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#MovedByLondon: Jarnail Singh

Jarnail Singh started running in 2017. On Sunday 4 March 2018, he took part in his first ever half marathon: The Vitality Big Half. Since then he's take part in a variety of races, including The Vitality Big Half 2019, where he set a new personal best.

Now, Jarnail wants to encourage others to take the first steps on their running journey.

"The Vitality Big Half 2018 was my first ever half marathon," said Singh after the 2019 event. "Since then I’ve run six or seven more half marathon and knocked more than 20 minutes off last year’s time to finish in under two hours today.

"Running can change your life completely. I feel so lucky to be part of the running community in London. Running has really helped me and now I would like to help other people discover it. If you keep moving forward, you will achieve everything you want to in life."

"I run in different parts of London, but I do love running along the river in Greenwich. When you’re running on your own it’s kind of meditative and you find yourself actually. It tells you who you are and who you can be.

"The Vitality Big Half was my first half marathon and it was a bit of a challenge for me, but I took on the challenge and I’m still on the running journey.

"Before The Vitality Big Half I was thinking it’s not achievable; how can I do it when I’ve never run more than 11 or 12km? But sometimes you need to trust yourself and you need to do something you’ve never done before.

"I know there are probably many people who haven’t signed up for this event yet because they’re scared of how it would be and think maybe they can’t achieve this target.

"If I can do it you can do it as well. Just start your journey somewhere."