The secret of the world’s oldest marathon runner | UK news | The Guardian

Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh says he lives ‘a very simple life’. Photograph: Chris Young/AP

‘Anything worth doing is going to be difficult,” says Fauja Singh, the 100-year-old runner who this week became the world’s oldest person to complete a full-length marathon, crossing the line at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront event in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. (And he didn’t finish last: five came in after him.)

At five foot eight and weighing a little more than eight stone, Singh is a spindly figure under his heavy turban and wispy beard. “Girl, you tell me: has anything you wanted ever been easy?” he says.

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