A 92-year-old cancer survivor has become the oldest woman to finish a marathon. Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego on Sunday with a 7 hour, 24 minute and 36 second unofficial race time.
“I’m amazed that they, that they’re interested,” Thompson said after her race. “I just feel I don’t deserve this, but I’m enjoying it.”
This is her 16th time running it, and last year she set a record when she finished the race in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds, beating the previous record for a woman 90 or older by more than an hour and a half.
92-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Woman to Finish Marathon via NBC San Diego
‘Anything worth doing is going to be difficult,” says Fauja Singh, the 100-year-old runner who [is] the world’s oldest person to complete a full-length marathon. At five foot eight and weighing a little more than [112 lbs], Singh is a spindly figure under his heavy turban and wispy beard. “Girl, you tell me: has anything you wanted ever been easy?” he says.
Speaking in Punjabi, Singh says running has given him purpose and a sense of peace. “Why worry about these small, small things? I don’t stress. You never hear of anyone dying of happiness.” And Singh is, by his own admission, pretty happy. Having moved from India to England in 1995, after the deaths of his wife and son, he lives with family in east London, and leads what he says is “a very simple life”.
He took up serious running when he was 89 and says it was his good kismet (destiny) that led him to meeting ex-professional runner Harmander Singh, his trainer and friend.
The secret of the world’s oldest marathon runner via The Guardian
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