Golden Bond Runner
My name is Avraj Bhachu and I live in Nairobi, Kenya. I was born in Nairobi, but moved to the UK at the age of 16 where I lived for 10 years. I completed my high school at Charterhouse School in Surrey, before gaining a BSc in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I worked for 2 years in options and derivatives trading, before switching to financial consulting for Investment Banks at Accenture.
I returned back to Kenya in 2017 to join my father and the family business. The family has an established steel mill (25 years+) in East Africa, manufacturing construction and fabrication steel for construction projects and wholesalers. Running hasn't always been my passion, but I was brought into it by my father's love of the liberating feeling when you run. He would never fail to run at least 3 times a week, up until the age of 63. In fact, he ran his first half marathon after the age of 50, and got progressively faster with each half marathon that he ran. He was my inspiration to keep running and outside of work, it was our greatest bonding time.
After 3 years of working alongside my father in Kenya, he was all of a sudden diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Despite being given a prognosis of 6 months, he fought for 1.5 years before finally giving in to the terrible disease a week after his 65th birthday, in November 2021. My greatest pain is that of losing him, and me running in his name is the quickest way I can think of honoring him.
My father came from a very humble beginning and always believed in working hard. We were taught to fight for everything in life, and we continue to carry those values today. He believed in supporting disadvantaged children & young people because not everyone has an equal chance - but everyone should be given a platform to shine. He went out of his way to always work with charities, donate clothes, but also work with local education programs in Kenya, build schools, etc. to always try to make a difference. This is something I continue to do today in his name, through his local foundation, but also the greatest inspiration to raising funds for disadvantaged children and young people. Because at the end of the day, sometimes the difference between a successful child and a disadvantaged child is only the lack of opportunity. And if someone believes in them, then they can achieve the unbelievable.
- 2017: Standard Chartered Half Marathon - Nairobi, Kenya
- 2019: Standard Chartered Half Marathon - Nairobi, Kenya
- 2020: Beyond Zero Half Marathon - Nairobi, Kenya
- 2022: Expressway Half Marathon - Nairobi, Kenya
- 2022: London Marathon Donate