Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore: Uncle Chan, 85, completes his 101st 42km race

Singapore's oldest marathon runner Chan Meng Hui completed the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore in 8½ hours on Sunday.
Singapore's oldest marathon runner Chan Meng Hui completed the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore in 8½ hours on Sunday.PHOTO: SCMS 2015

SINGAPORE - His sole aim was to complete the 42.195km and true to his word, he did.

On Sunday, Singapore's oldest marathon runner Chan Meng Hui, 85, affectionately known as "Uncle Chan", completed the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore in 81/2 hours.

It was his 101st marathon and his reason for running was a straightforward one.


Uncle Chan being presented with a special finisher tee. PHOTO: SCMS 2015

He said: "Everybody said that since I've run 100 (marathons, why not run one more?"

He had spent less time training this year due to work commitments but yet he completed the race in approximately the same time he did last year.

Speaking after his race, Uncle Chan said: "It was a wonderful race and I experienced darkness, sunshine and thunderstorms, but I feel good ."

The self employed man ran his first 42km race - the Shanghai Marathon - at the age of 60.

He has since been running two to three marathons every year.

With his 101st marathon in the bag, the indefatigable Uncle Chan is already looking to the future.

He said: "I think I have one more marathon in me.

"I will do my best to come back again next year"

mmohan@sph.com.sg