Milkha Singh showed up at all
I do not like waiting and went home

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Havelock Road
Southall, Middlesex UB2 4NP

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Man in Blue

BBC News – Oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh’s final race; Video link

Hong Kong, 24 February 2013. A man believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner has completed his last long distance competitive race in Hong Kong.

Fauja Singh, who is 101 years old and from east London, finished the Hong Kong 10km (6.25 mile) event in one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.

He ran his first London marathon in 2000 and went on to compete in a further eight marathons.

Ben Ando reports.

To see the Fauja Singh video click on the link below

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21565970

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The Asian Age – Fauja Singh stops at 101, says he is tired

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Fauja Singh in Hong Kong, Tribune photo

Hong Kong, 25 February 2013. Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner, retired at the age of 101 from competitive events as a “very happy” man as he finished his last race here on Sunday.

Singh, nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado,” finished the Hong Kong Marathon’s 10-kilometre race in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds. But he could not meet his goal of beating his personal record.

“I’m very happy. When I was running I felt very good, but now that I’ve stopped, I’m tired,” the India-born British national, who only speaks Punjabi, said.

Singh, who turns 102 on April 1, became the oldest man to run a full marathon at Toronto in 2011. But his record was not recognised by Guinness World Records because he doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove his age, only a passport.

Singh, who was a farmer in Punjab before settling in England, has competed in nine 26-mile marathons in London, Toronto and New York. His best time was in Toronto, where he clocked five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds.

Singh says he does not suffer from any ailments. A torch-bearer for the 2012 Olympics, his one regret is not being able to speak and read English. In 1999, at the age of 89, he decided to run marathons for charities. His first charity was for premature babies and he billed himself as the oldest person running for the youngest. (PTI)

http://www.asianage.com/india/fauja-singh-stops-101-says-he-tired-181

Yahoo News – One last marathon for 101-year-old Briton

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Britain’s Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner, has announced that he is finally going to retire at the ripe old age of 101 – but not until one more 26-mile effort.

The superfit Indian-born athlete, who lives in Ilford, has picked the Hong Kong marathon next month as his last hurrah, which takes place just five weeks before his 102nd birthday.

However, Singh, who ran the first of his eight marathons as an 89-year-old, says that this does not mean he is about to throw away his running shoes.

“I will keep running for at least four hours daily after that,” Singh told the Times of India newspaper during a visit to the land of his birth.

“Running is my life. I will keep running to inspire the masses.”

Singh, nicknamed ‘The Turban Tornado’, has a personal best of five hours, 40 minutes, set back in 2003, making him the world record holder at the distance for a man aged 90 or over.

Last year Singh completed his fifth London marathon in a time of seven hours and 49 minutes and was rewarded with a spot as an Olympic torch bearer.

Singh, born in India in 1911, received a telegram from the Queen for reaching his 100th birthday two years ago, but only took up running seriously at the age of 88.

So just how does he stay so fit as a centenarian?

“The reason for my good health is that I exercise daily and follow a proper diet regime,” he says.

“I take happiness in biggest proportions though my actual diet is very small.

“Nowadays, people are more interested in going to a gym, but I feel that if they exercise regularly on their own they can be physically and mentally strong.

“Daily exercise will keep you away from all diseases.”

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/one-more-marathon-101-old-briton-111414255.html

The Tribune – Punjabi University’s lifetime fellowship for Fauja Singh

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101 year old Fauja Singh

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 24. Punjabi University will award lifetime fellowship to veteran athlete Fauja Singh (101), the oldest marathon runner in the world. Vice Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh announced this during the inauguration of a three-day international conference on “Futuristic Trends in Physical Education” here today.

While Olympian Brig Labh Singh was the chief guest, Fauja Singh and Beijing Olympics bronze medalist Vijender Singh were special guests. Brig Labh Singh said with the increasing reach of TV channels and internet and the emerging of nuclear families, children were being ignored, both at homes and at schools.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130125/punjab.htm#8

436.The Man in Blue – SRM, Redbridge, UK

The SRM about which I write this week is the Sikh Relay Marathon, which took place 29 September in Redbridge, North East of London. The route of the relay marathon is the training ground of Fauja Singh, the veteran Sikh marathon runner who is now 99 years old.

This year is the third time that I participated in the SRM, which allows both more professional runners and indifferent ones like me to take part. As I was one of the five members of our Interfaith Team I only had to do a bit more than one fifth of 42 km. The other benefit of a relay marathon is that you do not have to run the distance in one go, you do a lap, rest, do another lap and rest again etc.

I will publish pictures of the participants both on my blog and on my Flickr  account, so that everybody can see me and my colleagues and also teams like the Barking Road Runners and the Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara, whose members are fitter and younger than me.

The most amazing participants are the Sikh veteran runners in their eighties and nineties, with Fauja Singh as their best known member. The veterans do not run very fast, but they go at a steady pace and keep going.

Our team of five had an Irish and a Luxemburg female member, two local male members, one of whom was a Hindu, and a tall skinny Dutchman who lives in Belgium and is a Sikh. Even the Gatka Akara has non-Sikh members. Although it is the Sikh Relay Marathon there is plenty of opportunity to talk to and to run together with people of non-Sikh background.

Every year the Mayor of Redbridge has to get up early on a Sunday morning to address the runners. His (or her) motivation to do this is that £ 1000 of the revenue of the event goes to the Mayor’s charity fund. The revenue consists of sponsor money from local businesses and Gurdwaré and the £ 20 registration fee that all but the foreign participants have to pay.

We missed the Scottish team that was present at previous events, but in spite of their absence we had an excellent time on the day, and badly aching leg muscles on the Monday.

Last year I had done a lot of walking and a bit of running as preparation, this year I had been out on my wonderful new bike a lot, walked some but did not run at all before the race. Cycling is an excellent way to keep fit, but you use quite different muscle groups on your bike than when running.

Please come and join us next year, God usually blesses us with reasonable weather and there is always good company, you contribute to community cohesion and to charity. And you’ll get a medal and a T-shirt !

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