The amazing Fauja Singh calls it a day

Asian Image: Fauja Singh with Billi Mucklow (right) and Cara Kilbey of The Only Way is Essex at the start of the Virgin London Marathon in London. Fauja Singh with Billi Mucklow (right) and Cara Kilbey of The Only Way is Essex at the start of the Virgin London Marathon in London.

Fauja Singh took part in his final marathon yesterday.

After running in eight marathons successfully, Mr Singh, the world's oldest marathon runner at 101-years-old, decided that his last marathon ever will be in London Speaking to Asian Image earlier this year at event organised by Sporting Equals at Sport England Mr Singh shared some of his thoughts on staying fit.

He became the oldest man to run a marathon when he completed the Toronto run in 8 hours and 11 minutes.

“If I stop training and running I think my health will deteriorate die. I just can’t sit still. I still like to run and walk 6 to 10 km once a week to keep myself fit. “It is what keeps me going.” He only took up running seriously when he was 89 years-old. He attributes his physical fitness and longevity to abstaining from smoking and alcohol and to following a simple vegetarian diet. When he first turned up for training at Redbridge, Essex, he was dressed in a three-piece suit. The coach had to rework everything, including his dress. Mr Singh has never looked back and ran his first race, the London Marathon, in 2000.

His biography, titled "Turbaned Tornado", was formally released House of Lords in 2010.

“I think nowadays people take their lives too easy. They have everything on a plate. The secret to a long life is to be stress free. He who stresses dies early. “He who does not will live a more peaceful life. And finally his advice for anyone wanting to know how keeps himself so stress-free. “Try to stay away from negative people...they will always bring you down”

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