Metropolitan Police Sikh Association (MPSA) member Mr Naiterprit (Prit) Hanspal ran this year's Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
In Edinburgh an estimated 13,500 competitors took part with around 100,000 people who turned out to watch making it the largest ever crowd for the Edinburgh marathon. Unusually, the temperatures rose considerably during the day as the marathon got underway - reaching 25C by mid-afternoon. The hottest weekend of the year so far high temperatures resulted in 78 people being treated for blisters, sunburn and dehydration. One runner died after collapsing in the marathon race.
Also in attendance in Edinburgh was Fauja Singh, the 99 year old Sikh marathon runner with other sporting Sikh elders.
Prit completed the gruelling marathon in just over four hours. This was his first ever marathon. He also raised over £600 for the British Heart Foundation.
Prit said "This was a personal challenge that I wanted to complete in doing so I have raised money for the British Heart Foundation. “This charity does a lot of work for people who suffer from heart disease, which is a common disease within the Asian community”
Detective Sergeant Gurpal Virdi from the MPSA said "It is wonderful to see Prit achieving his goal to run a full marathon in doing so as a true Sikh he also raised money for the British Heart Foundation. He is following a true Sikh tradition Well Done!".