Super-fit 73-year-old’s London Marathon dream after completing first Great North Run

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.
Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.
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A super-fit grandad is proving age is no barrier after getting his running shoes on in the name of charity.

Avtar Singh, 73, of Ash Meadows, Washington, has always been a keen runner.

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.

And after much nagging from his family, he decided to take part in his first Great North Run last month.

He completed the 13.1mile course between Newcastle and South Shields in two hours, 41 minutes, and donated £680 to the Alicia Boparai Foundation.

The Houghton-based charity is in memory of Alicia, who died following a battle with cancer aged 22 in June 2013.

Avtar thoroughly enjoyed his first Great North Run experience – and is hoping to do it all again next year.

It’s not bad for a 73-year-old

Baljit Sangha

Baljit Sangha, Avtar’s sister, said: “It’s not bad for a 73-year-old.

“He really, really enjoyed it.

“He said it was a pleasure doing it, and he couldn’t believe how good it was.

“He said that normally after a long run, he feels a little bit tired, but not at all after that race.

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.

“It was amazing and he can’t wait for next year.”

Avtar is a dad-of-two and grandfather-of-six, and is married to Jaswant Kaur.

He regularly goes running around the Durham, Peterlee and Washington areas, and completes up to 35 miles a day.

The semi-retired shop owner has lived in Washington since 1985, having been in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, before that.

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.

Avtar Singh enjoyed his first Great North Run so much he is looking to do it all again next year.

He is hoping for a very busy year of running in 2017, with an even bigger challenge on the horizon.

Avtar wants to complete the London Marathon.

Baljit added: “Every day, he goes for a long run.

“Most people in Washington will know him.

“I said to him, ‘Why don’t you do a Great North Run?’ Everyone was telling him to do it.

“We’re all very proud of him and now he’s set his sights on a new target – the London Marathon.

“The energy he has is amazing and we’re all really proud of him.”