Who is USingh Bolt?
This summer, Usingh Bolt – – Barinderjit to his family and Barry to his friends, is taking on a huge challenge that has only been tackled by a few. Over 28 days, Usingh Bolt will be attempting to run the length of the nation – from John O Groats, to Lands End (JOGLE). Not an easy challenge whatsoever, but one fueled by a love of running, and the desire to raise much needed funds for a hugely worthy and valued cause.
Barinderjit Singh Cheema’s love of running started in 2006. He completed his first half marathon in 2006 with his inaugural Great North Run. His first full marathon took place in London in 2007. His initial intention was only ever to conquer one of each distance, however since this time Barinderjit is a regular on half marathons, marathons and even tackles ultra-marathons. His interest in running has not gone unnoticed and Barinderjit has featured on numerous news sites. As a turban wearing runner, Barinderjit is easily spotted amongst the crowds.
Barinderjit’s home club is the Aldridge Running club, he also regularly takes part in the weekly Walsall Arboretum Parkrun.
Whilst Barinderjit runs for the love of running, through his efforts he has raised over £32,000 for various charities including Macmillan and the Stroke Association.
The JOGLE challenge
Every year, the JOGLE route is commonly attempted by cyclists. Only very few runners have attempted to run between the two extreme points of the UK. The challenge starts on Monday 26th August with the aim of reaching the finishing line on Sunday 22nd September, a total of 28 days consecutive running.
To keep things interesting, Barinderjit’s route has been adjusted to take in both the Great North Run (his 10th one); and also make an appearance at his regular Parkrun at Walsall Arboretum.
The rise of homelessness sees many people unable to access food easily. In 2013, 2 Sikh brothers from Walsall decided to take matters into their own hands and set up a charity to help the homeless and those in need. The charity (Midland Langar Sewa Society – MLSS) has seen phenomenal growth – all managed on a voluntary basis with a dedicated group of kindred spirits who provide langar ‘free kitchen’ – to those in need. Feeds take place across the UK, and internationally – sometimes reaching over 25000 meals per week. Food is distributed every single night by volunteers of all ages – thanks purely to donations. This upholds the Sikh ethos of ‘Vand Shako’ – sharing with those around us.
In 2019, Sikhs will be celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Barinderjit, felt this was the right year to attempt this run and raise money to support MLSS in their ongoing efforts to provide langar for all, treating everyone as equals.
Usingh Bolt’s running career
52 half marathons, 40 full marathons and 5 ultra-marathons – a total of race 2000 miles across multiple terrains. In addition to this over 210 Parkruns and multiple shorter race distances. And not to forget all the training miles.
Total Running Distance of JOGLE
|Number of running hours estimated||At least 220 hours|
|Number of running days||28 – consecutive|
|Longest Run||48 miles|
|Shortest run||28 miles|
|Races||Great North Run (8th Sept), Worcester 10K (15th Sept)|
|Aldridge Running Club||http://www.aldridgerunningclub.co.uk/usingh-bolts-jogle-challenge.html|
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