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Bishnu Singh

5 Marathons in 5 different continents + 207 'parkruns' in 5 years.

I am doing this unique running challenge for Gurkha Welfare Trust because I want to support the Gurkhas who need it most.

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Gurkha Welfare Trust

We provide welfare for ex-Gurkhas in need to ensure they live in dignity and security

Charity Registration No. 1103669

Story

I am a 50 year old veteran Gurkha soldier and served in the Gurkhas for 25 years. During my services, I was privileged to serve in many parts of the world, both in operation and training.

Operationally, I was deployed in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. In addition, I also had the opportunity to serve with coalition forces from many different countries from five various continents which have got close ties with the United Kingdom. Since my retirement in 2010, I've been volunteering to raise money for some charity organisations that support the ex-military personnel. My biggest challenge so far was in 2014 when I ran the 'London Marathon' for the 'Army Benevolent Fund' (ABF) where I ran with a 25kg Doko [1] and completed it in 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Starting from 2018, I decided to take up the challenge of running 207 'parkruns' [2] with a 22kg Doko in five years. Within this period, I am
also going to do 5 marathons in 5 different continents without a Doko and my last marathon will be the 'Everest Marathon' in Nepal. I want to do this challenge so that I can raise money for the 'Gurkha Welfare Trust'.

I would like to dedicate this challenge to the brave Gurkha soldiers who fought in all wars with the British Army and specifically to their families who also suffered.

I am starting this challenge on the 1st of January 2018 and aim to finish before my 56th birthday.

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and making a generous
donation. Your help will give me the push to go that extra mile and also support the charity's hard work.

For more information about the 'Gurkha Welfare Trust', please visit
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www.gwt.org.uk

[1] In Nepal, Doko is a large hand-woven bamboo basket which is used to transport goods, carried traditionally on the back. It is also used in Bhutan and some of the northern mountainous provinces of India. Up until now, many Gurkha wives who were left back home in Nepal to work used Dokos. During the eighties, the popular Doko race was introduced for the Gurkha recruiting process for the British Army and has been continuing to this day.

[2] parkrun organise weekly, free timed runs around the worlds.


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