Jogging Joginder just can’t stop
The New York Marathon is perhaps the most famous run in the world, and a local Bradford man has now completed the course an incredible seven times. More amazingly, he’s 61-years-old.
Joginder Singh, from Bradford, completed the US marathon last weekend, alongside more than 50,000 other runners. His time of four hours, 27 minutes and 27 seconds saw him complete the grueling 26-mile test in 27,736th position and clinch the latest of his impressive 255 medals.
“My favourite run is the New York Marathon,” he said. “I like the fact that there are so many people all gathered together for this one thing and I also love the actual city.”
In total, the avid runner has covered more than 3,250 miles over the past 20 years with a mixture of half-marathons, marathons and double- marathons completed.
He has raised thousands of pounds for charities and become a local legend for his epic collection of medals, gathered from across the globe, in places such as India, the US and France.
His longest test to date was a 52-mile double- marathon in the Punjab, India, which he completed three times in the late 1990’s. Now, more than 15 years later, Mr Singh has more enthusiasm for running than ever before and has his sights set on the big 500 for his next goal.
“I have just passed 250 marathons, which made me very proud, and I have no plans of stopping now,” he said.
“Up next is 500 and I am determined to make it to that number.”
The East Bowling resident spoke of how he only took up the ‘hobby’ when he was 40-years-old yet now couldn’t imagine his life without running.
He added: “I have always liked walking but only started running after my friend suggested it. I thought ‘I can’t do that’ but gave it a go anyway and have just never stopped since then.
“I find it easy to run for such a long time; I don’t get tired and just enjoy it every time. I have run all over the world and been lucky enough to meet so many wonderful people.”
Mr Singh’s next challenge will be a 26-mile round trek from Bradford to Huddersfield and back, which will commence later this month.