100-Year-Old Indian Born Brit Completes Toronto MarathonOctober 24, 2011
We Brits love a winner. Indeed, we crave a winner like a thirsty man in a desert. Wimbledon, The World Cup and more recently The Rugby World Cup, ensure our winning drought continues, therefore we will claim a British winner, wherever they come from. Fauja Singh was born in India, but is a British citizen who lives in East London, which means we can claim him as one of ours. Why should we lay claim to this man? Because he became the oldest marathon runner, having completed the Toronto marathon last week in 8 hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds at the age of 100.
This is a man who started running at the age of 89 after the death of his wife and son… 89! He has completed nine marathons, including one here in Londinium. He’s hoping to run the London marathon again next year. On crossing the finishing line in Toronto, he likened it to being married again, having the same joyous feeling. He also attributed his long and healthy life to being stress free: “If there’s something you can’t change, why worry about it?” The other ingredients for a long life include being grateful for everything you have, staying away from negative people, stay smiling and keep running. Here’s someone who should be carrying our Olympic torch – what a top man!
Here’s a video I found on YouTube featuring Mr Singh, if you want more of his wisdom. A Brit we can definitely go for.