‘Faith Runner’ Samir Singh falters on the final straight
Tormented by blisters, illness and injuries, ultra-marathoner Samir Singh was just 36km short of completing his goal of running 10,000km in 100 days as pain and exhaustion beat him. In images
- Ultra marathon runner Samir Singh was just 36km short of completing 10,000km that he wanted to cover in the 100-day challenge as pain and exhaustion beat him. Photos: AFP
- Singh stretches before the start of a run in Mumbai. His routine starts at 4.30am, and he runs around 60-70km until 1pm.
- Singh, who was inevitably compared to Forrest Gump, spent nearly 3 months running between Mumbai’s slums and business district using donated clothes and equipment, and living on just $3 a day.
- Singh waves to other runners in Mumbai. At the end of his attempt on Sunday, the running coach, who also suffered stomach problems and viral fever, weighed just 40kg.
- Singh winces in pain as a masseur stretches his feet during a break in his routine. He lost 16kg during the challenge.
- The five-time ultra-marathon’s run was longer than the Great Wall of China (5,500km) and further than the distance from Mumbai to London (7,200km).
- Singh covers himself from a sudden downpour. Singh, who started on 29 April in Mumbai’s scorching heat, has been running through the monsoon rains without skipping a day.
- Singh, who is seen chatting with other runners, was christened as ‘The Faith Runner’ by Mumbai documentary-makers Vandana and Vikram Bhatti.