A five-year challenge for a 50 year-old Gurkha
Back in 2017, ex-Gurkha Captain Bishnu Bahadur Singh was approaching his 50th Birthday…
Instead of asking for gifts, Bishnu came up with an idea to give back to the Gurkhas – and put together a plan to do so in a truly remarkable way.
A Gurkha-worthy challenge
As you read this, Bishnu is in the midst of completing an incredible 207 five kilometre Parkruns, carrying a traditional Nepali doko basket on his back. He plans to complete these runs over a period of five years. Once finished he will have run over 1,000km. As we write this he is one year into his challenge and has just finished run number 44.
“When I told my family and friends, almost everyone thought I was crazy.”
“It is not because the task itself was impossible but due to the fact my body has been battered in infantry exercises and battlefields for a quarter of a century serving in the British Army’s elite forces.”
The doko basket he carries on these runs contains 22kg of weights, the same amount that potential recruits carry in the infamous doko race when trying out to become a Gurkha.
Five marathons. Five continents. Five years.
As if 207 parkruns wasn’t enough, Bishnu has also set himself the task of completing five marathons in five different continents during this time. Last year he kicked things off with the Paris Marathon and this year he’s booked onto the Toronto Marathon in October.
Asked why he chose to support The Gurkha Welfare Trust with his challenges, Bishnu said:
“Long before I joined the Army, I admired The Gurkha Welfare Trust and their support to the Ex-Gurkhas and for the villages where recruitment for Gurkhas was common. The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s provision of medical care to former Gurkha soldiers, constructing drinking water points in the villages, supporting to build schools […] are few fine examples I can recount.”
“I hope to continue and enjoy this over the next four years, run with more people, and raise some money for The Gurkha Welfare Trust.”
Find out more about Bishnu’s challenge by visiting his JustGiving page here.