A FATHER with a passion for long-distance running has completed a century of marathons.
Jagjit Singh Batth, aka ‘Marathon Singh’, travelled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil’s capital, to cap off the amazing feat by running in the city marathon on Sunday – his 100th 26-miler since 2004.
Mr Singh Batth, of Minterne Way, Hayes, endured temperatures of up to 34° to cross the finishing line in a time of four hours and 50 minutes.
He has now raced in six of the world’s seven continents, and has previously spoken of his intention to brave sub-zero temperatures and take on the punishing North Pole Marathon and ‘tick off’ Antarctica.
Mr Singh Batth, 53, said via email from South America: “I could not beat my personal best because [of the heat], and it wasn’t flat, it was quite hilly.
“There was a water station every three miles [which was] not enough, but I’m happy.”
The catering firm manager ran in his first marathon, in London, nine years ago.
He has since travelled all around the UK and Europe, and to Australia, Dubai and Morocco, chalking off a long list of exotic, far-flung destinations, with a huge medal collection to show for it.
More than half of the 100 marathons have been run in the past two years, and he has run 25 this year alone.
His competitive personal best came at the London Marathon back in April – the eighth time he has run in this marathon, and his 86th overall – with a time of four hours, six minutes and 14 seconds.
It was the first time he raised sponsorship for Age UK Hillingdon, having approached them stating his desire to support a charity which helps people in the place where he lives, and he again ran for the cause in South America. He has also raised thousands of pounds for Get Kids Going, a charity which gets young people with disabilities involved in sport.
Lesley McGinty, team leader at Age UK Hillingdon, said: “I don’t think there are many people who have done 100 marathons. It is a tremendous achievement, and we are genuinely thrilled that he asked us to be involved with what is such a fantastic milestone. We are all really proud of him.”
You can supporting Mr Singh Batth, and Age UK Hillingdon, by donating at www.justgiving.com/age-uk-hillingdon100. Visit www.marathonsingh.com