CANCER survivor David Crook is looking forward to being the oldest Bognor Regis area resident to run the London Marathon.
Super-fit Aldwick man David canoes, cycles and runs and will be benefit from a rule change from Sunday’s version of the world-famous event.
The organisers have agreed to enable entries from those aged 76-plus – and David will reach that milestone in January, 2019.
He last ran the marathon in April, 2016, after his recovery from prostate cancer. He was the fifth fastest man in his age group with a time of about 4hr 15min.
“I’m looking forward to running in the marathon again. I thought I had retired from it after my tenth entry having reached the current upper age group of 70-plus.
“But I’m not surprised the age group has been raised. There are people in their 80s who are amazing. A few years ago, you would have thought that 75 was as good as it got to be running but there are people who are older than that these days,” he said.
David, 75, who is an accountant, takes part in a regular exercise regime. He runs an average of four times a week along the beach close to his home.
“It’s nice to be in the right spot to do it and to be able to keep on doing it,” he said. “But it does not need to take up a lot of time.”
He has taken part in several athletic activities in the past year such as long-distance cycle rides.
Last month saw him complete the 42.2km Dual off-road ride in New Zealand, which involved cycling up the 600-year-old volcano on Rangitoto Island. In all, the climb lasted for more than 1km and David completed the course in four hours and eight minutes.
He has also taken part in a 100km ride from Rotora to Taupo in New Zealand, conquered the Coast2Coast route of 220 miles from St Bees to Flamborough Head in northern England with three other members of Bognor Hotham Rotary Club and completed the 140km long Ridgway from Wiltshire to the River Thames.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, he finished last year with a 776m climb over 2.6km up Grouse Mountain as part of a cycle ride in Vancouver in Canada as part of his 50th wedding anniversary celebrations.