By completing the 26.2 mile course in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds., Fauja Singh — nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado — became the oldest undisputed runner to finish a marathon.
Singh, born in rural India in 1911, did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved to England following the death of his wife and son.
Singh, the centenarian, already held the World Record for the 90-plus age group, completing the same race in 2003 at age 92.
But until now, the title of ‘oldest’ was the cause of some debate.
The Association of Road Racing Statistician already recognized Singh as the oldest for a marathon he ran at age 93. But the Guinness Book of World Records listed someone else — Dimitrion Yordanidis, 98, who ran in Athens in 1976.
Singh says his secret is a life without alcohol and smoking, a vegetarian diet of curries and tea, and daily exercise. He walks or runs up to 10 miles a day.
Mr Singh said: “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.”