Even at this ripe age, Fauja, who got a congratulatory telegram from Queen Elizabeth when he turned 100 in April, does not want to give up running. Born in 1911 in Jalandhar district, he became the world’s oldest half marathon runner at 99 years of age in May last year when he ran in Luxembourg.
“I won't stop running till I die," Fauja had said recently.
The death of his son and earlier of his wife forced Fauja to search for a worthwhile alternative in life. At 89, he took seriously to running. “When he first turned up for training at Redbridge-Essex, he was dressed in a three-piece suit. The coach had to rework everything, including his dress,” Khushwant said.