Still running fun miles

RUNNERS of all ages unite and join the borough s fittest septuagenarian for this year s Barking and Dagenham five mile Fun Run. The charity race will feel like a leisurely stroll to Milton Piers, 70, of Dunbar Avenue, Dagenham, who goes for lengthy eight

RUNNERS of all ages unite and join the borough's fittest septuagenarian for this year's Barking and Dagenham five mile Fun Run.

The charity race will feel like a leisurely stroll to Milton Piers, 70, of Dunbar Avenue, Dagenham, who goes for lengthy eight mile runs around four times a week.

He said: "Age is no barrier. It's all in the mind.

"When you feel like giving up, you take one mile at a time."


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The pensioner, who used to work as a quality controller for Guinness, has run the London Marathon eleven times and he is a passionate fan of athletics.

He travels all over the world to watch the Olympic Games and other major athletic events.

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Mr Piers' message to couch potatoes is simple: "Get out there.

"I love the early morning runs to get some fresh air and I like to feel fit."

At 5ft 7 he weighs ten stone and is in best health but he also seems to have gained some fame on his running route.

He said: "There is a whole group of youngsters waiting for a bus in the mornings, who have seen me so often they now greet me and call me 'sir'."

You can join Mr Piers for the Barking and Dagenham Fun Run in Eastbrookend Country Park on June 7 in aid of the mayor's charity, Living the Dream.

You can enter by calling the Events Team at Barking and Dagenham Council on (020) 8227 3591/3093 or by visiting The Post:

www.bdpost.co.uk

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