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Grandma gets set a for capital run

PUBLISHED: 15:46 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:32 25 August 2010

A 74-YEAR-OLD grandma plans to finish a marathon for the 14th time.

A 74-YEAR-OLD grandma plans to finish a marathon for the 14th time.

Eileen Noble of Preston Drive, Bexleyheath, will be taking part in the London Marathon next Sunday in a bid to raise £500 for the Catholic Aid Agency CAFOD.

The grandmother-of-one who trains with the Bexley Athletic club has been practising for the big day by running around Danson Park and Joydens Wood.

The retired care home manager began running 20 years ago prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

She said: "I thought I'd go for a bit of a jog around the block and once you've done it once you think why not go around again.

"Now I can't imagine a time when I am wont be running."

Her best time in the London Marathon was four hours and 41minutes in 1992 and this year she is aiming for five-and-a-half hours.

She said: "At the end of the day I just want to finish as you never know what will happen on the day. You could get cramp or anything. I just don't want to finish in an embarrassingly long time.

"My children take it for granted. They do not think it is a big deal. They just know that I run."

Two years ago she ran the same marathon with her daughter, Imelda, who came ahead of her, but the mother-of-two said she did not mind being beaten as she was not being competitive.

She said: "I do not like people making a big deal about my age.

"I did run a marathon when I was 70 and I thought that would be the last one but I am doing it again at 74.

"Lots of people do all sorts of things when they are 70. If you are able to do it, why not?"

Sponsor forms are available at the back of Mrs Noble's parish church which is Saint Thomas More, in Long Lane, Bexleyheath.

l Are you doing something unusual for this year's London Marathon? Perhaps you're running in a special costume or maybe organising some special cheerleading along the route? Contact Times reporter marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk with all your marathon news.

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