|Sent on:||Monday, July 9, 2012 1:48 PM|
It is that time of year again, yes, the dreaded Sikh Relay Marathon when the mere thought of being asked to tie up your Kachera tighter and don those old plimsoles you kept from your schooldays in the hope of impressing others by making them believe you actually do some exercise. On Sunday 26 August 2012 (the Sunday just before the last Bank Holiday of the year before Christmas) we (Sikh Sports Association through Sikhs In The City) will be holding the 6th Sikh Relay Marathon - North East London on the 2km (very route) where young Fauja Singh has trained for nearly thirteen years. The race is a team event, where a inimum of five and maximum of seven team members combine to run 21 laps against the lock and other teams of unfit Higgs boson (mass collectors) runners (I use the term loosely). Although repeated in the promotional bumf below, the aim of this annual event is to: Getting people fitter by participating in physical exercise.Showing that Sikhs are inclusive and reach out by encouraging non-Sikhs to join in.Raise funds for local charities as £1,000 from the entry fee will go to the local Mayor's Charity.
A unique feature of this event - unlike any others related to Sikhs if not the Punjabi community, IT STARTS ON TIME. In the past, the main attractions have been the opportunity to run against the World's oldest Marathon Relay Team that included Fauja Singh, Ajit Singh, Amrik Singh, Gurbakhsh Singh, the late Ajit Singh Kalirai and even Karnil Singh who is renowned for experimenting with race routes (yes he cheats by cutting out bits of it). As the elders team has been officially 'retired' but Fauja Singh continues to run shorter distances - as does Amrik Singh. This years attraction has to be the chance to run alongside the Sikh Olympic Torchbearer team - WE ARE TRYING TO GATHER AS MANY AS POSSIBLE FROM THE 25 OR SO TORCHBEARERS WITH SIKH SOUNDING NAMES FOR THE EVENT - MAA SATPAL KAUR JI HAS ALREADY INDICATED HER WILLINGNESS TO ATTEND. Finally, the other attraction is the Grandparents and grandchildrens race where they runwhile holding on to their offsprings offspring. The singular grandparents race is now getting boring as I and the missus always win. Please indicate your intentio to run by the closing date of 10 August so that we can order enough engraved medals to all participants. Anyone wanting to sponsor the trophies to the first three teams is also encouraged to contact me asap. Other ways non-participants can help is by paying for: 1. The public liability insurance (about £100)2. Paramedics (about £200)3. Refreshments (about £250)4. Donation towards any shortfall for the £1,000 total to charities through the Mayor's appeal.
I look forward to being inundated with offers of help.
Harmander Singh Any queries may be sent to [address removed] or [address removed] or telephone Harmander Singh on[masked]