Gaza Marathon will be Southampton man's first ever race

Daily Echo: Del Singh in training. Del Singh in training.

HE has worked in some of the world’s most hostile countries.

But now this Southampton man is facing one of his biggest challenges yet – running his first marathon.

Dharmender ‘Del’ Singh, 37, will tackle the 26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine, in a marathon organised by the United Nations, despite having “never run any sort of race” before.

Del, whose role as an adviser in international development has seen him work alongside governments in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sudan and Libya, is now training for the challenge, which takes place on March 1.

The event was held for the first time last year and raised more than £650,000 for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, to help deliver a summer programme of sports and activities to Palestinian children.

And former Cantell School pupil Del, from St Mary’s, is hoping to raise £3,000 by taking part this year.

He said: “All you hear are these horror stories coming out of Gaza about conflict and terrorist attacks, but what people forget is that half of the population there are under the age of 16.

“It’s important that people from outside the area go there and engage with them and help them.

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“There are around 250,000 kids in Gaza who will have the summer games available to them, thanks to the efforts of the people taking part in the marathon.”

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12:27am Fri 17 Feb 12

Torchie1 says...

-----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.
-----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations. Torchie1

10:33am Fri 17 Feb 12

userds5050 says...

Torchie1 wrote:
-----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.
Go away you pedant.
The name Palestine is also officially used as the short-form reference to the State of Palestine.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: -----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.[/p][/quote]Go away you pedant. The name Palestine is also officially used as the short-form reference to the State of Palestine. userds5050

11:38am Fri 17 Feb 12

Torchie1 says...

userds5050 wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
-----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.
Go away you pedant.
The name Palestine is also officially used as the short-form reference to the State of Palestine.
It really isn't my fault if the facts don't please you but there is no such place as the 'State of Palestine'. Try looking at a map before making yourself look silly.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: -----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.[/p][/quote]Go away you pedant. The name Palestine is also officially used as the short-form reference to the State of Palestine.[/p][/quote]It really isn't my fault if the facts don't please you but there is no such place as the 'State of Palestine'. Try looking at a map before making yourself look silly. Torchie1

10:25am Mon 20 Feb 12

userds5050 says...

Torchie1 wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
-----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.
Go away you pedant.
The name Palestine is also officially used as the short-form reference to the State of Palestine.
It really isn't my fault if the facts don't please you but there is no such place as the 'State of Palestine'. Try looking at a map before making yourself look silly.
Depends what map you are looking at. I think you will find there are several countries including Iceland who recognise the State of Palestine and that they are seeking full United Nations membership.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: -----26.2-mile slog in Gaza, Palestine-----. There are the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza but there is no such place as Palestine recognised by the international arbiter, the United Nations.[/p][/quote]Go away you pedant. The name Palestine is also officially used as the short-form reference to the State of Palestine.[/p][/quote]It really isn't my fault if the facts don't please you but there is no such place as the 'State of Palestine'. Try looking at a map before making yourself look silly.[/p][/quote]Depends what map you are looking at. I think you will find there are several countries including Iceland who recognise the State of Palestine and that they are seeking full United Nations membership. userds5050

10:30am Mon 20 Feb 12

userds5050 says...

Actually over 80% of the world's population recognise Palestine.
http://www.guardian.
co.uk/world/interact
ive/2011/sep/20/pale
stinain-state-israel
-un-interactive
Actually over 80% of the world's population recognise Palestine. http://www.guardian. co.uk/world/interact ive/2011/sep/20/pale stinain-state-israel -un-interactive userds5050

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