He is believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner after running the Toronto marathon last year, 101-year-old Fauja Singh was competing in Canada again – but this time he didn’t even break a sweat.
Thousands turned out to watch Londoner Mr Singh as he ran Surrey 5km race in British Columbia in just 35 minutes.
Mr Singh, who was born in India in 1911, ‘barely broke a sweat’ according to his family, as the centenarian is used to running far longer distances. Waving to the masses: Fauja Singh, believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner, ran again in Canada this weekend.
Four generations of the Singh family were competing alongside one another in Canada over the weekend, and Mr Singh said he was ‘proud’ to be part of the race.
The Ilford, east London, resident carried the Olympic torch prior to this summer’s Games, and has been part of an Adidas campaign alongside David Beckham and Muhammad Ali during his illustrious running career. Surprisingly, he only picked up the sport when in his eighties, and has jogged 10 miles a day since.
Mr Singh’s title of ‘world’s oldest marathon runner’ remains unofficial only on a technicality, as he does not have a birth certificate.
After the race, fans of Mr Singh jostled for his autograph, and one banner simply read: ‘Fauja Rocks!’ Mr Singh’s publicist told CTV News that his goal was to inspire people of all ages to get involved in running or physical activity.
Mr Singh, who has run eight marathons, holds the record for the men’s over-90 category after running the Toronto marathon in five hours and 40 minutes in 2003. He also holds UK records for the 200 metres, 400m, 800m, one mile and 3000m for his age group.
In Canada though, Mr Singh was not out to smash a personal best or break a record. He just wanted to enjoy a comparably short race with his family.
The marathon man, whose autobiography is titled The Turban Tornado, announced his retirement from longer distance running in April – just before competing in the London marathon.
His trainer Harmander Singh said before the race: “I believe it’s probably best that this is the last. I don’t think he has anything else to prove.”
Mr Singh says the the secret to staying in shape and being able to conquer his gruelling fitness regime at his age is simple. He eats copious amounts of ginger curry and drinks a lot of tea.