103-year-old marathon runner


We’ve heard of people running marathons, we’ve heard of people running more than one marathon and sometimes several in a row. Today’s #FundraiserFriday star has run nine marathons in the past four years and, what makes Fauja Singh even more special, he is 103-years-old.

Fauja, who is a great grandfather and is believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner, is calling on people to take part in Age UK’s 10k and 2k events, taking place throughout March in: Tatton Park, Cheshire on the 1st, Harewood House, Leeds on the 8th and Crystal Palace, London on the 22ndAge UK supports vulnerable older people across the country in many different ways, such as tackling loneliness.

Fauja may be retired, but he certainly isn’t slowing down, and often jogs or runs for over four hours a day. He says “Running gives me a sense of purpose and I believe keeping fit and active is so important for health and well-being.  I had no idea I would live this long or achieve anything, but running has done wonders for me and if I can do it, anyone can“.

When asked about the charity, Fauja says “I’ve supported Age UK for many years and know just how important their work is in supporting older people to live well and enjoy life. Taking part in their 10k Series is a way you can help make a huge difference to people in later life, while taking on a fitness challenge of your own this Spring, so I would encourage people of all ages and abilities to sign up.”

You can support Fauja’s cause by donating to Age UK, or sign up to run one of Age UK’s 10k events via the Age UK website or by calling 0800 169 8787.

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