Coun­cil­lor’s cap­i­tal run a fit­ting end to tough week

Run­ner’s Lon­don ef­fort will be his sev­enth marathon in seven days

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AF­TER com­plet­ing seven con­sec­u­tive marathons in seven days in March, bor­ough coun­cil­lor Jagjit Singh is all set for the Lon­don Marathon, where he is aim­ing to raise £2,000 for the Mayor of Hilling­don’s Char­ity Ap­peal.

The Lon­don Marathon will mark a mile­stone in Cllr Singh’s run­ning ca­reer as it will be his 200th marathon – the Lon­don Marathon was also his first event.

In­spired by his fa­ther, who came sec­ond in the 1954 In­dia Marathon, the 56-year-old Yead­ing coun­cil­lor has been run­ning marathons all over the world since 2004 and has so far raised nearly £15,000 for char­ity.

Among the many char­i­ties who have ben­e­fited from his ef­forts are Can­cer Re­search UK, GetKid­sGo­ing!, which sup­ports chil­dren with wheel­chairs for sports, CLIC Sar­gent, who as­sist chil­dren af­fected by can­cer, the White Lodge Cen­tre, who as­sist dis­abled peo­ple, and Pin­gal­wara, an In­di­an­based char­ity that pro­vides shel­ter and food to peo­ple in need.

Cllr Singh com­pleted the Enigma Quadzilla of four marathons in four days in Fe­bru­ary, rais­ing just un­der £1,400 for the Mayor’s Char­ity Ap­peal.

The Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr Ge­orge Cooper, said: “Cllr Singh’s willpower is an ex­am­ple to us all of how help­ing oth­ers can

Cllr Singh’s willpower is an ex­am­ple to us all”

mo­ti­vate us to go that ex­tra mile.

“I am very pleased that he is putting all his ef­forts into fundrais­ing for the Mayor’s Char­ity Ap­peal and will help us im­prove the lives of the lo­cal res­i­dents who are fac­ing dif­fi­cult chal­lenges.”

There is also another rea­son that makes the 200th marathon spe­cial to Cllr Singh.

He said: “I am very proud to run it with my wife. The Lon­don Marathon will be her first, ex­actly as it was for me 12 years ago.

“We de­cided to com­pete to­gether be­cause we want to raise more funds for the mayor’s char­i­ties.”

Any­one who would like to spon­sor Cllr Singh can do­nate on­line via the Mayor of Hilling­don’s Char­i­ta­ble Trust Just­giv­ing page and write in the com­ment box that you are spon­sor­ing Cllr Singh.

n TOUGH RUN­NER: Cllr Jagjit Singh

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