150th marathon bid will be home grown

Fundrais­ing coun­cil­lor train­ing for mile­stone

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HILLING­DON coun­cil­lor who has run marathons across the globe has just eight left un­til he com­pletes his 150th for a char­ity back home.

Jagjit Singh, pic­tured right, who rep­re­sents the Yead­ing ward, hopes to raise £2,000 for Age UK Hilling­don when he takes part in the Lon­don Marathon on April 26.

As a “warm up”, he will also run the Hilling­don Half Marathon on April 12.

Mr Singh, 55, of Min­terne Av­enue, Hayes, said: “Up to now I’ve done 142 marathons, so eight left. So hope­fully, fin­gers crossed, I can do it. If no in­jury comes then it will be fine.”

Fa­ther-of-two Mr Singh has com­pleted marathons on ev­ery con­ti­nent – his best time in the Lon­don Marathon be­ing four hours, six min­utes.

He had been about to com­plete his 100th marathon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he ap­proached the Hilling­don char­ity, which sup­ports older peo­ple in the bor­ough.

He said: “I picked this char­ity be­cause I thought, it’s the 150th marathon and I’m a lo­cal res­i­dent here, so I have to do some­thing for a lo­cal char­ity.”

Labour coun­cil­lor Mr Singh is be­ing sup­ported by a team of teenage Vol­un­teer Po­lice Cadets, who will be or­gan­is­ing fundrais­ers.

On Sun­day, the group of eight South Hilling­don Vol­un­teer Metropoli­tan Po­lice Cadets joined Coun­cil­lor Singh at Sains­bury’s at Lom­bardy Re­tail Park, in Hayes.

They raised £263.54 for Age UK Hilling­don.

Lesley McGinty, the char­ity’s mar­ket­ing and in­come gen­er­a­tion team leader, said: “The cadets did a fan­tas­tic job sell­ing trol­ley coins and pack­ing bags for shop­pers, as well as the tra­di­tional bucket col­lec­tion.”

She added: “We were thrilled Jagjit came back to sup­port us again and we’re stag­gered he has com­pleted so many more marathons and is now on his 150th.

“When the Vol­un­teer Po­lice Cadets ap­proached us about get­ting in­volved, we knew just what they could do to help us.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see young­sters work­ing to raise money to help older peo­ple in their area and we’re con­fi­dent that their en­thu­si­asm, com­bined with Jagjit’s de­ter­mi­na­tion, will raise a lot of money to help us with our work.”

To do­nate, visit www. just­giv­ing.com/ j ag j i t s 1 5 0 t h Ma r at h o n . Al­ter­na­tively, send dona­tions to Lesley McGinty at Age UK Hilling­don, 2 Chapel Court, 126 Church Road, Hayes, UB3 2LW.

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