Marathon man Harry, 77, to put on cap­i­tal show

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

A‘ M A R AT H O N man’ pen­sioner who has raised tens of thou­sands of pounds for char­ity is get­ting set to take on his 15th race.

In just a few days time re­tired gro­cer Harry New­ton, 77, will be tack­ling Lon­don’s 26 mile event to raise funds for the East Cheshire Hospice.

The Macclesfield Har­ri­ers mem­ber, of Meg Lane, Bro­ken Cross, started tak­ing part in marathons at the ten­der age of 57, and says he has no in­ten­tion of hang­ing up his run­ning shoes just yet.

He has al­ready raised around £30,000 for char­i­ties through rac­ing, and this year is aim­ing to smash his £1,000 tar­get for the up­com­ing event.

Harry, who has a daugh­ter and two sons, nine grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren, said: “I took up run­ning quite late. My first marathon was Lon­don’s in 1995, and then af­ter that I did New York’s a year later.

“One of the high­lights so far has been set­ting my per­sonal best in Lon­don when I was 70. I ran the race in three hours, 52 min­utes and 30 sec­onds, which I was very happy with. That time meant that I came sixth in my age group out of 106 other com­peti­tors. Un­for­tu­nately just a few weeks later I found a lump in my neck and was di­ag­nosed with Non-Hodgkins Lym­phoma.”

Harry was forced to take a year out of the sport while his can­cer was treated. But af­ter go­ing into re­mis­sion he started to race again.

Harry, who also used to work as a post­mas­ter at Royal Mail’s Bollinbrook of­fice, said: “My lovely wife of 56 years Phyl­lis thinks I am a bit daft but she is very sup­port­ive. She comes with me to all my races.

“And I think my fam­ily are im­pressed with it all. I also have great sup­port from my club Macclesfield Har­ri­ers, it is a great club and so sup­port­ive to run­ners com­ing through.

“The other mem­bers see me as a bit of an in­spi­ra­tion, as an old timer who can pass on a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence. I am not sure I would agree though.”

Harry has al­ready raised £800 for this year’s race through dona­tions friends and fam­ily.

He said: “They have been so sup­port­ive, and hope­fully I can get well past my £1,000 tar­get now. I am also aim­ing to fin­ish within four and a half hours, which is about an hour faster than the the ‘good’ time rec­om­mended for my age.”

To do­nate to Harry’s fund, go to www.just­giv­­ton2.


●● Dwayne “The Rock” John­son (inset) is back­ing Macclesfield Town ahead of their vi­tal last two games of the sea­son

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