Age is no barrier for runner Alan, 72

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A 72-year-old man is in training for his fourth London Marathon – and he did not complete his first until he was 69.

Alan Chapman, from Heath Estates in Great Waldingfield, took up long-distance running after winning his fight against cancer.

“I’ve always enjoyed running and kept myself fit, but it wasn’t until after I had cancer that I felt I wanted to run the marathon,” he said.

Mr Chapman was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 and, after beating the disease, went on to finish his first marathon in five hours and 39 minutes three years later.

This year, he will be running for Children with Cancer UK, a charity which funds life-saving research.

“Training is going really well,” said Mr Chapman, who is aiming to raise £3,000 ahead of the big race in April.

“I am doing between 20 and 25 miles a week and throwing in the occasional 10 miles in one go with two or three days rest.”

He added that his fastest 26-mile run came in at five hours and 19 minutes and he was looking to better this with lots of support from wife Rosemary and their two grown-up children.

“My ambition is to go under five hours,” he said. “I struggled a bit last year, but hopefully the crowd will carry me along.

“I don’t know what people think when they see me running, but my family is very proud and pleased with what I am doing.”

This year’s London Marathon takes place on April 22. To sponsor Mr Chapman, visit uk.virginmoney

IN TRAINING: Alan Chapman is preparing to run his fourth London Marathon next month.

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