Push­ing the lim­its of half marathon

Dad takes tot for a 13.1 mile run round the park

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FOR most run­ners, com­plet­ing a half marathon is chal­leng­ing enough.

But Pardip Singh was determined to make things more dif­fi­cult for him­self – by push­ing his baby the 13.1 miles in a pram.

Spec­ta­tors were shocked to see Mr Singh run­ning with his seven-month-old in tow at the Hilling­don Half Marathon on April 12.

Fa­ther-of-two Mr Singh, 46, of Pinkwell Av­enue, Hayes, said: “I def­i­nitely saw a few jaws drop­ping when they re­alised there was ac­tu­ally a baby in the pram. At the fin­ish all th­ese peo­ple came up to me want­ing to shake my hand.

“It was just sur­real. I felt like I’d just won the race, not like some­one who ran with a baby in a buggy.”

Eal­ing Ea­gles Run­ning Club mem­ber Mr Singh be­gan jog­ging with his el­dest son, Harry – now four – when he re­alised his du­ties as a fa­ther were intruding on his ex­er­cise regime.

He had been used to run­ning for up to an hour a day, but found him­self spend­ing more and more time chang­ing nap­pies and tidy­ing up.

Af­ter first run­ning with Harry at his lo­cal park, Mr Singh soon be­gan jog­ging all the way from Hayes to Eal­ing Broad­way and back with his first­born.

He has kept up the rou­tine with his youngest son, Gary, who he hopes will one day be­come the next Usain Bolt.

Mr Singh said: “The doc­tor who de­liv­ered him at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal ac­tu­ally ran six marathons in six months for char­ity. I don’t know if that’s per­haps a good omen.”

Mr Singh, who is as­sis­tant manager at the Lo­tus Cen­tre, a day care fa­cil­ity in Har­ling­ton Road, Southall, de­cided to take Gary along to the half marathon to en­cour­age oth­ers to do like­wise with their tots.

He said: “I did it for other par­ents who think they can’t go out run­ning be­cause they’ve got to look af­ter their chil­dren.

“I wanted to show that you can – you can take them with you.”

He had crossed the fin­ish line in a re­spectable one hour, 55 min­utes and 46 sec­onds – com­ing in 209th out of 367 run­ners.

He added: “Gary went to sleep at the first mile but woke up at 11 miles and he didn’t want to sit in that pram any more. He wanted to see what was go­ing on around him.

“Then threw his toy out and I had to run back to get it.”

n PRAM MAN: Pardip Singh ran the Hilling­don Half Marathon with his baby in tow

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