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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 09:51 AM
LONDON - Already Britain’s oldest employee, 101-year-old Buster Martin now aims to become the world’s oldest marathon runner by completing the London Marathon and celebrating with a pint of beer and a cigarette.

Sprightly and bearded, he completed a half marathon at the weekend in five hours 13 minutes. The former Army physical training instructor works three days a week for a London plumbing firm and says he has trained for the April 13th race in his spare time.

“I’ve said I’ll attempt it,” he told Reuters by telephone from his workplace at Pimlico Plumbers. “I haven’t said I’ll complete it. If I do make it, all the better. I hadn’t thought of doing it before but someone asked me and the money goes to charity so why not?”

His sponsorship money will go to the Rhys Daniels Trust, which provides temporary accommodation for families of patients in specialist children’s hospitals.

Martin, who had 17 children and returned to work at the age of 99 saying he was bored after two years of retirement, would beat the previous record for world’s oldest marathon runner by eight years.

“If I finish, I’ll do what I always do and have a pint and a fag,” he said. “People ask what is my secret but I haven’t got one. They say fags and booze are bad for you—but I’m still here, aren’t I?”

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 09:53 AM
Looks to be in good shape for 101...I know 60 year olds who don't look this good...LOL

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 10:11 AM
I’ve said it time and time again. ANYONE who is willing to put in the hard work can complete a marathon. I’ve trained people as old as 65 and people who have been 50+ pounds overweight.

I like this guy’s post race celebration. Me and my running friends also have a celebratory cigarette and shot. Kind of oxymoronic way to make fun of ourselves for being so serious about training. No we don’t smoke….so a drink and a smoke immediately following 26.2 hard miles make for an instant buzz!

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 10:17 AM
I agree with having some booze now and then.

don't know about the other. to each his own.

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 10:20 AM
God Bless Buster Martin!!! It is wonderful and enspiring to see someone who knows how to live large and realizes that age is just a number (and obviously is of such great health for his age).

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 10:34 AM
Ok, now there's no excuse I can make for not completing my marathon training. Geez, and his time is pretty good. I have friends who can't walk a mile in 24 minutes.

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 10:42 AM
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Looks to be in good shape for 101...I know 60 year olds who don't look this good...LOL





Looks like Bob Weir

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 10:48 AM
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Looks to be in good shape for 101...I know 60 year olds who don't look this good...LOL





Looks like Bob Weir


Bobby's been know to put in a few miles

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 11:08 AM
Hey Sandman! Beer and cigarettes at my house the night before the race!

I want to make sure you have an "edge."

 

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