East Ham resident to run London Marathon in honour of immigrants who’ve left family behind

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 12 November 2018

Imam Haque, whos running the London Marathon on behalf of Age UK. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Imam Haque, whos running the London Marathon on behalf of Age UK. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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A Newham resident who came to the UK 13 years ago is running the London Marathon in honour of all immigrants who’ve had to leave someone behind.

This will be Imam's first marathon, and his parents are coming from India to watch. Picture: Ellie HoskinsThis will be Imam's first marathon, and his parents are coming from India to watch. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Imam Haque, who lives in Lathom Road in East Ham, left his elderly parents when he moved from Calcutta in 2005.

The business development manager has decided to run next year’s London Marathon for Age UK, on behalf of all immigrants who are unable to look after or regularly see their family.

“I always wanted to do this,” the 35-year-old said.

“I was very motivated. I’ve dedicated it to the older people who, in their later age, aren’t able to go and visit their children, and to the children who aren’t able to look after their elderly relatives.”

Imam’s parents are in their 60s, and while they’re generally quite active, they haven’t been able to visit him since moving to England. Their first trip will be next April, just in time to watch him run.

“I moved to this country to get study and get a job, and in doing that, I had to sacrifice looking after my parents,” he said.

“As they get older you need to give them time with their children, and I can’t. I obviously call them but that’s not the same.

“This was always on my mind that I’m not able to do that. This is one of the reasons I wanted to run for Age UK.

“I really feel for those older people who are away from their children who have to make their own life.”

This will be Imam’s first marathon, although he goes to the gym regularly. Age UK have given him the number for a trainer and a training plan, which he’ll start in a few weeks.

He’s hoping to raise £1,950, and as well as his parents, he’ll be cheered on by his wife, Afreen.

He said: “I was a bit nervous and I had many questions but Age UK have given me so much support.

“My parents were really excited and happy. I’m so pleased to get them here – I want them beside me. I’m quite confident.”

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