50 years a runner

I began running as part of a Beginner’s group at my (now) running club after Easter in 2011.  I hadn’t long moved to Northamptonshire on my own and was looking for something to do in the evenings as I didn’t even have a TV license for my house yet.  In fact, I still don’t!…I realised I never actually missed watching TV, and was barely able to make time for shows I watched so didn’t want to rely on someone else’s schedule.  If there’s something in particular I want to watch I can always catch up on iPlayer later on.

Anyway, back to the running…  When I began, two coaches at the club Alan and Howard had set up a beginner’s running group which I saw advertised whilst out shopping one week.  I decided to give it a go.  (Scary prospect heading there on my own.)  £30 for ten weeks – twice a week.  I paid upfront.  This way I couldn’t back out!


^  Five of us beginners with Howard the coach.

Howard had only recently been introduced to the sport, but at 72 years of age, Alan had been running for fifty years and had been one of the original founders of the club.

Alan turned 75 yesterday.  Seventy-five years old.


Here he is running Bedford half marathon at the weekend which I went along to support.

Earlier this year his wife died of cancer and One hundred and five club members raced wearing little tartan ribbons made in memory of Alan’s wife Helen.  Raising £450.11 by doing so.

He means a lot to our club and has introduced so many people to running over the years.

Until this week I have never stopped to think “Will I still be running in 50 years time?”  “Will I still be as much a part of my running club as I have been this year?”  Have you even thought about where running will take you in the next 50 years?

All I can really hope for is that I am fit and strong enough to still be able to run as much at Alan’s age as he has done.  In fifty years I will have just turned 79 years old!

8 thoughts on “50 years a runner

  1. Wow – congratulations to Alan. Fifty years of running is an absolutely huge achievement!

    It’s quite depressing that women don’t seem to endure as well as men when it comes to running. I can only think of a handful of female runners over 60 from all the races I’ve run, whereas the men number in the hundreds. Obviously it’s primarily a bone density issue, I would assume, but it does make me rather sad that women usually have to stop running comparatively early on in life. Personally, I would be overjoyed to be running at that age, but given my tendency towards excess and already poor bone density, I doubt I’ll make it anywhere near that far…it’s something I try not to think about to be honest!

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    1. You have a very good point. I never really thought about it before but it does tend to be older men running, rather than women. Bonus for me though…I might finally have the chance of placing in my age category! 😛
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    1. He is incredibly enthusiastic about the sport. When you see him bending down and touching his toes and then sprinting off up ahead you can’t help but think it’s pretty bad if you give up whilst he’s there in his mid-seventies kicking your butt!
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  2. Oh wow that’s so impressive! I definitely hope to be running in my 70s! There’s a man at our local Parkrun and he’s very old (not sure how old) but he always says he hopes he ‘goes’ on a race, what a cool idea haha (though rather morbid).
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    1. That is incredibly morbid and not a great advert for the sport, but sounds like it would be very fitting! I would definitely like to be running in my 70s. We have a few ladies in the 60+ category at the moment at club, but it does tend to be the men that stick with running for longer.

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