We are proud to supply the kit for Runnymede Runners, a fantastic running club in Surrey – and last week we were thrilled to see one of Runnymede’s members honoured live on national TV for his inspiring achievements.
John Starbrook – a sprightly 86 years old – was surprised live on ITV with a ‘Kelly’s Hero’ award, honoured for his staggering achievements and charitable work for the Age UK charity. John has raised over £40,000 for the charity through a host of sporting challenges, including 51 marathons, triathlons – and he doesn’t show signs of stopping!
The Oldest London Marathon Runner in 2016
John didn’t take up running until he was 50, and now runs around 30 miles per week as well as regular swims and water polo sessions. Earlier this year John ran the London Marathon for the 30th time – and in doing so became the oldest runner to brave the course in 2016.
Last year the oldest man was about 89, so I was quite surprised when the marathon people said I was the oldest. I am a mere spring chicken!
Proving Age is no obstacle to sporting activity
John’s inspiring attitude and achievements prove it’s never too late to try something new or to get into sport and regular activity.
His best ever marathon time was achieved in his 70s, and he celebrated his 80th birthday by doing the Great North Run and swimming across Corryvreckan in Scotland – a mile of freezing cold open water. It is remarkable stuff.
That was bloody cold. Other people my age sit down watching telly – I don’t, I have always done stuff, I used to do a lot of competitive swimming and if I go for a run I never do less than five miles.
He is a member of Runnymede Runners who train in Windsor Great Park, and he also swims at Hampton Pool four times a week.
The people I run with are great. If I am a bit slow they just leave me to it, they know I will get back all right, and I know if there is a problem they will come back and find me.
The people I play water polo with are in their 40s and 50s. They reckon I am one of the dirtiest players. I take advantage of my age and tell them they can’t do that because I am a pensioner. Being my age has its plus points!
John insists all of this sporting activity has kept him young, and he plans to keep going for as long as possible.
I don’t drink a lot, I have a couple of pints but not a lot, and I’ve never smoked. I’ve always entered things and joined clubs and got involved. You have got to keep your mind occupied and not sit about. I think that is what has kept me young.
Colin Revie, a fellow member at Runnymede Runners said:
He’s a real inspiration to everyone at Runnymede Runners!
And he’s an inspiration to us too! Congratulations to John on his award and achievements – and good luck in the 2017 London Marathon!
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