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10 out of 10: Joginder waves farewell to the states after milestone marathon

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DELIGHTED: Despite a swollen ankle, Joginder was able to complete his tenth consecutive marathon in the Big Apple

DELIGHTED: Despite a swollen ankle, Joginder was able to complete his tenth consecutive marathon in the Big Apple

Limping over the finish line after six hours of pushing through incredible pain barriers, Joginder Singh raised his hands to his head as he completed his tenth consecutive New York Marathon.

Despite running with an injury, the 64-year-old was able to complete the gruelling 26-mile run to complete his collection of 10 gold medals from the Big Apple.

CHALLENGE COMPLETE: Joginder is all smiles with his 2016 New York marathon finisher’s medal

CHALLENGE COMPLETE: Joginder is all smiles with his 2016 New York marathon finisher’s medal

“I had hurt my ankle before I set off but really wanted to run because it was my tenth time,” he said.

“After 25km,  I had to start walking. My ankle was in a lot of pain but I had to finish. That is why it took me so long this year.”

Joginder eventually passed the finish line in a time of six hours and 40 minutes.

He is now recovering at his Bradford home with a heavily swollen ankle but - more importantly for the tireless runner – he holds his 2016 finisher’s medal firmly in his hands.

“It was worth it,” he added.

At a cost of almost £2,000 a year, Joginder says he can no longer fund his annual trip to the States with his latest New York medal proving to be his last in the city.

He is now aiming to complete a number of new challenges across Europe, targeting the continent’s capital cities as well as a host of runs closer to home.

“I have spent a lot of money on the New York race over the last 10 years because I just love running,” he added.

“My new medal is my 332nd. I do not want to stop now though. I am just going to run elsewhere.”

On 12th December this year, Joginder will turn 65 – the official retirement age for men and women in the UK.

Although he may be ready to slow down in some areas of life, for jogging Joginder there are certainly no plans to be hanging up his running shoes anytime soon.

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Dedic-EIGHT-ed: Joginder continues

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FINISHED: The eight medals, dating between 2007 and 2014, which are displayed at Joginder’s home.

FINISHED: The eight medals, dating between 2007 and 2014, which are displayed at Joginder’s home.

A 63-year-old running enthusiast from Bradford completed the New York Marathon for an amazing eighth consecutive year earlier this month as he surpassed his own personal 300-run milestone.

A famous singer once said: ‘New York New York, so good they named it twice’, yet for Joginder Singh, you can add another six New York’s to that same statement, as he loves running the annual 26-mile challenge so much.

Having travelled all over the world to complete marathons, double-marathons, half-marathons and all other races in-between, the Vice-President of Bradford’s Guru Nanak Sikh Temple says the run in the ‘Big Apple’ is extremely special for him.

COMPLETE: Joginder Singh has now run in eight New York Marathons following his latest challenge earlier this month.

COMPLETE: Joginder Singh has now run in eight New York Marathons following his latest challenge earlier this month.

“It is my number one race,” Joginder said. “This time there was more than 50,000 runners and I have finished the race every year since 2007.

“It was very windy this year but it is my favourite marathon.”

Completing the challenging course in four hours, 35 minutes and 25 seconds, Joginder now has his eyes set on completing ten New York Marathons as he shows no signs of slowing down.

“I have been running and making records all my life,” he added. “In December I’m 63 but will not stop. I like running and am still okay.

“I run to work and back every day and have had four races in the last four weeks.”

In 2012, Joginder travelled to New York to complete the world-renowned marathon once again yet when it was cancelled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Bradford’s proud representative still laced up his running shoes.

Completing four laps of the city’s Central Park, Joginder ensured he still fulfilled a 26-mile run during his visit.

More than 3,500 miles have been covered since he started running yet this weekend, Joginder will experience a rare occurrence indeed, a week off.

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