Rajinder Singh Harzall, the 74-year-old fundraiser fondly referred to as the “Skipping Sikh” for his inspirational health and fitness videos during lockdown, has announced his next venture - he plans to skip his way through the 26-mile-long (42 km approx) London Marathon 2021, on his 75th birthday in October. Amritsar-born Rajinder, recently received an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to health and fitness in a pandemic. In the early months of the UK lockdown, Singh started posting videos of himself skipping to inspire the elderly to stay fit. In the process, he also raised more than £14,000 for the NHS. Despite his age and arthritis, Singh ran a Half marathon in 2020 without any preparation. Singh aims to raise £5,000 for learning disability charity Mencap. The UK based charity works with people with a learning disability and supports their families and carers, too.
Super fast skipping in full speed! Get skipping, get active and let’s all use the time we have to do some form of exercise. I’m getting geared up for the @LondonMarathon Have a blessed Saturday everyone ???????? @Punjab2000music @PunjabiVillans @DailySikhUpdate @myldn @BBCLondonNews pic.twitter.com/O9JUXEvnPw— Skipping Sikh MBE (@SikhSkipping) April 10, 2021
“Even one pence makes a hell of a difference. I just want to do something good until my last breath.” he tells MyLondon “I love skipping and I want people to think, if this old man can do it, why can’t I? My age makes it risky but I want to show people not to give up and try their best.”
Mr Singh’s daughter Minreet said “My dad has had such an amazing response on social media. His health and faith is everything to him, he lives a simple life. To be able to do the London Marathon at his age is amazing.”
To donate to ‘The Skipping Sikh's’ fundraiser, the page can be found here.