Parkrun: Northampton runner, 88, completes 400th event

Parkrun: Northampton runner, 88, completes 400th event

7/24/2021 10:38:00 PM

Parkrun: Northampton runner, 88, completes 400th event

Bob Emmerson says he now wants to get to 500 runs as he 'can't give it up'.

Mr Emmerson said he did not know his event time, as "I don't really worry about my time".In his younger days, Mr Emmerson finished the London Marathon in under three hours and ran the London to Brighton Ultra Race.image copyrightimage caption

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He ran with his 67-year-old son, who is also called Bob"If Covid hadn't have happened, I would have been on 470 by now," he said."The target is going to be 500 but I will be 90 by that time I think."Before the run, Mr Emmerson said he had paraphrased John Mills in the 1958 film, Ice Cold in Alex, which includes a famous scene where he downs a a pint of larger, which was later turned into an advert.

"[I] said it was 'worth waiting for'," he said.image copyrightMichelle Lewis / Northampton parkrunimage captionMichelle Lewis, Northampton Parkrun run director, said Mr Emmerson's run was "the icing on the cake""I hope to continue running 21 miles a week, 1,000 miles a year, as my total is now about 115,000 miles."

But for the time being his main priority is to look after his wife, after she fractured a bone in her pelvis a few weeks ago, he added. Read more: BBC Health News »

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