Stanisław Kowalski, from Świdnica, Poland was born in 1910 and he just set a new European centenarian record after running 100m in a remarkable 32.79 seconds (that is only a little over 3 times slower than the remarkable Usain Bolt)!
Mr Kowalski spent the majority of his working life either walking or cycling the 10km (6miles) to work and took up running when he was a sprightly 92 years old. His secret to longevity: ‘Do not overfeed and do not eat at night. Sometimes you can drink 50 grams, but not every day.’
Possibly more remarkable is the indefatigable Fauja Singh, who may well be the only 100 year old to ever run a marathon. This British centenarian marathon runner of Punjabi Sikh descent, has a personal best time for the London Marathon (2003) is 6 hours 2 minutes set at the tender age of 92. It is a time he beat by 22 minutes at the 2003 Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
On 16 October 2011, Singh became the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:11:06. So, if you are feeling old or down on yourself. Think about these two and give yourself a little kick. “If you don’t use it you lose it”… so keep using it!