Bournemouth Marathon Festival opened by Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh launches Bournemouth Marathon Festival Fauja Singh opened the marathon festival in Bournemouth on Saturday

Related Stories

The first Bournemouth Marathon Festival has been opened by 102-year-old Fauja Singh, who is believed to be the oldest marathon runner in the world.

Thousands of runners from around the globe registered for the Dorset event, which began on Saturday and included two races for children.

The two-day festival's half marathon and marathon took place earlier.

The marathon, from King's Park to Bournemouth Pier, was won by Ebisa Merga from Ethiopia.

A Supersonic 10k race for adults and a Speed of Light 5k race were both held on Saturday.

Mr Singh, who completed nine marathons after taking up competitive running after his 89th birthday, opened the 1.5k junior races for children aged six to 10, as well as the Supersonic race.

Festival director Neil Kilgour said: "With miles of glorious, unspoilt golden sands and clear blue sea, Bournemouth and Poole provide a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate run."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Weather

Bournemouth

10 °C 7 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage


  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world


  • Music scoreNo encore Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop


  • Jon Sopel'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show

Programmes

  • A robotClick Watch

    The latest in robotics including software that can design electronics to solve problems

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.