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  BEAT THE BIG C" 3 MARATHON
  CHALLENGE;

CRUK 10K Winter Run 2019 - DONE
Vitality Big Half Marathon 2019 - DONE

 Sunday 28th April 2019 -        
   London Marathon (26.2 miles)

* Sunday 8th September 2019 -   
   Gt North Run (13.1 miles)

* Sunday 20th October 2019 - 
   Gt South Run (10 miles)
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  Running all over cancer & raising

  funds for Cancer Research UK  

 
Click to learn about  
 RELAY FOR LIFE 
 PETERBOROUGH 2020
 FOR CANCER
 RESEARCH UK

 Join us in organising & 

 taking part in this 24hr 
 running, walking and
 fun event to help beat
 cancer sooner

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 Cancer doesn't sleep

 so neither will we. Let's
 do this together.

My 1st Half Marathon - The Great Eastern Run on 8th October 2017 for Cancer Research UK - For my friend Darren Gentle fighting cancer now and my late father Gurdial Singh Rathore & father in law Darshan Singh Bhatti, both taken by cancer.

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On Sunday 8th October 2017 I ran my 1st Half Marathon - Perkins Great Eastern Run - Peterborough . It was tough as a 55 year old guy who has lost 10 stone in weight and hasn't until a six months ago run further than 1300 metres let alone 13 miles.  So why did I do this, well apart from wanting to do the impossible .... for me anyway, I am doing it to raise money for Cancer Research (UK). Because I fu**ing hate cancer as it took my father Gurdial Singh Rathore and my father in law Darshan Singh Bhatti and its now hurting my friend Darren Gentle, who at 45 doesn't deserve this vile illness.   So while I will endured some pain running my race it is nothing to the pain my mate Darren is having to endure in terms of chemotherapy.

I trained hard and whilst many people from within the community were sarcastic and cynical many others, friends and total strangers supported and encouraged me.    Even the local newspaper showed  interest in my story and kindly ran a piece on me and others who were running for loved ones  Others closer to home thought is was a joke, indeed I was a joke turning up in shorts and running shoes instead of a car and a suit, and unready to eat a bargain bucket and drink a bottle of spirits - its what real men do isn't it!   Prefering not to be a real man I commited myself to long training runs in rain and shine and my dedication paid off as on Sunday 8th October I got to the starting line with a determination to finish at the very least and before the 3 hour 30 minute cut-off when the roads would be re-opened.   My training times dictated that I would finish around 3 hours 20 minutes as I'd start to flag after around 10 miles the farthest I had run in training.  But on the day the crowd of thousands, the occasion and the adrenaline took over and I finished in 3 hours 15 seconds, very narrowly going sub 3 hours.  I curse that one portaloo toilet stop which probably cost me around 6 minutes waiting in a queue to pee - wish I'd done a Paula Radcliffe and gone in a bush.  My finishing position was 4095 which doesn't look impressive but in a field of 5383 I finished well before the cut-off and before the many who through exhaustion or injury failed to finish - good on them for at least trying unlike the cynics.   I was also inspired greatly by Fauja Singh who in 2011 became the oldest person to complete a marathon, the Toronto Marathon in around 8 hours at the age of 100 years.  I met Fauja Singh just before my run as I was interviewing him for a new chat show Late Night Banter with Del Singh that I am recording for The Sikh Channel.  The man is a true miracle and one of the most amazing people I have ever met, focused yet humble and wise beyond his 106 years.  In no small way his inspiration helped me get over the line.   Also mustn't forget the amazing crowds who lined the streets and stood outside their houses and even sat outside on chairs to cheer us on - thank you all.
I raised over £500 and exceeded my fundraising target for Cancer Research (UK), and was pleased to present a cheque to Sir Harpal Singh Kumar - CEO of Cancer Research UK, who I interviewed for my new television show.  We discussed how cancer treatment has evolved and loads more besides.  Cancer doesn't discriminate and doesn't care if you're a hardworking dad ready to retire and put your feet up. Or if you're a 45 year old who has lived a clean and healthy life. Or if you are a little 6 year old boy who is football crazy and wants to grow up to be just like his idol Jermaine Defoe. I am under no illusion that it probably has me in its sights along with millions of people just like you, your friends and family, so lets all fight this evil that makes ISIS look like amateurs in the killing stakes.

I hear people say, "Yeah, but my donation of a few pounds won't make a difference or cure it, so why bother?" Well that's where you are wrong and the reason I know is I worked at the Institute of Cancer Research in London between 1983 and 1984. Yes its tough work and a long haul and unlike the movies its not a case of mixing a couple of chemicals and bingo there's a wonder drug and miracle cure. The research that had been done over the last 50 years means that people today stand a three times better chance of survival than my father had 22 years ago. New drugs and treatments that more acurately target cancer cells causing less damage to healthy cells have all come about through cancer research so the money you donate does make a difference.

Help me end cancer forever by supporting my run - go to  www.JustGiving.com and donate.

Scarfell Pike Charity Climb for Make A Wish Foundation in association with Sikh Channel Aid on 19th August 2017 - Making Wishes Come True for Sick Children.

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On Saturday 19th August 2017 I donned my walking boots again after my Mt Kilimanjaro climb over the new year, and tackled the slightly easier Scarfell Pike in the Lake District - England's highest peak.   That is not to say that Scarfell Pike is a cake walk as it was still a challenging hike and climb especially as the weather changed for the worst.    Plus I got separated from my party at the summit in fog and ended up walking down a different route solo, until I met a lovely man Phil Richardson who at 68 years of age was solo climbing and he accompanied me down the tricky Mickledore route.

The climb was organised by Sikh Channel Aid the charity arm of the Sikh Channel in association with The Make A Wish Foundation and all monies raised through sponsorship went to help make the wishes come true for a group of seriously ill children.  A total of £2000 was raised and I collected £200, and am still happy to collect so please support and sponsor me for this very worthy cause - go to  www.JustGiving.com and donate.










































2017 Charity Challenge - Tough Mudder (Midlands) on 20th May raising money for Cancer Research UK & Prince's Trust

On Saturday 20th May 2017 I along with a number of my work colleagues from Oracle went to Belvoir Castle near Grantham to take part in Tough Mudder to push ourselves personally while raising money for charity - find out more below and please do donate.

Who were we?
The Oracle Manufacturing Tough Mudders Team work together in the UK for Oracle Corporation the global leader in cloud computing solutions. As part of our team building and in the spirit of camaraderie we participated in Tough Mudder 2017 in the Midlands on 20th May.

What were we doing?
Tough Mudder is a worldwide brand that is built around testing both physical and mental endurance using obstacle courses designed to push both the individual and the team. The course is spread over 10 miles and includes a number of obstacle (devices of torture) including; rope swings, slippery climbing slopes, ice pools, live electric crawl wires and several tons of mud has been thrown in for good measure so no one gets out dry.  

As non of the team are professional athletes and with varying degrees of fitness between us and lots of sitting down slaving over hot laptops thistook us all well out of our comfort zones. The key to surviving Tough Mudder was pacing ourselves and working as a team to get to the end in one piece. For most it was a case of sore and aching limbs at the end but in my case at around 5 miles my right knee popped on uneven terrain and I started to struggle.  Determined not to throw in the towel I foolishly continued running and hobbling the next 5 miles doing as many obstacles as I could that wouldn't exacerabate my injury.   By the time I finished I had torn tendons in my right knee which had swollen to the size of a grapefruit and my left ankle had twisted in the deep mud that is Tough Mudder.  I have to thank my fellow team members and indeed fellow Mudders (total strangers) who helped my physically and with vocal encouragement to make it across the line.   I was delighted to have done it but spent the next 3 weeks on crutches - a small price to pay for saying, "I was a Tough Mudder 2017 Finisher" and wearing the t-shirt.

Whether you appreciate others doing something so wild and crazy or just like the idea of a team of guys physically exerting themselves then please help us help others by donating to charity on our JustGiving Pages.

Our chosen charities
We were raising money for The Prince's Trust which helps young people transform their lives and find the success and happiness most of us take for granted.

We were also raising money for Cancer Research UK which is at the forefront of finding cures for this terrible disease that in some way will have affected all our lives be it through family or friends.  Please choose the charity you wish to support and click on the link to donate to this charity.