Amazing

By Mollie Mansfield


An 80-year-old athlete is set to take part in his 100th and final marathon in London this weekend.

Dale Lyons is one of the only 11 survivors who has run the London Marathon every year since 1981.

In those 37 years, he has raised a massive £50,000 for charity along the way and run in races all over the world.

For his up and coming marathon, Dale is running to support the deaf and blind charity Sense.

Pic from Caters News

But after Sunday’s 26.2 mile long marathon, Dale will hang up his trainers due to his age and his fitness.

Dale said: “I never imagined in a million years I’d still be at it 37 years later.

“The ankle I don’t think is up to six or seven hours, and my daughters have put a three-line whip on me.

“I’ve got to listen to my family as well as my body.”

But to make sure he doesn’t give up yet he said he just keeps on “thinking about the end, if you can distance yourself from the pain, the crowds will keep you going, it’s wall-to-wall spectators.”

In 1986 Dale won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for completing the marathon in a speedy three hours and six minutes while tossing pancakes.