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92 yrs old runner, NRI Fauja Singh set a world record &
signed contract with Adidas for advertising campaign

A marathon runner, NRI Fauja Singh, (92) got a contract with Adidas (Sports footwear manufacturer) to co-front a major advertising campaign that also features David Beckham, Jonny Wilkinson and Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali. You will see Singh's face in coming weeks all across the UK ( adorn billboards in cities) as part of a campaign called 'Impossible is Nothing', and who could be more apt than Singh, who at 92 is setting various records.

He has constantly become faster. Last year, he ran almost an hour quicker than he did in his debut at the 26.2 mile distance, finishing the Toronto marathon in 5hrs 40min, the fastest time yet recorded by someone of his age. Singh's ultimate goal is to "enter the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest man ever to run the distance," which means competing until he is at least 98.

At the age of 90 when he completed the gruelling 26.2 mile distance in 6 hours and 54 minutes for the second time (having done so at his first attempt the previous year). This knocked 58 minutes off the previous world best (7 hours 52 minutes by D Ramsey of the USA)for anyone in the 90+ age bracket.

Flora London Marathon confirmed almost immediately that Fauja (who was the oldest runner in this years race) trimmed his own world record by a further 9 minutes in this year's event on 14th April when he crossed the finishing line in 6 hours 45 minutes and 31 seconds.

Fauja Singh lived in Punjab (India) village and jogged regularly "to get from one place to the next". Before the Second World War he took part in village sports competitions in which he says he was faster than many of his neighbours. The father of four children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren moved to England to live with his son 11 years ago after his wife died.

Every day, he clocks up a daily total of 8-10 miles, some walking and some jogging. A vegetarian, he has breakfast at 6.30 which he calls "nutrition balls", made from ground nuts, herbs and spices mixed into a paste with water. After that he walks for up to an hour and then eats a plain yoghurt and two glasses of water. Between then and midday he carries on walking and jogging - to the Gurdwara, to do errands for neighbours, to see friends - and he doesn't stop to put his feet up once. For lunch he has mild curry, not too hot and spicy, and one chapati with a glass of warm water.

Neighbours introduced him to Harmander Singh, a local community worker and marathon enthusiast who became his trainer, and put him in touch with Bliss, the charity for premature births, for whom Fauja has raised thousands of pounds. 'I want to help those who are least able to help themselves,' says Fauja. 'I like the idea of the oldest running for the youngest .He says ginger in food is good for supple joints and against colds. For a snack Singh has dried, crumbled chapatis mixed with sugar. He meditates for 15 minutes every evening, takes a warm bath to diffuse any tension and rubs baby oil into his muscles at night. Next month, he turns 93 and will be the oldest man ever to line up for the London Marathon.








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